was a Disney animated television series that ran from 2000 to 2004 and was concluded with Teacher's Pet: The Movie in 2004. Noteworthy for its unique and edgy style of animation, thanks to its creator, the famed illustrator Gary Baseman
, not to mention the star talent of Nathan Lane in the lead role.
The story follows a nerdy 11 year old fat kid named, Leonard and his best friend/rival named Scott Leadready who is really his dog, Spot. Spot comes up with amazing plans that'll get Leonard punished, blamed, and/or beat up.
In The movie
, when Spot finds out that a mad scientist can turn animals into humans, he sees this as a chance to become a real boy. Joined by Leonard, Mr. Jolly, Pretty Boy, and Ian, they are off to see him. Spot becomes a man, but its not what he thought after all. Other major events are included in the movie including, Spot ending his identity as Scott for a while, Leonard and Leslie endin up together, Ian finding out about Scott being a dog, and Jolly losing his fear of the outside.
Not to be confused with Hot for Student
This show provides examples of:
- Amazing Technicolor Population
- Anthropomorphic Zig Zag: Spot's entire schtick. He would act like a dog at home, but would dress like a kid and go to school like a human.
- Assumed Win: Ian, surprising Leonard and Scott.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Mary Lou may act all Tastes Like Diabetes most of the time, but even she has limits to how nice she can be. Sometimes she'll shift into a Stepford Smiler before she finally has enough, though she doesn't necessarily go berserk.
- Big Damn Movie: the movie
- Big "NO!": Leonard reacts this way when he finds out Scott is actually his dog in the first episode.
- Butt Monkey: Leonard is often, but not always, this.
- Camp Straight: Mr. Jolly
- Cats Are Mean: Mr. Jolly completely averts this, but Talulah plays this as straight as possible.
- Clark Kenting: Spot/Scott. This is lampshaded by the creator for a special feature on the movie's DVD.
- Close On Title: The Movie does this.
- Crack Defeat: In the first episode, both Leonard and Scott lose the class election to Ian, the gross kid.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Leonard and Leslie.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Averted with Leonard.
- Deranged Animation: Oh hell yes.
- Disappeared Dad: Leonard's dad
- Disney Acid Sequence: Several, but one particular one in the movie stands out thanks to the Lampshade Hanging that immediately follows it.
*song ends, Leonard and Mrs. Helperman are stripped down to their undergarments and left standing in the middle of a parking lot*
Mrs. Helperman: Well, that was strange.
- Disney Death: Happens to Spot in The Movie.
- Dueling Shows: Subverted a bit in one case: A KaBlam!! short, Stewy the Dog Boy was planned to become a spin-off (had somewhat of the same storyline), but when Nickelodeon found out about the show, the spin-off was cancelled. Funny enough, Gary Baseman, the creator, did a short for KaBlam!!, The Louie and Louie Show during it's first season.
- Ending Fatigue: Parodied/Lampshaded in one of the closing songs in the movie. Invoked Trope
Every movie needs an end! (With an annoyed look)
- Extreme Omnivore: Ian
- Eye Pop: Frequently
- Fat Best Friend: Mr. Jolly is this to Pretty Boy (Of the unsorted variaty)
- Leonard is type B to Scott
- Fat Cat: Mr. Jolly
- Grand Finale: The movie, although it was originally going to end on a less final note with Spot giving up trying to literally transform into a human, but still maintaining his "Scott" identity. The finished movie gives no indication that he'll do anything other than be a regular dog.
- Gross Out Show: At least given the character of Ian.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: Pretty Boy and Mr. Jolly.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Both Leonard and Scott
- In Memoriam: The movie has one to Hubcaps, the creator's dog, at the end of the credits, as he died during production.
- Intellectual Animal
- Joker Jury: One episode Leonard Helperman imagine himself being put on trial in front of a judge and jury who all for some reason resemble Ian Waszlewzki, the class slob.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Scott sees a Leadready Number Two Pencil to create his last name.
- Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: "I'm Moving On" from the movie.
- Money Song: "Take the Money and Run" from the movie.
- The Movie: Surprising for a show that lasted only 39 episodes.
- Nice Hat: Scott's Beanie.
- Number of the Beast: In the movie, Spot and Leonard search for Dr. Ivan Krank and his address is 666 Acko Way.
- Only In Florida: From The Movie, Dr. Ivan Krank lives in Florida ("Where the coo-coo nuts grow", as Barry Anger puts it.)
- The Pigpen (Ian Wazselewski)
- Precocious Crush: In one episode, a kindergartener gets one of these first for Leonard and later (due to her rather short attention span) for Scott.
- Sapient Pet: Spot
- Shout Out: The Movie features lots of references to other Disney films, specifically Pinocchio.
- A board game called "Cranium: Disney Edition", on the other hand is actually a Shout Out to this show, as the original version prominently featured characters drawn by Gary Baseman.
- Sit On The Camera: about twice Jolly and Pretty Boy's petsitter Ms. Boogin
- Slumber Party
- Spaghetti Kiss: Refrenced, but not actually done in one episode.
- Those Two Guys: Pretty Boy and Mr. Jolly
- Trans Nature: A dog who wants to be a boy.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Leonard and Leslie.
- Villain Song: "I, Ivan Krank" from The Movie.