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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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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:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Nathan Lane and Jerry Stiller's first collaboration in 2004. Their second is in The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (2004), one month later. See more »

Goofs

During the song "A Whole Bunch of World," the Oklahoma flag is being waved in Kansas. See more »

Quotes

Ian: Cool.
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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

Spoofs Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Proud To Be A Dog
Music and Lyrics by Brian Woodbury, Peter Lurye, Cheri Steinkellner (as Cheri Steinkellner), Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn
Performed by Nathan Lane (uncredited), Shaun Fleming (uncredited) and chorus
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And Bob Barker would like to remind you... have your pet spayed or... uh, right...
1 May 2004 | by culturedogsSee all my reviews

Nathan Lane voices a little blue dog who dresses up as a boy so he can go to school in this, the latest big screen version of a Disney Channel animated series (like their wonderful "Recess" film... uh, never mind...). The voice cast also boasts Jerry Stiller (in full-on shout mode, God bless him) and David Ogden Stiers (in perhaps his funniest voice performance). This one works as a witty and daring stylistic departure from Disney norm, perhaps outdoing even the much lauded "Lilo and Stitch" in that regard. Visual gags abound, taking several stylized shots at fellow "Disney icons" (i.e., Pinocchio, the Seven Dwarfs). In the big film story, Spot a.k.a. Scot follows his master and his master's clueless mom to Florida in his search for a mad scientist (voice of Kelsey Grammar) who has been trying to transform animals into people. Yup, that's right. He's no longer just going to dress the part. He's getting the operation! And transsexual/ gay subtexting? Fuhgeddaboutit.


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