Scott and Katherine is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 48th Disney animated feature film. It was also the first computer-animated feature film to be produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. It was directed by Nathan Greno and Bruce W. Smith from a screenplay written by Tab Murphy, Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman based on an original story by Mike Gabriel, and stars the voices of Tobey Maguire, Avril Lavigne, Sean Astin, Tara Strong, Andy Serkis and Dee Bradley Baker. The film follows two close friends, a boy named Scott (Maguire) and a girl named Katherine (Lavigne), who met each other for the first time and goes away on our journey with his gang, but Felicity gets kidnapped by John. It's up to Scott, Katherine, Simon, Michael and Jim to rescue Felicity.

Scott and Katherine was released into theaters on September 3, 2004 in the United States, to mostly positive reviews from critics who commended its animation, script, characterizations, and voice acting, while the character designs were mostly criticized. It grossed $618 million over a $98 million budget, making it the fourth highest-grossing animated film of 2004 and the sixth highest-grossing film of the year overall. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 77th Academy Awards (losing to Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles), and through home video releases and television syndication, gathered a cult following. It has since been expanded into a franchise with a sequel titled Scott and Katherine 2 released on August 27, 2010, three short films, a television film titled Scott and Katherine: Jungle Vacation, and a two television series. Another sequel, titled Scott and Katherine 3: The Legend of Friendship, was released on August 2, 2019.

Plot

The movie opens with young male burying a brown box. The scene zooms out to the lake, then we see a house on fire and someone shouting "Mother! Father!" before it then perishes on Scott, who wakes from a bad dream, and sighs sadly. The scene then pulls us to Simon, Felicity and Jim playing pirates, and they were about to go to a tree with an X. Just as they were about head towards there, Michael appears playing the villainous captain and Simon defeats him. After that, Simon, Felicity, Michael and Jim walk to Scott house and notice the door was open. They went inside to see if Scott was home, but instead someone in a mask scares them off and they run away. As they run off, the someone in behind the mask reveals to be Scott with a blue bonnet on the head. Simon, Felicity, Michael and Jim looked at Scott, Scott invite his gang going to see a movies tonight, Simon, Felicity, Michael and Jim were excited to go see a movie.

That night, Scott, Simon, Felicity, Michael and Jim heading to the movies to see the new film Sesame City (parody of Sesame Street) which stars Huge Bird (which is a parody of Big Bird) and Jelmo (which is a parody of Elmo). When the film finishes, they stated their opinions of the film. Once there, Felicity promises to go back to the movie theater the next day to meet up with Harry Jackson. After Scott has gone home to play poker with his friends, he notices Felicity is late, but does not take note of it. The next day, Felicity and Harry tries to see Sesame City, but it was sold out for this time.

Then Felicity went home and told Scott and his gang that the film is sold out. Then she asked Scott for some cereal. Scott then later go back to play poker with the others. Meanwhile, Felicity goes to her bowl to eat, but finds it eaten by Geoff. She confronts Scott for her cereal, but Scott is too preoccupied with playing poker and tosses Felicity aside. Feeling disowned, Felicity go to her room. Later, Jim wins at playing poker. When the game ends, Scott gives his gang some popcorn, then he went to his living room and saw a bowl. He remembers that Felicity asked him for some cereal, and retrieves the cereal box, remarking that it has gathered a lot of dust for "a couple hours". When he calls Felicity for dinner, and when she does not come, Scott asks Jim how long he was playing poker.

The next day again, Scott meets Katherine for the first time, and the two become best friend with each other, Scott greets Katherine with his gang. Katherine later becomes friendly and curious about Scott's gang, so she announce Scott that he would like to head out to Los Angeles to celebrate the anniversary of her parents' marriage. Scott accepts, He brings along with Simon, Michael, Felicity and Jim. So, Scott, his gang and Katherine has wandered into Los Angeles, but however, Felicity is tranquilized and kidnapped by John and his henchmen. Scott warned Katherine that Felicity is kidnapped, and Katherine tells him that "When was the last time you saw her?" Scott then says "About 2 minutes. Where is she?" Then he decided to call Felicity on his phone. However, there is no answer. Then later, Scott went to Felicity's house. Scott told Felicity mom that Felicity had gone missing. Felicity mom responds with the reason why is that she lied to Scott. Then Scott, Katherine and his gang leaves Felicity's house.

