Characters / Cats Don't Dance

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    Danny 
Voiced by: Scott Bakula

An orange male cat with dreams of becoming a Hollywood star.
  • Ascended Fanboy: His dreams of making it big in Hollywood. He had to work a lot harder for it than he had imagined, though.
  • Blithe Spirit: His optimism is what helps his friends remember their dreams.
  • Determinator: He's extremely determined to become a Hollywood star.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: His Fatal Flaw is that he doesn't understand how evil Darla is or what great lengths she'll pull to destroy his dream.
  • He's Back:After Darla's manipulations get all the animals fired from Mammoth Studios, Danny gives up completely and decides to just get on the bus back to Kokomo. However, after listening to the bus driver's negative comments on how animals would never reach the top and seeing all of the other animals suffering on the streets, he quickly regains his confidence and gets off the bus, triumphantly declaring:
    Danny: See you in the movies!
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Danny trusting Darla to set up an audition with L.B. Mammoth. The other animals call him out on this after he got them fired.
    Sawyer (shocked): She's your little angel?
    Danny: She, she said she wanted to help.
    Tilly: And you believed her?
    Danny: I... I...
    (Sawyer walks away)
  • Keet
  • Love at First Sight: Implied. He does have that look when he first meets Sawyer. And they end up together.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Danny believes that he can easily become a big time Hollywood star based solely on his talent. Reality however is not so kind and easy as he initially thought.
  • Nice Guy: Danny is polite and kind-hearted.
  • Nice Hat: His straw hat.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Danny's attempt to get the animals' talent noticed allows Darla to make things much worse for them.
  • Official Couple: With Sawyer.
  • Red-Headed Hero: More like "Red Furred Hero", but he's definitely an orange tabby cat.
  • Redhead In Green: Danny typically wears a green shirt.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted. He's the Energetic Guy to Sawyer's Savvy Girl.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Even though he's a cat, this still applies to him.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Danny wholeheartedly believes that he and the other animals can become actors if they try hard enough.

    Sawyer 
Voiced by: Jasmine Guy (speaking), Natalie Cole (singing)

A white female cat who works as a secretary for the Animal Actors' Agency. She originally came to the Hollywood business to become an actress prior to the movie. Despite her singing voice, she was not accepted as an actress.
  • Broken Bird: She came to the Hollywood filled with dreams and an amazing singing voice. Hollywood standards against animal actors however broke her hopes.
    Woolie: Ah, poor Sawyer. I thought she'd be the one to make it. Such a dancer, with a voice like an angel...
  • Brown Eyes: Representing her more down-to-earth qualities.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Sawyer is a very Deadpan Snarker.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Sawyer eventually warms up to Danny.
  • Deuteragonist: She's the second main character after Danny.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Sawyer falls for Danny.
  • Hidden Depths: She is actually a great singer and dancer despite initially introduced as simply being a secretary.
  • Not So Stoic: During the Animal Jam song, Sawyer begins typing along to the beat, her color getting a bit brighter, and then enthusiastically returns the typing carriage to its original position, only to suddenly get hold of herself and straighten up. Also happens again just a few seconds later when she accidentally makes an emergency ladder slam to the ground... with her on it. Her fur puffs up and her claws extend while she makes a very amusing neurotic expression, eyes darting around, then immediately pretends nothing happened and composes herself. Typical cat.
  • Official Couple: With Danny.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted. She's the Savvy Girl to Danny's Energetic Guy.
  • Sexy Secretary: A cat version.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Sawyer develops feelings for Danny not only because he's a nice guy, but because his optimism reignited her own as well.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Sawyer's cynical outlook on life is just a mask to hide her broken bird status.

    Tillie 
Voiced by: Kathy Najimy

A hyperactive hippo who tends to look at the bright side of things.
  • Big Fun: The fact that she's played by Kathy Najimy is a dead givaway...
  • Genki Girl: She is a hilarious hippopotamus, as hinted out by her giggling and snorting, and by how quickly she introduces lots of people (and fellow animals).
  • Motor Mouth: Especially when she introduces one person to another.
  • Nice Girl: The only one who's nice to Danny and feels really bad after making fun of his early performance.
  • The Pollyanna
  • Shipper on Deck: She supports Danny and Sawyer.

    Cranston 
Voiced by: Hal Holbrook

A cynical goat.
  • Beta Couple: With Frances.
  • The Cynic: As a result of having his dreams crushed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments of this.
  • Grumpy Bear: Cranston seems to be one of the most bitter main characters, as he was one of the last ones to fully accept Danny. He is very pessimistic, even more so than Frances.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might come across harsh, but he has a good heart beneath it all.
  • Nice Hat: A brown one that can be seen in the picture on the right.
  • When He Smiles: After he finally shows his talent and is appreciated because of it.

    T.W. 
Voiced by: Donnie Knotts (speaking), Rick Logan (singing)

A nervous turtle who is always seen reading his fortune cookies.

    Frances 
Voiced by: Betty Lou Gerson

A female fish who is a dancer and a close friend (or maybe more?) to Cranston.

    Woolie 
Voiced by: John Rhys-Davies

An elephant who is making a living being the logo for Mammoth Studios. He is also a skilled pianist and composer.

    Pudge 
Voiced by: Matthew Herried

A young penguin who meets Danny and gets involved in his aspirations.

    Flanigan 
Voiced by: Rene Auberjonois

    Darla Dimple 
Voiced by: Ashley Peldon (speaking), Lindsay Ridgeway (singing)

A child star and shining jewel of Mammoth Studios. To the general public, she is "America's Sweetheart and Lover of Animals". In reality, Darla's is a self centered actress not willing to share the limelight with anyone else. Especially animals.

    Max 
Voiced by: Mark Dindal

Darla's Frankenstein monster-like butler. He provides the muscle for Darla throughout and is generally part of the reason no one stands up to her.
  • Ambiguously Human: He looks like a cross between Frankenstein and King Kong.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Battle Butler: He is a gigantic butler who does most of Darla's physical work such as hurting animals who upstage her.
  • The Brute/The Dragon: To Darla.
  • Catch Phrase: "YEEEEEEEES MEEESS DEEM-POOOOOLLLL..."
  • The Comically Serious: When he danced.
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During the climax, he tries to pull the balloon of Darla toward Danny to finish him only to realize he pulled it right in front of a sharp part of the building. Cue Oh Crap! as Danny gives an Ironic Echo from earlier in the film and pops the balloon sending it and Max flying into the distance.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Non-romantic: Max is the Huge Guy to Darla's Tiny Girl.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: When Darla is escorting Danny out of her mansion after giving him the Big and Loud musical number, Max holds a door open for them. They walk down the hall a short way, and Max is waiting for them at the exit with Danny's hat, despite him never moving from the first door. Leads to a Funny Moment when Danny stops, stares at Max, turns his head to see if he's still holding the door, then turns back and stares ahead blankly with a befuddled expression as Darla hands him his hat. Can be seen here at 4:18
  • Perpetual Frowner: For most of the movie least till the climax where he gets a bit Axe Crazy and his Oh Crap! expression when Danny has him beat.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Max is apparently an expert in this despite his size.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He is really enormous and strong, and has really small legs.

    L.B. Mammoth 
Voiced by: George Kennedy

The man in charge of Mammoth Studios.