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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Trivia

The Cat and his accessories (the Things, his lawyers, props) are the only things with the color scheme of white, red, and black. This was done so the Cat would pop out more in the movie as a colorful character. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt performers when Conrad, Sally, and the Cat slide down the pole into the club (different clothes and hair). 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

The Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment logos are animated in Dr. Seuss's artwork. Furthermore, the Universal world morphs into the star ball, the Cat is fishing in the moon of the DreamWorks logo, and the Fish can be seen darting into the water in the Imagine logo. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Grinch (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Mon
Written by Bill Monroe
Performed by Ricky Skaggs and Friends
Courtesy of Lyric Street Records
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I should've known better...
9 December 2003 | by elispaulSee all my reviews

Film critics of the world, I apologize. It is your job to give advice to the moviegoing public so that they can wisely choose what to spend money on. But I ignored your advice and I have been deeply hurt. However, my decision to see "The Cat in the Hat" wasn't made haphazardly. You see, three years ago all of you critics said that we should all avoid the "calamity" known as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Then some friends of mine took me to see it and it turned out to be a colorful, funny and almost hypnotic yuletide treat. So when the critics unleashed their fury against "The Cat in the Hat", another big budget Seuss update with a big name star in the title role, I thought that it must be the same old song. How wrong I was.

For five whole minutes I thought I was in the clear. The opening credits are clever, the kids are charming and the production values are top notch. Then the cat showed up. There are many problems from this point on, but the biggest one was the woeful miscasting of Mike Myers. Where "The Grinch" was saved by the inspired casting of Jim Carrey, "The Cat" was destroyed by Myers. He can be very funny when his energies are applied where they belong, comic sketches. Every movie he's made that was truly funny was really just a feature length comedy sketch, from "Wayne's World" to "Austin Powers". So he tries to do the same thing here, it's just that these comedy sketches are more like the stuff that they stick at the end of SNL, not funny, just painful. Not that the writers helped him out any. After the charming prologue the movie turns into an hour of repulsive bodily humor gags, poorly timed pratfalls and insultingly stunted attempts at hip humor. This movie was the most disheartening cinematic experience I have ever had. Period. So much talent and work went into something so vile. I know that the adult stars of this movie will be relatively unscathed by this mess, I just hope that the wonderful Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning will get more chances to show their charms in far better movies. If you are a parent, please avoid this like the plague. With movies like "Elf" and "Brother Bear" currently in theaters, you have far better choices.


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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

Gross USA:

$101,149,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,960,541
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1.85 : 1
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