Teacher's Pet (2004)

PG  |   |  Animation, Family, Comedy  |  16 January 2004 (USA)
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Spot (Lane) is a dog who can talk and read. Posing as a human, he sneaks into school with his master Leonard (Flemming). Educational adventures ensue.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Ivan Krank (voice)
Shaun Fleming ...
Mr. Jolly (voice)
Pretty Boy (voice)
Dennis (voice)
Adele (voice)
Ian Wazselewski (voice)
Barry Anger (voice)
Mrs. Boogin (voice)
Marsha / Marcia (voice) (as Genie Ann Francis)
John / Juan (voice)
Blue Fairy (voice)


Leonard is a 4th grader; his mother, Mrs. Mary Lou Helperman, is his teacher, and has been nominated for a teaching award. They plan a trip to Florida for the finals, but need to leave their dog, Spot, behind. Unknown to Mrs. Helperman, Spot has been masquerading as a boy, Scott, who is her star pupil. Spot wants nothing more than to be a real boy, and sees a way to this when mad scientist Ivan Krank appears on the Barry Anger show. Krank thinks he can turn animals into humans. Conveniently, his lab is right down the street from where the Helpermans are staying, so Spot, as Scott (and the rest of his family) convinces Mary Lou to take him along. Spot becomes a man, but discovers it's not everything he ever dreamed of after all. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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A musical tail about one dog's dream of becoming a boy. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mildly crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's Teacher's Pet  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,602,245 (USA) (16 January 2004)


$6,491,350 (USA) (2 April 2004)

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Did You Know?


The little girl voiced by Emma Steinkellner in the opening song first appeared in Teacher's Pet: Never Take Candy from a Kindergartner (2001), where she has a crush on Leonard and then moves onto Scott. See more »


At one point Spot breaks out in song and is joined by other animals in a forest. In one shot the sound of a dolphin is heard, although none are present because, again, the scene takes place in a forest. See more »


Spot/Scott: What is it with this family and singing? I'm starting to feel a little VonTrapped.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing Disney credits have been redrawn to match the animation style of the film. See more »


References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


A Whole Bunch of World
Music and Lyrics by Cherie Steinkellner (as Cheri Steinkellner), Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn
Arranged by Carl Johnson
Performed by Debra Jo Rupp (uncredited), Nathan Lane (uncredited) and Shaun Fleming (uncredited)
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Teacher's Pet, Film of the Year!
20 February 2004 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I personally feel the the Teacher's Pet to me is film of the year. It is bright, funny, musical, and very different from the normal Disney we usually see. I have been a fan of the TV series ever since 2002 and when I saw that there was a movie coming out I thought I had died and gone to heaven, and it turned out the movie was exactly what I thought it would be (Very Entertaining). Sure the animation was strange, but thats the way Gary Baseman draws, what where you expecting? The music is very unique and many of the songs are quite toe-tapers. The voices are one of the best parts of the whole movie, Nathan Lane really does an awesome job as Spot, Scott Leadready, Scott "Manly" Manning. Also, the jokes are not stupid, they are very comical, sure they are not Adam Sandler type jokes but they are very funny none the less. Personally, I would take Teacher's Pet over any of those other movies that came out around that time Barbershop II, Calendar Girl, Along Came Polly etc. If you ask me the money that a movie brings in doesn't make the movie great it is how much a person enjoyed the movie that makes it great. I have seen this movie about five times so far and play to buy it the day it comes out on DVD just because it is so enjoyable. I hope to hear many other good reports for Teacher's Pet in the future.

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