There is an almost overpowering desire to write this review in the style of Dr. Seuss, but I will resist it - primarily because the end product is more Mike Myers and overblown production design than it is the clever text of one of the most beloved of all children's books. Because The Cat in the Hat is only 70-something pages long (with very LARGE print), it stands to reason that, to make it into a movie, a lot has to be added, and it's mostly in the padding that the movie fails to stand up. As a 30-minute short, this might have been a lot of fun. But as an 82-mintue feature, it seems painfully dragged out. Younger children probably won't mind, but parents will be keenly aware that longer isn't necessarily better.
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