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Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet (2003)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 18

Despite its short running time, Teacher's Pet is a witty and irreverent family film.

77

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 6

Despite its short running time, Teacher's Pet is a witty and irreverent family film.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Disney's animated feature Teacher's Pet is based on the award-winning ABC cartoon show created by artist Gary Baseman. Spot (voice of Nathan Lane) is a dog who wishes he was a real boy, like his master Leonard Helperman (voice of Shaun Flemming). He gets his wish when Leonard and his mom (voice of Debra Jo Rupp) decide to move to Florida. Spot seeks the help of Dr. Krank (voice of Kelsey Grammer), an evil scientist who experiments with turning animals into humans. Things inevitably go wrong with

Jun 15, 2004

$6.3M

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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (18) | DVD (12)

Gary Baseman's Emmy-winning cartoon series arrives on the big screen in a delightful blast of bold drawing, brainy humor, and hard-charging songs.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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As CGI cartooning takes over the world Teacher's Pet finds a fresh and frisky approach to doing things the old, Walt way.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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This isn't your father's Disney cartoon.

January 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's part sugar, part spice and all-around brilliant.

January 16, 2004
Washington Post
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Has a non-sentimental appeal for that ... crowd that fancies itself too cool for kiddie stuff.

January 16, 2004
Washington Post
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Teacher's Pet is no Finding Nemo, nor even Lilo and Stitch, but it is an enjoyable family film.

January 16, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Fast, fresh, funny and entertaining for all.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

May not be a Disney classic, but it's certainly unique enough to warrant at least a rental, if not a spot in the permanent library.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

If nothing else inventive, at the very least perverse, and at moments transcendently bizarre.

July 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Disney's Teacher's Pet is a zippy animated feature with some clever musical numbers about a dog who wants to be a boy.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Delightful, giggle-inducing movie that will amuse kids with its quirky drawing style and outlandish action, while entertaining their parents with fast-paced, clever dialogue.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

While an absurdity or two can be tolerated and cartoon physics is perfectly okay in this sort of thing, the simple fact is that the illogical plotholes generally hurt the movie.

January 29, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

It's splashy, bright, colorful fun for the whole family.

January 29, 2004 Full Review
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What the film lacks in graphic sophistication it makes up for in visual imagination, especially in several exuberant musical numbers.

January 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A fine, smart, wickedly funny family film.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Occasionally clever, but unworthy of being the swan song of Disney's hand-drawn animation department. Too loud, screeching and annoying.

January 24, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The standard I-gotta-be-me theme and Broadway-show packaging of Disney's animated output gets a snarky makeover...

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Fast, fresh, frenetic...Teacher's Pet is a great way to spend seventy-odd minutes -- whether or not you've got kids in tow.

January 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

In its own twisted, unique way, this is one stunning film.

January 21, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

While Teacher's Pet lacks big-budget majesty, it has humor and heart.

January 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

At home, the movie will probably play like the pleasantly dull video babysitter it is. As a big-screen feature, however, it just feels superfluous.

January 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Weird and lively; the kind of movie that would never get made if it wasn't an extension of a preexisting franchise.

January 19, 2004 Full Review

Disney's Teacher's Pet tries hard to be a musical in the form of a quirky animated kid's movie, but ultimately it can't get past the inanity of it all.

January 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
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Audience Reviews for Teacher's Pet

Now seeing how this was a majorly overlooked animated film only earning 6.3 Million at the box office and seeing how it was based off a majorly overlooked animated show, does that mean that the whole film is worth it?

First off the acting. Considering the show had a pretty big cast for a animated Disney show especially for such an obscure show, the film has this same cast plus several new actors playing main characters. All the actors from the show do there hilarious good job. Nathan Lane is great as he usually is in almost anything he is in and makes the character of Scott likable full of energy and charisma and very funny. Jerry Stiller and David Ogden Stiers are just perfect as Pretty Boy and Mr. Jolly and the two work off each other and have a lot of the best comedic moments in the whole film. Shaun Flemming is good at making Leonard a well developed kid and Debra Jo Hupp does her usualy great comedic performance as Leonards mother. The new actors are also all fantastic. Kelsey Grammer does a great job at playing off the mad comedic scientist Ivan Krank and has a great voice to go with it. Paul Reubens and Megan Mullally are good as the two mutant creations of Krank and are both great at making them stupid and clueless but also hilarious.

Now the music. This is something you're probably questioning right now. Why would an animated film based on a animated comedy series have its film be a musical comedy? To be honest, I don't know why either. But you know what, they did their DAMN best when writing the music in this film and it has a huge broadway style soundtrack to it and it is all fantastic music and they try a few range of styles for the music, they try a tango style, a military style song, a kind of roadtrip style of sing along song. But my absolute favorite songs in the movie is the theme song for the film which happens to be the theme for the show but the make it feel a lot bigger and the song halfway through the film when Scott is kicked out of his own family by his owner and they basically explain to you the whole story without you having to know the show which to me is what a musical should do

Next the animation. Now if you guys are familiar with the Cranium board games and card games, you probably know this animation style since the show and movie were done by artist and animator Gary Baseman. The animation is very good for this kind of film and shows in the comedy very well with the film, sometimes the comedy just straight up comes from the visuals which is one of my favorite types of comedy with animation which is in things like Invader Zim and Camp Lazlo. The animation really shows in many of the songs in the film (which is sad because I can't find any footage of the film at all on the film except the trailer,) and the energy that this animation shows is just as good as some of the Nickelodeon and Disney shows that were airing at the time and it all looks just amazing.

Overall, Teacher's pet is a criminally underrated film that I think more people should really see. The music is some of the best I've heard in a film ever, the animation is just fantastic from a great artist, the actors are all fantastically funny and all play their characters well, and the comedy is still just as funny as when I first saw the film when I was 7. If you can find this film I say definitely check it out and you may really like it. Lord knows it's one of my favorite animated films
January 24, 2013
michael e.
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a wonderful nonstop hillarious funny comedy for kids and adults alike! clever, brilliant, laugh out loud hillarious comedy, also nathan lane is brilliantly funny. this is something familys will enjoy! A
July 12, 2011
Juan Charqueno

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