The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is an animated television series that premiered on August 7, 2010 on Treehouse TV in Canada, on September 6, 2010 on PBS Kids in the United States and also in the UK on CITV and Tiny Pop. It also aired on YTV in Canada on weekday mornings from 2012 to 2013.[2] The award-winning series[3] is based on Random House's Beginner Books franchise and The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library,[4] itself based on the 1957 children's book The Cat in the Hat. It is produced by Portfolio Entertainment, Random House Children Entertainment and Collingwood O'Hare Productions[5] in conjunction with KQED, Treehouse TV, and Kids' CBC. The first season has 40 half-hour episodes.[6] PBS Kids renewed it for a second season of 20 episodes which premiered on September 10, 2012. The show went on a three-year hiatus before returning for its third and final season of 20 episodes, which premiered on March 2, 2018 and ended on October 14, 2018.[7]

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
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Based onThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Directed byTony Collingwood
StarringMartin Short
Voices ofJacob Ewaniuk
Deandray Hamilton
Alexa Torrington
Halle Nunes
Rob Tinkler
Theme music composerPure West
Opening theme"The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That!" performed by David Schweitzer
Ending theme"The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That!" (instrumental)
ComposerPure West
Country of originCanada
United Kingdom[1]
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes80
(160 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersLisa Olfman
Joy Rosen
Tony Collingwood
ProducersJulie Stall
Helen Stroud
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesCollingwood & Co.
Portfolio Entertainment
Random House Children's Entertainment
DistributorPortfolio Entertainment
Release
Original networkTreehouse TV
Kids' CBC (Canada)
PBS Kids (United States)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseAugust 7, 2010 (2010-08-07) –
November 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)
Chronology
Followed byGreen Eggs and Ham
Related showsThe Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss
Go, Dog. Go!
External links
Website

OverviewEdit

Each episode featured The Cat in the Hat who leads neighbors Nick and Sally, the Fish, and Thing One and Thing Two on a variety of adventures in his "Thinga-ma-jigger", a Seussian contraption that can sprout wings, pontoons, booster rockets, change size, and do just about anything else necessary to further the adventure. The adventures are prompted by a question posed by either Nick or Sally at the beginning of each episode,[5] which inevitably leads them around the globe to "make natural science discoveries."[6] Similar to other PBS Kids series such as Curious George and Sid the Science Kid, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! focuses on introducing preschoolers to various science and learning concepts.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
140September 6, 2010 (2010-09-06)September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17)
220September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10)June 23, 2015 (2015-06-23)
320March 2, 2018 (2018-03-02)October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)
Specials5November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)December 26, 2016 (2016-12-26)

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • The Cat in the Hat – Voiced by Martin Short. A knowledgeable, adventurous, anthropomorphic cat. He loves to discover the world and act as Nick and Sally's guide, and he frequently speaks in rhyming patterns reminiscent of the Dr. Seuss character on which he is based.
  • Nick – Voiced by Jacob Ewaniuk (seasons 1–2) and Deandray Hamilton (season 3). He is Sally's next-door neighbor and best friend. He seems to replace Sally's brother (named Conrad in the 2003 live-action film version) from the books.
  • Sally – Voiced by Alexa Torrington (seasons 1–2) and Halle Nunes (season 3). She is Nick's next-door neighbor and best friend.
  • Fish – Voiced by Rob Tinkler. A moderately pessimistic fish who is loosely based on the fish in the original story. Unlike the fish in the book, however, he is red and appears to belong to the Cat instead of Sally or Nick. He is also much more cooperative in the Cat's adventures.
  • Thing One and Thing Two – Also voiced by Rob Tinkler. The Cat's two zany, energetic helpers of indeterminate species. They speak their own language which sounds like incoherent gibberish.

SupportingEdit

  • Sally's mother – Voiced by Tracey Hoyt. Whenever Sally asks permission to go on an adventure with the Cat, her voice is heard responding. In some of the episodes, she appears.
  • Nick's mother – Also voiced by Tracey Hoyt. Whenever Nick asks permission to go on an adventure with the Cat, her voice is heard responding. In some of the episodes, she appears. She speaks with a Caribbean accent.

