A canine angel, Charlie, sneaks back to earth from heaven but ends up befriending an orphan girl who can speak to animals. In the process, Charlie learns that friendship is the most heavenly gift of all.
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 »
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 »
Look at you standing there with the long, long face.
[to another horse]
Hey, he must be talking to you.
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The opening credits appear as signs along Danny's bus ride from Kokomo to Hollywood. See more »
"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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