Teacher's Pet

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  • PG
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 14 min
  • 5.7  (1,930)
  • 74

"Teacher's Pet" is a lively animated comedy-adventure film from 2004 that tells the story of Spot, a strange but loveable dog who believes that he is more than man's best friend, but a boy trapped in a canine body. Spot is interested in the world of humans, attending school classes, and pursuing his dream of becoming a human boy. Nathan Lane voices the main character, Spot, a blue dog with a talent for words and a preoccupation with human life. Spot is unhappy just being a dog, but his owner, Leonard Helperman (voiced by Shaun Fleming), cannot understand his loyalty to his species. Leonard is a smart ten-year-old who lives with his single mother, Mary Lou Helperman (voiced by Debra Jo Rupp), a schoolteacher who is hoping to get her Ph.D. David Ogden Stiers voices the villainous principal, Jolly, who becomes a bully to Mary Lou at work and a rival for the affections of loveable but clumsy maintenance man, Gene (voiced by Wallace Shawn).

When his owner's class goes back to school, Spot decides to disguise himself as a boy again and joins up as his best friend Leonard's new classmate. He's determined to find out why humans behave the way they do and to learn how to become a real human boy. The only thing is, he has to avoid getting caught by Mary Lou, who isn't allowed to have pets in her classroom.

As Spot's cover-up story keeps falling apart, other students in the classroom notice something fishy about the newest addition to their school. Luckily, Spot inadvertently saves the day by providing insight into the subject of language, which becomes the theme for the school's annual teacher-student academic competition. Just as the teachers are getting ready to liven up the competition, Principal Jolly arrives just in time to put a crimp in the festivities.

The group embarks on a wild and hilarious adventure when Spot inadvertently becomes a teacher's pet and changes everyone's views of the world of dogs by showing off his observations, insights, and knowledge about humans. The film develops into a battle between the humans and the dogs when Spot helps his fellow canines break free from the hands of the jolly principle.

The animation of this movie is bright, energetic, and lively. It is sprinkled with vibrant and entertaining musical numbers, which add to the film's overall excitement. The voice acting is top-notch, as well, with Nathan Lane's characteristic wit and charm as Spot and David Ogden Stiers delivering a delightfully despicable yearbook villain named Jolly.

The movie's humor is geared toward both youth and adults, with mild jokes for the younger audience and smart-aleck quips for older viewers. Its cleverness, well-written dialogue and jokes, and believe-it-or-not scenario make for a truly outstanding animated comedy.

In conclusion, "Teacher's Pet" is one of the best-animated films that Disney has produced in the early 2000s. With a unique and refreshing storyline, witty humor, engaging characters, and catchy musical numbers, this movie is a must-watch for anyone who loves animation and comedy-drama. It's a treat for kids and adults alike, and dog lovers will certainly appreciate the film's celebration of the bond between dogs and humans.

Teacher's Pet is a 2003 animated movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 14 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7 and a MetaScore of 74.

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    1 hr 14 min
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    5.7  (1,930)
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