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Teacher's Pet (2004 film)

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Teacher's Pet
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTimothy Björklund
Written by
Based on
Teacher's Pet
by
Produced byStephen Swofford
Starring
Music byStephen James Taylor
Production
companies
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • January 16, 2004 (2004-01-16)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million
Box office$6.5 million[1]

Teacher's Pet is a 2004 American animated musical comedy film, which serves as the finale of the 2000 television series of the same name created by artist Gary Baseman. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, the film was directed by series director Timothy Björklund and written by series creators Bill and Cheri Steinkellner. The film was released theatrically on January 16, 2004, to mostly positive reviews. It was a box office failure, grossing $6.5 million on a $10 million budget.[2]

The film is dedicated to Baseman's dog, Hubcaps, who died while the film was in production.[citation needed]

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Plot

For the past year, a dog named Spot has impersonated a boy named Scott and attended school with his master, fourth-grader Leonard Helperman. Spot desperately wants to become a real human boy, much to the chagrin of Leonard, who just wants a normal dog. Leonard's mother Mary Lou is invited to compete in the "Teacher of the Year" finals in Sunny Southern Florida, and granted use of the principal's RV to travel there under the condition that no dogs are allowed. Leonard sadly bids farewell to Spot as they leave him with a pet sitter.

Watching a television talk show, Spot discovers a scientist named Dr. Ivan Krank who claims he can turn animals into human beings and who lives in Southern Florida. Determined to meet Krank and become a boy, Spot chases down the RV, disguises himself as Scott, and convinces Mrs. Helperman to allow him to travel with them.

Back at home, the Helpermans' bird Pretty Boy and cat Mr. Jolly learn from a follow-up episode of the talk show that Krank cannot actually turn animals into people, but rather into awkward and grotesque hybrid creatures. Pretty Boy decides they must follow after Spot to warn him, assuring Mr. Jolly that they can be tough despite their size.

Arriving in Florida, Mrs. Helperman heads directly to the Teacher of the Year finals, leaving the boys alone, and Spot convinces Leonard to go with him to Krank's lab. Despite Leonard's apprehensions, Krank agrees to turn Spot human, gleefully anticipating the respect the scientific community has always denied him.

Spot wakes up to find that he is indeed human, but because dogs age faster than humans, he is a fully grown man rather than a boy. Krank wants to capture and exhibit the "dog-man" around the world, but they break free. In need of a new wardrobe, "Scott" uses his dog senses to locate a lost dog and claim a cash reward, and he and Leonard enjoy a day on the town.

Scott and Leonard return to the RV to meet Mrs. Helperman, making up a story to explain the disappearance of Scott-the-boy and the appearance of Scott-the-man. Mrs. Helperman invites Scott in for coffee and soon begins to fall for him. Scott considers marrying Leonard's mother so they can all stay together, but Leonard refuses to allow it. Scott leaves Leonard and Mrs. Helperman after an argument with the former on account of Scott refusing to drop his human wants.

Pretty Boy and Mr. Jolly arrive in Florida and help Leonard realize that he should support Scott's dream. Leonard concludes that the only way they can all be together is for him to become Scott's dog, and leaves for Krank's lab. A regretful Scott returns to reconcile with Leonard and follows him.

Krank plans to turn Leonard into a dog and capture Scott to exhibit both of them. Scott arrives at the lab and destroys Krank's machine. In the ensuing chaos, the machine turns Krank into a mouse and Scott back to his original dog form. Leonard and Spot reunite, and Spot decides that he is proud to be a dog.

Cast

Returning voice actors from the series include Mae Whitman and Lauren Tom as students Leslie Dunkling and Younghee Mandlebom and Pamela S. Adlon as students Tyler, Taylor and Trevor.

Genie Ann Francis and Anthony Geary voice soap opera characters Marsha and John, as well as their telenovela equivalents Marcia and Juan. Rosalyn Landor voices The Blue Fairy in the opening sequence and writer David Maples voices Beefeater.

Timothy Stack portrays the owner of a dog Spot rescues and Emma Steinkellner plays his daughter, while Ken Swofford voices Officer White and Kevin M. Richardson voices a conductor.

