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The Cat in the Hat (2003)

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Two bored children have their lives turned upside down when a talking cat comes to visit them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thing One (as Danielle Ryan Chuchran)
Taylor Rice ...
Brittany Oaks ...
Talia-Lynn Prairie ...
Thing Two (as Talia Prairie)
Thing One / Thing Two (voice)
Victor Brandt ...
Narrator (voice)
Bugsy ...


Conrad and Sally Walden (Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning) are home alone with their pet fish. It is raining outside, and there is nothing to do. Until The Cat in the Hat ('Mike Myers') walks in the front door. He introduces them to their imagination, and at first it's all fun and games, until things get out of hand, and The Cat must go, go, go, before their parents get back. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't mess with the hat. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild crude humor and some double-entendres | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$109,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,329,160 (USA) (21 November 2003)


$100,446,895 (USA) (23 January 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first and only film directed by Bo Welch. See more »


When Quinn walks in and the children stop jumping on the couch, we can see the pillow over the "elephant compartment" sunken in. The pillow is quickly fixed before the next shot. See more »


Sally: Stop! That's...
SallyConrad: Mom's dress!
The Cat: This filthy thing?
Sally: She was gonna wear that tonight and you ruined it.
The Cat: Honey, it was ruined when she bought it.
[snaps, snaps]
The Cat: Mmm-mmm-hmm yeah.
[snaps, snaps]
The Cat: Mmm-hmm.
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Crazy Credits

All the opening logos are animated "Dr. Seuss-style". See more »


References Dragnet (1951) See more »


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Written by Bernardo Bautista Monterde and Antonio Ortiz Calero
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User Reviews

They should never have let this cat out of the bag.
26 December 2003 | by (Vua) – See all my reviews

There is no way to avoid a comparison between The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, so let's get that part out of the way. First of all, let me start by saying that I think Grinch was an underrated and unappreciated film. Cat was... well, just awful.

Jim Carey was cast because he is a brilliant physical comedian, and fearlessly commits to over the top, outrageous characters. Mike Myers fell back on his old bag of tricks.

Why, why, why Mike Myers?? The kids could care less, and the Austin Powers demographic isn't going to spy this film. So, what was the studio thinking?

The Cat was also apparently related to Linda Richmond. Can we talk? Why a New York Accent? Not entirely consistent with anything Dr. Seuss has ever written. Myers was even allowed to sneak in his Scottish shtick. I wonder how many different voices the director and the studio tried to edit out of before they just gave in and said "as long as you don't say fahklempt', you can keep the accents." Meyers never seemed to find any sort of comfort, either with the costume, make-up, or dialogue.

The jokes, what few there were, were crude and age inappropriate. When Myers picks up a garden hoe and delivers to the camera: "dirty ho", everything but the rim shot was missing, and even that wouldn't have helped.

The same folks who created 'Whoville', clearly had a hand in the creation of the town and the houses in 'Cat'. The sets and props were very appealing, giving the viewer a much needed distraction from the bad writing, direction, and Myers.

There was some fun to be had with Alec Baldwin and Kelly Preston. Dakota Fanning was the only actor who seemed to be aware she was in a movie based on a Dr. Seuss classic, and stayed true to the genre.

Call the SPCA. This Cat should be neutered and never be allowed to reproduce again. Please, please, no sequel.

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