In a marvelously animated version of one of the most beloved of all Dr. Seuss tales, two youngsters find themselves at home with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon. But when the magical, mischievous Cat in the Hat arriv... more »es on the scene, they're all cat-apulted into a day of rousing, romping, outlandish antics they - and you - will never forget!« less
Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY Reviewed on 5/19/2019...
what can I say about this classic? My granddaughter loved it, as I knew she would.
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Sarah C. (sassy16125) from GREENVILLE, PA Reviewed on 12/12/2010...
My kids love this movie. My youngest son wants to watch it all day long.
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Rebecca W. from DUNCAN, SC Reviewed on 3/19/2009...
If this is the musical one where the fish sings "cat hat in french chat chapeau in spanish you're a gato in a sombrero..." This is the bestest movie ever. My kids are teenagers and we still love this movie. we will get it again for the new baby on the way.
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Don't confuse it w/ the '72 version! This is the cat's meow!
Andrew K. Johnson | Flat Rock, MI United States | 11/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Very well...I'm a punk!" Ah, the Cat in the Hat classic songs finally on durable DVD! Buyers out there beware! Remember that this 1971 version is the animated TV version that we all remember, while the 1972 version is essentially the book being read out loud with some pans and close ups of the original pages. I bought the 1972 version last Xmas and my mouth hung open watching the book in action. However, up, up, up with this version! All the songs are classics and take me back to the days when it was okay to leave the kids at home alone. A great, great story!"
From a 3 1/2 year old...
Jason A. Miller | New York, New York USA | 11/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the version of "The Cat in the Hat" that I remember, from constant re-runs on HBO in the early 1980s. This is the version of "The Cat in the Hat" that I think of, in the same way that my nephew, now 3 1/2, will think of the Mike Myers' movie as "his" "Cat in the Hat". So, I had to buy this DVD... not just to show him, but also for myself, because I hadn't seen the whole thing in about 20 years, and recapturing my own childhood is almost as important as influencing his!First, I watched it by myself. Hmm. 1971 was a lot less jarring in 1983. In 2003, the music seemed a lot... more corny, I guess. The "Fun" song, the one song on the soundtrack not performed by Allan Sherman, is pretty bad. However, the rest of it held up just as I remembered it. I appreciate the special feature sing-along version of "Calculatus Eliminatus", a song I had committed to memory 20 years ago, and then forgot (displaced, no doubt, by the useless Paula Abdul song lyrics that crowded up my brain in the intervening years).Then, I screened it for the nephew. He sat through the whole thing, mesmerized, looking away only occasionally to play with the tiny Thing 2 toy he got from Burger King. He was upset when it was over and kept asking to watch the extra features (the "Calculatus" sing-along, and the two-minute promo for the Myers movie). We essentially watched the whole cartoon twice.The final verdict is that the 1971 "Cat in the Hat" holds up very well today, as both a 30 year-old and a 3 1/2 year-old see it. Obviously the animation is flat and dated -- but it's faithful to the book, and, of course, this is Dr. Seuss's own version (Ted Geisel was producer and scriptwriter for the affair). The music is also dated (of course), but kids won't notice, and the Sherman songs are still delightful. The educational component is also funny -- the Cat sings his name out in seven or eight different languages, and several more made-up ones.In other words, add this katze-in-a-hut to your collection today."
The REAL Thing!
Michael Endicott | 12/02/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the original CBS TV special from 1971. How old was I? 1 year old but thankfully there was always reruns and yes, this is the one from my childhood.After spending $5 to see a horrible parody of the book (ie: the Movie) I decided I might as well spend $12 to have the real deal. Well here it is, on DVD.The TV show is just as I remember it. The songs, the animation, everything is true to the book.My biggest complaint is about the stupid trailers you have to watch before you can see the cat. You insert the DVD and you gotta see previews for Casper, Babe, and Sinbad. To make things worse, you can NOT press menu or even "stop". I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for the previews."
This Cat Has Style!
Michael Endicott | Tigard,, Oregon United States | 08/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sure, it would have been great if the Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss alliance would have continued for this outing (their "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Horton Hears A Who" are unquestionable classics) but this is a noble effort.. a VERY noble effort. "The Cat in the Hat" was always been my favorite Dr. Seuss book. Having said that, I felt the top notch vocal talent (Allan Sherman will forever be the Cat in the Hat, sorry Mike Meyers!) and whimsical screenplay really fleshed out the book playful theme ... and the Geisel penned songs were truly inspired! So the animation is a little off. This is going to be considered quite the classic when that stinker of a movie opens this winter!"