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The AristoCats -- Upon Madame Adelaide Bonfamille's passing her cat Duchess and 3 kittens stand to inherit her fortune. But not if Edgar the butler can help it.
The AristoCats -- Upon Madame Adelaide Bonfamille's passing her cat Duchess and 3 kittens stand to inherit her fortune. But not if Edgar the butler can help it.
The AristoCats -- Clip: Colors

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Writers:
Larry Clemmons (story) and
Vance Gerry (story) ...
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Release Date:
24 December 1970 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A purr-fectly wonderful new cartoon feature See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Not among's Disney's very best, but still enjoyable See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Phil Harris ... O'Malley (voice)

Eva Gabor ... Duchess (voice)

Sterling Holloway ... Roquefort (voice)

Scatman Crothers ... Scat Cat (voice)

Paul Winchell ... Shun Gon- Chinese Cat (voice)
Lord Tim Hudson ... Hit Cat- English Cat (voice)

Vito Scotti ... Peppo- Italian Cat (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Billy Bass- Russian Cat (voice)
Dean Clark ... Berlioz (voice)
Liz English ... Marie (voice)

Gary Dubin ... Toulouse (voice)

Nancy Kulp ... Frou-Frou (voice)

Pat Buttram ... Napoleon (voice)

George Lindsey ... Lafayette (voice)

Monica Evans ... Abigail (voice)

Carole Shelley ... Amelia (voice)

Charles Lane ... Georges Hautecourt (voice)

Hermione Baddeley ... Madame (voice)
Roddy Maude-Roxby ... Edgar the Butler (voice)
Bill Thompson ... Uncle Waldo (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vasilis Platakis ... Roquefort

Mel Blanc ... Frog (voice) (uncredited)

Ruth Buzzi ... Frou-Frou (singing voice) (uncredited)
Robie Lester ... Duchess (singing voice) (uncredited)
Peter Renaday ... Milkman / Le Petit Cafe Cook (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Wolfgang Reitherman 
 
Writing credits
Larry Clemmons (story) and
Vance Gerry (story) &
Ken Anderson (story) and
Frank Thomas (story) &
Eric Cleworth (story) and
Julius Svendsen (story) &
Ralph Wright (story)

Tom McGowan (based on a story by) &
Tom Rowe (based on a story by)

Produced by
Winston Hibler .... producer
Wolfgang Reitherman .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Bruns 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Acosta 
 
Production Design by
Ken Anderson 
 
Production Management
Don A. Duckwall .... production manager (as Don Duckwall)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Alguire .... assistant director
Edward Hansen .... assistant director (as Ed Hansen)
 
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Dick N. Lucas .... effects animator (as Dick Lucas)
Dan MacManus .... effects animator
 
Animation Department
Eric Cleworth .... character animator
Basil Davidovich .... layout artist
Al Dempster .... background artist
Don Griffith .... layout artist
Fred Hellmich .... character animator
Ralph Hulett .... background artist
Ollie Johnston .... directing animator
Milt Kahl .... directing animator: "George"
Hal King .... character animator
Eric Larson .... character animator
Bill Layne .... background artist
John Lounsbery .... directing animator
David Michener .... character animator (as Dave Michener)
Sylvia Roemer .... layout artist
Walt Stanchfield .... character animator
Julius Svendsen .... character animator
Frank Thomas .... directing animator
Hal Ambro .... animator (uncredited)
John Emerson .... layout artist (uncredited)
Jerry Hathcock .... animator (uncredited)
Bill Keil .... animator (uncredited)
George Nicholas .... animator (uncredited)
Ken O'Brien .... animator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestrator
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Edmundo Santos .... lyrics: Spanish version (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Los aristogatos" - USA (Spanish title) (imdb display title)
"The Aristocats" - International (English title) (new title)
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Runtime:
78 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:G | Norway:5 | Norway:7 (2014) (DVD and Blu-ray rating) | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:G | South Africa:A | Sweden:Btl (uncut) (1994) | Sweden:Btl (cut) (1971) | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 22634) | West Germany:0

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Trivia:
Bill Thompson's final film; he died less than a year after it was released.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Marie hops up onto the piano, the lowest keys are hit, but the sounds come from keys in a much higher register. The same thing happens when Berlioz slides down the keyboard to get back at Marie for pulling him off the bench; the keys sound much higher than they should.See more »
Quotes:
Napoleon:[listening] You're not gonna believe this, but it's a one wheel hay stack!See more »
Soundtrack:
She Never Felt AloneSee more »

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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Not among's Disney's very best, but still enjoyable, 25 May 2002
Author: scgary66 from Los Angeles

The first Disney animated film without the strong involvement of Disney himself, this film suffers from the fact that the story is not particularly original or interesting (this is, I believe, the only animated Disney film since the 1940's which is NOT based on an earlier book or other work, but is rather an original story). As others have noted, the plot is essentially a cross between the romance in Lady and the Tramp and the kidnapping/journey home story in 101 Dalmatians.

But to overcome this flaw, the filmmakers have successfully used many of the better features of most of the Disney animated films of the previous 10-15 years: Phil Harris (from The Jungle Book) voicing one of the main characters, follows his duet with Louis Prima in the previous film with another here with Scatman Crothers. The quality visual look of this film is virtually carried over from "Dalmatians" (with some nice nods to French Impressionism, it appears), and the villain here (the butler) is strongly reminiscent of the henchmen in that film as well. (This is probably one of Disney's least memorable villains.) The main story goes back and forth between the cats, and the butler's ongoing difficulties with two rural hound dogs (with great voice work by Pat Buttram and George "Goober" Lindsey"). The various animal characters are similarly familiar to those who have seen "Tramp" and "Dalmatians." The cats' owner, while bearing a striking visual resemblance to the wicked stepmother in Sleeping Beauty, bears none of that character's nasty traits and comes across as very warm and generous.

The real strength of the film is the voice work; after first going toward the use of mostly familiar actors in The Jungle Book, the tactic is continued strongly here with Disney veterans Harris and Sterling Holloway from The Jungle Book, and Eva Gabor (who would do a very similar character in the later film The Rescuers), as well as Crothers and Nancy Kulp. All are excellent here, particularly Harris and Gabor in the leads. The character animation is as excellent as one would expect, showing a variety of emotions well.

Smaller children may be upset by a few brief episodes (an escape from the path of a speeding train, a near-drowning by one of the children), but these are not presented in a particularly frightening or dark manner and are over very quickly. Overall, there's very little of the type of more frightening scenes found in many other Disney classics.

One minor oddity is the way some visual aspects of 60's culture are depicted among the jazz-performing cats in supposedly 1910 Paris; one can't help but wonder why the story wasn't set solidly in the present, other than the great deal Paris had changed much of its appearance in the intervening time. It really would have made more sense that way.

The songs, while being pleasant and sometimes very enjoyably performed, are not particularly memorable. Nonetheless, the general energy applied here, the excellent voice work and fine animation all contribute to overcome the relatively few and minor weaknesses. Far from the greatness of classic "10"s such as Pinocchio or Aladdin, and not quite up to the "9"s one might give to Sleeping Beauty or 101 Dalmatians, this is probably a rather marginal 8 of 10; perhaps a 7.

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