Later at Scott's house, Scott tell Katherine that Felicity is kidnapped. Katherine only see the problem. Scott said that it was his fault. Katherine asked Scott that he would put up some posters later. Scott then said "That is a great idea!" Then Katherine kissed Scott in the cheek. Meanwhile, at John's lair, Felicity awakens to find that she is in a cage with a boy named Matthew. Felicity talks about her introduction to Matthew. He asked her that he wants to marry her when he grows up. However, Felicity said no because she never liked him. then one of John henchmen shouting "QUIET DOWN!!" to Felicity and Matthew. Felicity tells Matthew that she is not going to be in her cage long enough to get know him. She also thinks she might escape from John's lair. Later, Scott, Katherine, Simon, Michael and Jim went to the forest, Simon tells Jim that "Don't we usually have to find Felicity in this place?!?!" Jim then said that something's missing. The problem is Felicity still gone. Scott said that if Felicity was here, she would run to me to protect her.

Meanwhile back at John's lair, Felicity tries to escape from John's lair, but when she goes to the elevator door, which has John, he puts her back in her cage. Felicity tells him "You can't do this to me!" but John said to her that he and all of his minions is planning to kill Scott, Katherine and their gang, after he finished kill Felicity and Matthew. Felicity started to cry because it's all her fault. Matthew asked her "There, there" and tries to cheer her up. Later back at Los Angeles, Scott puts up some posters. Then Katherine, Jim, Simon and Michael came here and Katherine tells him what's he's doing. Scott said that Felicity seems to have disappeared, and he is pretty upset about it. It's become Scott's entire focus right now.

Later back at John's lair, Felicity plays a harmonica mournfully. However, one of the John henchmen pounds on Felicity's cage and told her to be quiet. Then Felicity stops playing, sighs. She said that she miss her friends, and she said that they might rescue her. Matthew doesn't care because it doesn't look like Felicity's friends are coming to rescue her. Matthew tells her that "You're going to be stuck in John's lair for the duration". Meanwhile back at Los Angeles, Scott, holding a poster of Felicity missing, tells people that they seen Felicity, but to no avail. After Scott search people that they didn't seen Felicity, he sat on a sidewalk, and gives up. Then Brian came here and told Scott what's wrong. Scott holds up the poster of Felicity missing and told him that he have seen her. Brian saw her where she get kidnapped by John and his henchmen and taken to his lair when he's going on a hike. Scott said "Thank you!" to Brian, and rushes to Katherine and his gang.

At Knickerbocker Hotel, Katherine, Simon, Michael, Jim, Harry, Jonathan Berry, Jake Brookes, and Kevin Francis were watching TV at the living room. Then Scott came to the living room and said "Guys! We've got to rescue Felicity! I just talked to Brian who says he saw her! Felicity is in John's lair" Simon told him that if they want to attempt a rescue, they'll need a plan. So Scott, along with Katherine, Simon, Michael, and Jim went to his motorcycle to rescue Felicity. However, Harry, Jonathan, Jake, and Kevin said that Scott forgot them. Back at John's lair, a John henchmen gave some lunch to Felicity and Matthew. He gave a steak to Matthew, and he gave purple squid food to Felicity, which made her grossed out. but she tried it anyway and made her choked. Matthew ate the steak and said to Felicity and it was good. Felicity said "My friends will be there! I'm sure it's some important detail of the rescue plan that they're working out." Then John came here and tell Felicity, saying "You'll get eaten by sharks right now!" and he grabbed Felicity out of her cage.

