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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.

Director:

Bo Welch

Writers:

Dr. Seuss (book), Alec Berg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Myers ... The Cat
Alec Baldwin ... Quinn
Kelly Preston ... Mom
Dakota Fanning ... Sally
Spencer Breslin ... Conrad
Amy Hill ... Mrs. Kwan
Sean Hayes ... Mr. Humberfloob / Voice of the Fish
Danielle C. Ryan ... Thing One (as Danielle Ryan Chuchran)
Taylor Rice Taylor Rice ... Thing One
Brittany Oaks Brittany Oaks ... Thing Two
Talia-Lynn Prairie Talia-Lynn Prairie ... Thing Two (as Talia Prairie)
Dan Castellaneta ... Thing One / Thing Two (voice)
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Narrator (voice)
Daran Norris ... Announcer
Bugsy Bugsy ... Nevins
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Cats with hats only! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$109,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,329,160, 23 November 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,149,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,960,541
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Mike Myers, less than a month before the film was released, the producers made plans for a sequel based on the book's sequel, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. However, Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss's widow, was so appalled by this movie that she decided to reject any future live-action adaptations of her late husband's work. The sequel was eventually canceled. See more »

Goofs

When one of the Things rides a bicycle down the staircase, you can see a string or cable trailing behind him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: There are gajillions of stories of mischief and fun, but to keep things simple, let's start with just one. About a mom and two kids and a house and a hat - that, oddly enough, was worn by a cat. But soon enough we will get to all that.
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Crazy Credits

When the Cat and Things are walking down the street at the end of the movie, the credits scroll while the camera pans up to the evening sky, and when it turns into nighttime, the pink clouds, crescent moon, and stars are animated in the style of Seuss's artwork. Twenty seconds of the credits are like this, then the rest of the end credits scroll against a regular black background. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the TV version, there are some scenes that represent alternate takes of scenes present in the theatrical/video version. This includes but is not limited to the couch scene, a portion of the Kupkake-inator scene and several omitted pop culture references. See more »

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Soundtracks

Tangerine Speedo
Written by Blake Smith and Fernando Dominguez
Performed by Caviar
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
Courtesy of Hot JWP Music Inc.
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Torture for the whole family
30 November 2003 | by cash76667See all my reviews

This movie isn't entertaining. It's that simple. The jokes aren't funny, the acting by the main character is terrible. Dr. Seuss is spinning in his grave. The makers of this movie took a childrens book, threw in unnecessary sexual innuendo, and stuck it on a screen near you.

The movie plays itself out with joke-a-minute style. Unfortunately, none of the jokes are funny. Both the children's humor and the adult humor fails to please. Which brings up another point. Adult humor has no place in this movie. I have no problem with adult humor, but it shouldn't be in a Dr. Seuss movie. Not only was the adult humor unfunny, it did nothing more than cause confusion for the kids in the audience. Not to mention the explanations parents have to come up with when kids question the jokes.

Mike Myers is just bad in this movie. I had to go home and watch my collection of his movies and a few old Saturday Night Live episodes to reassure myself of his comedic ability. He completely failed to give the Cat a unique personality. If you're looking to see Myers perform half of his different SNL and movie characters in the period of an hour and a half, all while wearing a hideous cat suit, then watch this movie.

If you do get stuck seeing this atrocity, there are some redeeming points that will make it bearable for you. The sets are beautiful, almost a perfect rendition of what most people think a three-dimensional version of the Seuss universe would look like. Also, the performances of Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin are applaudable. Had they not been required to share the spotlight with that ungodly cat, the movie could've passed for good. Oh, and there's a scene where Myers is abused by a group of children, which provides some comic relief. Unfortunately, the Cat survives this incident to abuse the audience for another twenty minutes.

Avoid this movie if you can. Some parents will have to be dragged to it because their kids are more concerned with watching the Cat bounce around for 90 minutes than they are with seeing a good movie. Oh, to be young and naive again...


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