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The AristoCats (1970)

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

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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)
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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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DIG THESE CATS...and all that JAZZ! See more »


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24 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Bill Thompson's final film; he died less than a year after it was released. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, after George notices the music coming from elsewhere in the house, the scene changes to the alley cats playing their instruments and dancing. Scat cat is two places at once - on the top of the piano with other cats (third from the right), and also on the floor in the bottom right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Chinese Cat: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Egg foo young / Fortune cookie always wrong. Oh, that a hot one!
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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 Dizunî majikku kyassuru: Mai happî raifu (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat
Words and Music by Floyd Huddleston and Al Rinker
Performed by Phil Harris, Scatman Crothers, Liz English, Thurl Ravenscroft, Lord Tim Hudson, Paul Winchell, Vito Scotti, and Robie Lester
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A great underrated Disney classic.
8 May 2006 | by (Albuquerque New Mexico) – See all my reviews

Set in Paris in the year 1910, a retired old rich opera singer decides to give her fortune away to her beautiful cat Duchess ( voiced by Eva Gabor) and her kittens, but the jealous butler Edgar comes up with a plan as he kidnaps the cats and leaves them in the countryside. Luckily for them with the help of a streetwise and independent tomcat named Thomas O'Malley ( voiced by Phil Harris) helps them get home especially meeting some of his good friends like the swinging' Scat Cat ( voiced by Scatman Crothers) and try to foil Edgar's plans.

Very entertaining and edgy post-Walt Disney's death animated movie with a couple of nice jazzy tunes like the memorable "Everybody wants to be a cat", good voice acting and some terrific animation for it's time even in these times of computer animation. Not one of the greatest Disney animated movies but a cult Disney animated fave and one of the few gems of it's day that works well, highly recommended.


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