The Cat in the Hat (2003) is a good film adaptation of a Dr. Seuss classic but not good enough/memorable compared to How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) because it uses a colossal amount of hidden jokes, kind of like in Mike Myers’ Shrek series. That way, it can be enjoyed by both children and adults. It was written by Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer who also wrote Eurotrip (2004), a hard R-rated comedy.
Like Mr. Humberfloob, I like keeping things clean on most occasions. So, I’ll keep it implicit.
Like Scooby-Doo (2002) before it, the film nearly got an R-rating because of the sense of humor before it was dialed down to a PG.
This and The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) are basically Deadpool (2016) for kids. They have similar senses of humor, but keep it family-friendly with no actual profanity.
- The Cat’s vehicle, the Super Luxurious Omnidirectional Whatchamajigger or the SLOW had a prototype called the Super Hydraulic Instantaneous Transporter, which short edition can not be said to kids.
- The Cat came across a garden hoe to scare the dog Nevins. He called the tool a “dirty hoe”, put it down and back up and said “I’m sorry, baby. I love you.”
- The Cat found a picture of Conrad and Sally’s mom in the house and said “Humina, humina, who is this?” His hat sprung upwards, just before Conrad clarified who’s in the picture. The Cat said he liked it, “although those drapes are a train wreck.”
- As the Cat helps Conrad and Sally sign a contract, he accidentally revealed his Spay and Neuter form and covered it up by saying “This is nothing.”
- For the Fun Song, the verse ended with the word hall rhymed with a masculine body part. A deleted verse ended with the word class rhymed with a profane term for tuckkus.
- The Cat was asked “Where did you come from?” Before answering the question correctly, he said “When a mommy cat and a daddy cat love each other very much, they decide to…” The joke was re-used in Finding Dory (2016).
- Once the Cat chef cut off his tail and realized it, he yelled “Son of a BEEP!” Let’s be honest, the Kupkakeinator is timeless and hilarious.
If you remove all the G-rated stuff and put much more R-rated humor, a Panty & Stocking film is made. If you remove all of the R-rated humor and replace it with G-rated humor, you get a not as unique Dr. Seuss movie.
Many more can be found the film’s deleted scenes section of the DVD, but to be on the family-friendly side, skip them.