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Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979)

Banjo is a curious and rebellious kitten who is always getting into trouble. When he decides to jump off a roof of a chicken coup to see if he can land on his feet, he is ordered to "fetch ... See full summary »

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... Crazy Legs (voice)
... Zazu (voice)
Sparky Marcus ... Banjo (voice)
Jerry Harper ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ken Sansom ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice) (as Ann E. Beesley)
Robin Muir ... Additional Voices (voice)
Georgette Rampone ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Georgette Ramponi)
Jackie Ward ... Singer (voice)
... Singer (voice)
Sue Allen ... Singer (voice)
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Banjo is a curious and rebellious kitten who is always getting into trouble. When he decides to jump off a roof of a chicken coup to see if he can land on his feet, he is ordered to "fetch a switch". Thinking his parents wouldn't care if he gets hurt, he hitches a ride on a feed truck, all the way to Salt Lake City. After he finds the excitement of the city, he soon finds it cold and lonely and wishes to be home. With the help of stray cat Crazy Legs and a trio of singing cat girls, he finds the truck and returns home. Written by jcsmarchesi

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1 May 1982 (USA)  »

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Banjo el gato vagabundo  »

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This film was started as a side project while Don was still working at Disney. He invited several other young animators to his house on nights and weekends to discover secrets of animation that he felt had been lost at Disney. Eventually, he resigned from Disney along with 17 other animators to finish this film and begin The Secret of NIMH (1982). That bold walk-out caused a delay in the release of Disney's The Fox and the Hound (1981), that was in mid production at the time. See more »

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Crazy Legs: I'll stick with you, kid. You stick with me. Now together we'll overcome adversity. And old man trouble: well, he'll have to let you be, cause you're gonna come out smiling
[singing]
Crazy Legs: if you stick with me.
[Holds up Banjo]
Crazy Legs: So keep your chin up and look up high. You'll find your troubles will pass you by.
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Featured in Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 5 (2012) See more »

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The Rain Song
Music and Lyrics by Don Bluth
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Classic Don Bluth
12 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

I am a fan of Don Bluth, and while The Secret of NIMH is the movie I consider his magnum opus, this animated short Banjo the Woodpile Cat is a perfect example of Don Bluth in his prime. The animation is very nice, with luscious colours with some essence of darkness, fluid backgrounds and some of the better character designs in any of Bluth's work. The music is memorable, with some great jazzy undertones, while the songs are not too obvious either. The characters are immensely lovable, particularly Banjo who is also quite cute and charming, the dialogue is snappy, cute and funny and the storytelling is heart-warming and very sweet and well-meaning with an effective enough moral that doesn't hit too hard. The voice acting is very good, especially Scatman Crothers, Banjo the Woodpile Cat is well-paced and while it is very short at just half-an-hour or so there is not a dull or wasted moment. Overall, a classic and among Bluth's best. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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