Home mediaEdit

Various DVDs were released by NCircle Entertainment beginning in late October 2010 where every DVD is in region 1, subtitled in English and Spanish, approximately 60 minutes except for a few, in Dolby Digital, in 5.1 surround and Dolby surround stereo in Spanish. Every DVD has the bonus segments from the show.

  • Wings and Things
    • Show Me the Honey
    • Migration Vacation
    • I Love the Nightlife
    • Oh Give Me a Home
    • Many Ants Make Light Work
  • Up and Away
    • A Plan for Sand
    • Whale Music
    • Flower Power
    • Dress Up Day
    • Bath Time
  • Tales About Tails
    • A Sticky Situation
    • Trees Company
    • Rain Game
    • You Should Be Dancing
    • A Tale About Tails
  • Told from the Cold
    • Snowman's Land
    • Flight of the Penguin
    • A Long Winter's Nap
    • Reindeer Games
  • Surprise, Little Guys
    • Super Secret Digger
    • Night Lights
    • Along Came a Spider
    • Teeny Weeny Adventure
    • Hold On Tight
  • Trick and Treats
    • Batty for Bats
    • Aye Aye
    • Trick or Treat
  • Breeze from the Trees
    • Nest Best Thing
    • The Lost Egg
    • The Tree Doctor
  • Miles and Miles of Reptiles
    • Now You See Me
    • Be Cool
    • Itty Bitty Water
  • Ocean Commotion!
    • Reef Magic
    • Digging The Deep
    • King Cecil the Seahorse
    • Ice Is Nice
    • Help with Kelp
  • Safari, So Good!
    • Treetop Tom
    • Stripy Safari
    • The King of Swing
    • Elephant Walk
    • Follow the Prints
  • Let's Go on an Adventure
    • Maps
    • Incredible Journey
    • I See Seeds
    • Sniff and Seek
    • Go Snails Go
  • Space is the Place
    • Jumping on the Moon
    • No Night Today
    • Planet Name Game
    • Top of the Sky
    • Tough Enough
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!

AwardsEdit

  • 2012 Parents' Choice Award – Winner in Television
  • 2012 Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards – Winner, TV Series based on books
  • 2012 Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards – Winner, Song for a TV Series
  • 2012 Kidscreen Awards – Recognized, Best Integrated Promotion
  • 2012 Teachers' Choice Awards – For the Classroom: "Wings and Things" (DVD NCircle Entertainment)
  • 2012 Young Artist Awards – Nominated, Best Performance in a Voice-Over, TV or Feature Film Young Actor
  • 2012 Parents' Choice Award – Best Website
  • 2012 Kidscreen Awards – Finalist, Best Companion Website
  • 2012 Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards – Honorable Mention, Website for a TV Series or TV Special
  • 2012 Webby Awards – Website, Official Honoree
  • 2011 – Nomination, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Martin Short)
  • 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards – Nomination, Outstanding Original Song in Children's & Animation
  • 2011 NAPPA Awards – "Told from the Cold" (DVD NCircle Entertainment)
  • 2011 WGC Screenwriting Awards – Winner, Animation
  • 2011 Young Artist Awards – Nominated, Best Performance in a Voice-Over, TV or Feature Film Young Actor
  • 2011 Young Artist Awards – Nominated, Best Performance in a Voice-Over, TV or Feature Film Young Actress
  • 2011 Youth Media Alliance – Nomination, Award of Excellence, Animation Three to Five Years
  • 2010 Parents' Choice Awards – Recommended Seal[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Program Credits". Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "YTV Shows: Cat in the Hat, The". archive.web.org. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Cat in the Hat". pbs.org. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cat in the Hat's Learning Library". Penguin Random House. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! DEBUTS ON PBS KIDS THIS LABOR DAY". pbs.org. April 6, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "1st Official Press Release". May 11, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "Season Three for Portfolio's Cat in the Hat Series". Worldscreen. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "Awards". pbs.org. Retrieved January 20, 2017.

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