Teacher's Pet : 3 of 5
I've never watched a single episode of this cartoon, but I decided to rent this DVD after reading some positive reviews (they also mentioned the movie was full of Disney references!). This is a totally wacky animated feature, but I really enjoyed watching it! The story is about a dog who wants to be a boy, and ends up going to mad scientist to change him into a human (unfortunately, he forgot about "dog years", so he ends up being a man who really needs a shave!). There are a few things that make this movie fun - first, the art style is very striking and incredibly fast paced (some gags go by so fast I kept wanting to go back and freeze them!). Second, this short film is absolutely packed with songs, and all of them are hilarious - Nathan Lane does a fantastic job as Spot/Scott, and his Broadway hammy singing is fantastic. Then there are the Disney references - everything from the obvious Pinocchio to the "twilight bark" from Lady and the Tramp, and there are even some quick nods to Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan! It all went by so fast, but I really had fun watching this insane little cartoon feature - maybe I'll have to watch the show in reruns sometime.