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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

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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It's a Jungle Out There! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cats Don't Dance 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS (uncredited)| Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Betty Lou Gerson's last film before her death in 1999. 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

L.B. Mammoth: Ah, the recipe for a Darla Dimple movie. Begin with one part adorable character in jeopardy.
[inside the soundstage, Darla has tied up Pudge]
Darla Dimple: Sorry, penguin, but in everyone's life, a little rain must fall. Max, man the valves!
Max: Yes, Miss Dimple.
[Max opens the water valves]
L.B. Mammoth: Add two parts perky determination...
Darla Dimple: More water, Max. More water!
L.B. Mammoth: Sprinkle in an air of innocence...
Darla Dimple: Wind, Max! We must have WIND!
L.B. Mammoth: Stir in with...
[...]
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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 »

Connections

References Samson and Delilah (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag
Music by Felix Powell
Lyrics by George Asaf
Performed by Kathy Najimy
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Good fun if you give it a chance
2 February 2004 | by einsteins_steinSee all my reviews

This is a great movie for both kids and adults! I have 3 boys, ages 4, 9 and 14, and they ALL like the film, especially the songs. The strange thing is that my boys generally think musical numbers are girl-stuff. Well, girl-stuff or not, they get into this flic, and I sometimes catch them singing along with the catchy tunes.

Scott Bakula is a real surprise as Danny, the talented singing and dancing cat from Kokomo, Indiana, who comes to Hollywood with stars in his eyes, and ignites the fading dreams of the jaded animals who work as extras while humans get all the good scenes.

The principal characters are well cast and easy to like, except for Darla and Max, whom you'll love to hate! BTW - I don't know the name of the young woman who did the singing voice for Darla, but she has a set of pipes that will absolutely knock you on your seat. Big And Loud!

Take a look at this movie with an open mind and a young heart. You'll be glad you gave it a chance!


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