Teacher's Pet

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Released 2004

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Director:
Timothy Björklund
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG
Teacher's Pet is a 2004 animated film based on the popular television series of the same name. The story concerns Leonard Helperman (voice by Shaun Fleming), a fourth grader whose mother has been nominated for a teaching award. When they go on a trip to Florida, they have to leave their dog, Spot, behind. Spot (Nathan Lane), however, has actually been pretending to be a boy, Scott, who is at the head of the class. When Spot sees mad scientist Ivan Kran (Kelsey Grammer) on television, he thinks that Ivan can help him become a real boy. When Spot visits Ivan, who is just down the street from where they're staying, he is turned into a man. Being human, however, is not all that Spot had hoped it would be. The film was highly regarded by critics, but failed to find an audience in the theatre. Also starring the voices of Megan Mullally, Jerry Stiller, Debra Jo Rupp, and David Ogden Stiers, Teacher's Pet was directed by Timothy Bjorklund.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Marvelously quick-witted and gloriously goofy hand-drawn feature shows there's still more than 21 grams of life left in the form.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Smart and stylish, Disney's Teacher's Pet is one family film that has appeal for adults as well as children.

  • 90

    Variety Joe Leydon

    A doggone hilarious cartoon extravaganza...virtually bursts at the seams with a supersized abundance of witty wordplay, silly songs and inspired sight gags.

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    Tweens, Pre-Teens, Grade Schoolers