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Teacher's Pet

Film poster
Directed by Timothy Björklund
Produced by Stephen Swofford
Written by Bill Steinkellner
Cherie Steinkellner
Gary Baseman (series creator)
Starring Nathan Lane
Kelsey Grammer
Shaun Fleming
Debra Jo Rupp
David Ogden Stiers
Jerry Stiller
Megan Mullally
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) January 16, 2004
Running time 74 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Gross revenue $6,491,969[1]

Teacher's Pet is a 2004 animated musical film based on the television series of the same name; the film ends the central storyline of the series. The film was produced by DisneyToon Studios, and released to movie theaters in the United States in 2004. Despite being a box office bomb, the film did very well with critics.



Leonard Helperman (Shaun Fleming) is a 4th grader whose mother and teacher, Mary Lou (Debra Jo Rupp), has been nominated for a teaching award. They plan a trip to Florida for the finals, but need to leave their dog, Spot, behind. What Mrs. Helperman doesn't know is that Spot (Nathan Lane) 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 (Kelsey Grammer) 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.



The critical reception was fairly positive, with a 76% critic rating at Rotten Tomatoes (with a 75% cream of the crop rating). Over its 4-day opening weekend, Teacher's Pet took $3,602,245 in 2027 theaters, a mere $1,777 per theater, making it one of the lowest openings in history.[2] By the end of its run, the film had only made $6,491,969.[1]


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