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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This live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic children's book has been given a well-rounded presentation for its release on DVD. This edition of The Cat in the Hat has been given a pan-and-scan transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (a letterboxed widescreen version is also available). The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. InSee more details below

Overview

This live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic children's book has been given a well-rounded presentation for its release on DVD. This edition of The Cat in the Hat has been given a pan-and-scan transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (a letterboxed widescreen version is also available). The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. In addition to the original English-language soundtrack, dubbed versions in Spanish and French are included, as well as subtitles in Spanish and French. Bonus materials include a selection of deleted scenes and outtakes, short features on Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat postage stamp, a handful of behind-the-scenes featurettes on various aspects of the making of the film, a lesson on how to dance just like the cat, and more.

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:
0025192468322
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:22:00

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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