Cats Don't Dance (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cats Don't Dance (1997)




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Paying lively tribute to Hollywood's golden era of musicals, Cat's Don't Dance tells the tuneful, animated tale of plucky Danny (Scott Bakula), a tom cat from Kokomo who heads to Tinseltown to fulfill his dream of becoming a big star. He has optimistically given himself seven days to accomplish his goal. Soon after finding himself an agent, Danny gets cast in Mammoth Picture's latest musical, Lil Ark Angel, starring the studio's most popular juvenile actress, the adorable Darla Dimple (Ashley Peldon for dialogue and Lindsay Rideway for singing). But while Darla is the apple of every camera's eye, she proves to be rotten to the core when shooting is finished. The monstrous little megalomaniac hates all animals and abuses them accordingly. She is especially cruel to Danny, who, not content to merely utter his only line, "Meow," launches into a song and dance number that steals the show. It is afterward that he learns that no matter how talented they are, animal actors get no respect. Still, Danny makes friends with his fellow furry thespians including the pretty kitty Sawyer (Jasmine Guy speaking and Natalie Cole singing), a piano-playing elephant who is tired of being the studio symbol, a soprano-singing hippo, and a good-natured penguin. Trouble comes when Darla sweetly offers to have Danny and friends audition before the studio mogul L.B. Mammoth. The film's dance numbers were lifted from the work of the late dancer/actor Gene Kelly who is credited with choreographing the dance numbers. Randy Newman penned the film's six songs.

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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 (16) | Top Critics (4)

Cats Don't Dance, nor do they enchant.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4
USA Today
Top Critic

Very cute animation with Randy Newman music.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Common Sense Media

Cute kid-flick, and a must-see for Scott Bakula fans.

January 28, 2005 | Full Review…

For you fuddy duddies out there who think cartoons are for kids, I don't know when the last time you saw a cartoon was, but movie cartoons have never been for kids.

October 24, 2001 | Rating: 4.5

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

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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

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the little girl is so fucking infuriating and creepy.

Nay Nay Bauer
Nay Nay Bauer

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