Walt Disney Studios feature-length version of the cartoon character created by Gary Baseman. Spot the dog (voiced by Nathan Lane) wants to become a real-life boy, just like his master Leonard (Shaun Flemming). When Leonard moves with his mother to Florida, Spot meets Dr. Krank (Kelsey Grammer), an evil scientist who helps turn Spot into a human being. Except something goes wrong and Spot turns into an old man.
A high-energy and wildly comic reinterpretation of Pinocchio
, Teacher's Pet: The Movie
follows Spot (voiced by Nathan Lane), a dog who desperately wants to be a boy, much to the chagrin of his owner Leonard (Shaun Fleming), who just wants to play with his dog. Disguised as his human alter ego Scott, Spot heads down to Florida in the hopes of being transformed by a mad scientist (Kelsey Grammer)--but the transformation proves to be more complicated than Spot expects. Teacher's Pet almost looks like it was drawn in crayon--the unusual and dynamic visual style sets it apart from most Disney cartoons, and the witty dialogue and songs--voiced with zip and aplomb--make the movie hugely entertaining for kids and parents. Also featuring the voices of Jerry Stiller, Paul Reubens, Megan Mullaly, David Ogden Stiers, and Wallace Shawn. --Bret Fetzer