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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 »
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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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A musical tail about one dog's dream of becoming a boy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mildly crude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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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Runtime:

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

When Leonard is searching for Spot around the trailer, the "No Dogs" tire cover is scratched and ruined. In a later scene, it's fine. See more »

Quotes

Ian: Cool.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits or title cards except the Walt Disney Pictures logo. 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 101 Dalmatians (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Mambo del Perro
Music and Lyrics by Stephen James Taylor
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Amazing and wonderful film!
19 January 2004 | by beaniebfanSee all my reviews

Gary Baseman does it again! This movie is an amazing piece of film artistry based on the insanely brilliant tv series of the same name. Unfortunately, this show was really never given its due and suffers from limited viewing opportunities (right now it can be seen daily on Toon Disney). This movie offers a wider audience the chance to see what makes the show so fun to watch.

The story involves Spot/Scott (voiced brilliantly by the always-great Nathan Lane) in his quest to fulfill his dream of becoming a boy. When Mrs. Helperman and Leonard go to Florida for the NEATO Teacher's convention, Spot tags along to seek out the evil scientist Dr. Ivan Krank who is currently doing animal-to-human experiments. Hilarity ensues of course.

Baseman's unique animation style is a feast for the eyes with its constantly surprising and exciting twists. Watch for spoofs on classic Disney films, especially Pinocchio. While this film is a bit on the short side, the story is well told and fully developed (remember that other great movies of the past like Dumbo, Bambi, and Lilo and Stitch all had similar running times). It just goes to show that you don't need a 3+ hour movie and technology to make a heart-warming and hilarious film.

Children and adults alike will love it - there's something for everyone. And even if you're not familiar with the show, the writers have included enough background that you will be able to keep up with what is going on.

I give it a 9.5/10 and highly recommend it for everyone! A friend needs a friend, a boy needs a dog, and Disney needs to let Gary Baseman make more Teacher's Pet!


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