Teacher's Pet (TV series)

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Teacher's Pet
Teacher's Pet Logo.png
Created byGary Baseman
Bill Steinkellner
Cheri Steinkellner
Written by
Directed by
  • Timothy Björklund
  • Alfred Gimeno (season 2)
  • Donald V. Mackinnon (season 2)
  • Ennio Torresan Jr. (season 2)
  • Jamie Thomason (dialogue director) (season 1)
  • Julie Morgavi (dialogue director) (season 2)
Voices of
Theme music composerBrian Woodbury & Peter Lurye
Opening themeDisney's Teacher's Pet Theme
Ending themeDisney's Teacher's Pet Instrumental Theme
ComposersStephen James Taylor
Brian Woodbury
Peter Lurye
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes39 (47 Segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Running time11 minutes (16 Episodes)
22 minutes (31 Episodes)
Production companyWalt Disney Television Animation
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original networkABC (2000–02)[nb 2]
Toon Disney (2002)
Picture formatNTSC[nb 3]
Audio formatStereo
First shown inUnited States
Original releaseSeptember 9, 2000 (2000-09-09) –
May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)

Teacher's Pet (also known as Disney's Teacher's Pet) is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and directed by Timothy Björklund.[1]

The series follows a 9-year-old boy and his dog who dresses up as a boy.[2] Created by Gary Baseman—the artistic designer for the Cranium board game—Bill Steinkellner, and Cheri Steinkellner, it was broadcast on Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC and later Toon Disney, from 2000 to 2002.

Premise[edit]

The series follows Leonard Helperman, a 9-year-old boy in the 4th grade, who lives in fear because his mother, Mary Helperman, is his teacher. Because of this, he is often mocked and called a "teacher's pet", but he wants to be considered normal. Meanwhile, his dog Spot misses Leonard while he's at school, and yearns to be a human boy. So on the first day of the school year, he decides to come to class disguised as a new student named Scott Leadready II, who quickly becomes the most popular, influential kid in school. However, Leonard eventually finds out his secret. Although he disapproves of this at first, he allows Spot to continue attending school.

Characters[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

  • Leonard Helperman: (Shaun Fleming) Spot's master and best friend. He's somewhat unpopular because his mom's the teacher, since the kids think it gives him an unfair advantage. But the sudden enrollment of Spot has helped him become more confident to a decent degree, due to the former's immediate popularity.
  • Spot Helperman: (Nathan Lane; Kevin Schon in six episodes) Leonard's dog. He dresses up as a boy named Scott Leadready II and attends Leonard's school. He's the most popular and doesn't want anyone to know he's really a dog. Usually at the end of the show, he will compare the episode’s moral or lesson to a historical event.
  • Mary Lou Helperman: (Debra Jo Rupp) Leonard's mother. She is the perky and eccentric teacher of Leonard's class and embarrasses him. Just like all the other humans, she is too ignorant to be suspicious of Spot or tell that he and Scott are the same person.
  • Mr. Jolly: (David Ogden Stiers) Leonard's neurotic orange cat. He is afraid of the outside world and stays at home with the family's parrot. He's in love with the principal's cat but his fear of the outside world (and her evil nature) prevents any chance of romance.
  • Pretty Boy: (Jerry Stiller) Leonard's wisecracking green parrot. He calls Spot "Dog Breath". He's an honest guy and loyal friend but can be mean, rude and grumpy to everyone. He sometimes bullies Jolly because he’s scared of everything.

Recurring[edit]

  • Principal Strickler: (Wallace Shawn) The straight-laced principal at Leonard and Spot's school. He owns a cat named Talullah. He hates dogs because one nipped off half his thumb.
  • Ian Wazselewski: (Rob Paulsen) The class weirdo. His mom is the school nurse, so he thinks he has a special connection with Leonard. He's a guy with a chronic upper-respiratory infection...a guy who keeps his scab collection in his desk. Everyone calls him "Eww-an".
  • Leslie Dunkling: (Mae Whitman) Leonard's best friend and crush. She is very nice and lives next door to the Helpermans.
  • Tyler, Taylor, and Trevor: (Pamela Adlon) Three of the coolest kids in school. Leonard wishes he was as cool as them. They usually participate in typical slacker activities like skateboarding. They sometimes pick on Leonard, but usually they are more socially tolerant of him thanks to Spot being his best friend.
  • Younghee Mandlebom: (Lauren Tom) Another girl of the class that is from Korea who is Leslie's best friend. She is often mean to Leonard, but she still cares for him and as a matter of fact, she secretly is in love him.
  • Chelsey and Kelsey: (Cree Summer) Twins of the class who are friends with Leslie. They are usually stuck-up and think they are more important than everyone else, but they always bicker with each other. Leonard tries to get their attention, but usually fails.
  • Moltar: Ian's invisible friend. Usually Ian likes to do the weird stuff he does with him.