Later, Scott, Simon and Jim were dressed up as John henchmen, pretending as three henchmen. Two henchmens looked at them and said that they're weird. Then Scott (pretending as a henchmen) said "Can I use the key please? I need to be a soldier to watch one of the peoples." The henchmen gave him the key and open the elevator door. Scott the "henchmen" then takes out his henchmen costume and hits two henchmens with a ball. Then Michael and Katherine came here and said "It is finished for now?" Scott, Katherine, Simon, Michael, and Jim went to the elevator. This is witnessed by John from a security camera and he tells the henchmens to kill them with Submachine Guns (aka Uzis). John and his henchmen waited for the gang to kill them. However, they're not there. One of the henchmens said that they're gone. Scott, tap one of the henchmen shoulder and the gang were behind the henchmens and Scott says, "Look behind you!" Then the henchmens look at them and about to shoot them. Scott punch one of the henchmen while Katherine and Simon fight them.

Then Scott walked to John and said "It's over. So tell me, John. Where is Felicity?", John pulls out a remote and says, "Just wait. You'll see!" and he pressed the open button. Then a huge door opens showing Felicity is, however, already suspended above a pool of sharks. Scott is horrified. He gasps. Felicity then said something, but her mouth is tied up. John is about push the red button, which is going to lower Felicity into the pool of sharks to kill her, but Jim swoops in on a rope and grabs the remote, and says "Whoo-Hoo!" but unfortunately he smacks a roof support and lands on the ground. John tells his henchmen to kill them with the uzis. Suddenly, a ding sound on the elevator is heard. One of the henchmen walked over to the elevator and the door bashes them, showing Harry, Jonathan, Jake, Kevin, Greg, Alison, Heather, Geoff, Chris, Anne, Jacob and Felicity Mom holding Goo Guns to shoot goo to the henchmen. Jacob, holding a Goo Gun, says "Time to shoot the henchmen with Goo Guns!", John says "Goo? Did he just say goo? We hate goo!" They begin shooting the henchmen's while Scott, Katherine, Simon, Michael, and Jim fighting the henchmen. then Scott says "You guys fight the henchmen. I’m going to save Felicity."

Scott runs to the ladder and starts to untie Felicity. He untied her mouth and she says "Scott! I knew you and your gang would come!" Scott then gave Felicity a Hug. When Scott and Felicity runs of the ladder, He tells Felicity to go fight the henchmen. Felicity finds a uzi next to a dead henchmen, she kills the henchmen with the uzi. Then the battle is over. Felicity opens Matthew's cage door and lets him free. When Scott, Katherine and their gang, including Matthew, get to the elevator, John choked Felicity with his grabber and then he aims Scott, Katherine and their gang with a uzi, but Simon spray John with his fart gas, causing him to pass out, then Felicity and Simon went to the elevator and Scott, Katherine and their gang went home.

Scott and Katherine get return to their best friend holding hands, signifying their newfound status as be couple, and everyone pauses to look at them. Simon tries making fun of them, but everyone else cheers, Meanwhile, Felicity talks to Matthew as she becomes Matthew's girlfriend, then a soft, romantic song begins to play. Scott and Katherine sheepishly stand there, not sure what to do until Simon pushes them closer together. Scott holds out his hand for Katherine and they head out onto the dance floor and have a slow romantic dance. They pause during the dance and smile at each other before sharing their first real, romantic kiss, marking the beginning of their relationship. Suddenly, Simon punches Jim (which he is the DJ master) to throw a celebratory dance party with "We Believe" by Good Charlotte, with that, Scott, Katherine and his gang lived happily ever after. A scene before the credits shows Scott playing poker with Katherine, Simon, Michael, Felicity, Matthew and Jim at Scott's house. Scott says "Let's see... I got a three, a seven, a ten, a four, and an eight." Jim is guessing Scott did bet big. Simon said that he fold. Felicity says "That's two pair for me and I win." Felicity takes all Scott's chips and Scott said "You win again, Felicity! I better win next time." Michael then says "Hey! Did you hear about the movie? It's now on DVD!", he then holds the Sesame City DVD, and then he said "Hey, wanna watch the movie with us?" Scott, Katherine and their gang begin to smile and Scott says "Yes. We're gonna watch it again!", The film ends with Matthew and Harry playing each other, but Matthew flings Harry in the air, then he look at the viewers and chuckled.

