Cats Don't Dance



Very cute animation with Randy Newman music.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

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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.

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, and 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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 26, 1997
DVD release date:September 3, 2002
Cast:Jasmine Guy, Kathy Najimy, Scott Bakula
Director:Mark Dindal
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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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 her and start to hate and be cruel to cats, so I suggest not to show this to your kids.
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 name ) is not Darling.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models
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.


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