Teacher's Pet

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Fast, fresh, funny and entertaining for all.
  • PG
  • 2004
  • 68 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Enough potty humor to give it a PG rating.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a little bit of potty humor and some comic peril and violence. One of the characters has an eye that keeps popping out.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 6-year-old Written byjulage March 26, 2009
I watched this with my 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 year olds, and thought it was completely innappropriate. Maybe it's just not that "pretty" Disney animati... Continue reading
Parent of a 6-year-old Written byMgerein September 6, 2015

Thin plot - not engaging

Our daughter was slightly entertained, but Teacher's Pet is not near the caliber of film we all expected. Common Sense Media has this film currently liste... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 17, 2011
Teen, 15 years old Written byHg64 July 24, 2017

Funny and original. An underrated gem

The animation might seem unattractive at first but once you get used to it it's quite good. (Spoilers ahead)
Teacher's Pet (based on the tv show) foll... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this feature length film based on Disney's animated TV series, Spot (voice of Nathan Lane) is a highly intelligent and articulate dog who dreams of becoming a boy. But then he wakes up. All he can do is pretend to be a boy, disguising himself as "Scott" and going to school with Leonard, the boy he lives with. Leonard and his mother go to Florida so she can participate in a teacher of the year competition, and Spot follows them after he sees a television interview with Dr. Krank (voice of Kelsey Grammar), who says he can change animals into humans. So far, his experiments on swamp creatures have produced some bizarre mutants. But Spot helps Krank make some adjustments and gets turned into a human. Unfortunately, since they forgot to figure in the effect of dog years, Spot becomes not a boy but a middle-aged man "with hairy knuckles and lower back pain." After many complications and adventures, a lot of sly humor, and several deliciously witty songs, everything is happily resolved.

Is it any good?

Kids will enjoy the wild characters, silly plot turns, bright colors, and vivid images of TEACHER'S PET. The animation style is distinctive and unusual. While it is apparently simple, even childlike, with basic shapes and bold colors, it is actually quite sophisticated, designed by award-winning artist Gary Baseman.

Older kids and parents will appreciate the wisecracks and the self-aware pop culture references from the Jetsons to Disney movies, and everyone will enjoy the music. While most movies directed at the youngest children have almost interchangeable soundtracks filled with watered-down rock and hip-hop or syrupy jingles, Teacher's Pet has first-rate Broadway quality songs, beautifully sung by Tony-winner Lane and an able supporting cast of voice talents. Witty (and vocabulary-building) lyrics rhyme "defiance" with "science," "appliance," and "giants" and "foe" with "status quo." One song hilariously lists all of the states and another reminds us that even the small among us can be mighty.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how we can help each other even when we have different dreams.

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