Movie Monday: November 26, 2003

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Cat In The Hat Image One
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Cat In The Hat Image Two
Photo Credit: rogerebert.com

Fifteen years ago, today, the #1 movie at the box office was The Cat In The Hat, starring Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston, Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin and, Sean Hayes with cameos from Clint Howard and Paris Hilton. Dan Castellaneta did Thing One and Thing Two voice work.

IMDB Summary:

“Conrad and Sally Walden are home alone with their pet fish. It is raining outside and there is nothing to do until The Cat in the Hat walks in the front door. He introduces them to their imagination and, at first, it’s all fun and games until things get out of hand and, The Cat must go, go, go, before their parents get back.”

Interesting Trivia:
Tim Allen was originally cast as The Cat but, had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict for The Santa Clause II.
♦ There was so much smog during the shoot that the sky had to be digitally replaced.
Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss’s widow, was appalled by this movie and decided to reject any future adaptations of her late husband’s work. She was so furious after she saw the film that she legally forbade Hollywood from making anymore live-action stories (all subsequent films have been animated).
♦ Mike Myers said that the Cat’s personality is a composite of director/producer Bruce Paltrow, his Saturday Night Live (1975) character “Linda Richman” and, actor Charles Nelson Reilly.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Magazine had a different take:

“I hated How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which was a smash for Jim Carrey. Cat, another over-blown Hollywood raid on Dr. Seuss, has a draw in Mike Myers, who, inexplicably, plays the Cat by mimicking Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.”

Awards:
Film Music (David Newman/2004 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Film & TV Awards)
Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie (2004/Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards)
Worst Film (2004/Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA) Awards)
Worst Picture (2003/The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards *Site Defunct July 1, 2007*)
Worst Screenplay for a Film Grossing More than $100 Million Using Hollywood Math (Alec Berg, David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer/2003/The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards)
Most Annoying Non-Human Character (2003/The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards)
The Spencer Breslin Award for Worst Performance by a Child (Spencer Breslin/2003/The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards)

21 Nominations [Not all bad. The kids & teens liked this and, the hair & makeup was noticed by the Guild. The Teen Choice Awards nominated Sean Hayes for Choice Movie Hissy Fit, which I found amusing. ~Vic]


 

13 thoughts on “Movie Monday: November 26, 2003

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    November 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve seen worse movies. Son loved it.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      November 26, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      The best nominations this movie got came from the kids & teens. I never wanted to see either live-action Dr. Seuss. I cringed when I heard Jim Carrey was doing The Grinch. And, Mike Myers? He is just annoying no matter what he does.

    bottomlesscoffee007 said:
    November 26, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Ugggg, another classic ruined by hollyweird.

    the britchy one said:
    November 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I absolutely hated this too. My kids thankfully didn’t like it so I’ve never been subjected to it again

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      November 26, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Yeah. You KNOW your movie stinks when the entire thing gets a Razzie. Heh. 🍋 (no Golden Raspberry emoji).

        the britchy one said:
        November 26, 2018 at 10:30 pm

        💩 this’ll do 😂

        jmshistorycorner said:
        December 2, 2018 at 12:50 am

        Oh, I don’t know; “Armageddon” (1998) received several razzie awards – but is still freakin’ awesome!

    jmshistorycorner said:
    December 2, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I only ever saw the animated one.

    The Hinoeuma responded:
    December 2, 2018 at 2:02 am

    It only rec’d one Razzie award…Bruce Willis-Worst Actor. It had six Razzie nominations. It won two Stinker awards…Bruce Willis, again-Worst Actor & Worst On-screen couple…Ben Affleck & Liv Tyler plus, two other nominations.

    On the flip side, it got four Oscar nominations, won an ASCAP award, won two Saturn awards with five other nominations, had two ACCA nominations, a Japanese Academy nomination, won BMI award, won two Blockbuster awards with three nominations, won a Bogey award, one nomination from C.A.S., one award from Golden Screen, one nomination from Golden Trailer, one Grammy nomination, three MTV awards with four nominations, three Golden Reel nominations and three nominations from OFTA. I think it did pretty damn well and, was a lot of fun to watch.

    badfinger20 said:
    December 8, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    This movie killed part of my childhood. I’ll stick with the cartoon and try to block this out.

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