The Cat in the Hat (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat) is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Bo Welch in his directorial debut and written by Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer. Based on Dr. Seuss's 1957 book of the same name, it was the second feature-length Dr. Seuss adaptation after How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). The film stars Mike Myers in the title role with Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston, Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin, Amy Hill, and Sean Hayes in supporting roles.
Production on the film began in 1997 with Tim Allen originally cast in the title role. After Allen dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Santa Clause 2, the role went to Myers. Filming took place in California and lasted three months. As with the previous Dr. Seuss adaptation, many new characters and subplots were added to the story to bring it up to feature-length.
Released on November 21, 2003 in the United States by Universal Pictures with DreamWorks Pictures handling international distribution, the film grossed $134 million against a budget of $109 million and was negatively received by critics due to its screenplay, humor, perceived lack of faithfulness to the source material and Myers' portrayal of the title character, although the music and production design received some praise. Following its reception, Seuss's widow Audrey Geisel decided not to allow any further live-action adaptations of her husband's works, resulting in the cancellation of a sequel based on the book's follow-up The Cat in the Hat Comes Back; all Dr. Seuss film adaptations have since been produced using computer animation, starting with Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
Sound Effects Used
- Cartoon Network Cartoon Fall Sound/Hollywoodedge, Sky Rocket Loud High TE021701
- Censor Bleep (high pitched)
- Hollywoodedge, Car Alarm Activate De PE074801
- Hollywoodedge, Cats Fighting Loud Sc PE917007/Hollywoodedge, Cats Two Angry YowlsD PE022601
- Hollywoodedge, Crash Metal Shatter PE110201
- Hollywoodedge, Elephant Trumpeting PE024801
- Hollywoodedge, Fart 4 Very Short High PE139201
- Hollywoodedge, Grunt 8 Male Strained PE132801 (deleted scene only)
- Hollywoodedge, Horses Several Whinn PE025201 (5th whinny)/Hollywoodedge, Horses 1 High Pitched TE016301/Hollywoodedge, Horse Whinnies Group AT045501
- Hollywoodedge, Large Ceramic Pot Bre TE023001/Hollywoodedge, Pottery Drop Break PE112401
- Hollywoodedge, Large High Pitch Bell PE190801
- Hollywoodedge, Police Wailer Siren PE080801
- Hollywoodedge, Quick Double Bell Di CRT015001
- Hollywoodedge, Screams 4 Woman Singl PE133801
- Hollywoodedge, Telephone Rings Bell PE171401
- Hollywoodedge, Two Body Fall Gravel PE106301 (1st bodyfall, Heard once in a deleted scene.)
- Hollywoodedge, Wood Door 3 Open SlamM PE180301
- Hollywoodedge, Wood Door OCSqueak PE180401
- Sound Ideas, BLINK, CARTOON - XYLO EYE BLINKS
- Sound Ideas, COMEDY, ACCENT - WHOOP WHISTLE: SHORT
- Sound Ideas, CROWD, REACTION - PEOPLE SAYING 'OOHHH'
- Sound Ideas, ELEPHANT - ELEPHANT TRUMPETING, THREE TIMES, ANIMAL
- Sound Ideas, HIT, CARTOON - KABONG
- Sound Ideas, WHINE, CARTOON - SHELL SCREAMING WHINE DOWN
- Wilhelm Scream