Carl the Critic: Talks about "Cats Don't Dance" [Revised]

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Carl the Critic: Talks about "Cats Don't Dance"

Arguably 1997 was one of the best year for movies. We get such great classics as "Titanic," "Good Will Hunting," and "L.A. Confidential." But there were a few movies that were over looked in this year, such as "Cats Don't Dance." It premiered on March 28, 1997 and because of lack of advertising was completely overlooked at the box office. With a budget of $32 million, it only made a little over $3 million, which is a shame because it is one of my personal favorites. I saw this movie a while ago and instantly fell in love with the music by Randy Newman, and the characters. As a film buff I especially enjoyed finding movie references to such classic films such as "Sunset Boulevard," "King Kong," "Wizard of Oz," and other films, where the movie gets some of the humor from (the same way "Paul" gets its jokes from famous science fiction movies.) The voice acting was well done, and the direction of Mark Dindal (who made "The Emperor's New Groove," and "Chicken Little") is very clear.

STORY: The movie circles around Danny, a cat who leaves his home of Kokomo, Indianna to go to Hollywood to pursue a dream of fame and fortune as a tap dancing cat. There he lands a small movie roll but finds out a that being an animal in Hollywood has its disadvantages. He meets several other animals who all had the same dream only to have them shattered. Danny also meets a girl named Darla Dimple, who is a Shirley Temple like character if Shirley Temple were evil and manipulative, who tricks Danny and gets him and the rest of the animals kicked out of Hollywood. Now it's up to Danny to restore his reputation as well as the reputation of all the Hollywood animals and to expose Darla Dimple for the evil little brat that she really is.

CRITIQUE: This film has great exaggeration and the animation is fluid, and the great voice acting made the story more believable (you can actually feel for the characters in the ways you are suppose to feel for them.) The story is very similar to "Hairspray" which is good, because it is a good story of racial tolerance and living your dreams as a star.

The film was long at times, and sometimes the dialogue might have been awkward and jarring, and the ending takes longer than it probably should, but this is a movie that is still fun for the whole family.

OVERALL: I give this film a 9.2 out of 10, I highly recommend checking out this film if you ever want to watch something that is fun, sweet, hilarious, and are in the mode to groove to some catchy music.

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Wow I will have to check this movie out....I have never heard of it...it sounds like it got killed on the profitability line....voted up


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CarltheCritic1291 5 years ago Author

Yeah, it was completely forgotten. But with other movies like "Liar, Liar," "Good Will Hunting," and "Titanic" it was lucky that it made the amount that it did. Thank you Cogerson for your comment and insight. :)


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Pretty good review, as I personally feel this is one of the most under rated animated films out there. It's kind of a shame that WB didn't do such a great job advertising for "Iron Giant" and this one, as they're definitely up there with most Disney animated films in terms of quality.

By the way, why did you decide to review this movie..HHMMMM!! Sorry, you always tend to get on my nerves whenever you ask me a silly question like that on some of my reviews, so i figured i'd give you a dose of your own medicine. Doesn't feel good to be asked stupid questions HMMMMMM?!!? LOL j/k Sorry, it's kind of a pet peeve that I have. I hope you can understand, as it's nothing personal against you, but it's a pet peeve that i have, as i don't really feel like i should answer to anyone on which films i decide to review. Anyway, you take care buddy, and keep up the good work.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

lol well in my case, I noticed a lot of your latest Hubs were about "Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles", and I didn't know if there was going to be a new TMNT film, or if the show was being rebooted (again), didn't mean to offend, I was just a little curious. I'm sorry about that, I will be more careful about what I say in my comments to you now that I know it's a peeve of yours.

As for why I reviewed this, well as you pointed out, it's underrated and I wanted to get it exposed.

Thanks for the comment, and for telling me about how you felt, (I never try to offend any one, and I didn't know that what I said would offend you, and so I'm again sorry about that), and thanks for the encouragement. :)


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Nah, no worries. I wasn't really offended. It's just a pet peeve that I have for some reason. Sorry about that. However, it does amaze me that after Space Jam, WB didn't do that great of a job marketing their animated films afterwards, as they did have a couple of good ones. Can't say I cared for "Quest for Camelot" or whatever it was called.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

lol I actually enjoyed "Quest for Camelot". I mean if you watch it in a "nit-picky" attitude you will find flaws with it, and it is a Disney rip-off (but some Disney rip-offs I actually don't mind as much). I just found it a fun movie (maybe I'll do a discussion/review about that film).

Thanks again for stopping by :)


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Well to each their own. I just didn't care for it because of the main character. I mean she wants to be a hero, and prove that she's capable of being a hero, but she keeps getting herself into situations where she needs to rescued; which is kind of counter productive to what she wanted to do in the first place. However, to each their own i guess. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad film, but i just don't think it's that great.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

It's definitely that you really need to watch in order to really judge. I know Nostalgia Critic did a review on it (he didn't like it very much and although he brought up some good point) but you really can't judge the film based on his review alone, you have to at least give it a chance like you or me. It's not going to please everyone, but you need to watch it for yourself in order to know for sure. Thanks again for stopping by :)


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

Yeah, that's true. I think everyone needs to judge the movie for itself, as not everyone is always going to like the same movies.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

yep, it's just our jobs as critics to just give a second opinion on the film. To talk about what we liked or didn't and to warn people about what they are in store for if they see the film.


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

I used to watch this movie over and over when I was a kid. Thanks for reviewing it.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

You're welcome VendettaVixen! Thanks for commenting :)

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