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Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979)

A mischievous kitten named Banjo runs away from home and soon realizes he may have made a mistake.


Don Bluth


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Cast overview:
Scatman Crothers ... Crazy Legs (voice)
Beah Richards ... Zazu (voice)
Sparky Marcus Sparky Marcus ... Banjo (voice)
Jerry Harper Jerry Harper ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Additional Voices (voice)
Anne Beesley ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Ann E. Beesley)
Robin Muir Robin Muir ... Additional Voices (voice)
Georgette Rampone Georgette Rampone ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Georgette Ramponi)
Jackie Ward Jackie Ward ... Singer (voice)
Sally Stevens ... Singer (voice)
Sue Allen Sue Allen ... Singer (voice)


Banjo is a curious and rebellious kitten who is always getting into trouble. When he decides to jump off a roof of a chicken coup to see if he can land on his feet, he is ordered to "fetch a switch". Thinking his parents wouldn't care if he gets hurt, he hitches a ride on a feed truck, all the way to Salt Lake City. After he finds the excitement of the city, he soon finds it cold and lonely and wishes to be home. With the help of stray cat Crazy Legs and a trio of singing cat girls, he finds the truck and returns home. Written by jcsmarchesi

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Release Date:

1 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banjo the Woodpile Cat See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Spring 2009, a Dragon's Lair-esque version of the film called Banjo the Woodpile Cat Adventure Game was developed and released on iPhone. See more »


Crazy Legs: [singing] I'll stick with you, kid, you stick with me. Together we'll overcome adversity. And old man trouble will have to let you be, 'cause you're gonna come out smilin' if you stick with me.
Zazu: [Enters stage as crowd cheers and starts singing] Safety in number, we always work things out. We can't be too careful, there's danger all about. So look 'round each corner, and under bushes too. There could be a prowler who's waiting there for you.
Banjo: Oh no, Crazy, what'll I do?
Crazy Legs: What'll you do? I'll tell you...
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Alternate Versions

The Spanish dub re-edits most of the songs. "The Rain Song" is replaced by one that was originally deleted. See more »


Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (1992) See more »


He Couldn't Be Good
Music and Lyrics by Don Bluth
Performed by Jackie Ward, Sally Stevens and Sue Allen
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Gee, Don Bluth's First Independent Film!
17 June 2013 | by michael-igafoteoSee all my reviews

Hi! This is Animation Hobbyist Michael Aaron Igafo-Te'o and I Have Graduated from Jackson High School and I Want to do a review on Sullivan Bluth Studios' Debut Film -- It All Started when Don Bluth, Don's colleagues (John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman) along with 17 Animation Artists leaving Walt Disney Animation Studios' old animation lot (on Alameda Drive) in Burbank to finish "Banjo the Woodpile Cat" in The Garage at Don Bluth's former home in Ventura, California after working on this short since 1975 and the film's success kick-started Don Bluth Productions' independent careers working on Box Office Favorites from Don Bluth and his Team, ranging from "The Secret of N.I.M.H." to A Bundle of Animation Tutorial DVDs in 2009 when Don started "Don Bluth Films" in Scottsdale, Arizona as "Banjo the Woodpile Cat" was released on 2-Disc DVD for the first time in Don Bluth's history! I Remember first seeing that short on VHS Tape when I was a little boy in 1998! (After I Was Born in September 9th, 1994!)

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