Cats Don't Dance is an animated film created by Warner Bros. It was released in theaters in March 26, 1997 and had VHS releases in 1997 and 1999.

Plot[edit | edit source]

In 1939, Danny, an optimistic young cat, dreams of Hollywood stardom, so he travels from his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana, 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 that is in production at Mammoth Pictures called Li'l Ark Angel, alongside Wink's secretary: A white cat named Sawyer. Upon joining fellow animals; Tilly, 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 Woolly, that human actors are normally given more important roles than animals. 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 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 will jeopardize her spotlight, has Max help her flood the stage, while L.B. Mammoth, the head of Mammoth Pictures, and Flanagan, the film's director, are giving an interview, getting the animals blamed and fired for the collateral damage. The animals are depressed at being barred from acting in Mammoth Pictures (especially Danny, who was convinced by Darla that she was trying to help the animals). Woolly tells Danny to return to Kokomo. Later that night, everyone was at a diner, upset with Danny for ruining everything for them, while Sawyer sings a song about Danny trying to keep their dreams alive. Tilly overhears Sawyer singing and suggests Sawyer to follow Danny. Sawyer arrives to the bus stop, just seconds after Danny left, finding his hat and his to-do list behind.

However, after a comment from the bus driver and seeing Pudge wander the streets, Danny stops the bus and comes up with another plan. He secretly invites Sawyer and the others 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, Woolly, Tilly, Cranston, Pudge, Frances and T.W. backstage to help Danny, the 8 animals put on a musical performance that entertains and impresses the viewers. Meanwhile, Darla tries to sabotage the show by tampering with the set and special effects equipment, but her attempts instead cause her to inadvertently enhance the performance.

Furious and fuming at the animals, Darla berates Danny, accidentally confessing to flooding Mammoth Studios when her voice is amplified over the theater's sound system thanks to a boom mic she had been tangled up with, revealing the truth about the incident to the audience, including L.B. and Flanagan. Darla tries to hide her true colors by smiling, hugging, and kissing Danny, but Pudge pulls a lever, sending Darla down a trapdoor. At last, the animals' demand for larger roles are met and their dreams are fulfilled after so long, Danny and Sawyer admit their feelings for each other, and Darla is forced to work as a janitor.

VHS Supplements[edit | edit source]

1997 VHS[edit | edit source]

Video Creation date
1 Trailer for Free Willy 3: The Rescue August 19, 1997
2 Trailer for The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain August 19, 1997
3 Video preview for Pippi Longstocking August 19, 1997
4 Video preview for Shiloh March 11, 1997
5 Promo for Cartoon Network 3 New Toons August 19, 1997
6 FBI Warning Screen June 19, 1992
7 Warner Home Video logo March 11, 1997
8 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 22, 1994
9 Cats Don't Dance March 26, 1997
10 Promo for Cartoon Network 3 New Toons August 19, 1997
11 Dexter's Laboratory: The Big Sister March 10, 1996

1999 VHS[edit | edit source]

Video Creation date
1 FBI Warning Screen June 19, 1992
2 Warner Bros. Family Entertainment Century Collection promo February 9, 1999
3 Trailer for Billboard Dad November 10, 1998
4 Trailer for Scooby-Doo's Greatest Mysteries March 2, 1999
5 Trailer for Batman Beyond: The Movie March 2, 1999
6 Trailer for Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish February 9, 1999
7 Promo for Cartoon Network 3 New Toons August 19, 1997
8 Warner Home Video logo November 4, 1997
9 Full Screen Format Disclaimer January 22, 1994
10 Cats Don't Dance March 26, 1997
11 Promo for Cartoon Network 3 New Toons August 19, 1997
12 Dexter's Laboratory: The Big Sister March 10, 1996

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Theatrical release[edit | edit source]

  1. Space Jam (1997 VHS)

1997 VHS[edit | edit source]

  1. Shiloh (1997 VHS)
  2. The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain (1997 VHS)
  3. Selena (1997 VHS)

1998-1999 VHS[edit | edit source]

  1. Billboard Dad (1998 VHS)
  2. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1999 VHS)
  3. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1999 VHS)
  4. Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1999 VHS)
  5. Thumbelina (1999 VHS)
  6. The Neverending Story (1999 VHS)
  7. The Neverending Story II The Next Chapter (1999 VHS)
  8. Little Big League (1999 VHS)
  9. Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood (1999 VHS)
  10. The Borrowers (1999 VHS)
  11. The Return of the Borrowers (1999 VHS)
  12. The Flintstones: I Yabba Dabba Do! (1999 VHS)
  13. The Batman Superman Movie (1999 VHS)
  14. A Little Princess (1999 VHS)
  15. The Amazing Panda Adventure (1999 VHS)
  16. It Takes Two (1999 VHS)
  17. How the West Was Fun (1999 VHS)
  18. Alaska (1999 VHS)
  19. Little Giants (1999 VHS)
  20. Wild America (1999 VHS)
  21. Friday (1999 VHS)
  22. The Adventures of Pinocchio (1999 VHS)
  23. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1999 VHS)
  24. Quest for Camelot (1999 VHS)
  25. Scooby-Doo's Greatest Mysteries (1999 VHS)
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