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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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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:

$2,461,252, 18 January 2004

Gross USA:

$6,491,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,491,969
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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 song that Christy Carlson Romano sings is a cover of the song Doris Day sang in Teacher's Pet (1958), but the 1958 film has no other connection to this film or the Teacher's Pet (2000) cartoon show. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ivan Krank: Oh, haven't you heard, my good man? Nature is dead! Science is king!
Mr. Jolly: Oh, that is just wrong on so many levels.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Hot Diggity Dog
Music and Lyrics by Stephen James Taylor
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A nice alternative to the standard Disney output
16 January 2004 | by Chuck-156See all my reviews

If you like your animation over-the-top and the jokes at a breakneck pace, then this one's for you. Nathan Lane does a great job as Spot the dog who wants to be a boy, along with fellow voices Kelsey Grammar, Paul Ruebens and Jerry Stiller.

The animation is unusual (imagine the drawings on the board game Cranium coming to life), but a nice break from the perfect Pixar flicks. The songs leave something to be desired, but most are brief and then its back to the jokes.

A nice alternative to the standard Disney output: 7 out of 10.


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