Western Animation / The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat steps in on the mat.
The Cat in the Hat
"Whoever heard of a six-foot cat!?"
— Mr. Krinklebine
is a DePatie-Freleng 1971 animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book of the same name
. It expands upon the storyline
so that the Cat enlists the kids in helping him find his missing "Moss-Covered Three-Handled Family Gradunza
", and the fish is given the name Carlos K. Krinklebine
. It was followed up with Dr. Seuss On the Loose
(in which the Cat introduced animated adaptations of The Sneetches
, The Zax
, and Green Eggs and Ham
) and The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat
(in which the Cat matches wits with the title character of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The animation provides examples of:
- Canis Latinicus: "Calculatus Eliminatus."
- Disney Acid Sequence: "I'm a Punk."
- "I Am" Song: In which the Cat lists the many ways to say his name in other languages.
- Irony: The kids are bored, but the first song that's played highlights all of the toys that are littered in the house that they aren't playing with!
- It Was with You All Along: Invoked. The special item the Cat wanted was his umbrella, thus with him always. But the kids didn't know that till the mom told them so.
- MacGuffin: The one he is searching for is his "moss-covered, three-handled family gradunza"... whatever that means.
Fish: Just what is a family gradunza?
Cat: Oh, they come in all sizes, from tripe-G to minus-aught.
Boy: Is it bigger than a...
Cat: Occasionally, but on most occasions, not.
Girl: Is it smaller than a...
Cat: They no longer make that kind, but one family gradunza is always smaller than another.
- When the mother returns, she notes that the Cat in the Hat had said MacGuffin in his hands. It's assumed that the item was actually his moss-green colored umbrella. Which would explain the expression of the kids when they hear it.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: The lyrics were written by Dr. Seuss, so of course. In a moment of dejection, the Cat sings that he is "a cretunkulous shnunk," and continues:
I agree, I'm a grifulous grofulous grue.
I'm a shmoozler! A smankler!
And a poopoobler too!
- Strange Minds Think Alike: The mother knows what a moss-covered, three-handled family gradunza is.
- YouTube Poop: A "random mode" version of the special was one of the earliest videos of this type.