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Cats Don't Dance (1997)

Danny, an ambitious singing and dancing cat, goes to Hollywood and overcomes several obstacles to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star.

Director:

Mark Dindal

Writers:

Mark Dindal (story), Robert Lence (story) | 9 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Danny (voice)
Jasmine Guy ... Sawyer (voice)
Natalie Cole ... Sawyer (singing voice)
Ashley Peldon ... Darla Dimple (voice)
Lindsay Ridgeway ... Darla Dimple (singing voice)
Kathy Najimy ... Tillie Hippo (voice)
John Rhys-Davies ... Woolie Mammoth (voice)
George Kennedy ... L.B. Mammoth (voice)
Rene Auberjonois ... Flanigan (voice)
Betty Lou Gerson ... Frances (voice)
Hal Holbrook ... Cranston (voice)
Matthew Herried Matthew Herried ... Pudge the Penguin (voice)
Don Knotts ... T.W. Turtle (voice)
Rick Logan Rick Logan ... T. W. Turtle (singing voice)
Frank Welker ... Farley Wink (voice)
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Danny, an ambitious singing and dancing cat, goes to Hollywood and overcomes several obstacles to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star.

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Trivia

According to Danny's script, the movie takes place in April 1939. Easter eggs of The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1939) are featured, despite both being released later in the year. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, when Danny is getting gifts from his friends in Kokomo, he is already holding the sheep's skin before he even gets it. See more »

Quotes

Danny: Looks like we'll be the only two cats on the ark. Isn't that great?
Sawyer: So much for preserving the species!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, movie posters of the animals in different movies like the Witches of Eastwick or Singin' in the Rain appear. See more »


Soundtracks

Little Boat On The Sea
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Performed by Lindsay Ridgeway and Scott Bakula
Arranged by Steve Goldstein
Produced by Randy Newman and Steve Goldstein
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I could kick myself for seeing this wonderful film only once in my childhood
29 December 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I remembered seeing Cats Don't Dance when I was 10, and really liking it. To this day, I still find it a mystery as to why I didn't see it again since, and I can't think of a convincing enough reason why other than I forgot about it. Then, I was reading some reviews by chance that were praising this film, and I decided I must give it another chance. Thank goodness for YouTube. And you know what, I am glad I did that, and now I am kicking myself for only seeing this film once in my childhood. Seriously I loved it, why it is so underrated I don't know.

I am also scratching my head on some of the aspects of the film critical reviews have picked up. Critics complained of dull characters, and others of forgettable songs. Now I will admit that Cats Don't Dance is surprisingly ambitious, but I cannot disagree more with the criticism that it has forgettable music. I thought it was wonderful, the incidental music itself was beautiful, but the songs were amazing and definitely memorable, from the wonderfully energetic end number, to the poignant one sung by Sawyer in the rain. Though special mention has to go to Big and Loud, where Lindsay Ridgeway did a spectacular job with the singing voice of the antagonist Darla Dimple.

And the characters certainly weren't dull. Danny is a very likable Gene Kelly-like protagonist, and Sawyer is lovely. And if you're looking for a character for comic relief, look to Flannigan especially. But the most memorable character is easily Darla, wonderfully voiced by Ashley Peldon. You could say Darla is like Shirley Temple's evil twin, she is very cute yet she is mighty mean too. Her bodyguard Max for some reason frightened me at the end when he was chasing Danny when I first saw Cats Don't Dance. The animation is colourful and detailed, and the voice cast is excellent. Other definite pros are in the surprisingly consistent and mature scripting, the inspired story, its constant sense of fun and the glamorous and irresistible choreography. All in all, despite the decent enough rating on IMDb(though I personally think it should be in the 7s) this is a very underrated and almost forgotten film. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$939,781, 30 March 1997

Gross USA:

$3,566,637

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,566,637
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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