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The Cat in the Hat

Theatrical poster
Directed by Bo Welch
Produced by Brian Grazer
Written by Book:
Dr. Seuss
Screenplay:
Alec Berg
David Mandel
Jeff Schaffer
Narrated by Victor Brandt
Starring Mike Myers
Spencer Breslin
Dakota Fanning
Kelly Preston
Alec Baldwin
Amy Hill
Sean Hayes
Danielle Churchran
Brittany Oaks
Steven Anthony Lawrence
Paris Hilton
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki
Editing by Don Zimmerman
Studio Imagine Entertainment
Distributed by North America:
Universal Studios
International:
DreamWorks
Release date(s) November 21, 2003
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $109 million
Gross revenue $133,960,541

The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 American comedy film loosely based on the 1957 book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was produced by Brian Grazer and directed by Bo Welch, and stars Mike Myers in the title role of the Cat in the Hat, and Dakota Fanning as Sally. Sally's brother, who is not named in the book, is known in this version as "Conrad" and played by Spencer Breslin.

While the basic plot of the live-action adaptation of The Cat in the Hat rotates around that of the book, the film filled out its 82 minutes by adding new subplots and characters quite different from those of the original story, similar to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Reviews were critically negative criticizing the film's mature content, and was nominated for eight Razzie Awards.

This is the second film Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Imagine Entertainment worked on since A Beautiful Mind.

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Plot

When Joan Walden is called back to work, she gets a sleepy baby-sitter to baby-sit her kids, Conrad and Sally. Conrad, a 12-year-old boy has 2 problems: He is constantly doing the exact opposite of what he is supposed to do and causing trouble, and Sally, Conrad's 7-year-old little sister who tries to stop Conrad's trouble making and is being rather bossy and perfect. Their next door neighbor, Lawrence Quinn decides to marry Joan, and send Conrad away to a military school to straighten up his behavior. When Joan leaves, their baby-sitter, Mrs. Kwan falls asleep. Not long after, it starts to rain outside and the children get bored. But then there is a thud somewhere in the house, and as the children go investigate, the Cat in the Hat (played by Mike Myers) appears. After the Cat puts Mrs. Kwan in the closet, the Fish starts talking, arguing about him being here. The Cat ignores the Fish and then convinces Conrad and Sally to sign a contract which will allow them to have all the fun they want, and will stop anything bad happening.

When they make cupcakes out of everything in the kitchen, the cupcakes explode causing a large, purple gooey mess. The Cat tries to clean up the mess with Joan's dress, much to the horror of Conrad and Sally. The Cat then brings in a large red crate, opens it, and releases Thing 1 and Thing 2. Conrad is eager to open the crate, but the Cat explains that the crate is a transport to his own world, and warns him not to open it and puts a crab lock on the crate. The Cat then hands Joan's dress to Things 1 and 2, who fling the mess off the dress and onto the couch. The Things then go to work attempting to clean the couch but end up flinging the spots all over the living room. They then start running around and creating even bigger messes. During the chaos, Conrad unlocks the crab lock on the crate (despite The Cat's pleas not to), which then scurries off and attaches itself to Nevins, the dog's collar. The Things throw Nevins out the window, and he runs off. Sally fusses over the state of the house, but The Cat warns them that they have more important things to worry about: if they do not put the lock back on the crate, they will be in the middle of "The mother of all messes". The trio puts the babysitter on the crate, to buy some time, and chase after Nevins.

Meanwhile, Quinn is revealed to be a disgusting, unemployed slob. He sees Nevins running through the street and seizes the opportunity to try to frame Conrad for unable to take care of Nevins, just as the TV he is watching is being repossessed by a trio of Repo Men. Larry grabs Nevins and heads for Joan's office. Conrad, Sally, and the Cat manage to get Nevins back by catching up with a vehicle called the Super Luxurious Omnidirectional Whatchamajigger (SLOW) and tricking Quinn into handing over Nevins and the crab lock by making him sign a petition about a Zumzizaroo. While The Things distract Joan and Quinn, the trio get back home, unaware that the babysitter has fallen off the crate to answer a phone call from Joan and that all terror is breaking loose as the crate erupts. Quinn decides to run to the house and tells Joan to meet him there.

