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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

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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:

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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

Nathan Lane's third theatrically released animated film after The Lion King (1994) and Titan A.E. (2000). See more »

Goofs

At one point Spot breaks out in song and is joined by other animals in a forest. In one shot the sound of a dolphin is heard, although none are present because, again, the scene takes place in a forest. See more »

Quotes

Spot/Scott: Hey I'll do the clichéd Irish dialogue around here.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing Disney credits have been redrawn to match the animation style of the film. 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

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Take the Money and Run
Music and Lyrics by Cheri Steinkellner (as Cheri Steinkellner), Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn
Performed by Jack Sheldon
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Disney's Latest Excuse For Family Entertainment
24 January 2004 | by PasafistSee all my reviews

The term "family film" really gets me angry. Why? Because for every film that is out there that is good enough to be for the entire family, there are at least 50 others that are not only wasting their parent's time, but they are not respecting their intended audience. Disney's new animated film TEACHER'S PET is both patronizing and extremely sloppy.

Spot Helperman(Voiced by Nathan Lane, The Lion King) is a dog who longs to be a real boy. He dresses up like a little boy and goes to school with his master Leonard (Shaun Fleming, Jeepers Creepers 2), and for some odd reason Leonard's mother (Debra Joy Rupp, TV's That 70's Show) is their teacher. When Leonard's mother wins a trip to Florida, Leonard longs to have fun on the beach with his dog. Spot wants to go to Florida to meet a wacko doctor (Kelsey Grammer) who can turn animals into humans.

As I sat through this supposed "musical comedy" I asked myself, Why? Who in their right mind said this film was worthy enough to make? Who said "hey the script is ready, let's make this movie?" The simple answer is money. But let's be honest, this turkey is not going to make any money. This is not the film that is going to be locked in the Disney Vault for ten years, to be released with much fanfare.

This is a shoddy movie that aspires to be HEY ARNOLD, THE MOVIE. Its script is not technically a story, it is bad jokes designed to stretch running time. TEACHER'S PET is a 15 minute animated short with over an hour of bad jokes designed to stretch the running time.

Most would probably say, "why are you being so hard on this movie? It's designed for little kids not a 24 year old male." I say if you are going to spend large amounts of money on a film and you expect parents to bring their little tykes, and you create a film that makes even a toddler bored, I cannot go easy on it.

This film has no charm. The jokes are too abrasive, and there are far too many things going on. It also features this really odd subplot involving Spot and Leonard's mother that made me feel really, really uncomfortable. Its inclusion was both unnecessary and hard to explain without making it sound sicker than it really is.

Finally I muse about the PG rating for this film. Why? It will play well only to four or five year olds. When I think of a PG movie I think of kids between 8-10. Why create a film geared at toddlers and market it to seven-year olds? You got me. I don't know why this film is PG. It contains no bad language, no sex, and no real violence. It's not even scary. If anyone can figure this out, I will give you a hearty handshake.

If you are looking to waste a child's time, stay at home and rent ET. They'll love it. TEACHER'S PET on the other hand is a vapid mess. If you want my advice, instead of dropping forty bucks to take the brood to see this film, spend that money on a really big cardboard box. Your kids will have far more fun with that.


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