YMMV / The Cat in the Hat

The original book:

  • Epileptic Trees: Some people have tried to ascribe Freudian motivations to everything that happens in the story.
    • And here it is—"Freud on Seuss"
    • In the first book, we see Mom's bed. It's a single bed. In the second book, we see Dad's bed. It's a double bed. Hmm... A lot of that, though, would have to do with the social standards of the time. In 1958, it would have been scandalous if Seuss hinted in a children's book that a man and a woman slept in the same bed. Well, maybe Dad was prone to snoring...
  • Tear Jerker: The Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of "The Cat In The Hat" which was shot in London which has the scene where the boy tells the cat to put Thing 1 and Thing 2 back into the red box. The cat lessons and then lets out the Things and one of them gets very excited and wants to have more fun. The cat shakes his head and Thing 1 and Thing 2 respond by crying as they sadly go inside the box and the cat then carries the box and meows in a sad tone.

The animated special:

  • Ear Worm
    • It can be done! It can be done! They can do anything, anything, anything under the sun!
    • Cat, hat; In French, chat, chapeau! In Spanish, el gato in a sombrero!
  • He Really Can Act: Allan Sherman as The Cat shows off a wide range of emotions in only 20 minutes, despite not being well known as an actor.
  • Memetic Mutation
    • In the YouTube Poops that have been made out of this, Krinklebine's "Outrageous!" is often repeated for humorous effect.
    • The Cat saying "EGGS! EGGS!" (from the later special Dr. Seuss On The Loose) has also become rather popular.
  • Narm: A minor case in the song mentioned above in Ear Worm. "Chat" in the song is pronounced how an English-speaker might read it ("shat"), but in French the final letter of most words is not pronounced (unless accented or directly preceding a word beginning with a vowel), so the proper way to say it would be "sha." What makes it funny is the fact that, as pronounced, the word does mean something: it refers specifically to a female cat!
  • Popularity Polynomial: Was well-received when it first came out, but fell somewhat into obscurity in the 80s and 90s, overshadowed by the animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (and, to a lesser extent, The Lorax). In 2003 it got a DVD release to cash in on the live-action version, and was widely regarded as a far superior adaptation by comparison.
  • Tear Jerker: "Sweet Up The Memories."

The live-action film:

