The Cat In The Hat (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat) is a 2021 American computer-animated comedy musical fantasy film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. It is the third screen adaptation of the story after the 1971 TV special starring Allan Sherman, and the 2003 live-action film starring Mike Myers. The film is an animated version of the 2003 film, and stars Jack Black, JD McCrary, Brooklynn Prince, Michael Keaton, and Jenna von Oy, with supporting roles provided by Bill Hader, Jenifer Lewis, Steve Burns, and Owen Laramore.
|The Cat In The Hat|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ana Lily Amirpour|
|Produced by|| John Davis|
Mark A.Z. Dippe
|Written by|| Alec Berg|
|Based on|| The Cat In The Hat|
|Starring|| Jack Black|
Jenna von Oy
|Narrated by||Billy Dee Williams|
|Music by||John Powell|
|Cinematography||Stephen W. Childers|
|Edited by|| David Burrows|
|Production company|| Warner Animation Group|
The Animation Picture Company
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date||November 8, 2021|
|Running time||105 minutes|
|Box office||$313 million|
Warner Bros. agreed to animated the 2003 characters. The film began production on September 2020, and was scheduled to be released on May 27, 2021, but due to the first trailer receiving negative reviews, Warner Bros. delayed the film to November 8, 2021 to redesign the Cat, Thing One, and Thing Two, whose animation designs drew some criticism. The second trailer revealing the new designs was met with mixed-to-positive responses.
Produced by Warner Animation Group and The Animation Picture Company, The Cat In The Hat was released theatrically in the United States on November 8, 2021 by Warner Bros. Pictures, and grossed $313 million. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised its animation, John Powell's musical score, and the performances of Black, Prince, and Keaton, but many compared it unfavorably to the 2003 film and criticized the adult-oriented humor, innuendos, and inconsistent tone.
A sequel, The Cat In The Hat 2, was released on January 5, 2025, which was generally considered an improvement over The Cat In The Hat.
- Jack Black as the Cat in the Hat
- Brooklynn Prince as Sally Walden
- JD McCrary as Conrad Walden
- Michael Keaton as Lawrence "Larry" Quinn
- Jenna von Oy as Joan Walden
- Jenifer Lewis as Ms. Kwan
- Steve Burns as Hank Humberfloob
- Bill Hader as the Fish
- Dee Bradley Baker as Thing 1 and Thing 2
- Owen Laramore as the Cat in the Hat Jr.
- Frank Welker as Nevins
- Tony Hale as Kate the Caterer
- Codie Smudlers as Humberfloob Real Estate secretary
- Chris McKay as Astounding Products Announcer
- Pierce Gagnon as Dumb Schweitzer
- Iris Apatow as Denise
- Val Klimer as Jim McFlinnigan
- Billy Dee Williams as Narrator