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The AristoCats [1970] (1 disc)

Director:Wolfgang Reitherman
Writer:Eric Cleworth
Frank Thomas
Julius Svendsen
Ken Anderson
Larry Clemmons
Ralph Wright
Vance Gerry
Composer:George Bruns
Songs:Al Rinker
Floyd Huddleston
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Terry Gilkyson
Length:78 minutes
(1 hour 18 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:66%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.

Reaction: Not the best known of Disney's movies, but cute and fun.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Wolfgang Reitherman => Director
Eric Cleworth => Writer
Frank Thomas => Writer
Julius Svendsen => Writer
Ken Anderson => Writer
Larry Clemmons => Writer
Ralph Wright => Writer
Vance Gerry => Writer
George Bruns => Composer
Al Rinker => Songs
Floyd Huddleston => Songs
Richard M. Sherman => Songs
Robert B. Sherman => Songs
Terry Gilkyson => Songs
Bill Thompson => Uncle Waldo (voice)
Carole Shelley => Amelia (voice)
Charles Lane => Georges Hautecourt (voice)
Dean Clark => Berlioz (voice)
Eva Gabor => Duchess (voice)
Gary Dubin => Toulouse (voice)
George Lindsey => Lafayette (voice)
Hermione Baddeley => Madame (voice)
Liz English => Marie (voice)
Lord Tim Hudson => Hit Cat- English Cat (voice)
Mel Blanc => Frog (voice) (uncredited)
Monica Evans => Abigail (voice)
Nancy Kulp => Frou-Frou (voice)
Pat Buttram => Napoleon (voice)
Paul Winchell => Shun Gon- Chinese Cat (voice)
Peter Renaday => Le Petit Cafe Cook (voice) (uncredited) / Milkman
Phil Harris => O'Malley (voice)
Robie Lester => Duchess (singing voice) (uncredited)
Roddy Maude-Roxby => Edgar the Butler (voice)
Ruth Buzzi => Frou-Frou (singing voice) (uncredited)
Scatman Crothers => Scat Cat (voice)
Sterling Holloway => Roquefort (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft => Billy Bass- Russian Cat (voice)
Vito Scotti => Peppo- Italian Cat (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Bill Thompson's final film; he died less than a year after it was released.
  • Eva Gabor's first Disney movie
  • Eva Gabor and Pat Buttram were both starring together in the TV series Green Acres while recording voices for this animated film.
  • 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.
  • The Aristocats was inspired by the true story of a Parisian family of cats, circa 1910, that inherited a fabulous fortune.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • O'Malley's appearance was based on that of Phil Harris.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (released seven years later) around the time The Jungle Book entered production.
  • 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."