  • Awesome Art: The Universal/DreamWorks/Imagine logos. All three animated in the style of the original book, with some gags thrown in (Mr. Krinklebine even appears in Imagine's ripples). The movie may be reviled, but most admit the logos were easily the greatest part of it.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The matador scene from the song near the beginning has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the song or the rest of the movie. Arguably the entire song could count as this, but that bit especially. Originally, the matador scene was the setup for a deleted verse which can be heard on the soundtrack CD and accessed on the "Deleted Scenes" feature on the DVD. Needless to say, this BLAM could have been averted if the verse was left in the final cut. Thank goodness that was cut.
    • There's also the Cat's Happy Place sequence after getting hit in the crotch.
    • The whole "Rave" scene as the group are running away from Lawrence. Other than to show Paris Hilton in her natural environment, why?
    • The Cat pausing the film to advertise Universal Studios.
  • Bile Fascination: It's a Dr. Seuss movie loaded with gags and lines that wouldn't be out of place in an Austin Powers movie. One just has to see why this did not go over well with Seuss' family.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Mrs. Kwan has become this due to being one of the film's less annoying characters.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The reason Cat is threatening violence or planning to threat violence to Nevins is because he's a cat and Nevins is a dog. Cats naturally hate dogs.
  • Fridge Logic: Sort of a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, but when the Cat has the kids sign a contract, he pulls out a paper with the words "Spayed and Neutered", which raises the question of how the Groin Attack hurt so much if he was already neutered. Also, how can he be spayed if he's male?
  • Guilty Pleasure: Considered by most to be an awful movie, although it does have some hilarious moments (a lot of them due to Mike Myers who, bless his soul, is doing the best with what he's given) so that watching it can cause some joy, even if you do hate the movie as a whole.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Rhyming and term "son of a b——"? Well, The Mad Hatter had that in common.
  • Hype Backlash: Many had hopes that The Cat in The Hat would be an improvement from 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which had some of the same production staff. It ended up looking even worse, to the point where audiences viewed Jim Carrey's performance in the latter as if it was Oscar-worthy.
  • Memetic Molester: The live-action Cat played by Mike Myers, to a degree.
  • Memetic Mutation: You're FIIRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEE-DUH!
    • "You're not just wrong, you're stupid."
    • In early 2017 a screenshot from the movie of The Cat holding a baseball bat became a popular meme, mostly due to its alarming resemblance to the Costanza/"Shiggy Diggy" meme.
    • "Dirty hoe!"note 
    • "CHA-CHING!"note 
  • Most Annoying Sound: The cat's laugh.
  • Misblamed: Between his Wag the Director antics on previous films, and credited screenwriters Alec Berg, Dave Mandel and Jeff Schaffer (who did the uncredited re-writes for The Grinch) being responsible for the well-received Euro Trip just a few months later, Mike Myers was widely accused of rewriting the screenplay and at the very least having added all the smutty humor, if not outright destroying what had once been a good adaptation. In reality though, Myers' contribution extended to no more than the occasional ad-lib on the set. That said, Berg, Mandel and Schaffer's screenplay apparently was put through the rewrite process, allegedly by studio executives, just not by Myers.
  • Never Live It Down: This movie will forever be remembered as the textbook example on how not to do a family-centered film. It's also remembered for permanently damaging the reputation of one of Dr. Seuss' most beloved and recognizable icons, even more so than what happened to the Grinch, and being the cause of Suess's estate allowing his books to be only adapted into animated films from now on.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "There is a third option. It involves... murder."
  • So Bad, It's Good: Between the hilariously terrible acting, adult jokes, and disturbingly high number of pop-culture references, it's easy to see why some people view this a Guilty Pleasure.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Some opinions on this movie. As an adaptation, yeah, it's not exactly something Dr. Seuss would be proud of. (In fact, his Estate was pretty livid over it and prohibited any other live action films of his works.) On its own however, it's not that bad of a watch and it has a few good chuckle-worthy moments.
  • The Scrappy: Conrad, due to his antics.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Admittedly, the concept of the Cat's universe existing inside of a sort of Pandora's Box is a fascinating concept that doesn't get nearly the treatment it deserves.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: It's pretty obvious that poor Mike Myers was trying his best to make this film at least bearable, but there was simply nothing he could do to save the disaster. Same for Sean Hayes.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Things. The Nostalgia Critic pointed this out in his review of the movie; in illustrations and animation, you can get away with designing characters without upper-lips since it would look like mustaches or wrinkles, but in live-action doing that only makes characters look downright creepy. The Cat himself is no better; you can see the outline of Mike's head through the makeup.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Did you know that both characters portrayed by the Cat in the infomercial were based on real personalities? No? Most probably, none of the kids in the audience for The Cat in the Hat were aware of it either. Mike was parodying Amazing Discoveries, a series of infomercials that aired on late-night TV from 1989 to 1997, and specifically its host, Mike Levey, who always wore sweaters and most often had a British pitchman showing him some "astounding" product which had just come on the market for public consumption, and about which Levey usually asked inane questions. Here's one of those shows. (Sadly, Mike Levey passed away from cancer in August of 2003. The Cat in the Hat was released in October of that year, so Levey never got a chance to see himself being parodied on the big screen.)
  • What an Idiot: During the scene where the gang tries to rescue Nevins, Conrad points out that two people cannot drive the same car at the same time (after the Cat gives Sally a steering wheel). The Cat's solution? That they should all drive.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This film definitely qualifies: Despite it being based on a book meant for kindergarteners, the movie dealt with a lot of extremely crass humor and rather dirty things that should not be exposed to kids, to the extent that it's almost as though the movie is actually missing a crap detection radar. Dr. Seuss's widow was actually so disgusted by this that she decided not to be a part of any film adaptation of her late husband's works, other than declaring that any future adaptations would only be animated from now on.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • The film got lots of flak for casting Mike Myers as the Cat (after Tim Allen left the film) due to his track record of humor being inappropriate for the typical age demographic of Dr. Seuss readers (although he was notable as another kids' icon, Shrek); both he and director Bo Welch were legally forced into the film due to Universal being angry over Myers cancelling a movie adaptation of Sprockets. Unfortunately, many of the fears from parents ended up being realized once the film came out.
    • Of all the people that could be in this film, why is Alec Baldwin in it? Same can be said for Kelly Preston and the cameo by Paris Hilton.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Even the world of Dr. Seuss could not find a home for The Cat as brought to life by Mike Myers, whose suit and makeup made for some hardcore Uncanny Valley and pales to the Grinch's design when donned by Jim Carrey.

The ride:

  • So Okay, It's Average: Though it was met with warm reception when it first opened, opinions over the ride have changed over the years to it just being merely "okay". Most fans seem to agree that it is in desperate need of a good refurbishment/overhaul.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Fans were not pleased to see the spinning in the ride get drastically toned down. While understanding that it was done for safety reasons (as there had been a series of incidents on the ride over the years), they feel it takes a lot away from the experience and renders certain scenes pointless.