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Cats Don't Dance (1997)

Cast: Scott Bakula, Jasmine Guy, Natalie Cole, more...
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Animation, Cel
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This animated comedy for the family, which gently parodies the movie musicals of the '30s and '40s, follows Danny (voice of Scott Bakula), a cat from Kokomo, Indiana, who loves to sing and dance and longs to be in show business. One day, Danny decides to do something about his ambitions instead of just wishing, so he heads for Hollywood, convinced that he can become a star in a week. However, Danny quickly becomes aware of the species barrier in Tinseltown; the studios don't much care for animals, even ones with star quality, and the best Danny's agent can get for him is a tiny role in a movie with adorable child star Darla Dimple (voice of Ashley Peldon), who turns out to be a mean-spirited brat who loathes animals as soon as the camera is turned off. Danny soon makes the acquaintance of several other animal performers stuck in the same bind as himself, including Sawyer (voice of Jasmine Guy), a pretty but cynical cat; Woolie (voice of John Rhys-Davies), a piano-playing elephant; Tillie (voice of Kathy Najimy), a singing hippo; and Pudge (voice of Mathew Herried), a performing penguin. Together, the critters struggle for acceptance and a chance to show the world what they can do. Sawyer's singing voice for the musical numbers was provided by Natalie Cole; Randy Newman wrote several original songs for the film, and Gene Kelly was a consultant for the character's choreography. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

How often do you see animated dancing? by TheTallGuy January 5, 2004 - 10:03 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Before I say how great this movie is, let me first tell you why it doesn't get a "10": The story line is pure formula. A kid from the sticks heads to Hollywood where he has to buck the system to succeed. OK, so this probably took someone 5 minutes to come up with. But forget that -- this is a film about Hollywood and its big budget musicals. It's got lots of wonderful Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly moves in it, which isn't surprising since Kelly himself is credited as an advisor. And first-time director (I think) Mark Dindal proves to have a firm grasp of Looney Tunes-style silliness. Throw in a "Cruelle De Ville-meets-Shirley Temple" villain and you have a film that's a delight to watch. Rent it! And when you're done, rent Dindal's next movie, "The Emperor's New Groove", which is the funniest movie Disney's done in the last 20 years.

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(Average 7.30)
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