It all begins when a boy named Conrad (around the age of Harry Potter from his first film) always does the opposite of what his mom says. His younger sister Sally keeps telling him that Mom is throwing a party in her clean house, but Conrad doesn't listen and keeps on trying to mess it up. If so, a man named Larry Quinn (er, Lawrence) would take over Conrad's room and send him away to a military school. But while Mom is gone away back to work, she hires a babysitter named Mrs. Kwan. Suddenly, it starts to rain. Conrad and Sally hear a strange noise from the closet. It's the Cat in the Hat. He puts Mrs. Kwan in the closet, and notices that the Fish is talking. The Cat ignores him, and the siblings sign a contract on having fun. It included that nothing bad will happen. The Cat enters the living room and jumps on the couches, then later tries to make cupcakes out of anything. However, it just makes a big mess all over the kitchen, so the Cat grabs a red wooden box and releases Thing One and Thing Two. They actually made the house look worse. And not only that, Conrad opens the lock, and it jumps off the crate. It flies into the collar of Nevins (the siblings' dog). The Cat suddenly figures out that if the crate was left open, it would transport to his own world. So the trio had to use Mrs. Kwan to keep the lid shut, and they head out to chase Nevins and get the lock back. But Quinn grabs Nevins, and Conrad, Sally, and the Cat take a ride on the S.L.O.W. to get Nevins back. As they do so, Quinn goes to Mom's office and tells her that her kids and the Cat are all over town. On the way back home, Quinn catches them, but falls into the Cat's world. Mrs. Kwan is also the ride to the crate. When the Cat's world disappears, the house tears apart. The Cat sadly leaves, then comes back with the Things riding on machines that can clean up the entire house. Later, Mom comes home just after the Cat leaves the house one last time, yet she doesn't believe what Quinn told her about the mess. Things are back to normal, and the party is a big hit.


  • Mike Myers - Cat in the Hat
  • Alec Baldwin - Lawrence "Larry" Quinn
  • Kelly Preston - Joan Walden
  • Dakota Fanning - Sally
  • Spencer Breslin - Conrad
  • Amy Hill - Mrs. Kwan
  • Sean Hayes - Mr. Humberfloob/The Fish
  • Taylor Rice - Thing One
  • Brittany Oaks - Thing Two
  • Dan Castellaneta - Thing One/Thing Two (voice)
  • Victor Brandt - Narrator (voice)
  • Bugsy - Nevins
  • Clint Howard - Kate the Caterer
  • Stephen Hibbert - Jim McFinnigan

In Other Languages

Language Title
Spanish El Gato
French Le Chat Dans le Chapeau
Portuguese O Gato
Japanese ハットしてキャット
Chinese 魔法靈貓
Korean 더 캣
Thai เหมียวแสบ ใส่หมวกซ่าส์

Production timeline

  • March 7, 2002: Director Bo Welch and actor Mike Myers sign on for production of the film.
  • April 12, 2002: Dakota Fanning signs on to play Sally.
  • July 9, 2002: Spencer Breslin joins the cast to play Conrad.
  • October 7, 2002: Filming begins.
  • January 22, 2003: Filming concludes. Official release date announced.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Teaser trailer USA June 17, 2003
Theatrical trailer USA  Q3 2003
Original theatrical USA November 21, 2003
DVD/VHS USA March 16, 2004
DVD South Korea May 19, 2004
DVD Taiwan May 21, 2004
DVD Latin America June 23, 2004
DVD Australia August 2, 2004
DVD UK August 16, 2004
DVD France October 26, 2004
DVD Japan December 22, 2004
Blu-ray Disc USA February 7, 2012
Digital Download/Digital HD USA January 17, 2014
On YouTube Worldwide January 17, 2014

Television broadcast timeline

Broadcast date Channel aired Notes
January 31, 2005 Cinemax logo 1997
March 4–27, 2005 HBO logo
  • August 25, 2007
  • December 20, 2008
American Broadcasting Company LogoABC logo 2007

Presented in an HDTV (720p) resolution, with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, and an optional Spanish audio track (SAP). Aired at 8:00 p.m. as the last ABC Saturday Movie of the Week for the 2006-2007 season.

The 2008 re-broadcast received over 100,000 more viewers than in 2007.

November 21, 2009–present TBS HD
TBS (2011)
TBS 2015 Transparent
  • November 30, 2013
  • May 24, 2014
  • December 20, 2015
  • September 10, and 29, 2016
  • November 24, 2016
  • January 14, 2017
  • February 19, 2017
  • March 5, 2017
  • May 21, 2017
Cartoon Network 2010
December 19, 2015 TNT Logo

Home video release

Main article: The Cat in the Hat (DVD/Blu-ray)