Illumination Entertainment Plans 3D Animated ‘Cat in the Hat’ Movie

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cat hat animated movie Illumination Entertainment Plans 3D Animated Cat in the Hat Movie

Here’s an easy question: when your $70 million computer-animated adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book grosses around twice its budget in the first two weeks of theatrical release alone, what’s your next move? Make another 3D animated film adaptation based on a different illustrated children’s book written by the famous “doctor” Theodor Geisel, of course.

That is exactly what Illumination Entertainment staple Chris Meledandri and Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel are planning to do, having found success by bringing both The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who! (the latter over at Fox Animation) to life in bright and shiny 3D animated form. Now, the pair are giving The Cat in the Hat that same treatment.

The Cat in the Hat is not only one of the more famous Seuss stories, but was also previously made into a TV short in 1971 – and brought to the big screen in the form of a 2003 live-action Mike Myers comedy vehicle. While the latter flick did decent business from a financial perspective, it failed to reach anywhere near the box office heights of the live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie from a few years earlier. Not to mention, Cat in the Hat was so critically-reviled as to essentially kill any plans for future Seuss adaptations that do not arrive in the form of a family-friendly animated feature.

Deadline has confirmed that The Cat in the Hat will get a second chance at cinematic life, with the creative minds over at Illumination Entertainment holding the reins. Scripting duties on the project have already been assigned to Rob Lieber, an up-and-comer who recently penned two in-development (and elaborately titled) children’s picture book adaptations: Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadrupled Delights.

The Lorax tops the box office Illumination Entertainment Plans 3D Animated Cat in the Hat Movie

The success of 'The Lorax' has set the stage for 'The Cat in the Hat'

Passing over its box office achievements, The Lorax has been greeted with something of a mixed-to-positive reception overall – with moviegoers being somewhat split about whether the film’s “bells and whistles” (ie. pop musical numbers, “hip” comedy, etc.) ultimately do the thoughtful story at its core more harm than good. That was the major issue raised in our official Lorax review, which still ultimately deemed the movie to be a good family flick, in spite of those problems.

It’s all worth mentioning because the formula used in producing The Lorax will undoubtedly be recycled for The Cat in the Hat. However, if the personnel working behind the scenes ease back a bit on going overboard with making the latter Seuss adaptation marketable to the juice box crowd – and instead aim to truly do justice by the original story – then we could end up with a Seuss movie that’s more universally adored.

We will continue to keep you posted on the status of The Cat in the Hat as the story develops.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. finally theres going to be a good adaption of the cat in the hat unlike the mostly adult humor 2003 movie

    • hi

  2. The 2003 live-action Cat In The Hat movie frightened me when I was a kid…
    I’d welcome a new, animated version though. Not for me of course, but for the new generation… I’d much rather have my little cousins and my niece watch an animated Cat in the Hat instead of being mentally scared by Mike Myers in a creepy cat costume.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to crawl up into the fetal position and go to my happy place until the memories of that movie fades away ;)

  3. The Mike Myers film basically was everything that Ted Geisel despised.

    Hopefully the spirit of his storytelling will be more at the forefront of this adaptation.

    I was in shock watching the former version. Having the cat make a lecherous joke about the mom was just so over the line on so many levels.

  4. The 2003 casting of The Cat in The Hat was dead wrong, story and writing aside, Mike Myers was totally miscast. I think they got the actors reversed on who should have played who because although Jim Carrey did an excellent job as The Grinch, I think Mike Myers should have been played the Grinch and Jim Carrey should have been the Cat In the Hat. Aside from the way he portrayed the character, Mike Myers’ head shape was way too round and he looked more like “Tom” from Tom and Jerry” or “Courageous Cat” than he did the cat in the hat. The Cat in the Hat’s head is oval, not round, and Jim Carrey’s face and head shape looked like it would have been a better match. Jim Carrey would have made the character more interesting also.

    Even though it’s another character altogether, I truly believe that Adam Sandler would have made a MUCH better “Inspector Gadget” than Mathew Broderick. Mathew Broderick looks absolutely nothing like the character while Adam Sandler not only has similar facial characteristics as Inspector Gadget(especially the nose), Adam Sandler would have been an overall better choice.

  5. I am breathlessly waiting for the updated remake of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T..
    A delightfully demented musical romp from 1953 written by Theodore Suess Geisel, starring the imitable Hans Conried with a Oscar Nominated score with theremin and lyrics by Geisel.

    I look forward to a 2018 release in time for the 55th anniversary of the original film to coincide with a 55th anniversary Blu Ray release.

    Make it so!

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  8. Please make a Green Eggs and Ham movie next!