Cats Don't Dance1997
Stars: Betty Lou Gerson, Lindsay Rideway, Don Knotts, Ashley Peldon, Scott Bakula
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Rating: G (General Audience)
Runtime: 120 minutes
Actually, cats do dance, and there are a lot of little cat feet tapping all over this odd animated film. Complaints about originality can't be leveled here; the film works within the confines of the musical genre, but there's never really been anything like this. Danny the cat is from Kokomo, and he's got a short list of things he has to do to become a big star in Hollywood. Unfortunately, he's unaware that animals, even talented ones, aren't even considered for showy parts in films. They're considered window dressing for humans, especially big stars such as Darla Dimple, the unlikely antagonist here. The music is by Randy Newman, and it's not really his best, but toe tapping may occur. The animation is reminiscent of an upgraded Animaniacs, and there's a frenetic, jittery sense to the scenes (mostly dealing with slapstick humor). Older fans of animation or bygone Hollywood will have much more to appreciate here than small children, but that's refreshing in itself. --Keith Simanton
Sawyer, what happened to you?
Did you walk under a ladder? Smash a mirror?
Have you looked in one lately?
No, a cat crossed my path.
Really? Orange tabby?
Oh, what a coinky-dink!
How did you know?
Oh, hippo's intuition.
Life here for animals is the pits. Always playing the scapegoat.
Working for scale.
Then why are you still here? You're still here because you can't get over that feeling when... when you two dance together. When you play. When you sing. They've cursed you, humilliated you, even slammed the door on your face, but they haven't made you forget. Have they?
Did you know the peanut is not a nut at all? And not a pea, for that matter. It's rather odd that we call it a nut because it isn't a nut, you see. It's actually a member of the legume family. How about pea-legume? No, that doesn't make any sense, either. But whatever it is, it makes a splendid tea.