When Quinn catches the kids at the doorway and takes them to the house, the Cat reappears. Larry stumbles backwards, only to fall from a massive high cliff into the Cat's world. The children gasp at what has become of the house, being "The Mother of All Messes", just as The Cat warned before. They find the crate, now with a big tornado spinning on top of it that is sucking up everything nearby. Conrad eventually manages to put the lock back on the crate, causing the distorted house to straighten itself, but then it collapses, leaving wreckage everywhere. The kids berate the Cat for not fixing things, despite that he wasn't responsible for the mess. He admits that he planned the entire day, so the kids yell at the Cat to leave. He comes back with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and a cleaning machine called the Dynamic Industrial Renovating Tractormajigger (DIRT). They clean up the mess, and the house is clean and put back together, much to the kids' relief. At that point, The Cat and the Things leave the house, just in time for Joan to come home. Mrs. Kwan wakes up and tells Joan that the children were "angels," which she does not know anything that happened because she was sound asleep the whole time. But then Quinn barges in, covered from head to toe with purple slime and starts telling Joan about the mess and the Cat's world. Not believing Quinn, Joan sends him away, and things go back to normal. The party goes as scheduled. It is then revealed that outside the house that "The Cat" has been telling the story the whole time, he then leaves when we see him walking off into the sunset with Thing 1 and Thing 2, talking about going on vacation.

Cast

Tim Allen was originally planned to play the role of the cat, but dropped out at the last minute, since Allen was filming for The Santa Clause 2.[1] Coincidentally, Spencer Breslin appeared in both The Cat in the Hat and The Santa Clause 2.

Reception

The Cat in the Hat received overwhelmingly negative reviews, getting a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an average grade of D+ from critics in the interpretation of Yahoo's film website.[2]

A characteristic evaluation was that of Ty Burr, writing in the Boston Globe: "The big-screen Cat represents everything corrupt, bloated, and wrong with mainstream Hollywood movies." A number of critics also said that the MPAA should have given the film a stricter rating than "PG", due to the mature themes and multiple double entendres.[citation needed]

The film only managed to recoup $101 million of its $109 million budget domestically at the box office; however an additional $32 million from foreign countries brought the films total box office revenue to $133 million.[3]

The Cat in the Hat was nominated for eight Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Mike Myers), Worst Supporting Actor (Alec Baldwin), Worst Supporting Actress (Kelly Preston), Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Couple (Myers and either Thing One or Thing Two), winning one for Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (All Concept/No Content). As a result of frequent mature themes, the widow of Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel (who holds the rights to his work) declared that there are to be no more live-action movies based on the works of Dr. Seuss, arguing that the film has clearly deviated from her late husband's family-friendly work.

Trailer error

Although David Newman composed the film's score, the trailer also credited Marc Shaiman.

References

  1. ^ "Meow Nix". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc.. 2001-11-16. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,183729,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  2. ^ The Yahoo film website gives a compendium of reviewer and public reaction to the 2003 film, as well as its box-office history
  3. ^ "The Cat in the Hat". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catinthehat.htm. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 

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The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 American live-action film adaptation of the 1957 book of the same name, released by Universal Studios, DreamWorks, and Imagine Entertainment. It was produced by Brian Grazer and directed by Bo Welch, and stars Mike Myers in the title role of the Cat in the Hat, and Dakota Fanning as Sally. Sally's brother, who is not named in the book, is known in this version as "Conrad" and played by Spencer Breslin.

While the basic plot of the live-action adaptation of The Cat in the Hat rotates around that of the book, the film filled out its 82 minutes by adding new subplots and characters quite different from those of the original story, similar to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Cat

  • Plan A: "Mess up a perfectly good house." Done that. Plan B: "Cut your losses and ditch the kids." That could work. Plan C: "Trick Mom's boyfriend into handing over the dog and the lock." I don't know, I still like Plan B...
[Conrad has asked where the Cat came from.]
  • Hmm, How do I put this...? When a mommy cat and a daddy cat love each other very much, they decide that-
[Conrad cuts him off.]
  • [While introducing Thing 1 and Thing 2]

"Thing 2 would like to point out that though he is number 2, does not imply that he is in any way inferior to Thing 1. (Thing 2 speaks indecisively) He says you may feel free to call him: "Thing A", if you like. He will also accept "Super Thing", "Thing King", "Kid Dynamite", "Chocolate Thun-duh", or "Ben".

  • (While holding a hoe, the tool) You dirty Hoe! I'm sorry, I love you baby.

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