YMMV / Cats Don't Dance

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Darla's fate at the end. Is she reduced to working as a janitor after her reputation is destroyed? Or is she merely doing court-ordered community service to make up for the damage she caused to the studio, and eventually admitted?
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Darla is either Crazy Awesome to the point of being the best thing in the movie or so intense that her scenes are unwatchable.
    • Same goes for Danny, who's either an enjoyable optimist or insufferably dull.
  • Cult Classic: While a flop upon release, it has found new appreciation in the years since and has found itself a loyal following.
  • Ear Worm: Nothing's gonna stop us, nothing's gonna stop us, nothing's gonna stop this song getting in your head!
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The scene where Darla and Max flood the stage of the film in an attempt to kill the animals is almost certainly a reference to the 1928 film adaptation of Noah's Ark, in which the director actually flooded the stage among many untrained extras, which resulted in 3 deaths, and dozens of injuries, including one man whose leg was so badly mangled it had to be amputated.
    • Darla's characterisation is a nod to an urban legend that circulated about Shirley Temple during the Golden Age - that she was really a bitter old dwarf who hated children and animals.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Darla, if you stop and think about it. The Woobie part isn't really touched upon, as she's the Big Bad, but she's a young child who is in the spotlight pretty much twenty-four seven, has no parents to speak of and at the end of the film becomes a washed-up janitor. Sure, she deserved it, but she didn't become an Enfant Terrible by herself.
  • Memetic Mutation: Videos where bad things happen to Darla Dimple seem to be popular on Youtube.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Darla and Max cross it when they sabotage Danny's chance to impress L.B. Mammoth (or, more specifically, their method of doing so). They do so by flooding the stage with so much water that it practically drowns the entire studio (which, if this were realistic, would have killed lots of people), but instead, it sets up Danny and co as incompetent and causes them to abandon the production, less scary, but still a Jerkass move.
  • No Yay: The afore-mentioned "seduction" of Danny by Darla. "Get hot, Miss Dimple." Please don't, Miss Dimple.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Lauren Faust's first job in the animation industry was as one of the animators for Sawyer.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Yes, Darla heavily overreacted during the filming of "Little Ark Angel"... but Danny did upstage her show, show off, and try to steal her spotlight, which would get most extras in real life fired hard. Moreover, he ruined what would have been a very complicated shot in the 1930s, wasting everyone's time and a substantial amount of money.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: Woolie the Mammoth gives Danny - and viewers - a lesson about how peanuts aren't actually nuts at all, but are members of the legume (bean) family.
  • Vindicated by History: Although a box office bomb at the time, its repeated airings on TV and VHS sales have earned it a place in the hearts of many animation fans, with more coming forth to say that it's not as bad as its theatrical run might make you think.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: There's plenty of comparisons someone can draw watching this movie to the plight of minority representation in film as represented by the animals. Considering it's in the golden age of all times could only strengthen this view since it took decades for non-white actors to reach prominence.