During the first half of the credits, we see several pictures hung in a room, with it ending with the picture of Scott as an child with his parents and a picture of Scott, Katherine and their gang.

In the mid-credit scene, Jonathan, Jake, and Kevin is alone because the movie was over. The trio said "Hello", but nobody's listens to them and was then walk away as Behind These Hazel Eyes start playing during the scrolling credits.

Cast

Additional voices

Production

Development

The idea for Scott and Katherine began with Nathan Greno who envisioned the film as a "buddy" animated comedy adventure. The film entered development in 1998, with Greno as the film's directors with a tentative release scheduled for a summer 2003 release. Originally, the film was titled The Adventures of Scott and Simon and had a completely different story. This version of the story had a relationship between a boy and a skunk. However, when Atlantis: The Lost Empire was in production, Walt Disney Feature Animation president Thomas Schumacher decided that the project should focus on a relationship between a boy and a girl rather than a boy and a skunk.

In October 2000, the new film was announced as Scott and Katherine with its new story originally evolving Scott as the lead role, while he was working on the film, Bruce W. Smith joined as the co-director of the film. Production of the film began in January 2001, Walt Disney Feature Animation made sure there was something new to see in Scott and Katherine by putting more human characters in the film than there were in its predecessor and improving their appearance, with the use of a few systems that dealt with hair to improve its appearance and movement. The set up for all the characters was done in the first 2 years of production.

The film was originally rated G by the MPAA, but Nathan Greno felt that the film was not for younger children due to violence, so it was later changed to rated PG.

Casting

Nathan Lane initially auditioned for the lead role of Scott but later turned it down, feeling it was too similar to his role as Timon in Disney's 1994 film The Lion King and Snowbell in Columbia's 1999 film Stuart Little. As a result, Lane departed from Scott and Katherine in 2001 and was replaced by Tobey Maguire. Andy Serkis was hired to voice Michael, which Scott and Katherine will be the first animated movie to have Andy Serkis as a voice actor.

Animation and design

This film was originally intended as a hand-drawn traditional animated feature produced in CAPS, After seeing the box office success of DreamWorks Animation Shrek, Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. and Nickelodeon Movies' Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Scott and Katherine was later converted into a CGI animated feature film just like Pixar, which began production on the film in 2001 while production of Brother Bear was started. According to producer Byron Howard, the discussion to move the film to CGI would be more better than using traditional animation for the film's themes and elements. The studio also utilized Animal Logic for the animation process, as well as for additional visual effects.

Many of the character designs were supplied by Brian Kesinger. Other character designers include Buck Lewis, William Stout, Craig Elliott, Chen-Yi Chang, Don Hall, Raffaello Vecchione and David Krentz. Additionally, Brian served as an uncredited co-director of the film.

Music

Main article: Scott and Katherine (film)/Soundtrack

The film's score was composed by David Newman and Randy Edelman, Originally, Thomas Newman was set to compose the score, as had been done with Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo; however, Thomas Newman left out the project due to being busy composing with other project (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events), with David Newman and Randy Edelman replacing him. A soundtrack for the film was released by Walt Disney Records on August 31, 2004.

Release

Scott and Katherine was released in the United States on September 3, 2004 by Walt Disney Pictures.

Scott and Katherine was originally slated for release on August 13, 2004, however, in December 2002, the date was changed to September 3, 2004, with Warner Bros./4Kids's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light taking over its original slot.

The film's theatrical release was preceded by Lorenzo, an original Disney animated short written and directed by Mike Gabriel.

Marketing

Upon its release, McDonald's had a promotional tie-in with eight toys including Scott, Katherine, Simon, Felicity, Michael, Jim, Matthew and John with a paid Happy Meal order. A video game based on the film was released in August 2004 for PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance and PC.

Disney Channel promoted the film with several promotional spots, alongside the sweepstakes for the film's merchandise, which appeared on DisneyChannel.com but later expired on September 8, 2004.

