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Cats Don't Dance

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Cats Don't Dance
Cats dont dance poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster by John Alvin
Directed byMark Dindal
Produced byBill Bloom
Timothy Campbell
Paul Gertz
David Kirschner
Screenplay byRoberts Gannaway
Cliff Ruby
Elana Lesser
Theresa Cullen
Story byMark Dindal
Robert Lence
Brian McEntee
Rick Schneider-Calabash
David Womersley
Kelvin Yasuda
Based onA story by
Sandy Russell Gartin[1]
(inspired by)
Music bySteve Goldstein
Edited byDan Molina
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • March 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$32 million[2]
Box office$3.6 million[2]

Cats Don't Dance is a 1997 American animated musical comedy film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures under their Warner Bros. Family Entertainment label, and the only fully animated feature produced by Turner Feature Animation. This studio was merged during the post-production of Cats Don't Dance into Warner Bros. Animation after the merger of Time Warner with Turner Broadcasting System in 1996. Turner Feature Animation had also produced the animated portions of Turner's The Pagemaster (1994). The film was owned by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment via Warner Animation Group and Turner Entertainment Co.

The film was the directorial debut of former Disney animator Mark Dindal, and stars the voices of Scott Bakula, Jasmine Guy, Matthew Herried, Ashley Peldon, John Rhys-Davies, Kathy Najimy, Don Knotts, Hal Holbrook, Betty Lou Gerson (in her final film role), René Auberjonois, George Kennedy, and Dindal. Its musical numbers were written by Randy Newman and includes Gene Kelly's contributions as choreographer, before his death in 1996. The film was Kelly's final film project, and is dedicated to him.

