Dr Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Bo Welch (2003)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Dr Seuss's much-loved children's book gets turned into ineffective big-screen mush in this colourful but lifeless adaptation. Learning no lessons from Ron Howard's delightful The Grinch, production designer-turned-director Bo Welch makes scant use of Seuss's wonderful rhymes and pacing, instead delivering a horribly self-aware vehicle for Mike Myers's ego. There's little magic or charm here as youngsters Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin find a rainy day at home lifted by the mysterious appearance of a giant talking feline. Though the kids are great and the CGI fish hugely entertaining, Myers's fun-obsessed Cat is just plain annoying - his performance merely an amalgamation of every other comic character he's ever played. Consequently, no matter how hard debut director Welch tries with the imaginative visuals, most scenes fall flat when Myers is on screen. The creation of a romantic subplot to flesh out the original story, featuring Kelly Preston and a grotesque Alec Baldwin, is jarring and unnecessary too. A wasted opportunity.


Two bored youngsters are led on a series of zany misadventures when a manic moggy comes knocking at their door with a magical stovepipe hat on his head and mischief in mind. Comedy fantasy based on the children's book by Dr Seuss, starring Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin.

Cast & Crew

The Cat Mike Myers
Quinn Alec Baldwin
Mom Kelly Preston
Sally Dakota Fanning
Conrad Spencer Breslin
Mrs Kwan Amy Hill
Mr Humberfloob / The Fish Sean Hayes
Thing 1 / Thing 2 Dan Castellaneta
Narrator Victor Brandt
Director Bo Welch
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 2 Apr 2004
Comedy Drama Children's