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Cats Don't Dance

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Cats Don't Dance Movie Poster Image
Very cute animation with Randy Newman music.
  • G
  • 1997
  • 75 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a colorful and energetic animated musical suitable for all but the very youngest toddlers. It sports some sly satire and the music, written by Randy Newman and performed by Natalie Cole.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygarfield2711 March 27, 2009

Good movie for little kids.

Great film. You need to be warned however that there are 2 climatic scenes that can be a litle frieghtening but everyone ends up ok.
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 20, 2012

Isn't this movie amazing?

I love the movie Cat's Don't Dance! It's one of my favorite movies! It was ver funny! I love the animation on this film too!
Teen, 13 years old Written byGloryGirl April 2, 2010

Darla ain't Darling!

I love this movie, it is awesome! I think it's non only creative, but histerical! I love the music, the moves, almost every part of it! Also, Darla ( cute... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 11, 2010

Age-appropriate for little kids, but not a good movie

I didn't really like this movie. Darla is a total brat and gets pretty obnoxious throughout the film. If you don't watch out, your kid may act like he... Continue reading

What's the story?

A singing, dancing cat named Danny goes to Hollywood to become a star in this colorful and energetic animated musical suitable for all but the very youngest toddlers. He finds, however, that no one in Hollywood thinks that animals can be stars. A Shirley Temple-style moppet named Darla Dimple pretends to help him audition with his friends, only to sabotage their big number by flooding the soundstage. Danny, humiliated, decides to go back home. But he can't give up, and the rousing finish has all of the animals staging a spectacular musical number, with the inadvertent help of Ms. Dimple.

Is it any good?

The animation in CATS DON'T DANCE is well above average, if not quite up to the Disney standard. The voice characterizations are excellent, with Scott Bakula and Jasmine Guy as the leads and Kathy Najimy, Don Knotts, and George Kennedy outstanding in supporting roles. Parents will appreciate some sly satire and the music, written by Randy Newman and performed by Natalie Cole.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about judging others on their talent and character, rather than their appearance, and about working for your dreams, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable. Kids may also like to talk about Darla Dimple, why she was so threatened by the talented animals and the contrast between the way she behaved in private and when she was in the public eye.

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