What Year Does The Cat in the Hat starring Mike Myers take place? Since it's never made clear, is it supposed to be timeless?

The Clothing styles range from the 1920s to modern, most of the Cars are from the early 2000s, and all the buildings look like they are from the 1950s to 1960s.

  • Somebody's gonna end up having to do a whole piece on Seuss's artwork for this one... Basically, he drew either fantasy, sci-fi or pseudo-alpine victorian, or hard-to-place 'between the wars' architecture. He rarely ever used straight lines, which makes the houses in that movie a bit out-of-normal, but they still manage to achieve a hard to place 30's-50's look. – Tetsujin Mar 9 at 11:41
  • I don't think this is answerable. It's set in a fantasy world, with some elements and styles picked at random from our world. It's like asking what year Star Wars or Zootopia was supposed to take place. – BrettFromLA Mar 9 at 16:50
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    Why was this voted to closure on POB? I don't think the OP is interested in any opinion. He wants a fact based cannon answer of in which era was the movie based. What's opinion based in that – KharoBangdo Mar 10 at 9:32
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    @BrettFromLA Then that's...the answer (together with the previous comment)? I don't see how this makes the question remotely "primarily opinion-based". – Napoleon Wilson Mar 10 at 17:03
  • @BrettFromLA Star Wars (1977) obviously happens before 1977 since it took years to make and the opening credits say it happened "long ago in a galaxy far, far, away". Thus Star Wars has no known year but must happen sometime between the big bang over 13,000,000,000 years ago and 42 years ago. – M. A. Golding Mar 10 at 18:41

I don't think this is answerable. It's set in a fantasy world, with some elements and styles picked at random from our world. I can't imagine the filmmakers ever saying to one another, "We're setting this film solidly in the year XXXX, so let's make sure the technology, architecture, and styles are consistent with that year."

This applies to other year-less films as well. Star Wars and Zootopia come to mind.

  • This doesn't really adress the stark contrast between the styles of cars, clothing and architecture mentioned in the question. Such a variety is rather significant and comparing it to an utter and complete fantasy world like Star Wars seems a bit of a cop-out. As to Zootopia, that seems for all intents and purposes set in a modern or near-future world, judging by the visual design. Now if the buildings and clothes in Zootopia would look like from the 50s and Judy Hopps was still using an iPhone, that would make for an interesting question, too. – Napoleon Wilson Mar 11 at 15:29
  • I like your take on this, @NapoleonWilson. – BrettFromLA Mar 11 at 16:51

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