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The Cat in The Hat

Most kids love a good animal story and when it's one that involves a talking cat wrecking a house, it surely doesn't get any better than that! Of course, the cat in question is the star of the famous 1957 Dr Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat. A timeless tale that still enthrals children today, it was also made into a family comedy in 2003, starring Mike Myers as the cat.

Theodor Geisel wrote the original book, under the pen-name Dr Seuss. It tells the madcap story of a cat wearing a top hat and bow-tie, that unexpectedly arrives at the home of a little girl called Sally and her brother one day, while their mother is out. Completely ignoring all good advice never to let strangers in - including a warning from the children's pet fish - they invite the cat in.

Once inside, the cat and his pals, known as Thing One and Thing Two, totally wreck the house! The children and their fish become increasingly alarmed as the dastardly trio continue to wreak havoc, as they wonder what their mother will say when she arrives home.

However, at the end of their wrecking spree, the cat produces a magical machine that cleans up all the mess in an instant. Leaving the house in pristine condition, he and his buddies say their goodbyes and disappear into the sunset, just in the nick of time, before mum arrives home.

The book was written off the back of a debate in the US about children's literacy and whether traditional books featuring the wholesome all-American kids, Dick and Jane, sparked enough enthusiasm in young readers. Geisel was asked to write a story as an anecdote to the squeaky-clean duo by William Spaulding, director of the education division at children's book publishing company, Houghton Mifflin.

As well as being distributed to schools, The Cat in the Hat was sold in book stores and became a universal success which is still lauded today, 50 years after it was originally penned.

The film by Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures had been in the making since 2001 and was released on 21st November 2003, grossing $134 million at the box office worldwide. Myers stars as the mischievous cat who turns the Walden children's life upside-down.

Sally Walden (Dakota Fanning) is a well-behaved but rather dull little girl who always obeys all the rules, while Conrad (Spencer Breslin) is a misbehaved and destructive little boy who is the complete opposite to his sister. Kelly Preston plays their unsuspecting mother, Joan Walden, who is a real-estate agent who's a workaholic and doesn't have enough time for her kids.

Although the film stuck to the original plot of the book, there were a number of sub-plots and new characters added to create an additional 82 minutes of film and pad-out the story. Myers plays the cat in a typically manic fashion, telling the Walden siblings he wants them to have fun, before leaving a trail of chaos throughout their home.

Thing One and Thing Two are resurrected in the film as being creatures from another time portal who are released when the mischievous Conrad opens their crate, despite being told not to. Of course, the film has a happy ending after the children's mother, Joan, realises she needs to spend more time with them. Meanwhile, the cat, who narrates the film, goes on holiday with the two Things and everyone is happy.

Sadly, plans for a sequel, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, were shelved after Dr Seuss's widow, Audrey Geisel, refused to permit any more live action films to be made of her late husband's work. He died at the age of 87 in 1991.

Coruba Animal Matting

Although we can't promise you a talking cat and creatures from another dimension, Coruba can promise you the highest-quality animal rubber matting products to help keep your home clean and kitty cat proof… even if your feline friend does have an accident, our matting products are easy to clean!

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