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Cats Don't Dance

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Very cute animation with Randy Newman music.
  • G
  • 1997
  • 75 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 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 byRarityfan October 4, 2018

Cat noises

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic season 8 was like inspired by Cats Don't Dance. In this movie there some scares and slapstick comedy. Not a cartoon to... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byCoolpool785 September 17, 2018

Underrated classic is worth waching

People give this movie hate because "It's so cheesy and corny!" Yeah, but it's also FOR KIDS! It isn't gonna be that interesting to old... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAri_Ravenclaw March 28, 2018

Better Than Your Average Kids Flick

I did not grow up with this film, but wanted to watch it. It is absolutely wonderful! Canny is a dreamer who is determined to make things work. Sawyer is a hard... 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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