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The Cat in the Hat (1971)

Two children left home alone for a short while one afternoon are visited by a very interesting yet troublesome cat wearing a tall striped hat. The cat succeeds in creating a huge mess in ... See full summary »

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Hawley Pratt

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Dr. Seuss (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Allan Sherman ... The Cat in the Hat (voice)
Daws Butler ... Mr. Krinklebein the Fish (voice) (as Dawes Butler)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Sally (voice)
Tony Frazier Tony Frazier ... Boy (voice)
Gloria Camacho Gloria Camacho ... Mother (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft Thurl Ravenscroft ... Thing 1 (voice)
Gene Morford Gene Morford ... Thing 2 (voice) (as Lewis Morford)
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Storyline

Two children left home alone for a short while one afternoon are visited by a very interesting yet troublesome cat wearing a tall striped hat. The cat succeeds in creating a huge mess in their house - can they get it cleaned up before Mom gets home? Written by scgary66

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Animation | Family

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cat in the Hat See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the first Dr. Seuss television special to use the 1971-1975 Cat in the Hat Productions logo and it's extended with two parts in this special. See more »

Goofs

At one point during "Anything Under the Sun" Thing 1 and Thing 2 switch voices. See more »

Quotes

Cat in the Hat: Now, if I were a fish, where would I hide a moss-covered, three-handled family gredunza?
Boy: Whatever it is, it isn't here.
Sally: And whatever it is, it isn't here.
Cat in the Hat: Wherever it is, it is left in some lurch. Wherever it is, we must speed up the search.
Mr. Krinklebein the Fish: I'll tell you this: it's not in the unabridged dictionary.
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Crazy Credits

In the DePatie-Freling Enterprises logo seen at the end of the program, the Cat's hat is suddenly superimposed on top of the paintbrush oval with the word "films" printed inside, looking as if the oval is "wearing" the hat. See more »

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Referenced in Mad: Life of Rhyme/Here Comes Yogi Boo Boo (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothing to Be Done
Lyrics by Dr. Seuss
Music by Dean Elliott
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I do love this book, it's the greatest of all/I love it winter, spring, summer and fall
2 March 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

On this, what would have been Dr. Seuss's 103rd birthday, I wanted to talk about the TV adaptation of one of his greatest books. It seems that "The Cat in the Hat" was actually a political allegory, as the hedonistic feline gets the kids to go all wild in the midst of the regimented suburban world of 1950s America.

But even beyond that, it's still a masterpiece. Dr. Seuss always had wonderful ideas, and this one was no exception. I notice that it was directed by Hawley Pratt, formerly a Looney Tunes animator. He obviously had a good eye for many things. A true classic. I heard that the 2003 live action version was little more than a 90-minute commercial padded with jokes inappropriate for children.


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