Trivia / Cats Don't Dance

  • Acclaimed Flop: Has a respectable 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, but didn't even get close to making back its budget.
  • Box Office Bomb: Cost $32 million, brought back a mere $3.6 million as a result of failed marketing. See Screwed By The Studio below.
  • Children Voicing Children: The Enfante Terrible Darla Dimple's 2 voice actors (speaking and singing ) were both in their early 10s at the time of the movie's release.
  • Creator Killer: The small outbranch of Hanna-Barbera that was Turner Feature Animation (which had previously been H-B's own feature arm) had its' short life end here- it was folded into WB's own Feature Animation arm, which itself was eliminated by 2003 after their own string of flops, some of which (like The Iron Giant) became cult hits themselves.
  • Dawson Casting: Relatively averted. Darla's voice actress was about 12 when doing the movie (though Darla may have been a bit younger than that), and her singing voice was even younger.
  • Invisible Advertising: There was exactly one (we repeat, one) poster released for this movie. This might as well explain why the film was barely a blip on the radar when it came out, aside from that and a few Subway toys.
  • Non-Singing Voice: With a few characters:
    • Don Knotts's (T.W. Turtle) brief singing role is filled by session singer Rick Logan.
    • For the singing role, Ashley Peldon (Darla Dimple) was replaced by Lindsay Ridgeway.
    • For Sawyer, the non-singing voice was provided by Jasmine Guy. Singing, Natalie Cole takes over.
  • The Other Marty: According to Lauren Faust, Jasmine Guy was a last-minute replacement for another actress, possibly Nancy Giles. She wasn't hired until all of Sawyer's animation had already been completed!
    • This would explain why Sawyer's speaking voice and singing voice sound radically different in the final film. Giles' voice would have been a better match for Natalie Cole.
  • Permanent Placeholder: The voice of Max the Butler in was provided by director Mark Dindal, though it wasn't supposed to be that way. However, because the production ran out of money later on, the producers decided to retain Dindal's scratch track for Max instead of using another actor.
  • Playing Against Type: Really big time in the Mexican Spanish dub for Darla's voice actress, Cristina Hernandez, who is normally typecasted as voicing cute, heroic girls like Sakura Kinomoto, Blossom or Lime. Darla is anything but heroic.
  • Troubled Production: The head of Turner Feature Animation kept changing during production, and this (plus some of the honcho's plans to change the movie's setting from the 40s to the 50s) kept the movie in a state of flux for a bit.
  • Screwed by the Studio: Just before the film came out, Time Warner purchased Turner and put it on a crowded Easter holiday weekend while giving it next to no marketing whatsoever.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The film was originally intended to star Michael Jackson, and would've incorporated a mix of live-action and CGI. However, Jackson dropped out, Turner acquired the script and the rest is Executive Meddling history.
    • In the aforementioned Lauren Faust interview, Sawyer was supposed to be said to be older than Danny. This is never mentioned in the final film as executives thought Danny going for an older woman was inappropriate.
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