The Cat In The Hat comes back as animated feature

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Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat

Oh, the places you’ll go when you’re Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat In The Hat”!

Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures is ready to start devel­op­ing a 3D CG-animated fea­ture based on Dr. Seuss’ immor­tal story The Cat in the Hat. Although no release date has been announced, Rob Lieber has just been named to write the script.

Illu­mi­na­tion Entertainment’s Chris Meledan­dri will pro­duce, while the good doctor’s widow, Audrey Geisel, will be the exec­u­tive producer.

The Cat’s first appear­ance in ani­ma­tion was in the 1971 DePatie-Freleng Enter­prises spe­cial The Cat In The Hat; he resur­faced in 1973’s Dr. Seuss On The Loose, also from DFE. This was fol­lowed by the 1982 spe­cial The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat.

The Cat nar­rated the 1995 TNT spe­cial Daisy-Head Mayzie. And in 2010, Colling­wood O’Hare Enter­tain­ment pro­duced the edu­ca­tional TV series The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!.

A live-action film about The Cat in the Hat was released by Uni­ver­sal in 2003. Cost­ing about $109 mil­lion to make, it grossed just $101 mil­lion domes­ti­cally and $133 mil­lion world­wide. While a live action Grinch was a big hit for Uni­ver­sal, Meledan­dri and Mrs. Geisel believe that the Cat has more than one life on the big screen.

The Cat and the Hat remains a very pop­u­lar ride in Universal’s Islands of Adven­ture theme park. It was based on Dr. Seuss’s orig­i­nal drawings.

The feel­ing among Mele­dranadi, Mrs. Geisel, and Uni­ver­sal Films chair­man Adam Fogel­son and co-chairman Donna Lan­g­ley is that Seuss’s works con­nect bet­ter in ani­ma­tion, prompt­ing Universal’s deci­sion to make this the next project,” wrote Mike Flem­ing of Dead­line Hollywood.

When Meledan­dri ran Fox Ani­ma­tion, he and Mrs. Geisel were among the pro­duc­ers of the 2008 ani­mated film Dr. Seuss’ Hor­ton Hears a Who!.

Mean­while, Illu­mi­na­tion is also work­ing on a biopic of Dr. Seuss, with Johnny Depp attached to play him. The con­cept is that this will be a live-action film with ani­ma­tion. Meledan­dri, David Kennedy, and Infini­tum Nihil’s Depp and Christi Dem­browski are the pro­duc­ers, with Mrs. Geisel once again the exec­u­tive pro­ducer. Keith Bunin is the scriptwriter.

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