Trailers

Home media

Scott and Katherine was released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on VHS and DVD on January 18, 2005. It was also released on UMD Video in November 2005. The home media release accompanied with a DVD exclusive animated short film Katherine's Peace. The DVD release also contains an audio commentary on the film, games, the making of the film, and many more, as well as trailers for Walt Disney Pictures films. It was the last Walt Disney Feature Animation VHS to be released in public from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. It was also the last Walt Disney Feature Animation VHS/DVD to used the Filmreel bumper, which was used from 1999 until 2006. There is an exists a demo VHS release in early 2005. It first Blu-ray release was on June 29, 2010, and includes a sneak peak of "Scott and Katherine 2", This release was later available individually on February 8, 2011. On March 29, 2011, a 2-disc "Scott and Katherine 1-2" set was released, featuring Scott and Katherine and Scott and Katherine 2, It was also released on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on July 5, 2011. In 2014, the movie was re-released in May 2014 on DVD and Blu-Ray to promote the 10th Anniversary of the movie.

Before the release of Scott and Katherine 3: The Legend of Friendship, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the film (along with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of Scott and Katherine 2) was released on July 23, 2019.

Reception

Box office

Scott and Katherine grossed $257.6 million in the United States and Canada and $361.4 million with a worldwide total of $618.8 million.

On the film's opening day, the film grossed $4.8 million on it's opening day and ended up grossing $32.1 million in its opening weekend.

Critical reception

The film received very positive reviews upon release. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 84% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 116 reviews, with an average score of 8.4/14. The critical consensus is "A hit animated comedy film, Scott and Katherine holds all the adventure for 103 minutes of this family movie." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale." Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 89 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 68 based on 27 reviews."

Accolades

Award Category Recipient Result
Academy Awards Best Animated Feature Byron Howard and Don Hahn Nominated
Annie Awards Best Animated Feature Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Animated Feature Film Nathan Greno and Bruce W. Smith Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Avril Lavigne Nominated

Franchise

Main article: Scott and Katherine (franchise)

Sequels

A sequel, titled Scott and Katherine 2, was released on August 27, 2010. Directed by Chris Williams, Byron Howard returned as producer, with Don Hall and Lino DiSalvo as writers. Tobey Maguire, Avril Lavigne, Sean Astin, Tara Strong, Andy Serkis, Dee Bradley Baker, Daran Norris, Jon Lovitz, Patrick Warburton, Ashton Kutcher, Michael J. Fox, and Tom Kenny returned to voice their roles, with Jonah Hill, Anne Hathaway, Cathy Cavadini, Brad Garrett, and Freddie Prinze Jr. joining the cast. In this film, Scott and Katherine's new life turns upside down when evil duo of brother named Craig and Peter has plan to ruling the universe, so Scott, Katherine and their gang going on a long and epic journey to stop evil brothers from ruling the universe.

A second sequel, titled Scott and Katherine 3: The Legend of Friendship, was released on August 2, 2019. This film was directed by John Musker and co-directed by Ron Clements and written by Phil Johnston and Stephen Anderson. Many of the voice cast from the first two films returned for the third film, joined by Kari Wahlgren, James Franco, Randall Park, Grey Griffin, and Sandra Bullock. In this film, Scott, Katherine and their gang go to visit London, where they meet Sean, Cameron, and Beth. But, visiting time quickly takes a bizarre turn when Craig and Peter's mother Alison had unleashed the ultimate monster, with the help with a new villain, Daniel Smith. So, Scott and Katherine must team up with their old friends and new characters to stop Alison and Daniel from unleashed the ultimate monster and their plans for world domination.

Other media

Beside the main films, the Scott and Katherine franchise also includes several video games, three short films titled Katherine's Peace, The Incredible Shrinking Scott and Little Red Katherine Hood, a television special titled Scott and Katherine: Jungle Vacation. A television series based on the films also started airing on Disney Channel on May 7, 2011 and ended on June 26, 2016. A television series starring Katherine and set before the events of the first film, titled Katherine: Friendship Detectives, debuted on July 24, 2020, on Disney+, when the first five 22-minute episodes were released.

Sound Effects

Main article: Scott and Katherine (film)/Sound Effects

Transcripts

Main transcript

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Trailer transcripts

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