Teacher's Pet 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 nine year old boy 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 ending 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.
Box Office Bomb: Unfortunatly, the movie ended up as this. Despite extremely positive reviews, Disney hardly promoted the film outside of Disney Channel and Toon Disney, which ended up causing low ticket sales. DVD sales didn't help, since once again, Disney failed to promote it.
Dub Name Change: In the Swedish dub, Spott's name is changed to "Pax" (While his aliases, "Scott", becomes "Max"), and Jolly's name is changed to "Figaro".
Dueling Shows: Almost. A KaBlam! short, Stewy the Dog Boy was planned to become a spin-off (Which was about a dog wanting to go to school, so he disguises himself as a human), 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.
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.
Mystery Meat: In the comic, Leonard (his owner), in a hurry, accidentally feeds Spot a can of corned beef hash instead of his regular dogfood. Later, dressed as "Scott" in the School cafeteria, Spot finds out the mystery meat tastes just like his dogfood and concludes that the school is putting dogfood in their recipes, which starts a school riot. During a talk-in with the principal, the principal demands to know whether Spot has actually eaten dog food before. Fearing this could blow his cover, Spot agrees with the principal to eat a large plate of their mystery meat and confirm to the students it's dogfood free. Much to the Principal and lunchlady's surprise, Spot ends up enjoying the experience (he's a dog after all). Overall, most of the cafeteria's recipes are made of turkey.
Slumber Party: Ian invites Scott and Leonard to one. Also, Leonard and Scott infiltrated Leslie's slumber party once and once again, Leonard got blamed and beat up for it and Scott got off scot-free (even though it was all his idea).
Spoiled Brat: Chelsea, Kelsey, and Younghee. Leslie averts this however. Sometimes, Leonard is this as well.
Spoiled Sweet: Leslie. Even though she is very rich and spoiled, she is really kind and friendly, she treats others nicely especially Leonard by who they are and not by their appearances or looks. She and her parents (who are very doting and wealthy) also live in a regular house, strangely.
The Scape Goat: Leonard is always blamed, punished, and/or beat up for things that are really Spot/Scott's fault.
Sue Donym: Sort of — Spot blurts out his real name, but Mrs. Helperman mishears it as "Scott" and he decides that, yes, that sounds like a perfectly normal name for a human boy (and basically says so in as many words).
Vocal Evolution: Leonard's voice got a little lower as the show went on, as he was voiced by a real kid (His voice actor, Shaun Fleming, was twelve when production began in 1999 and was sixteen when production on the movie was completed in 2003)