Posted by Snow Scarlet on March 29, 2000 at 01:43:11:
In Reply to: suggustments posted by Simu on March 26, 2000 at 02:57:44:
>But at the same time, it came across as a sort of spokesmovie for animation .. in general: the dreams/ambitions of the characters were ours, as if to to say, "No one takes us seriously in this town. But if we could only perform, for once -- really strut our stuff -- they would be blown away."
Omigod. I worked on this movie, and that's exactly what we were saying while we worked on it. It's so nice to be understood by the "public". Too bad it didn't turn out for us like it did for Danny the Cat. If you'll check out Randy Newman's Boxed Set "30 Years of Randy Newman", he includes a song he wrote for the animals and animators that didn't make it into the film: "Laugh And Be Happy". In the liner notes, he says something like, "I wrote this for the animators because they were having a hard times with the executives".
By the way, the lack of attention given to "Cats Don't Dance" was two-fold: it fell through the cracks during the Turner/Warner merger; what then should've happened was that Warners should've delayed the release until they'd put the time and money into advertising and merchandise tie-ins. But we all know what little support WB has for feature animation. I can't belive Brad Bird actually thought they'd treat his "Iron Giant" any differently.
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