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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

1957 NR 0h 26m DVD

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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

1957 NR 0h 26m DVD
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Dr. Seuss's beloved children's tale about a precocious cat in a striped hat and the havoc he creates for two bored children stuck at home comes to life in this animated special. The cat's mission? To find a three-handled gredunza (whatever that is).
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 3+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 3+
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age 3+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is a classic 1970s animated adaptation of the classic children's book. For decades, Theodor S. Geisel-aka-Dr. Seuss' six-foot-tall cat has delighted young children around the world with his silly songs, pals Thing One and Two, and general mischief making. There's nothing objectionable about the feature, although some parents and teachers might be put off by the idea of a stranger coming to the kids' house when parents are away. The Cat in the Hat is one of the most recognizable characters in children's literature, and this is the signature screen adaptation of his story.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Lots of mayhem/destruction during the cat's visit, but all is right in the end.


The Cat teaches the kids how to say his name in different languages, including "Eskimo," which some consider to be a derogatory ethnic term.

Social Behavior

The Cat in the Hat creates a great deal of chaos, but despite all of the mild domestic destruction, he does finally listen to Mr. Krinklebein the Fish and cleans up the mess he, Things One and Two, and the kids created. Some critics don't believe the story would be written today, since it's about a stranger who swoops in to help latchkey kids have fun while their mom is away.


Nothing in the movie itself, but Dr. Seuss' books and characters are visible as movies, TV specials, games, stuffed animals, etc.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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