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).


  • 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.


  • How does the kitty cat go?
  • Will that be all, Miss Dimple?
  • Get hot, Miss Dimple.
  • [last words as he flies into the distance onto the giant Darla Dimple balloon through Paris, France] OUI, MISS DIMPLE!!!

Darla Dimple[edit]

  • I...HATE...ANIMALS! Especially [points at Danny] that one!
  • Shut up, Max.
  • [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 and the audiece overhears the confession in shock as Darla, realizing she had been exposed, mischievously smiles, hugs Danny and kisses him]
  • [last words as she falls through the trap door] WHOA!!! MAX!!!

Danny Cat[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 back in that office. It's here. Dance with me?

Sawyer Cat[edit]

  • I'm a secretary; not an actress.
  • No chow; no meow.
  • Hey Kong, how's it going?
  • [phone rings] Farley Wink's Animal Actors Agency. How can I help you? [listens] You need a lamb for the Moses picture? [listens as a lamb gets excited] Oh. 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?
  • What? This pigsty?!
  • Unless you're talking about the glamour of filing, the romance of typing.
  • Like I said, dancing is a waste of time.

Peabo Pudgemeyer (Pudge)[edit]

  • That ice thing is just my side job. The name's Peabo Pudgemeyer, but you can call me "Pudge." [bell rings] Oh. Time to start. Better get your costume!
  • I was going to slug that big, dumb Max for you, but I didn't want to hurt the guy. And what's that Dimple kid's problem? I thought you were great today!
  • Danny! The movie's over! Everybody's leaving! [looks at Danny] Whoa; you're a mess!

Frances Albacore[edit]

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

T.W. Turtle[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 the Mammoth[edit]

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


Danny: Meow? [He can't believe that's his one line.] Is that it? 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.]

Sawyer: Sometimes I ask myself, "Why do I put up with this?"
Frances: The glamour?
Sawyer: What, this pig sty? No offense, Harry.
Pig: None taken.
Sawyer: Unless you're talking about the glamour of filing, the romance of typing.

Danny: Looks like we'll be the only two cats on the ark, huh? Pretty great, huh?
Sawyer: So much for preserving the species! [to King Kong as he walks by] Hey, Kong, how's the picture coming?
King Kong: Oh! Don't get me started!
Danny: You know the King? Wow!

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 [Darla rolls her eyes and chokes Flanigan] ACK! Angel.
Darla: That's right! I AM an angel! I... am... an adorable... little... ANGEL!!!

Darla: ♪ When you're smilin', when you're smilin' / The whole world smiles with you / When you're laughin', when you're laughin' / The sun comes shinin' through / But when you're cryin', you bring on the rain / So stop your sighin', be happy again / Keep on smilin', 'cause when you're smilin' / The whole world smiles with you / When you're smilin', when you're smilin' / The whole world smiles with you / When you're laughin', when you're laughin' / The sun would come shining through / But when you're cryin', you bring on the rain / So stop your sighin', be happy again / Keep on smilin', 'cause when you're smilin' / The whole world smiles with you ♪
Danny: [clapping] Nice singing!
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!

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: Ah, ah, ah! Talented people, not animals. [sighs] You see, the spotlight will never be on fellows like you and me. And it's foolish to think otherwise, Danny. Danny?
Danny: Mmm. Yeah. [chuckles] Foolish. Unless... [plunks a few piano keys] ...we can remind them.
Woolie: Hmmm. Uh, of what?
Danny: Why they came here in the first place.
Woolie: Hmm.

Security Guard: [to the animals] All right, all of yas! Listen up! I only need you, water buffalo, for the Tarzan jungle stampede! The rest of yas, go home!
T.W.: Well; today's shot! Might as well go home and clean!
[He retreats back into his shell and turns on a vacuum.]

[Max begins music number on piano]
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: It's in Indiana, Miss Dimple.
Darla: Whatever.

Bus Driver: So, it's just you and me tonight, buddy. Hey, did you hear about the disaster at Mammoth Pictures? Animals, What a bunch of noodleheads. I mean, look at them. They have no future. What am I telling you, son? You'll be heading back home real soon.
Danny: Stop the bus!
Bus Driver: Jeez! What do you wanna stop for? We just barely got started.
Danny: Exactly. See you in the movies.

Cranston: [to a mailman] Will you get off my property?!

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

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!

Cranston: Goodbye, show biz; hello, farm life.
Tillie: Well, at least there's always Broadway. Yeah! Broadway! I hear hippos are very big on Broadway!
Frances: They're big everywhere, darling!

[Max has Danny cornered, but falls on top of the Darla balloon.]
Danny: [holding the rope] How does the kitty cat go?
Max: [smiles nervously] Meow?
Danny: Very good. [let goes of the rope, popping the Darla balloon, sending Max flying]

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.: [Looking at his fortunes] You will meet with disaster!
Danny: Would you just listen to me?
Cranston: I'll chew your ears off!
Danny: Cranston!
T.W.: The end is near! The fat lady sung!
Danny: Look, if you're willing to accept what they can think of you, then you can go! [everyone gasps] I almost did.
Cranston: Well, you should have! Life here for animals is the pits, always playing the scapegoat!
Woolie: Quickly forgotten!
Frances: Working for scale! [...See what the movie did there?]
Danny: Then why are you still here?
Crantson: Why?! [everyone pauses]
Danny: Because you can't forget the feeling, can you? The feeling you have when... [Refers to Cranson and Frances] when you two dance together. [Camera switches to Woolie] When you play. [Danny motions to Sawyer] When you sing. They cursed you, humiliated you, and 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!

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

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 attempt to kiss, but Flanigan arrives, and gets in between them; both grimace]
Flanigan: Sweethearts! Celebrities! Darlings!
[L.B. pushes Flanigan aside]
L.B.: Get a picture, boys! These kids will be making history!


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