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["The Review Must Go On"] [gentle music] ["The Review Must Go On"] Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. Ever since I started this show, I've got a lot of requests to review the movie "Cats Don't Dance," released in 1997. Really? This is seen as a bad movie? I mean, I remember seeing it a long time ago, and I recall it being okay. Not perfect, but a serviceable film. A nice little kid's movie with nice animation and one or two laughs. I even mentioned at one point I would never review this movie, because I didn't think the flaws were bad enough to fill up an entire review. But then I started thinking about it. Maybe you don't want me to review this movie because it's so bad, but because it left an impact. I'm hearing more and more that this is one of those movies that was played a lot on Cartoon Network, and even though it bombed at the box office, it found life on VHS, resulting in only now a wide screen release on DVD. And with all the recommendations I've been getting for it, clearly it has a following. So, what is it that draws so many people to this animated flick? Eh, why not take a look? This is my quick mini-review of "Cats Don't Dance." It starts off with a Randy Newman song... [inhales] That's nice. we see a cat in the nineteen thirties named Danny, played by Scott Bakula... This will be the greatest movie ever made if this is all secretly an identity from "Quantum Leap!" traveling to Hollywood to try and become a star. Danny: ♪ You can do anything, if you try ♪ ♪ Dig that face, they ain't seen nothin' like it any place ♪ ♪ It's right up off the movie screen ♪♪ Nostalgia Critic: The first thing you might notice about this film is that it seems, well, corny. Like, Indiana can't supply enough fuel for your corniness. But, there's a couple things to keep in mind. On top of the beautifully colorful and lively animation, this is a throwback to musicals of that era, which represents Danny's optimism that's going to be dashed later on in the film. In fact, reality is already kind of sinking in, as the love interest of the film is not introduced through glitter and lights, but, rather, Danny unknowingly screwing her over, blinded by his cheerfulness. Everything he does somehow results in her misery. Also, sh*t, Captain Archer's a good singer! Danny: ♪ Hollywood! Where the streets are paved with gold ♪ ♪ Where the kitties never grow old ♪♪ Nostalgia Critic: Ensign! Set a course for... smooth. [lounge piano music] Yeah, how ya doin'? Yeah. Danny enters a talent agency, coming across a slew of weirdos and has-beens, if they ever have been, and the talent agent just happens to need a cat for a Noah's Ark picture. Farley: Just sign here, here, here, here, [rapidly] and here and here and here and here over there down the middle... [gibberish] Sawyer: A cat crossed my path. Tilly: Orange tabby? Sawyer: Yeah? Tilly: Green vest? Sawyer: Yeah? Tilly: Straw hat? Sawyer: Yeah! Tilly: Oh, what a coinkydink! Sawyer: How'd you know? Tilly: Hippo intuition? Farley: Ha! Nostalgia Critic: While the music in scenes like this can get distractingly loud, the pacing is pretty impressive, calling back to classic fast-talking comedies of that time like "His Girl Friday" and "Bringing Up Baby." Farley: I'll give you Sundays off. Sawyer: I never work Sundays. Farley: Pay you double time? Sawyer: Triple time. Farley: Triple time?! Sawyer: Is there an echo in here? Farley: You're pushing me! Sawyer: No chow, no meow. Walter Burns: Look, darling, this will bring us back together again. Just the way we used to be! Hildegard "Hildy" Johnson: That's just what I'm afraid of. Any time, anyplace, anywhere. Walter Burns: Don't mock me! This is bigger than anything that ever happened to us! Nostalgia Critic: Only this time, the animation can magnify the movements as well as the speech. Plus, our love interest, Sawyer, played by Jasmine Guy, continues to comedically be the subject of needless violence, the best kind of violence. [Sawyer yowls] I'm not usually for animal cruelty, but if Tom and Sawyer could get together for a slapstick routine, I already have the perfect name. Man: Tom Sawyer? Nostalgia Critic: That's actually better! Sawyer gets roped into a role, too, as they can't find any female cats, and they're off to shoot with their main star, a Shirley Temple knockoff named Darla Dimple, played by Ashley Peldon. She's just jealous because she flunked out of art class. Darla: ♪ I built a little boat, as cute as it can be ♪♪ Nostalgia Critic: This character is by far the best part of the movie. At first you might be wondering what I'm talking about, but when Danny musically improvises? Her reactions from here on out are beyond priceless. Darla: And who here's an angel? YOU TELL ME WHO HERE IS AN ANGEL! Flanigan: Why you are Darla! Sweetheart, celebrity, darling! [chokes] Nostalgia Critic: I don't think there's enough haunted houses for the amount of scary faces she makes in this movie. They're all horrifyingly insane, and the animation doesn't hold back in the slightest, making every reaction hilarious. Even the one on the cover is kind of disturbing. She looks like whoever possessed Regan in "The Exorcist". With such a lighthearted tone for the rest of the film, this is an enjoyably cynical approach to a child icon. It's kind of weird, but also funny, this idea of turning a Shirley Temple type persona into a villain. It's equivalent of showing the Olsen twins as villains, or the Jerry McGuire kid as a villain, or... [evil laugh] Dah! No, that one's for real! This leads to the only character who might actually be funnier than Darla, her butler, Max. When she calls for him, we don 't even see him approach, he's already inside. The angles they use to show the size of this guy are simple in layout, but ridiculously effective. He never even separates his teeth to say a word. Max: Yes, Miss Dimple? Nostalgia Critic: And when he puts Danny in his place, his exit perfectly through the him-shaped hole is inspiringly extreme. I don't think Batman could have an exit that good. When Danny tries to figure out what he did wrong, Sawyer lays some blunt reality on him, leading to probably the film's most poignant line. Danny: All I want to do is the thing I love. Doesn't everyone? Nostalgia