Movies: Best in Show

Teacher's Pet has sass and style to spare; music too

Dogs are handsome, winsome, loyal, a pushover for a back pat. They score in the top three percentile for companionship, slightly above humans. But dogs aren't funny; saucy repartee is not a canine forte. They are unlikely to perform a song-and-dance number that mentions all 50 states alphabetically. And rarely are they blue. The premise of Teacher's Pet, the new traditional-animation comedy film from Disney, is that Spot--a precocious, singing, very blue mutt--wants to be a real live boy. But he's too chatty to be a doggie, and almost too faaaabulous to be an ordinary human kid.

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