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The AristoCats (1970)

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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:
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 Lord Tim Hudson ... Hit Cat - English Cat (voice)
Vito Scotti ... Peppo - Italian Cat (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft Thurl Ravenscroft ... Billy Bass - Russian Cat (voice)
Dean Clark Dean Clark ... Berlioz (voice)
Liz English 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)
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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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Meet the cats who know where it's at...for fun, music and adventure! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los aristogatos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,168,071, 10 April 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,675,257
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Mono (1939 re-release)| Mono (Mono)| Mono (1935 re-release)| Mono (MovieTone)| Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

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." See more »

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In the beginning credits, they show that the song She Never Felt Alone by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman is in the movie - but the song never played in the film. The first part was supposed to be played before the lawyer came into the bedroom that the will was created at by the old woman, and the second part was supposed to play when Duchess explaining to Thomas why she has to return to Paris. See more »

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Uncle Waldo: Birds of a feather must *hic* together!
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Overlooked?
4 July 2007 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

The 20th animated Disney classic is often criticized by many people as "mediocre" or poor in quality, but it is a good movie.

Despite being extremely underrated, it is one of the funniest Disney classics. It is full of hilarious (some of them, hysterical) moments.

Edgar, the greedy butler, is the villain but a perfect comic relief. He's one of my favorite Disney villains because he is so funny.

Every scene with Edgar and the two stupid hound dogs Napoleon and Lafayette chasing him are among the most hilarious you'll ever see, especially the one when Edgar drives his motorcycle into the river and around the bridge, with the dogs chasing him. That is hysterical!

But the classic humor doesn't just come from Edgar or the hound dogs. Other characters have their moments as well.

About the quality subject, it isn't perfect, but remains on a high level. Even after Walt Disney's death those artists knew how to keep faithful to Walt's spirit and "The Aristocats" is one of those examples. They no longer make them like this!

As usual, legendary Disney actors voice the characters. In this case, we have Phil Harris, Sterling Holloway, Paul Winchell, Eva Gabor and Pat Buttram.

The characters are generally cool: Thomas O'Malley, Duchess and her 3 kittens, the mouse Roquefort, the alley cats, the English geese, the hound dogs and the horse. The human characters are included as well: the eccentric and kind retired Opera singer Madame Adelaide Bonfamille, the comic Madame's old lawyer Georges Hautecourt and Edgar himself!

About the soundtrack, it has some nice and catchy songs such as Thomas O'Malley's theme (but I can't remember its name), "Everybody Wants to be a Cat" and "The Aristocats" (sung by Maurice Chevalier), for example.

This movie takes place in Paris (France), in the year of 1910. A classic, often underestimated and forgotten, but worthy.


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