Critic: But Danny finds out he's not the only one with dashed dreams. He comes across an elephant named Woolie Mammoth, who's the logo for the studio, which he has to do every time they make a movie. This cracks me up, because it would be so much easier just to shoot it once and reuse the footage. But every time a movie is made, he has to squeeze his head through, get made up, and he has to do the sound effect all over again. That's just enjoyably pointless. It's made even funnier by the fact that he's apparently a piano player. How??? He has hooves! Or paws! Or whatever elephant hands are called! How does he hit the keys? I know it's a small thing, but that really makes me laugh. Danny finds out that Woolie wanted to be a musician, but the Hollywood system chewed him up and spat him out, just like all the rest of his new friends. Apparently, Hollywood just isn't interested in animals as leads. Danny: But I thought Hollywood was always looking for new talent? Woolie: Ah ah ah! Talented *people*. Not animals. Nostalgia Critic: When will human-washing stop? But Danny thinks he can inspire everybody again, and brings out some old costumes and instruments to have fun with. The color literally comes back into their lives. In fact, the use of color to show their constant conflicting emotions is very clever. Whey they're interested, they start to glow and become more vibrant. But when they're not, they step back into the shadows, and once again, the color is removed. It's subtle, but it's pretty smart. Darla sees that Danny is going to try and get an audition with a big-time producer, and she's afraid that their talent might upstage hers. Darla: Invite that cat... to teeeeeeea. Nostalgia Critic: Okay, if Jared Leto harnessed this kind of creepiness, we would have a much better Joker. Darla invites Danny over to her house and offers him and his animal friends her studio and props to audition for the big-time producer, L. B. Mammoth. Little does Danny know that L. B. doesn't know, and they're about to crash an important press conference. Cue the most maniacally maniacal of laughs. Darla: [maniacal laugh] Nostalgia Critic: Is it wrong that I'm siding with the villain and I really think she should have her own movies? We get a pretty fun villain song obviously making every person who worked on it the happiest animators in the world. Darla: ♪ Big and loud! ♪ ♪ It's gonna be big and loud! ♪ Nostalgia Critic: And thus, the animals show up to the studio, but Darla floods the stage, putting the press conference, as well as the entire studio, under water. All the animals are fired, and they of course blame Danny, leading of course, to a sad song... ...from Sawyer... ...doing her best Natalie Cole impression. Sawyer: ♪ Gonna turn just a little unkind ♪♪ Nostalgia Critic: It's not bad, but if you've heard Sally's song from "A Nightmare Before Christmas" and just put little cat ears on top of her head, it's pretty much the same thing. But Danny gets an idea on how to redeem himself, as well as get some revenge. He invites everyone to the premiere of her movie, planning to show everyone what they can do. But Max hears a bow tie snap and is literally gone in the next shot. The only thing funnier that what we see with this guy is what we don't see. Danny and Max have a big fight on top of a Darla balloon... One of the strangest settings for a climax since David Hasselhoff. ...and Danny eventually sends him flying. This results in the animals going on to perform, and making it look like it was Darla's idea. The audience is resistant, but they give them a chance, and of course, they love them. Even with Darla trying to stop them yet again, she only ends up making the show even better. She accidentally exposes her evil plans to everyone, resulting in her career being destroyed, and the animals acting in movies that wouldn't be released for sixty years. And that is "Cats Don't Dance." Is it corny? Yeah. Are there times when the music and sound effects are a little much? Absolutely. But... How did "The Hudsucker Proxy" put it and then I stole years later? Norville Barnes: You know, for kids. [ding] Some movies are for families, this is clearly for kids. That is to say, there are definitely elements for adults. Darla is great, her butler is great, the callbacks to classic Hollywood are nice, and, honestly, you could argue that there's a good lesson about prejudice in there. Despite it being called the Golden Age of Cinema, there were still many groups that were kept out of it. If you replace the animals in this movie with many minority groups, you could actually have yourself a pretty fitting commentary. Is that what they had in mind? I don't know, it could be a very simple follow-your-dreams story. But if "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" can be about cartoon animals dealing with racism, why can't this? And if you think it's too strange or goofy to be enjoyed, look on the bright side. Michael Jackson was going to be a part of it. Yeah, no joke. This was originally supposed to star a live-action Michael Jackson with animated characters wanting to be movie stars. In fact, at one point, it was supposed to be the Looney Tunes. But after Jackson dropped out, they gave the Looney Tunes move to Michael Jordan, and kept the story going, because, hey, maybe there was something there even without Jackson. And again, I think there is, if you look at it as a kid's film. It's not going to entertain both adults and children perfectly like "The Iron Giant," "Kung-Fu Panda," or "Spirited Away," but it's colorful, energized, and has a good message for kids, while also having some great expressions, hints of cynicism, and nice salutes to the early days of film for adults. It's not a classic, but it's a good film. It's a little cheesy, but if done well, cheesy is fine. It's definitely worth showing to children, and maybe you too can sneak a peek and gain just the right amount of enjoyment from it. How'd that phrase go again, Tim Robbins? Norville Barnes: You know, for kids. Nostalgia Critic: Exactly. But you know what, sometimes there's no fault in wanting to feel like a kid again, and this is a good film to do that with. I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. ["The Review Must Go On"] [Channel Awesome Outro]



