Cats Don't Dance


Cats Don't Dance (1997)


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A song-and-dance cat from Kokomo leads a musical animal revolution at a 1930s Hollywood studio in this miscalculated blend of parody and nostalgia from Turner Animation Features.

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Scott Bakula
as Danny the Cat
Jasmine Guy
as Sawyer the Cat
Natalie Cole
as Sawyer the Cat (singing)
George Kennedy
as Mr. L.B Mammoth
John Rhys-Davies
as Woolie the Elephant
Kathy Najimy
as Tillie the Hippo
Ashley Peldon
as Darla Dimple
Matthew Harried
as Pudge the Penguin
Hal Holbrook
as Cranston
Lindsay Ridgeway
as Darla Dimple--Singing
Frank Welker
as Farley Wink
David Johansen
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Cats Don't Dance

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

Cats Don't Dance is a blast... There's a pleasing luminescence to the animation, with colors that glow like neon throughout.

Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Cats Don't Dance has some of the sharp irreverence of the brilliant Who Framed Roger Rabbit. There are plenty of clever asides and witty one-liners, not to mention a few terrific supporting characters.

Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Decked out with sharp and colorful design work, some well-drawn characters and six snappy Randy Newman tunes, this first entry from Turner Feature Animation goes down very easily but lacks a hook.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While the animated characters, bright colors and an appealing Randy Newman score may keep the children content, Cats Don't Dance is no saccharine fantasy. Its Hollywood references and dark satire constitute its real strengths.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

A startling miscalculation. It has lots of cute animals... But blending parody and nostalgia about an era half a century removed from the lives of the core audience seems a foolish indulgence

Feb 14, 2001 | Full Review…

Cats Don't Dance, nor do they enchant.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Cats Don't Dance


An underrated Gem in the animated world. This film is one of the greatest films ever created, and when I was little I never liked this film, but now I consider it one of my favorite movies. The music is fantastic, the animation is top-notch, the plot is decent, and characters and acting are wonderful. Randy Newman may have written some songs that aren't that impressive but these songs are some of his best songs, and they are all sung fantastically by the characters, they're either emotional songs, or energetic and fun songs, and combine that with the great animation and you have one heck of an awesome animated film.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


I wasn't that impressed with this movie as a kid, but now that I've seen musicals of the 30s and 40s, I want to see it again, as it's supposed to parody them.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

the little girl is so fucking infuriating and creepy.

Nay Nay Bauer
Nay Nay Bauer

Super Reviewer

I liked the concept and the animation.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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