Cats Don't Dance

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Cat's Don't Dance is a 1997 American animated musical comedy film, distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment and notable as 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).

Set in a world where human beings and anthropomorphic animals live side-by-side, it focuses on a cat named Danny who wants to break into show business in Hollywood.

Narrator[edit]

  • Once upon a time, there was a princess and a peasant. She lived atop a hill in a glittering castle. There she had a servant who kept her castle in order, selected and pressed her robes for the day, prepared her royal breakfast, and served it to her in her chambers. She had fame, she had fortune. She had product endorsements. But she was not what she seemed. On the other hand, in a humble village far away, the peasant had none of her luxuries. But he had a dream. So with a fond farewell from his closest friends, and gifts of good luck, best wishes and useless junk—although it's the thought that counts—his world was about to clash with hers, in a place called: Hollywood.

Darla[edit]

  • I...HATE...ANIMALS! Especially [points at Danny] that one!
  • [to Danny] You just get all your little friends at Friday at 3 and I'll take care of L.B. And let's leave this between us, shall we? I don't like to advertise my charitable work.
  • I'm the star! [She glares at Danny.] You stupid, stupid cat! I should have drowned you all when I FLOODED THE STAGE! ['Flooded the stage' echoes through the speakers]

Danny[edit]

  • [singing] Hollywood! Where the streets are paved with gold, where the kiddies never grow old! Right here in Hollywood!
  • If you have any openings for a talented cat, I'm your man! Er...I mean, your cat!
  • Come on, Sawyer. Your life isn't in that office. It's here.

Sawyer[edit]

  • I'm a secretary; not an actress.
  • No chow; no meow.
  • Hey Kong; how's the picture coming?
  • [phone rings] Farley Wink's Animal Actors Agency. How can I help you? [listens] Oh. You need a lamb for the Moses picture? [listens as a lamb gets excited] A sacrificial lamb? [listens as the same lamb cringes in fear] Sorry! Fresh out! [hangs up] Every day, I ask myself; why do I put up with this?
  • Like I said, dancing is a waste of time.

Frances[edit]

  • Oh, for the love of Moby Dick!
  • I need a drink!

T.W.[edit]

  • There's no use trying; Miss Tillie. My fortune cookie last night said, "Give it up, you loser!"
  • Fortune says, "Raging waters ahead!"
  • They can smash your cookie, but you'll always have...your fortune!

Woolie[edit]

  • The spotlight will never be on fellows like you and me, and it's foolish to think otherwise, Danny.

Dialogue[edit]

Danny: Meow? [He can't believe that's his one line.] Where's the rest?
Sawyer: You're looking at it!
Danny: But I thought this was a musical! We're supposed to sing and dance, aren't we?
Frances: Oh, for the love of Moby Dick!
Sawyer: Listen, tiger, this town has rules. Around here, cats say "meow."
Danny: But that's so old hat. I'm sure no one would mind if I jazz this up a bit.
Sawyer: All right, learn it the hard way.
[Danny purrs with a British accent, and then does a few impressions of various actors such as Edward G. Robinson.]

Darla: [in rage after Danny upstages her] CUT! Cut, cut, cut!
Flanigan: Cut? Oh, yes. Cut. cut.
Darla: [shouting into the microphone] LET ME DOWN THIS INSTANT!
Flanigan: Lower Miss Dimple! Lower her! Hurry hurry! Lower Miss Dimple!
[The crew drop Darla, send her crashing to the ground]
Flanigan: Darla, darling. Honey...
Cranston: [chuckles]
Darla: [groan] Flanigan, the title of this movie is Little Ark Angel... [grabs Flanagan] Isn't it?!
Flanigan: Yes oh yes!
Darla: And who here's an angel? [breaks Flanigan's glasses, then shakes him as she screams] CAN YOU TELL ME WHO HERE IS AN ANGEL?!
Flanigan: Why you are Darla. Sweetheart, celebrity, darling, cute little [Darla rolls her eyes and chokes Flanigan] ACK! Angel.
Darla: That's right! I AM an angel! I... am... an... adorable... little... ANGEL!!!

