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Watch Cats Don't Dance (1997)

the only fully animated film produced by Turner Feature Animation where you will find that even if the usual rule is the cats meow only, for a musical movie they must also dance and sing, giving everyone a chance to be his or her best by pursuing what they truly love.
 
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INTRO LINES NARRATOR (Peter Renaday): Once upon a timeOnce 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.

Characters with picture, quote, actor's speaking and singing voice

Danny, a tomcat optimistic and smart looking Hollywood dream
Danny, a tomcat optimistic and smart looking Hollywood dream
(Scott Bakula) "I guess we're gonna be the only two cats on the ark"
  Darla Dimple, a girl movie star, perfidious and selfish, posing as an angel
Darla Dimple, a girl movie star, perfidious and selfish, posing as an angel
[Ashley Peldon (speaking), Lindsay Ridgeway (singing)] "I don't like to advertise my charitable work"
  Frances, a ironical and capricious fish, Cranston's  dance partner
Frances, a ironical and capricious fish, Cranston's dance partner
(Betty Lou Gerson) "They're big everywhere, darling."
  Sawyer, a singer dancer who works as assistant manager
Sawyer, a singer dancer who works as assistant manager
[Jasmine Guy (speaking), Natalie Cole (singing)] "Around here, cats say meow."
Tillie Hippo, a female hippopotamus motherly and voluble
Tillie Hippo, a female hippopotamus motherly and voluble
(Kathy Najimy) "One big happy family!"
  Cranston, a billy goat, old and irascible, but loving to dance
Cranston, a billy goat, old and irascible, but loving to dance
(Hal Holbrook) "Been nice knowing you, pal."
  Woolie Mammoth, an an Indian elephant, very good pianist and production studios mascot
Woolie Mammoth, an an Indian elephant, very good pianist and production studios mascot
(John Rhys-Davies) "Such a dancer with the voice of an angel."
  T.W. Turtle, a nervous and superstitious turtle who believe in fortune
T.W. Turtle, a nervous and superstitious turtle who believe in fortune
[Don Knotts (speaking), Rick Logan (singing)] "you'll always have your fortune."
Peabo Pudgemyer aka Pudge, a charismatic and innocent penguin chicks
Peabo Pudgemyer aka Pudge, a charismatic and innocent penguin chicks
(Matthew Herried) "I'm little but I'm strong."
  L.B. Mammoth, the manager of movie studios
L.B. Mammoth, the manager of movie studios
(George Kennedy) "These kids will be making history."
  Flanigan, the human stage director
Flanigan, the human stage director
(Rene Auberjonois) "Sweethearts! Celebrities!"
Farley Wink, an impresario for animals
Farley Wink, an impresario for animals
(Frank Welker) "10 percent of that dream is mine."
  Bus Driver
Bus Driver
(David Johansen) "It's just that they don't belong in pictures"
  Max, Darla's dutiful lackey
Max, Darla's dutiful lackey
(Mark Dindal) "How does the kitty cat go?"
 
