“Teacher’s Pet” is an animated musical based on the popular Disney television series by the same name. Leonard Helperman’s (voice of Shaun Flemming) loyal dog friend, Spot (Nathan Lane), longs to be a human boy. Spot talks, reads and often poses at school as Leonard’s friend, Scott Leadready, and hangs out in class with the other students. Leonard’s mother, Mrs. Helperman (Debra Jo Rupp), is also Leonard’s teacher. She has earned a prestigious award and must travel to Florida to be recognized. While she and Leonard are gone, Spot and the other family pets, Mr. Jolly the cat (David Ogden Stiers) and a grumpy bird named Pretty Boy (Jerry Stiller), are left with a pet sitter. By watching the pets’ favorite TV show, a Jerry Springer spoof, Spot learns of a scientist who can turn animals into humans by altering their DNA. So Spot sets out to find Dr. Krank (Kelsey Grammer), who also happens to be located in Florida, and the adventure is on.
“Teacher’s Pet” is geared to the young mind and the active imagination. The characters often break into song and share heartwarming sentiments. One great song teaches children the names of each of the states in alphabetical order. The appearance of evil Dr. Krank, with his scary voice and violent tendencies, may be too frightening for younger children. But the encouraging theme of “Teacher’s Pet” is that everyone needs a friend and every boy needs a dog.