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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

Taglines:

For a Bunch of Funny Friends Trying to Break Into Show Business... 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:

A macskák nem táncolnak 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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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Warner Bros. acquired the distribution rights after acquiring Turner Pictures, the studio gave minimal effort to promote it. The studio was unable to get tie-in deals from McDonald's or Burger King, but accepted a deal from Subway. The Subway tie-in was the only merchandising effort Warner Bros. ever gave to the movie. According to the Los Angeles Times, at the film's first matinee screening in a theater in Pasadena, California, only 15 people showed up, a third of said audience was a family of five. Producer David Kirschner told the Times he was "devastated" by the film's performance and added: "'Cats Don't Dance' got great reviews and great exit polls. And no one knew it was out there." See more »

Goofs

When stage 13 gets flooded, it's Friday at 3pm. Then it goes by one day and they say the premiere of Lil Ark Angel is on Friday. But it must be a Saturday. See more »

Quotes

Danny: Look at you standing there with the long, long face.
Horse: [to another horse] Hey, he must be talking to you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear as signs along Danny's bus ride from Kokomo to Hollywood. See more »

Connections

References Aladdin (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Performed by Natalie Cole, Scott Bakula, and Kathy Najimy
Arranged and produced by George Duke and Steve Goldstein
Natalie Cole appears courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
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A Cartoon Animal Tribute To Golden Age Hollywood
30 April 2005 | by EmperorNortonIISee all my reviews

"Cats Don't Dance" is a delightful animated feature in the style of a 1930's musical comedy. The main character, Danny (voiced by Scott Bakula), is a high-spirited cat from Kokomo, Indiana who goes to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a movie star. But there he finds limited roles available for animals. The story is a sly message about discrimination. The imagery is bright and the music is catchy. The villainess is a wonderful Darla Dimple, a Shirley Temple parody of a child star with a dark side. Together with her monstrous manservant Max, they provide many laughs. Other funny animals include Tilly the Hippo (voiced by Kathy Najimy) and T.W. the Turtle (voiced by Don Knotts). So "Cats Don't Dance" is an enjoyable movie for everyone!


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