In 1939, Danny, an optimistic young cat, dreams of Hollywood stardom, so he travels from his hometown of Calico, North Carolina to Hollywood in hopes of starting a career there. After meeting a new friend Pudge, Danny is selected by agent Farley Wink to feature in a film called Li'l Ark Angel that is in production alongside a white cat named Sawyer at Warner Bros. Pictures. Upon joining fellow animals; Tillie, Cranston, Frances, and T.W., Danny is dismayed on learning how minor his role is and tries to weasel his way into more time in the spotlight. Danny winds up angering Darla Dimple, a popular, extremely spoiled child actress and star of the film, so she assigns her butler Max to intimidate Danny into no longer trying to enlarge his part.

Danny learns from the studio's mascot Woolie, that human actors are normally given more important roles than animals; a fact that none of them are very happy with but know they must accept. He longs for the spotlight and tries to make a plan that will encourage humans to provide animal actors with better scenarios, such as by assembling a massive cluster of animals and putting on a musical performance for the humans.

Later, Danny is given advice by Darla (while masking her true villainous nature with a sweet one as she always does) through song on how to interest and satisfy audiences. He takes this information to heart and groups the animals for an audition on the Ark in hopes of attracting the humans' attention. However, Darla, fearing that the animals are jeopardizing her spotlight, has Max help her flood the stage, while Jack Warner, the chief of Warner Bros.; and Flanagan, the film's director, are giving an interview, gets the animals blamed and fired for the collateral damage. The animals are depressed at being barred from acting in Warner Bros. (especially Danny, who was convinced by Darla that she was trying to help the animals). As Woolie tells Danny to return to Calico, Tillie suggests Sawyer to follow Danny.

After a comment from the bus driver and seeing Pudge wander the streets, Danny comes up with a plan yet again. He secretly invites Sawyer, her friends, and Woolie to the premiere of Lil' Ark Angel. After the screening and a battle with Max that sends him flying away on a Darla Dimple balloon, Danny calls the audience's attention. Upon bringing Sawyer, Woolie, Tillie, Cranston, Pudge, Frances and T.W. backstage to help Danny, the eight animals put on a musical performance that entertains and impresses the viewers. Meanwhile, Darla is trying to sabotage the show by setting up a time bomb, but it fails to detonate. She them starts tampering with the set and special effects equipment, but her attempts instead cause her to inadvertently enhance the performance as well as injure herself. At last, she pulls a "Super Duper Epic Oppenheimer Atomic TNT Switch", but instead it sets off an enormous fireworks finale, making the animals' performance a complete success (as well as severing the roof of the theatre) and the viewers applaud and cheer loudly.

Furious and fuming at the animals, Darla berates Danny, accidentally confessing to have flooded Warner Bros. when her voice is amplified over the theater's sound system thanks to an open microphone, revealing the truth about the incident to the audience, including Jack and Flanagan, who are horrified seeing Darla for her true colors. The police then come to arrest Darla. At last, the animals' demand for larger roles are met and their dreams are fulfilled after so long, and Danny and Sawyer admit their feelings for each other. (Max is also last seen in Paris, France on the balloon.)

A montage of film poster parodies which put the main animals in the roles of each character (ending with a Free Willy parody) precede the credits. It is shown afterwards that Darla is sentenced to 6 years in juvenile hall and 14 hours of community service. She puts up a "The End" poster on a wall, and it falls down and wraps around her.


