Parents' Guide to

Teacher's Pet

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fast, fresh, funny and entertaining for all.

Movie PG 2004 68 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

age 7+

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 listed in the "Back to School" movies list, which is also a let-down: the vast majority of the film doesn't occur in or have anything to do with school!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

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.

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