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The Cat in the Hat (2003)

aka The Cat in the Hat

"Don't mess with the hat."

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Details: 82 mins · English · PG (USA)


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Small The Cat in the Hat
Small Larry Quinn
Small Mom
Small Sally Walden
Small Conrad Walden
No_movie_poster Mrs. Kwan
Small Mr. Humberfloob / Voice of the Fish
No_movie_poster Thing One (as Danielle Ryan Chuchran)
No_movie_poster Thing One
No_movie_poster Thing Two
No_movie_poster Thing Two (as Talia Prairie)
Small Female Club-Goer
Small Joan Walden
Small Fish
Small Thing One
Small Announcer
Small Nevins
Small Mr. Humberfloob


Small Brian Grazer Producer
No_movie_poster Eric McLeod Executive Producer
No_movie_poster David Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Emmanuel Lubezki Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Bo Welch Director
No_movie_poster Karen Kehela Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Maureen Peyrot Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Don Zimmerman Editor
No_movie_poster Jeff Schaffer Screenplay
No_movie_poster Alec Berg Screenplay
No_movie_poster David Mandel Screenplay
No_movie_poster Dr. Seuss Novel
No_movie_poster Gregg Taylor Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Dr. Seuss Story Contributor


"Don't mess with the hat."


Conrad and Sally Walden live in the city of Anville with their single mother, Joan. Joan works for neat-freak Hank Humberfloob, and is hosting an office party at her house. One day, she is called back to the office, leaving the kids with Mrs. Kwan, a tired babysitter, and forbidding them to enter the living room, which is being kept pristine for the upcoming party. Larry Quinn is Joan's boyfriend, much to Conrad's dismay. Larry is constantly on the lookout for any mischief Conrad may be up to, as he wants nothing more than to send him away to military school, as Conrad has earned the reputation of "trouble-maker", while his sister is characterized as "perfect and well-behaved".

Once their mother leaves, Sally and Conrad discover a humanoid, oversized talking cat in a hat in their house. The cat wants them to learn to have fun, but the children's pet fish doesn't want the cat around when Joan is away. Cat ruins Joan's best dress and jumps on the living room's couch. He bakes cupcakes that explode and he even releases two trouble-making things, Thing 1 and Thing 2, from a crate that he explains is actually a portal from their world to his world. He tells Conrad that he only has one rule: never open the crate. Despite the Cat's warning, Conrad picks the lock anyway. When the crate's lock attaches itself to the collar of the family dog, Cat and the kids must go find it. They drive a super-powered car in search of the dog and use Cat's magic hat to their advantage, but face an obstacle when he loses it at one point. Larry soon becomes wise to all of this and tracks down Joan to tell her, but Things 1 and 2 have stalled her on the road, posing as police officers. Larry is fed up about this, so he goes back to the house, telling Joan to meet him there.

By the time the kids and the Cat return back to the house with the lock, all hell has broken loose, with "the mother of all messes" emitting from the unlocked crate and entering the house. They manage to navigate their way through the oversized house and find the crate sucking up things that disappears forever once gone through, after Sally is nearly sucked up but holding onto Conrad, Sally has to put her trust into Conrad that he will catch her when he lets go of her hand and puts the lock back on the crate. The plan works. The house returns to its normal proportions but then immediately falls apart. The Cat then tells the kids that he planned the whole day, including making not opening the crate his one rule, as he knew Conrad could not resist. He also admits he never really lost his magic hat. The kids angrily tell the Cat to leave the house. When all seems lost, the Cat happily returns to clean up his mess with a great cleaning contraption. Larry arrives when all is restored, thinking he has busted the kids, but when Joan sees the clean house, she doesn't believe Larry, and breaks up with him. When her party is successful, Joan and her kids play in the living room by jumping on the couch and having fun.

The film ends as the Cat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 walk into the sunset.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2003-11-21

DVD : 2004-03-16