September 9, 2000 – The Disney Animated Series Teacher’s Pet Premieres
“I gotta be a boy! He’s so over just being Rover.”
On September 9, 2000, the first episode of the animated series Teacher’s Pet (also known as Disney’s Teacher’s Pet) premiered as a part of Disney’s “One Saturday Morning.” The series told the story of a talking dog, named Spot, who longs to attend school with his boy, Leonard Helperman, and disguises himself as a boy named Scott Leadready II. It stars Nathan Lane as Spot, Shaun Fleming as Leonard Helperman, Debra Jo Rupp as Mary Lou Helperman (Leonard’s mother and the teacher of Leonard and Scott’s fourth grade class), David Ogden Stiers as Jolly the Cat, and Jerry Stiller as Pretty Boy the Parrot. The series lasted for two seasons, with a total of 39 episodes. In 2004, a feature film version was released, with most of the cast reprising their roles.
The first episode, Muttamorphosis, tells the story of how Spot decides that he can’t take staying at home anymore, and decides to dress up in some of Leonard’s clothes and attend school. Spot, calling himself Scott Leadready II, shows himself to be extremely intelligent and apt at sports, which makes Leonard suspicious. Upon finding his dog’s secret, Leonard tells Spot to go home, but Spot/Scott proclaims that it is his destiny to attend school. Leonard keeps Spot’s secret, but secretly wishes that Spot would return home.