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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


When Leonard is searching for Spot around the trailer, the "No Dogs" tire cover is scratched and ruined. In a later scene, it's fine. See more »


Mr. Jolly: Outside? But I'm an indoor cat. I'm afraid of the outside.
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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 »


I Wanna Be A Boy
Music and Lyrics by Brian Woodbury and Peter Lurye
Performed by Nathan Lane (uncredited), Shaun Fleming (uncredited) and chorus
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Possibly the most under-rated Disney movie,
19 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Timothy Björklund gives us a complete box-office flop of a Disney movie.

Our story follows Spot the dog on his adventure to become a boy. This time, in feature-length form, he travels to California to visit the sane (he swears) Dr. Ivan Krank, who says he can turn any animal human.

Nathan Lane plays Spot Helperman or Scott Leadready II when he dresses up like a boy. I love Nathan Lane's voice acting, he was great in the Lion King, and is great in this, no complaints.

Shaun Flemming plays Leonard Amadeus Helperman, Spot's owner and best friend. His voice acting is done well enough, not as great as Nathan Lane's, but nothing terrible.

Kelsey Grammar plays the SANE Dr. Ivan Krank, a scientist who has developed a very inept way of transforming animals to humans. Kelsey Grammar has fine voice acting, probably from his experience as Sideshow Bob on the hit series The Simpsons.

I have no complaints about this movie, it was well crafted, pretty well drawn, and I don't see why it wasn't a hit. Two big things kind of bothered me though, for one I hate Debra Jo Rupp's voice, I find her annoying! Second, the way the animators drew people kind of make them look creepy.

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