As visualized by artist Gary Baseman (whose illustrations have appeared in TIME) and voiced and sung by Nathan Lane, Spot is a creature of indefatigable show-biz sizzle. In this expansion of the Saturday-morning show, Spot follows his boy Leonard to Florida, where Spot means to submit to the genetic-engineering experiments of Dr. Ivan Krank (Kelsey Grammer). The script, by Cheers vets Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, has a whirligig wit, and 11 songs crammed into its 67 minutes: that's more melodic content than in most Broadway musicals.
The Baseman design balloon-animal shapes and clown faces, vividly colored has been filled out by director Timothy Bjorklund with such loving congestion that you'll need to see the film twice to get all the fun. (Look for the Mickeys!) As CGI cartooning takes over the world Disney just closed down its traditional-animation studio in Florida Teacher's Pet finds a fresh and frisky approach to doing things the old, Walt way.