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With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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O'Malley (voice)
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Duchess (voice)
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Roquefort (voice)
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Scat Cat (voice)
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Shun Gon- Chinese Cat (voice)
Lord Tim Hudson ...
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Peppo- Italian Cat (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft ...
Dean Clark ...
Berlioz (voice)
Liz English ...
Marie (voice)
Gary Dubin ...
Toulouse (voice)
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Frou-Frou (voice)
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Napoleon (voice)
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Lafayette (voice)
Monica Evans ...
Abigail (voice)
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Storyline

Retired madame Adelaide Bonfamille enjoys the good life in her Paris villa with even classier cat Duchess and three kittens: pianist Berlioz, painter Toulouse and sanctimonious Marie. When loyal butler Edgar overhears her will leaves everything to the cats until their death, he drugs and kidnaps them. However retired army dogs make his sidecar capsize on the country. Crafty stray cat Thomas O'Malley takes them under his wing back to Paris. Edgar tries to cover his tracks and catch them at return, but more animals turn on him, from the cart horse Frou-Frou to the tame mouse Roquefort and O'Malley's jazz friends. Written by KGF Vissers

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butler | cat | mouse | dog | 1910s | See All (31) »

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Release Date:

24 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los aristogatos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 9,320,000 (Sweden)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last film in which Eric Larson worked as a supervising animator. From then on he concentrated on training the younger animators that came to the studio during the seventies and eighties. See more »

Goofs

In the country lane shot right before we first meet Napoleon and Lafayette, Edgar's motorcycle's side car switches sides. This is due to the series of cells being photographed backwards while editing. See more »

Quotes

Abigail Gabble: Amelia, if I walk any further, I'll get flat feet.
Amelia Gabble: Abigail, we were born with flat feet.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title at first reads "The Aristocrats." As the three kittens go by, Toulouse notices the title, he removes the second r and pushes the letters together to form "The AristoCats." See more »

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Referenced in The Princess and the Frog (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Thomas O'Malley Cat
Words and Music by Terry Gilkyson
Sung by Phil Harris
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The Paris Book
28 September 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

In 1920s France an eccentric Duchess plans to leave her estate to her privileged kitties (Cattingtons?). Her nefarious, Prince Charles-lookalike butler overhears her plans and schemes to have the cats disappeared. He drugs them, for some reason, and dumps them in the countryside. Surely a quick warm up in the oven would have been a more foolproof plan. And why even bother disposing of the cats? Surely getting rid of the Duchess should be his first priority. I mean she could potentially live for another 25 years.

Once out in the French countryside they meet up with jiving, self-confident stray Tom (that's an original name for an animated cat) who makes it his mission to take them back to Paris. He's basically a feline Baloo. He's even voiced by Phil Harris. Along the way they meet various characters and eventually confront the Butler who plotted against them.

If it sounds familiar that's because it's basically a rewritten version of Disney's Jungle Book. It even has King Louie type of cat. This isn't really a bad thing, but it lacks the necessary spark to make it a classic. The animation is colorful and the period French setting provides some lovely backgrounds. It's just not anything too special, sadly.


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