The Cat in The Hat (film)

The Cat In The Hat (film)

The Cat in the Hat (or Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat) is a 2003 American fantasy slapstick comedy film directed by Bo Welch. A live action adaptation of the 1957 Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat, the film stars Mike Myers in the title role of the Cat in the Hat, and Dakota Fanning as Sally. Sally's brother (who is unnamed in the book), is in this version named Conrad and portrayed by Spencer Breslin. The Cat in the Hat is the second feature-length Dr. Seuss adaptation after the 2000 holiday film How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The idea was originally conceived in 2003, when Tim Allen was initially cast as the Cat, but he dropped his role due to work on The Santa Clause 2, and the role was later given to Mike Myers. Filming took place in California for three months. While the basic plot parallels 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 the feature film adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Cat in the Hat was released on November 21, 2003, and received extremely negative reviews from critics, with fans of the book panning its sexual humor and mature content, stating it deserved a PG-13 rating instead of PG. The film was nominated for ten Golden Raspberry Awards, "winning" Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie.

Since the release and extremely heavy criticism from fans and critics, Dr. Seuss' estate decided not to allow further live-action adaptations of Seuss' work. After this, a planned sequel, based on The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, was cancelled.

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