The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
GenreAnimated series
Based onThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Directed byTony Collingwood
Voices ofMartin Short
Jacob Ewaniuk
Deandray Hamilton
Alexa Torrington
Halle Nunes
Rob Tinkler
Theme music composerDavid Schweitzer
Opening theme"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" sung by Matthew Hill and cast
Ending theme"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" (instrumental)
ComposersDavid Schweitzer
Harold Beckett ("Traveling Song" only)
Country of originCanada
United Kingdom
United States[1]
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes80 (160 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producersLisa Olfman
Joy Rosen
Tony Collingwood
ProducersJulie Stall
Helen Stroud
Running time30 minutes
Production company
Original networkTreehouse TV
Kids' CBC (Canada)
PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go!(United States)
Picture formatNTSC (2010)
HDTV 720p (2010 - 2014)
HDTV 1080i (2014-2018)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseAugust 7, 2010 (2010-08-07) –
October 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! is a Flash-animated musical television series featuring Martin Short as the voice of The Cat in the Hat, that premiered on Treehouse TV in Canada on August 7, 2010, also airing on YTV in Canada on weekday mornings from 2012 to 2013,[2] and on PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! in the US on September 6, 2010. It also aired on CITV and Tiny Pop in the UK.[3] The show 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.

The show was produced by Portfolio Entertainment, Random House Children Entertainment, and Collingwood O'Hare Productions, in conjunction with KQED, Treehouse TV, and Kids' CBC.[5] The first season has 40 half-hour episodes and ended on September 17, 2012.[6]

In early 2012, the show was renewed a second season of 20 episodes, which premiered on September 10, 2012. However, episode 2 of the second season began airing on September 24, 2012. The second season ended on June 23, 2015. In September 2015, the series was canceled after two seasons.

A year later, the show resumed production. In September 2016, the show was renewed nine months later for a third and final season with 20 episodes. The third season premiered on March 2, 2018.[7] In September 2018, the show was canceled again, ending after three seasons, and the series finale aired on October 14, 2018.


Promotional picture of the show's pilot (note that, in this one, the picture is mirrored)

In the show, The Cat in the Hat leads neighbors Nick and Sally (and sometimes the Fish and Thing One and Thing Two) on a variety of adventures in his "Thinga-ma-jigger".

Researcher Natalie Jones stated that the "Thinga-ma-jigger" is a Seussian contraption that can sprout wings, fly, pontoons, booster rockets, change size and do just about anything else necessary to further the adventure (and accompanied by a rock tune composed by Harold Beckett under the title of "Traveling Song" that appears in each episode), which is prompted by a question posed by either Nick or Sally at the beginning of each episode,[5] which inevitably leads them around the world to make natural science discoveries.[6]

Like other PBS Kids-produced shows (such as Curious George and Sid the Science Kid), the show focuses on introducing preschoolers to various science and learning concepts.


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)



  • The Cat in the Hat (voiced by Martin Short) is 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 in seasons 1–2 and Deandray Hamilton in season 3) is an African-American boy and Sally's next-door neighbor and best friend.
    • Deandray Hamilton replaces Ewaniuk for season 3.
  • Sally (voiced by Alexa Torrington in seasons 1–2 and Halle Nunes in season 3) is a blonde-haired girl and Nick's next-door neighbor and best friend.
    • Halle Nunes replaces Torrington for season 3.
  • Fish (voiced by Rob Tinkler) is a moderately pessimistic fish who is loosely based on the fish in the original story and whose color is changed to red starting with the show. However, he appears to belong to the Cat instead of Sally or Nick; he is also much more cooperative in the Cat's adventures and (along with Thing One and Thing Two) sometimes joins the Cat's adventures.
    • Tinkler also voices Thing One and Thing Two, a pair of blue-haired creatures in red suits who are the Cat's helpers. They speak their own language (the one similar to incoherent gibberish) and (along with Fish) sometimes join the Cat's adventures.


  • Nick's mother (voiced by Tracey Hoyt) appears in some episodes. Whenever Nick asks permission to go on an adventure with the Cat, the answering voice is heard; she speaks with a Caribbean accent.
    • Hoyt also voices Sally's mother who (like Nick's mother) appears in some episodes and, whenever Sally asks permission to go on an adventure with the Cat, the answering voice is heard.

Home media[edit]

NCircle Entertainment released DVDs from October 25, 2010 to June 27, 2016, each being in region 1, subtitled in English and Spanish, approximately 60 minutes (with the exception of a few, in Dolby Digital, in 5.1 surround and Dolby surround stereo in Spanish); each 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
    • 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!


  • 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]


  1. ^ "Official Program Credits". PBS. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "YTV Shows: Cat in the Hat, The". Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Cat in the Hat". 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". April 6, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "1st Official Press Release". PBS. May 11, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "Season Three for Portfolio's Cat in the Hat Series". Worldscreen. February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "Awards". Retrieved January 20, 2017.

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