Production

The film was animated by Walt Disney Television Animation and Toon City. On its story, instead of telling the original Pinocchio story, the filmmakers thought of putting a twist on the tale, which relates to the theme of the movie: "Be careful what you wish for." Nathan Lane returned to reprise his role as Spot Helperman/Scott Leadready II after working on the musical The Producers. The movie itself serves as the series finale to the television series.

Music

Original songs performed in the film include:

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."I Wanna Be a Boy"Brian Woodburry & Peter LuryeNathan Lane, Shaun Fleming & Chorus 
2."A Boy Needs a Dog"Randy Petersen & Kevin QuinnFleming & Lane 
3."A Whole Bunch of World"Cheri Steinkellner, Petersen & QuinnDebra Jo Rupp, Lane & Fleming 
4."Small But Mighty"Petersen & QuinnJerry Stiller & David Ogden Stiers 
5."I, Ivan Krank"Steinkellner, Petersen & QuinnKelsey Grammer 
6."Take the Money and Run"Steinkellner, Petersen & QuinnJack Sheldon 
7."I'm Moving On"Steinkellner, Petersen & QuinnRupp, Lane, Fleming, Grammer, Paul Reubens, Megan Mullally, Stiller, Stiers & Chorus 
8."A Boy Needs a Dog (Reprise)"Petersen & QuinnLane & Fleming 
9."Proud to Be a Dog"Woodburry, Lurye, Steinkellner, Petersen & QuinnLane, Fleming & Chorus 
10."Teacher's Pet"Joe LubinChristy Carlson Romano 

Release

Teacher's Pet was originally planned for a September 5, 2003 release before getting rescheduled for February 2004. The film was then moved up to January 16, 2004.

About a week before release, Toon Disney aired a four-hour marathon of episodes for viewers to catch up on the series.[3][4]

Box office

Over its four-day opening weekend, the film made $3.6 million in 2,027 theaters, $1,777 per theater, making it one of the lowest openings in history.[5] By the end of its run, the film had grossed $6.5 million.[1]

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 76% based on 74 reviews, with an average rating of 6.52/19. The site's critics consensus reads: "Despite its short running time, Teacher's Pet is a witty and irreverent family film."[6] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film has a score of 74 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B−" on an A+ to F scale.[8]

Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B−.[9] Google Play gave the film 3.9 out of 5 stars.[10] Common Sense Media gave the film four out of five stars, claiming it to be "Fast, fresh, funny and entertaining for all", but they also give warnings for minor potty humor and violence.[11]

Home media

Teacher's Pet was released June 15, 2004, on VHS and DVD.

Deleted scenes

The deleted scenes are in animatic form as they were either incomplete in time for the film or replaced with a different scene.

  • "Pretty Boy and Mr. Jolly On the Road": Pretty Boy and Mr. Jolly end up traveling numerous ways to Florida to save Spot and Leonard.[12]
  • "NEATO Awards": Spot, Pretty Boy, and Mr. Jolly cheer on Mrs. Helperman as she accepts the award at the "NEATO" awards. Pretty Boy claims that they cannot get home on the RV since they are supposed to be home (Mrs. Helperman does not realize that they are in Florida also) as Spot quickly figures out a way to get them home.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b "Teacher's Pet (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons (3rd ed.). New York: Checkmark Books. p. 232. ISBN 978-0-8160-6600-1.
  3. ^ "Teacher's Pet Marathon on Toon Disney". AnimationMagazine.net. January 9, 2004. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "(MIRRORED) Disney's Teacher's Pet Episode Twenty - S02E07 - The Grass Seed is Always Greener... - Video Dailymotion". Dailymotion. February 27, 2015. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Delgo worst opening ever". Movies.Yahoo.com. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  6. ^ Teacher's Pet at Rotten Tomatoes Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ Teacher's Pet at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ "Teacher's Pet". CinemaScore. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  9. ^ "Disney's Teacher's Pet". EW.com. January 14, 2004. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Disney's Teacher's Pet - Movies & TV on Google Play". Google.com. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "Teacher's Pet - Movie Review". CommonSenseMedia.org. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Scott Leadready II (July 28, 2014). "Disney's Teacher's Pet Deleted Scene #1 (2004)". Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved June 3, 2017 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ Scott Leadready II (July 28, 2014). "Disney's Teacher's Pet Deleted Scene #2 (2004)". Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved June 3, 2017 – via YouTube.

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