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Cats Don't Dance (1997)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny (voice)
Sawyer (voice)
Sawyer (singing voice)
Darla Dimple (voice)
Darla Dimple (singing voice)
Tillie Hippo (voice)
Woolie Mammoth (voice)
L.B. Mammoth (voice)
Flanigan (voice)
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Frances (voice)
Cranston (voice)
Matthew Herried ...
T.W. Turtle (voice)
Rick Logan ...
T. W. Turtle (singing voice)
Farley Wink (voice)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For a Bunch of Funny Friends Trying to Break Into Show Business... See more »


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Release Date:

26 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A macskák nem táncolnak  »

Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,212,189 (USA) (28 March 1997)


$3,562,749 (USA) (30 May 1997)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Dedicated to Our Friend and Collaborator, Gene Kelly", who acted as a choreography consultant (uncredited) for the film shortly before he passed away in 1996. Kelly's cement hand and footprints at the Grauman's Chinese Theater forecourt are clearly seen in the opening musical number in Hollywood as a tribute (even though he didn't place his there until 1969). See more »


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 »


T.W.: There's no use trying. Last night my fortune cookie said, "Give it up - you loser!"
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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 »


References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Big and Loud
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Performed by Lindsay Ridgeway
Arranged by Steve Goldstein
Produced by Randy Newman and Steve Goldstein
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My entire family loves this colorful, clever, comedic, cartoon!
28 March 2003 | by (Niles, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Cats Don't Dance" is an excellent animated film, and if you asked my three kids, they'd tell you it's one of their favorite movies ever! "Cats Don't Dance" can be enjoyed whether you're age 4 (close to my youngest child) or age 40 (close to me). The movie uses bright and crisp colors which make you pay attention---and you'll have to! "Cats" moves at a rapid pace. I'm always apprehensive when I hear about animated musicals because the songs usually stink. However, I think the songs and musical sequences in "Cats" are better than those in most Disney hit movies. [Darla Dimples's performance singing "Big And Loud" is an animated classic.] My kids sing "Cats" songs just for fun. They've seen the movie (by their own request) almost 20 times. By the way, I knew Natalie Cole was a good singer, but who knew that Scott Bakula was too? "Cats Don't Dance" has great dialogue (Danny and Sawyer at her job, the same two cats arguing while a disaster ensues, and Danny meeting with Darla Dimple at her home are among my favorite scenes. If characters are going to achieve a good and noble goal in a movie, there MUST be worthy foils trying to stop them. "Cats Don't Dance" has two of the best villians ever in Darla Dimple and her behemoth of a butler Max. Darla takes being two-faced to a whole new level. (Notice at least twice in the movie when the red bow on her head looks more like two horns) Max is so huge that he actually blocks out light! His laugh is chillingly amazing and Max the the BEST line of dialogue in the movie: "How does the kitty cat gooooooooooooooo? [Danny: 'Meow?'] "Very goooooooooood." Every character in this movie (most of whom are animals) are drawn exaggeratedly and that fits perfectly for the theme and tone of this movie. "Cats" is a funny, wild ride for children and adults. If you like animation and/or musicals and/or clever comedy, you'll love "Cats Don't Dance". It's a shame this great movie isn't more popular. Hopefully good word-of-mouth (and word-of-internet) will change that.

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