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Teacher's Pet (2004)

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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.

Director:

Timothy Björklund

Writers:

Gary Baseman (television series Teacher's Pet), Bill Steinkellner (television series Teacher's Pet) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lane ... Spot / Scott (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Krank (voice)
Shaun Fleming Shaun Fleming ... Leonard (voice)
Debra Jo Rupp ... Mrs. Helperman (voice)
David Ogden Stiers ... Jolly (voice)
Jerry Stiller ... Pretty Boy (voice)
Paul Reubens ... Dennis (voice)
Megan Mullally ... Adele (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Ian (voice)
Wallace Shawn ... Principal Strickler (voice)
Jay Thomas ... Barry Anger (voice)
Estelle Harris ... Mrs. Boogin (voice)
Genie Francis ... Marsha / Marcia (voice) (as Genie Ann Francis)
Anthony Geary ... John / Juan (voice)
Rosalyn Landor ... Blue Fairy (voice)
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's Teacher's Pet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,602,245, 18 January 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,491,350, 4 April 2004
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Sound Mix:

DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's theatrical poster is a parody of the 1992 theatrical re-release poster for Disney's Pinocchio (1940). See more »

Goofs

The first time the crocodile-boy's eye falls out, it's his left eye. All other times, it's his right. See more »

Quotes

Pretty Boy: Well, I wanna be a rooster in a hen house, but I just don't see it happening. Isn't that right, Mr. Jolly?
Mr. Jolly: It's too early in the morning for hypothetical discussion, but since you brought it up... you? A rooster?
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits or title cards except the Walt Disney Pictures logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Blu-Ray version, as well as the 2020 DVD & Blu-ray releases, replaces the Disney logo with the more current logo. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

A Boy Needs A Dog
Music and Lyrics by Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn
Arranged by Carl Johnson
Performed by Nathan Lane (uncredited) and Shaun Fleming (uncredited)
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Tons Of Gags, Many For Adults
22 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

"A nice surprise" is probably how I would best describe this animated film. The artwork on the cover makes it look as if it was made for four-year-old audiences but it is hardly that. It is very funny with so many gags I lost count. Those gags are both audio and visual.

Nathan Lane's New York City accent was funny as he voiced the lead character, "Spot," the dog who wanted to be changed into a little boy. Actually, all the characters are pretty funny and the songs aren't bad, either. I am not usually a fan of these kids' musicals but the songs were short and the lyrics were humorous. And - I didn't really view this as a kids movie since the vocabulary and the jokes were geared (in a non-offensive way) more toward adults.

I understand some parents, in fact, were upset at this movie for that very reason - the jokes go over the heads of most kids in here. Also, the references are not something kids would know. For an adult, this was a clever and big surprise. I would rent this, however, before considering buying it. On my second viewing, maybe it wasn't a surprise anymore, I found it only so-so for some strange reason.


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