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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003) Poster

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Revealing mistakes 

When Joan is driving away in her car, you can see that the wheels are fake and not moving.
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Jump to: Character error (3) | Continuity (17) | Errors in geography (2) | Factual errors (1) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (6)

Character error 

When showing the contract, the Cat pulls out his "spay and neuter" receipt. But when hit between the legs with a baseball bat, he reacts like a male who hasn't been neutered.
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When the Cat is putting his "clean up machine" back in its box, purple blobs can still be seen on the door frame.
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Throughout the film, the Cat refers to himself as a "six-foot tall, talking cat". However, according to his spayed and neutered papers, he is only five-foot eight.
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Continuity 

The clean couch in the living room has pillows that disappear and re-appear between shots.
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After the crash in the automobile, one of Sally's pigtails falls down. A short while later, the pig tail is fixed and back where it's supposed to be.
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Right before The Cat comes in with the D.I.R.T. machine, Sally and Conrad are standing next to each other holding hands as the door begins to open. When the door opens, they are no longer holding hands and standing a few feet apart.
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When Cooking Cat is filling the Kupkake-Inator with the purple liquid, it's very messy and all over the tray. However, when the tray closes, the purple liquid is neatly in each hole.
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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.
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When we see the outside of the house, there is no skylight on the roof. However, when the children first meet the Cat, there appears to be a skylight opening in the upstairs hall.
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The screen door on the house appears and disappears. It is clearly there when Lawrence leaves after having the military school discussion with Joan and Conrad but is absent in subsequent scenes.
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At the end of the movie, during the mom's party, while she is talking to the kids, the part in her hair changes sides.
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As they are pulling out of the driveway in the SLOW in an overhead shot you can see that the Cat is wearing driving glasses and a scarf but in all subsequent shots the Cat is not wearing either.
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As the children are waiting for the door to open as their mother returns they reach out and hold hands with each other. But when the door opens to reveal the Cat the children area standing apart and not holding hands.
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When the real cat piñata is thrown to Conrad and Sally, it is sealed. However, after the Cat is hit with bats, the piñata is open, and after the Cat is hit in the crotch with a baseball bat by one kid, Conrad throws candy so the kids won't hit the Cat anymore.
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While in the car, Cat gives both the kids their own steering wheels. When he pulls out his own, its a chain wheel, but when the camera switches its a normal steering wheel. Later in another shot, it's a chain again.
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When Thing 1 and Thing 2 are swinging the curtains around, a patch of purple goo hits Conrad and Sally's face. In the next shot, their faces are clean.
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When Quinn enters the house for the first time and sets his briefcase on the table, he places his glasses on top of it. In the next scene, where he tells Conrad about military school, the glasses are missing, and in the following shot they reappear on the briefcase again.
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When Conrad, Sally and the Cat pull up to the house before their mother, the Cat can be seen in the S.L.O.W., but when the kids exit and run to the house the Cat disappears.
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During the wide shot of Larry taking out his teeth, the glass on the side table already has his teeth in it. The closeup then shows Larry putting his teeth into an empty glass.
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When the lock is removed the dog's collar, Conrad is shown putting it into his left pocket. When locking the red box up again, the lock is being taken out of his right pocket.
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Errors in geography 

At about 10:30am we see the babysitter is watching a "live" broadcast of an incident that happened during a Government meeting in Taiwan. When it is 10:30 am in Los Angeles, it would be 12:30am at night in Taiwan.
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When we see Quinn returning to his house, is is about 30 feet away from the right side of the children's house. However, when the storm is approaching, we are looking at the right side of the children's house from about 200 feet away. From 200 feet away, Quinn's house would be blocking our view of the children's house.
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Factual errors 

The Cat's certificate claims he has been both neutered and spayed. This is not possible, as spaying is for female animals, and the Cat is male.
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Plot holes 

When Lawrence sees the Cat in disguise, he doesn't sneeze. However, it is revealed in an earlier encounter and a later encounter that he is allergic to cats, because he sneezed when he was exposed to the cat at those times. His senses would've still caused him to sneeze even when he was unaware that it was the cat.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Larry takes out his false top teeth, you can still see teeth on top immediately afterwards.
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When the Cat gets hit in the crotch, it immediately cuts to him in the wintertime with "Easy Like Sunday Morning" playing. However, if you look in the upper right corner, you can see the green grass and a concrete sidewalk.
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When one of the Things rides a bicycle down the staircase, you can see a string or cable trailing behind him.
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Obvious stunt performers when Conrad, Sally, and the Cat slide down the pole into the club (different clothes and hair).
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While the Cat plays his keyboard, plastic sounds can still be heard, due to the fact that it wasn't a real keyboard.
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When Conrad slides out the door, Mom's car is parked against the flow of traffic. From earlier scenes, we know that the street is a two way street. By law, drivers must park their cars in the direction of the traffic flow on the side of the street where they park.
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