Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

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Director: Bo Welch

Cast: Bo Welch, Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston

     
 

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Love it or hate it (and let's face it, most hated it), this film is a marvel of set design and art direction, and that is well represented on this special edition DVD. The 1.85:1 anamorphic image is simply stunning. (As is common now, a full-frame version is available separately.) Colors, a vital element of the film, are presented with an amazing flourish, perfectly… See more details below

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Overview

Love it or hate it (and let's face it, most hated it), this film is a marvel of set design and art direction, and that is well represented on this special edition DVD. The 1.85:1 anamorphic image is simply stunning. (As is common now, a full-frame version is available separately.) Colors, a vital element of the film, are presented with an amazing flourish, perfectly capturing the theatrical appearance. There are no signs of grain or print scratches, as would be expected. Nearly as impressive is the 5.1 Dolby Digital track. The sound mix is very exciting, with wide use of the surrounds for effect, but the main audio source is never drowned out up front. Dialogue is clear (this could be a good or bad thing, depending on your view) and without any distortion. It wouldn't be surprising to see a two-disc re-release happen down the line, but this title still throws in a number of first-rate supplements. While the menus are annoying, they will take you to numerous sections, mainly comprised of 12 short (under three minutes each) featurettes. Those with short attention spans will appreciate these pieces, all with interviews from director Bo Welch, star Mike Myers, and other cast members. Segments include the cat makeup, the music, the creation of the Theodore Seuss Geisel stamp, the vehicles, various visual effects, and more. In addition, and designed to appeal to the very young, is a segment on how to dance like the cat. Slightly more promising, though not the best ever produced, is an audio commentary track from Welch and Alec Baldwin. The two seem to enjoy recording this track, and their time making the movie. Infinitely more amusing than the film is a lengthy bloopers segment. Finally, a number of deleted scenes are offered, as well as the trailers for Shrek 2 and Peter Pan. Overall, this is a fine disc, from the exceptional picture and sound to a wide array of extras. Now, if only the film was as good.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Give The Cat in the Hat credit: It more than lives up to the Cat's promise to deliver "pure unadulterated fun without any good sense or judgment." This extends to Mike Myers's somewhat desperate performance, as well as this DVD itself, whose bonus features include bloopers in which the adult actors swear when they flub their lines. The profanities are bleeped, but still, this is a family film, after all. Dr. Seuss' wonderful, whimsical, mischievous book is as buried as Myers under all that fur. But critics don't know what the little kids understand: The bright colors, the slapstick and mayhem, the mild profanities, and below-the-belt gags are perfectly pitched to the target adolescent audience. The Cat (voiced by Myers as equal parts Bert Lahr, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Saturday Night Live's "Coffee Talk" hostess Linda Richman), works his dubious magic on two disagreeable siblings, rule breaker Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and control freak Sally (Dakota Fanning). Oscar nominee (but certainly not for this film) Alec Baldwin is game in the thankless role of the smarmy, slimy next-door neighbor with designs on Conrad and Sally's mother (Kelly Preston). It is perhaps a coincidence that he recently vowed to a reporter that he would do no more kids' films. If only the movie was as much fun as this disc's imaginative animated menus, hosted by Breslin and Fanning. The Cat in the Hat may be, to quote the top-hatted feline, "the mother of all messes," but on the "Phunometer," it scores high with the kids who helped make it a $100 million box office hit. It will, no doubt, enjoy more than nine lives on home video.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
UPC:
0025192147623
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
12,939

Special Features

Dance-along With the Cat: Learn how to dance just like the cat with fun, easy-to-follow steps; 16 deleted scenes: Never-before-seen footage with lots of surprises; 20 outtakes: Hilarious bloopers featuring Mike Myers as the Cat; "The Purrrr-fect Stamp": An unprecedented look at the making of a new U.S. stamp celebrating the real Dr. Seuss; "The Dirt on D.I.R.T.": How the magical cleaning machine came to life; "Seussville U.S.A.": See how everyday Pomona, CA, was transformed into fantastical Seussland; "The Mother of All Messes": Learn how special effects created the biggest mess ever; "The Music": A firsthand look at unusual Seussian instruments; Plus more on the Cat, the Fish, the kids, and the S.L.O.W.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mike Myers The Cat in the Hat
Alec Baldwin Lawrence Quinn
Kelly Preston Joan Walden
Dakota Fanning Sally Walden
Spencer Breslin Conrad Walden
Amy Hill Mrs. Kwan
Sean Hayes Mr. Humberfloob,Fish

Technical Credits
Bo Welch Director
Patrick Aguilera Stunts
David Alexander Animator
Michael Amundson Asst. Director
Cheryl Bainum Executive Producer
Alec Berg Screenwriter
Lee Berger Executive Producer
Juel Bestrop Casting
Kacie Borrowman Stunts
Sue Brunell-Edwards Production Manager
Tyler Campbell Stunts
Peter Cavaciuti Camera Operator
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
Cameron Croughwell Stunts
Joshua Croughwell Stunts
Amanda Dague Animator
Laura Dash Stunts
Rene Dashiell-Kerby Makeup
Deborah M. Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Troy Dederick Stunts
Marguerite Derricks Choreography
Amberlynn Dorsey Stunts
Jared S. Eddo Stunts
Kenny Endoso Stunts
Richard Epper Stunts
Jonathan Eusebio Stunts
Dave Feiten Animator
Eddie Fiola Stunts
Dan Flannigan Stunts
Christian Fletcher Stunts
Duane Floch Animator
Terri Fluker Costumes/Costume Designer
Luke Freeborn Set Decoration/Design
John Goodman Animator
Brian Grazer Producer
Jim Halty Stunts
Ajay Hateley Stunts
Keenan Hateley Stunts
Sean Haworth Art Director
Jim Hofman Animator
David Hugghins Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Humberfloob's Real Estate
3. Conrad the Unclean
4. Larry
5. Mom's Rules
6. A Humungous Cat!
7. Fun, Fun, Fun
8. The Cat & the Couch
9. The Kupkake-inator!
10. Thing 1 & Thing 2
11. Looking for the Lock
12. A Pussycat Piñata
13. The S.L.O.W.
14. Plan C
15. The Race Is On!
16. The Mother of All Messes
17. Enough Is Enough!
18. The Cat Cleans Up
19. What Would You Do?
20. End Titles

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