That Darn Cat
|Writers:||S.M. Alexander and L.A. Karaszewski|
|Director of Photography:||Jerzy Zielinski|
|Music:||Richard Kendall Gibbs|
|Production Designer:||Jonathan Carlson|
|Walt Disney Pictures; PG; 89 minutes|
|Cast:||Christina Ricci, Doug E. Doug, Dean Jones, Dyan Cannon, Rebecca Koon and Elvis the cat|
Disney just doesn't get it. They toy around with classics, expecting to improve them, but consistently fall short. We fondly remember That Darn Cat as squeaky clean, with a chipper young detective trying to determine who placed a watch, with a plea for help scratched onto it, on her Siamese sidekick. The 1997 update has turned bitterly sarcastic — maybe an attempt to reflect the mood of today's youth. D(arn) C(at)'s owner, Patti (Ricci), has shed her perkiness for a sour puss and D.C. has gone domestic. When her parents scoff at her kidnapping theory, Patti doctors the evidence a bit and turns to the F.B.I. They assign the office doofus (Doug) to the case and the cat-and-mouse antics begin.