The Aristocats (1970)
Meet the cats who know where it's at...for fun, music and adventure!
IMDb Rating 6.8 (8,184 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Phil Harris J. Thomas O'Malley
Eva Gabor Duchess
Sterling Holloway Roquefort the Mouse
Paul Winchell Chinese Cat
Scatman Crothers Scat Cat
Lord Tim Hudson English Cat
Vito Scotti Italian Cat
Thurl Ravenscroft Russian Cat
Dean Clark Berlioz
Hermione Baddeley Madame Adelaide Bonfamille
Liz English Marie
Duchess and her three kittens are enjoying the high life with their devoted human mistress until the wicked butler Edgar, with his eyes on a big inheritance, decides to dope them and get them out of the picture. How can these fragile creatures cope in the unfamiliar countryside and the meaner streets of Paris? Only by meeting the irrepressible alley cat O'Malley, a rough diamond with romance in his heart. After they get a taste of the wide dangerous world, he guides them home, and Edgar gets his just desserts at the wrong end of a horse. As always, it's really the voices rather than the animation that are the heart of the Disney magic: Phil Harris is brilliant as O'Malley, Eva Gabor as Duchess is... well... Eva Gabor; but perhaps the most memorable turns are by Pat Buttram and George Lindsay, who turn the old hounds Napoleon and Lafayette into a couple of bumbling Southern-fried rednecks. Their scenes with Edgar, and the musical numbers with Scat Cat and his cool-dude band, are classic. Most striking about seeing The Aristocats now is how deeply Disney's style of animation has changed since this was at the cutting edge in 1970. Perhaps the nostalgic, dated feel are just a result of being plonked down in Belle Epoque Paris, but the illustrations are fussier (a pity) and the animation and overall pace much less frenetic (sometimes a relief) than in more recent efforts such as Aladdin. --Richard Farr
Movie Details
Genre Animation; Family; Musical
Disney / Buena Vista
Movie Release Date 12/24/1970
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating G (General Audience)
Running Time 79 mins
Color Color
Features Interactive Read-Along
Interactive Trivia Game
Music Apreciation Booklet
Theatrical Trailer
Director Wolfgang Reitherman
Writer Ken Anderson; Larry Clemmons; Vance Gerry
Producer Winston Hibler; Wolfgang Reitherman
User Credit 1 Tom Acosta
Musician George Bruns; Will Schaefer
Edition Details
Edition Disney Gold Classic Collection
Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 717951008305
Chapters 20
Release Date 6/1/2004
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned)
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 375
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Alley Cat, Siamese Cat, Girl Cat, Thunderstorm, Paris
Two vehicles from One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) reappear in the film: the Bad'uns Truck and the Moving Van. (more)

Continuity: During Edgar's first encounter with Napoleon and Lafayette, the wheel on the side car changes sides repeatedly after it is detached. (more)

Chinese Cat: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Egg foo young / Fortune cookie always wrong. Oh, that a hot one! (more)

2 wins (more)

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