Movie Characters[edit]

  • Dr. Ivan Krank: (Kelsey Grammer) An eccentric mad-scientist and the main antagonist of the film. He has a very fragile ego due to being called a 'whacko' for his claim of turning animals into humans. When Spot becomes a volunteer for his ray and becomes human, Krank plans to use him in order to be validated and acquire the rich and wealth he feels entitled to. He is also Ian Wazselewski's uncle. He is defeated when Spot manages to use his ray against him and turns him into a mouse and he is promptly eaten and killed by Mr. Jolly.
  • Dennis and Adele: (Paul Reubens and Megan Mullally) A bumbling alligator and mosquito who serve as Dr. Krank's minions and supporting antagonists of the film. They are Dr. Krank's previous attempts to turn animals into humans but were only made humanoid. Dennis is the dim-witted one while Adele is the smart one. A running gag in the movie is that Dennis refers to Dr. Krank as their father, much to Krank's irritation.
  • Mrs. Boogin: (Estelle Harris) A kindly old blind lady who pet sits for the Helpermans while they go to Florida in the movie. Due to her poor eyesight, she is very easy to fool when the pets decide to go to Florida and have stand-ins to take their place to make her none-the-wiser.
  • Barry Anger: (Jay Thomas) A temperamental talk-show host who ends up instigating the movie's plot by introducing Dr. Krank on his show.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
113September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09)January 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)ABC
2268September 22, 2001 (2001-09-22)February 9, 2002 (2002-02-09)
18January 11, 2002 (2002-01-11)May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)Toon Disney

Broadcast/Availability[edit]

The show aired on ABC's "One Saturday Morning" beginning on September 9, 2000, and remained on the block until September 7, 2002. In January 2002, the show began airing reruns on Toon Disney; the remaining Season Two episodes began airing on Toon Disney on January 11, 2002 (Although new episodes were aired on ABC until February 9).[3] As of 2006, it vanished from Toon Disney altogether and hasn't been put into reruns in America since then. The show, along with the film, was made available on Disney+ on launch day.[4]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2001 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program Nathan Lane Won
British Academy Children's Awards Best International Children's Programming[5] Teacher's Pet Won
Annie Award Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Animated Television Production[6] Teacher's Pet Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television Production[6] Gary Baseman Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production[6] David Ogden Stiers Nominated
2002 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Teacher's Pet Won
Outstanding Individual in Animation Chuck Klein Won
2003 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Teacher's Pet Won
Outstanding Individual in Animation Gary Baseman Won

Film[edit]

On January 16, 2004, Walt Disney Pictures produced a full-length animated feature film based on the show in theaters, simply titled Teacher's Pet. Originally planned to be released in September 2003, it serves as the series finale.

When Spot sees a mad scientist on TV who can turn animals into humans, he sees this as a chance to become an actual boy. However, when Spot becomes human, he soon realizes the experience isn't what he thought after all. Most of the actors from the series reprised their roles for the movie. Despite mostly positive reviews from critics, the movie was a box office failure, only making over half of its budget back.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 270–271. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ "Look Who's Learning Now: Teacher's Pet". LA Times. September 9, 2000. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Disney's Teacher's Pet Heads to Toon Disney". Digitalmediafx.com. January 7, 2002. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Here's Basically Everything You Can Watch on Disney+". D23. October 18, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "BAFTA Awards | Children's | International in 2001". Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Annie Awards: 29th Annie Awards". Retrieved May 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Teacher's Pet". Box Office Mojo.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Would do the voice for Spot/Scott in six episodes during Season Two
  2. ^ The series stopped airing new episodes in early February, but reruns continued until September 7, 2002.
  3. ^ When the series originally aired on ABC and Toon Disney, it made use of the "Pan and Scan" method since widescreen televisions weren't readily available at the time

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