Sawyer: It's time somebody set that cat straight. Since he tap-danced into town, he's been nothing but trouble.
Danny: Well, I guess this is gonna set me back a whole day. Maybe only half a day.
Sawyer: Listen, I'm sorry your feelings got hurt, but the fact is, since you–
Danny: I don't get it. What happened in there, anyway? Did I hit a sour note? Because if I did, I could go back in there. I could fix it.
Sawyer: You don't... Danny, they don't care.
Danny: But I...
Sawyer: Don't you get it? What is it with you? Why are you so determined to make a fool of yourself?
Danny: What do you mean? All I wanna do is the thing I love. Doesn't everyone?
Sawyer: It's not that simple.
Danny: It is in Kokomo.
Sawyer: Then maybe that's where you should have stayed.

Danny: Is that Sawyer?
Woolie: Poor Sawyer. I thought she'd be the one to make it. Such a dancer, with the voice of an angel.
Danny: I never would have guessed.
Woolie: That's what this town does to you, my boy. It wears you down.
Danny: But I thought Hollywood was always looking for new talent.
Woolie: Talented people, not animals. You see, the spotlight will never be on fellows like you and me. And it's foolish to think otherwise, Danny.
Danny: Yeah. Foolish. Unless... we can remind them.
Woolie: Of what?
Danny: Why they came here in the first place.

Francis: I need a drink! [splashes water on herself]
[Danny laughs]

Danny: Sawyer?
Sawyer: We're all behind you, Danny. 100%. Don't let them go, Tillie!
Tillie: [Tillie is holding T.W., Cranston, and Frances in her arms] I got them!
Cranston: Let go! Have you lost your mind?
Frances: Release me you mad hippo!
Danny: Wait.
Tillie: One big happy family!
Danny: Just a minute. Please.
T.W.: You and me with disaster!
Danny: Would you just listen to me?
Cranston: I'm through with eardrops!
Danny: Cranston!
T.W.: You have to understand! The fat lady sung!
Danny: Look, if you're willing to accept what they think of you, then you can go! [everyone gasps] I almost did.
Cranston: Well, you should've! Life here for animals is a pitch! We're always playing the scapegoat!
Woolie: Quickly forgotten!
Frances: Working for scale.
Danny: Then why are you still here?
Crantson: Well, uh... [everyone pauses]
Danny: Because you can't forget the feeling, can you? The feeling you have when... when you two dance together. When you play. When you sing. They cursed you, humiliated you, even slam the door in your face. But they still haven't made you forget. Have they?
T.W.: [searches through his fortune cookie papers] They can smash your cookie, but... but you'll always have your fortune. [everyone grins] Huh.
Danny: Come on. Let's go show 'em what we can do.
Tillie: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

Danny: Wow; this is a dream come true!
Mr. Wink: Yeah, but don't forget 10% of that dream is mine! WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD!

Max: HOW DOES THE KITTY CAT GO?
Danny: [gulp] Meow?
Max: VERY GOOD! [He smashes Danny into the ground.]] Will that be all, Miss Dimple?
Darla: For the moment. Thank you, Max!

[Darla falls through a trapdoor.]
Darla: WHOA! MAX!
[Max is still flying on the Darla Dimple balloon, and passes the Eiffel Tower.]
Max: OUI, MISS DIMPLE?!

Sawyer: Like I said, dancing is a waste of time.
Danny: What if I could get you an audition with L.B. Mammoth?
Sawyer: L.B. Mammoth? Head of Mammoth Studios?
Darla: WHAT?!
Danny: I know he'd appreciate real talent.
Cranston: After nothing but Darla, he's gotta be STARVING for it!
[Darla growls and groans, which melts her mudpack facial off her face.]
Sawyer: You're dreaming, Danny!
Danny: Maybe I am. But so were you, just a few minutes ago.

Darla: Thanks for coming over, Donald.
Danny: Uh, Danny.
Darla: Oh, yeah. Danny. Animal cracker?
Danny: Uh...
Darla: No? More for me!

Darla: [singing] I've seen them come, and I've seen them go. There's one thing that I know. You gotta give the people what they want, or you'll wind up back in Kokomo, Nebraska!
Danny: Uh, Indiana, Miss Dimple.
Darla: Whatever!

Danny: How does the kitty cat go?
Max: Meow?
Danny: Very good! [He pulls the rope, and the sharp parts of the roof of the theater pop the balloon, sending Max to the skies.]

Sawyer: Let's see. [She takes Danny's list.]] Go to Premiere. Check. Land a big part, check. Get the girl? Check.
[The two hold hands and are about to kiss, but Flanigan squeezes in, and they end up smooching him. They react in disgust.]
Flanigan: Sweethearts! Darlings!
[L.B. pushes Flanigan aside].
L.B.: Get a picture, boys! These kids will be making history!

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