Full quotes part 1 DANNY: Well, hi, there, ma'am. How you doing? What's your name there? Okay. I'm Danny. Do you mind if I sit down? Excuse meDo you mind if I sit down? Excuse me. TILLIE: Cranston! Don't mind him, Danny. He was just leaving. Hi. I'm Tillie. This is Cranston. Cranston, Danny. Danny, T.W. T.W., Danny. Danny, Frances. Frances, Danny. T.W., Frances. Frances.... So, new in town? DANNY: I just arrived. I hear Farley Wink gets good parts for animals. FRANCES: If you call hanging from a hook a good part. TILLIE: At least it's a part, huh? T.W.TURTLE: There's no use trying, Miss Tillie. My fortune cookie last night said: Give it up, you loser. FRANCES: I need a drink. DANNY: All right, now, let's see. Go to Hollywood. Check. TILLIE: What you got there? DANNY: Well, this is a plan I worked out. You seethis is a plan I worked out. You see, I figure if I work real hard, by Friday I'll land my first big part. Well, that's how it worked for you, right? FRANCES AND CRANSTON: Oh, sure. Right! DANNY: Oh, right. CRANSTON: Why not Thursday? TILLIE: Now, Danny, you just go in and let Mr. Wink know you're here. They're casting a big Noah's Ark movie. Lots of work for animals. Your tie is a little crooked. Wait a minute. Straighten you up, dust you off and perfect. Good luck. DANNY: Thanks a lot. FARLEY WINK: Look, you big ape! I need those two monkeys for another picture. What? This is a bad time. I'm casting the Ark pictureWait till I fix your speaker. Get off the line! Yes, hello. Wink here. DANNY: Mr. Wink? FARLEY WINK: Yes! DANNY: If you have any openings for a talented cat, I'm your man. I mean, your cat. FARLEY WINK: Send over two chickens and two lions. But don't send them over in the same car this time. Let's see now. Say, you. Can you play a cat? DANNY: I am a cat. FARLEY WINK: How would you like to be in the next Darla Dimple picture? DANNY: The Darla Dimple? America's sweetheart, lover of children and animals? FARLEY WINK: One and the same, kid. One and the same. Just sign here, here, here, here, and here and here and here and here... and over there and down the middle.... TILLIE: Sawyer, what happened to you? T.W.TURTLE: Did you walk under a ladder? Smash a mirror? CRANSTON: Have you looked in one lately? SAWYER: No. A cat crossed my path. TILLIE: Really? Orange tabby? SAWYER: Yeah. TILLIE: Green vest? Straw hat? SAWYER: Yeah. Yeah. TILLIE: What a koinky-dink. SAWYER: How'd you know? TILLIE: Hippo intuition. FARLEY WINK: And initial this. DANNY: Wow, this is a dream come truethis is a dream come true. FARLEY WINK: Yeah, yeah, yeah, but don't forget, 10 percent of that dream is mine. Welcome to Hollywood! SAWYER: Farley Wink's Animal Agency. Can I help you? You need a lamb for the Moses picture? LAMB: Yeah! SAWYER: Oh, a sacrificial lamb? LAMB: No, no. SAWYER: Sorry, fresh out. Every day I ask myself why I put up with this. FRANCES: For the glamour. SAWYER: What, this pigsty? No offense, Herb. HERB: None taken. SAWYER: Unless of course, you're referring to the glamour of filing... the romance of typing. Tillie, what are you doing? TILLIE: I'm just fixing you up. You'll wanna look pretty in case you meet someone nice. SAWYER: Yeah, right. As if he'll come waltzing right through that... FARLEY WINK: You're gonna be fine, kid. You're the cat's meow. You can meow, can't you? Where's Sawyer? Sawyer. Sweetie, baby! SAWYER: Whatever it is, the answer is no. FARLEY WINK: I'm in a jam. SAWYER: Too bad. FARLEY WINK: Can't find a female cat for the picture. SAWYER: Tough tabby. FARLEY WINK: So guess who gets to fill in. SAWYER: You? FARLEY WINK: Nah, I only fill in for those dashing Clark Gable types. SAWYER: Frankly, Clark, I don't give a... FARLEY WINK: Sawyer! SAWYER: I'm a secretary, not an actress. FARLEY WINK: Give you Sundays off. SAWYER: Never work Sunday. FARLEY WINK: Double time. SAWYER: Triple. FARLEY WINK: Triple? SAWYER: There an echo? FARLEY WINK: You're pushing me! SAWYER: No chow, no meow. FARLEY WINK: Okay, okay, triple time. Here's your partner. He's new in town. Be nice. SAWYER: Forget it. FARLEY WINK: A deal is a deal. Now get on over to Mammoth Pictures. DANNY: You're soaking wet. Is it raining outside? Because it was sunny when I came in, and back where I come from... Here, let me get the door for you. Where I come from you see clouds first. SAWYER: Stay. DANNY: After you. And then the rain comes after it. I'm sorry. Miss? NOTE: To watch the pictures in high resolution, click on them

Trivia

Mark Dindal about the movie: "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." The film was Gene Kelly's final film project which is dedicated to him. Sawyer's singing voice is provided by recording diva 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."

Production

Directed by Mark Dindal (the directorial debut of former Disney animator); produced by Bill Bloom, Timothy Campbell, Paul Gertz, David Kirschner; screenplay by Roberts Gannaway Cliff Ruby, Elana Lesser, Theresa Cullen; story by Mark Dindal, Robert Lence, Brian McEntee, Rick Schneider-Calabash, David Womersley, Kelvin Yasuda; production design and art direction by Brian McEntee; music by Steve Goldstein (score), Randy Newman (songs); film editing by Dan Molina;

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Cats Don't Dance part 1
Cats Don't Dance part 1
  2 here is an angel
2 here is an angel
  3 write music for the motion pictures
3 write music for the motion pictures
  4 really get us an audition
4 really get us an audition
 
5 see you in the movies
5 see you in the movies
  6 think you know so much
6 think you know so much
  7 here tonight for the premiere
7 here tonight for the premiere
  8 show them what we can do
8 show them what we can do