The AristoCats (1970) Poster


The Aristocats was inspired by the true story of a Parisian family of cats, circa 1910, that inherited a fabulous fortune.
The character of Scat Cat was designed to be voiced by Louis Armstrong. The character's look was modeled after Armstrong - the way he played his trumpet, his roly-poly physique, right down to the prominent gap between his teeth. However, Armstrong was unable to record a single line due to illness. His replacement, Scatman Crothers, was directed to "Pretend you're Satchmo."
This was the last animated feature to be approved by Walt Disney and the studio's first animated feature to be entirely completed after his death. It should be noted, however, that Disney had spent time working on the story for The Rescuers (1977) (released seven years later) around the time The Jungle Book (1967) entered production.
The Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman), talked Maurice Chevalier out of retirement to sing the title song. It was his last work before his death in 1972.
The characters of Toulouse and Berlioz are named after two famous French artists - painter and illustrator Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and composer Hector Berlioz.
The dogs Napoleon and Lafayette are both named after famous French generals Napoléon Bonaparte and Marquis De Lafayette. Napoleon was the emperor of France who conquered much of Europe. Lafayette was a nobleman who helped the Americans during the American Revolution.
The goose sisters, Abigail and Amelia, are voiced by Carole Shelley and Monica Evans, who played the equally-chatty Pigeon sisters, Cecily and Gwendolyn, in the movie, TV series, and original Broadway production of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (1968).
Was originally intended as a two-part, live-action installment of the TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954).
O'Malley's appearance was based on that of Phil Harris.
Originally there was meant to be a direct-to-video sequel titled AristoCats II. It was intended for a 2007 release, but production was canceled back in 2006 after John Lasseter became CEO of both Disney and Pixar.
The lines in "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat" sung by Chinese Cat (Paul Winchell), were later deemed politically incorrect and removed from the soundtracks. However, they remain in the song as featured in the home releases.
Eva Gabor and Pat Buttram were both starring together in the TV series Green Acres (1965) while recording voices for this animated film.
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 1970s and '80s.
Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Russian Cat, did singing voices on several Disneyland attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Eva Gabor and Phil Harris (the Respective Voices of Duchess and O'Malley) later both passed away in the same year, only a month and a week apart in 1995.
Bill Thompson's final film; he died less than a year after it was released.
The song that O'Malley sings when he first appears has several similarities to "The Bear Necessities" from The Jungle Book (1967). Both were used as the introduction of a character, were written by Terry Gilkyson, and performed by Phil Harris. Additionally other songs written for each film were written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The only exception of this is "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat" which was written by Floyd Huddleston and Al Rinker.
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In the 2008 DVD re-release version, the main menu of the movie shows that Toulouse's and Berlioz's neckties are mixed up.
When Duchess and the kittens are drinking the cream in the beginning of the movie, each bowl has a colored ring around it that matches the color of the bows/ties/collar of the cat drinking it.
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Eva Gabor's first Disney movie
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