  • Scott Bakula as Danny, an ambitious, optimistically naïve Orange tabby from Kokomo, Indiana who wishes to become a famous Hollywood star. Matthew Broderick was cast to play Danny but it went to Bakula.[citation needed]
  • Jasmine Guy as Sawyer, a beautiful, but disenchanted sarcastic white cat secretary of Farley Wink and Danny's love interest, later girlfriend. Renee Zellweger was cast to play Sawyer but it went to Guy.[citation needed]
  • Matthew Herried as Peabo "Pudge" Pudgemyer, a little penguin and Danny's first friend who looks up to him as a big brother.
  • Ashley Peldon as Darla Dimple, the evil and psychotic adorable human child star of Hollywood. She conceals her anger and sinister nature from her fans and superiors through a facade of sweetness and innocence. She is referred to as "America's sweetheart, lover of children and animals!" Darla is a parody of the late Shirley Temple.
  • Kathy Najimy as Tillie Hippo, a happy-go-lucky hippopotamus who tries to find the best in every situation. She is a hilarious hippopotamus as hinted out by her giggling and snorting, and by how quickly she introduces lots of people (and fellow animals).
  • John Rhys-Davies as Woolie the Mammoth, the aging Indian elephant who portrays the mascot for Warner Bros. Pictures. He originally came to Hollywood to write and perform music where he acts as a mentor to Danny upon befriending him. Woolie is an obvious parody of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's mascot Leo the Lion, as he wears mammoth tusks made of marble and a wig, which are placed on him with doing the Warners Awards Show.
  • Betty Lou Gerson as Frances Albacore, a sassy, rude fish who dances with Cranston Goat and always holds a cigarette holder.
  • Hal Holbrook as Cranston Goat, a cranky elderly old goat who surprisingly loves to dance. He is always seen with Frances and they always dance with each other, implying they have feelings towards each other.
  • Don Knotts as T.W. Turtle, a nervous and superstitious turtle who always relies on fortune cookie fortunes. He originally came to Hollywood hoping to be an Errol Flynn-type star.
    • Rick Logan provides T.W.'s singing voice.
  • George Kennedy as Jack Warner, the human head of Warner Bros. Pictures. His secret of success when asked by anyone is "Simple, it's Dimple!" The character and design of Jack Warner is based on the real life Jack Warner, one of the founders of Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • René Auberjonois as Flanagan, the human film director of "Li'l Ark Angel" who is constantly kissing up to both Darla and L.B.
  • Mark Dindal as Max, Darla's enormous valet who obeys Darla's every command and will not hesitate to punish anyone who crosses her. He serves as the direct force that Darla physically lacks as a child.
  • Frank Welker as Farley Wink, a human agent for animals and Sawyer's boss, who is a blabber-mouth and talks fast. He thinks Sawyer is cute despite the fact that she dislikes him.
  • David Johansen as Bus Driver, a man whose insults towards the animals getting fired from Warner Bros. inspire Danny with his last plan to give the animals their long-awaited stardom.
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Kong, a gorilla whose only appearance is while Danny and Sawyer are going to the set of Little Ark Angel at Warner Bros. Baker also does some additional voices such as the Warner Bros. Pictures guide tour.
  • Tony Pope as Alligator
  • Peter Renaday as Narrator


The film was launched in 1993 as a vehicle for Michael Jackson, who would produce, star, and be a consultant in the music and choreography. It would have been a hybrid live-action/CGI film.[3] By 1994, Jackson ceased to be involved in the film.[4] In its earlier stages, the film concerned less anthropomorphic stray cats that live among the sets and studio backlots. At one point, David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. composed songs for the film before Randy Newman was hired.[5]


At that point the core team of filmmakers was assembled and it was time to begin casting the roles. As is the tradition in animation, the voice actors are videotaped as they record the voices of their characters; this enables the animators to use specific body language from each of the actors to lend dimension to their characterizations.

Scott Bakula, best known to audiences as the star of the television series Quantum Leap, was cast as Danny. Explains Paul Gertz, "People will be very surprised when they hear Danny and realize that it's Scott's voice doing all that singing. Scott had a successful career starring on Broadway before he began working in television and film. He's a very experienced singer and dancer, and he was a natural choice for Danny."

Sawyer, Danny's verbal sparring partner and, eventually, his love interest, is voiced by Jasmine Guy, who became known for her role as Whitley Gilbert on the series A Different World. Sawyer's singing voice is provided by Natalie Cole. "There was something special about working with Natalie, who's a wonderful talent on her own, and whose father, Nat, was a part of Hollywood's fabulous past," says David Kirschner. "Somehow I think it shows up in her interpretation of the music; there is a classic charm and romance to it." According to Lauren Faust, Nancy Giles was the original speaking voice and hers was much deeper, similar to Cole and many scenes were animated to her performance, but was replaced with Guy when the film was 90% complete.

Other character voices were provided by George Kennedy, Hal Holbrook, René Auberjonois, John Rhys-Davies, Kathy Najimy, Betty Lou Gerson and Don Knotts. "Many of these actors have worked in animation before, and many others have done radio drama, which has trained them in using every expressive nuance in their voices," says Kirschner. "We wanted each character to be an individual – to sound as if they looked, moved and acted a certain way."

Darla Dimple was voiced by nine-year-old Ashley Peldon, who has herself been acting since her toddler days and is most recently seen in the live-action drama The Crucible. The character Darla Dimple was a name parody of then child star Shirley Temple.

