The Cat in the Hat (also known as Dr. Seuss ‘ The Cat in the Hat) is 1 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Bo Welch in his debut and based on Dr. Seuss’s book of the same name. Starring Mike Myers, Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin, Alec Baldwin and Kelly Preston, is Dr. Seuss’s second adaptation feature film after the 2000 movie as the Grinch stole Christmas.
The idea was originally conceived in 2001 with Tim Allen initially released as the cat, but dropped its role due to work in Santa Claus 2 and the paper was later given to Myers. Filming took place in California for three months. While the basic plot is parallel to that of the book, the film filled its 82 minutes, adding new subplots and characters significantly different from the original story similar to how the Grinch stole Christmas.
Theatrical released on November 21, 2003 in the United States, the film raised $134 million around the world against a budget of $109 million, but was criticized by critics, largely because of its humor and adult-themed innuendo, while Appearances visual and production values were mainly praised. After the release of the film, Seuss’s widow, Audrey Geisel, decided not to allow the production of other live action adaptations of Seuss’s works.
CAT in the Hat was released on VHS and DVD on March 16th, 2004. It features 16 deleted scenes, 20 outtake scenes, almost a dozen featurettes, and a “dance with the Cat ” Tutorial to teach kids a cat in the Hat dance. On February 7th, 2012, the film was released on Blu-Ray.