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
Cat In Tha Hat

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Produced by John Davis
Mark A.Z. Dippe
Written by Alec Berg
David Mandel
Jeff Schaffer
Based on The Cat In The Hat
Dr. Seuss
Starring Jack Black
Brooklynn Prince
JD McCrary
Michael Keaton
Jenna von Oy
Narrated by Billy Dee Williams
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Stephen W. Childers
Edited by David Burrows
Chris McKay
Production company Warner Animation Group
The Animation Picture Company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date November 8, 2021
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million
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.


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