The voice casting of Pudge came by chance, recalled Mark Dindal; "A group of animators was eating lunch together in an outdoor cafe one day and a little boy came over to ask us for directions. Someone answered him and he walked away. At that same moment, another animator blurted, `That's Pudge exactly!,' and we all realized it was true... So we rushed after him and asked if he'd ever acted – which he hadn't – and if he'd like to – which he would – and the rest is moviemaking history. Little Matthew Herried became a terrific voice for Pudge."

During production, management at Turner Feature Animation changed repeatedly and each head that came in attempted to take drastic revisions, including updating the setting to the 1950s rock-and-roll era. "It's pretty hard to try and keep what you have finished so far, and then suddenly transition into a different period of time or introduce a different character or have a completely different ending that doesn't seem to fit the beginning you have," said director Mark Dindal.[5]

Dindal's portrayal of Max was initially a scratch track and was never intended to be heard on the film. Dindal wanted Max to be voiced by a professional actor, but as the film started running out of money, he kept his own vocals in.[5]


During the animation on Cats Don't Dance, Randy Newman was creating songs that gently poked fun at the idealism of 1930s cinema while capturing the melodic, danceable sound that has made so many of those songs into classics.

Production PhotoMuses Mark Dindal, "One of the things that stuck in my mind after we spoke with people who'd been part of Hollywood's Golden Age was the number of times they described an effect or stunt that they had never done before. They said, `We just did it, and if it worked, we left it.'

"We're more analytical about film today – we have more history to look back on, and the cost of making movies is so high that it leaves less room for experimentation. But we're still trying to push the boundaries of the possible, and some of that pioneering, risk-taking outlook is still what makes today's movies great.

"I like to think that we've kind of tipped our hats to the best of both worlds with Cats Don't Dance – it's an homage to the past, but created with the talents of the present and the technology of the future. And the message – giving everyone a chance to be his or her best by pursuing what they truly love – is timeless."


Warner Bros. attached "Pullet Surprise", a newly produced Looney Tunes short featuring Foghorn Leghorn, to the original theatrical release, and "The Big Sister", a Dexter's Laboratory What a Cartoon! short, following the film in its original home video release.

Critical reception

Cats Don't Dance received a 73% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews.[6] It was the first non-Disney animated film to have won the Best Animated Feature award, and Randy Newman won the Best Individual Achievement: Music in a Feature/Home Video Production at the 1997 Annie Awards.[7]

Box office

Cats Don't Dance became a casualty of the Turner/Time Warner merger: it received a traditional theatrical release in 1997 but without fanfare and did not draw an audience. The film's total domestic theatrical gross was $3,566,637 against its $32 million production budget.[2] Director Mark Dindal was frustrated with Warner Bros. over the lack of advertising and the failed marketing campaign.[5]

Home media

Cats Don't Dance got its first home video release on VHS and LaserDisc on August 19, 1997 by Warner Home Video.

The film saw its first DVD releases on August 19, 1997 and September 3, 2002, as a 4:3 pan-and-scan DVD with bonus features. A re-release of the same DVD, but bundled with Quest for Camelot, was released on May 2, 2006. Internationally, in July 2008, Cats Don't Dance was released on DVD in widescreen in Germany, Spain, and the Benelux countries (Belgium/the Netherlands/Luxembourg). A widescreen DVD was released for the first time in North America on November 1, 2016 via the Warner Archive Collection.[8] The original widescreen presentation is also available digitally for rental or purchase through Google Play and also through Amazon Video. Currently, a Blu-ray version of the film has yet to be announced.

See also


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry (2005). The Animated Movie Guide (1. ed.). Chicago: Chicago Review Press. p. 50. ISBN 1-55652-591-5.
  2. ^ a b c "Cats Don't Dance". The Numbers. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Michael hard at work on 'Cats Don't Dance'". Reading Eagle. June 15, 1993. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Beck, Marilyn; Jenel Smith, Stacy (November 25, 1994). Mel Gibson expected to star in outer-space 'Treasure Island'. Bangor, Maine: Bangor Daily News. pp. C12.
  5. ^ a b c d Mark Dindal (November 2000). "Mark Dindal's Place in the Sun" (Interview). Interviewed by Joe Strike. Animation World Magazine. p. 4. Archived from the original on April 19, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Cats Don't Dance (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "25th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1997)". Annie Awards. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
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