Aristocats

Aristocats

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Director: Milt Kahl, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

Cast: Milt Kahl, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Phil Harris

     
 

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The Aristocats was the first Disney Studios animated feature to be produced after Walt Disney's death. A wealthy woman leaves her vast fortune to her four cats: the well-bred Duchess and her kittens, Berlioz, Toulouse, and Marie. Jealous butler Edgar, eager to get his mitts on the cats' legacy, abandons the felines in the French countryside. The four lostSee more details below

Overview

The Aristocats was the first Disney Studios animated feature to be produced after Walt Disney's death. A wealthy woman leaves her vast fortune to her four cats: the well-bred Duchess and her kittens, Berlioz, Toulouse, and Marie. Jealous butler Edgar, eager to get his mitts on the cats' legacy, abandons the felines in the French countryside. The four lost kitties are aided in their efforts to return home by the raffish country pussycats Thomas O'Malley and Scat Cat. In keeping with a tradition launched by The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats is top-heavy with celebrity voices, including Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Scatman Crothers, Hermione Baddeley, and the ineluctable Sterling Holloway. Assembled by the "nine old men" then in charge of animation, The Aristocats was a commercial success, essentially proving that Disney animated features could succeed without the involvement of the company's founder.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Disney's 20th animated feature is even more of a jazzy romp than The Jungle Book, and once again, the voice cast makes as much of an impression as the animation. Phil Harris (essentially reprising his free-spirited Baloo character) is alley-wise cat Thomas O'Malley, who comes to the rescue of Parisian-bred feline Duchess (Eva Gabor) and her three kittens after they are dumped in the countryside by a scheming butler out to steal their rightful inheritance. The musical highlight is the stylized tour de force "Everybody Wants To Be a Cat." As in "101 Dalmatians," The Aristocats boasts a menagerie of memorable animal characters, including bohemian Scat Cat (Scatman Crothers), the veddy British geese Agatha and Abigail, and hound dogs Napoleon and Lafayette (Pat Buttram and George "Goober" Lindsay). Not vintage Disney, but still a breed apart, The Aristocats will enjoy more than nine lives in this pristine, re-mastered edition. Only the most finicky viewers will resist its considerable charms.
All Movie Guide
Shortly after Walt Disney's death, his studio released The Aristocats, near the beginning of a period of decline for Disney Studios. It's a cheery, straightforward entertainment vehicle that, like many of the most successful Disney films, centers on animals. In this case, it's a family of disinherited cats fighting to regain their rightful fortune from a conniving butler. Something of a feline French road movie, The Aristocats features Maurice Chevalier singing the title song and Eva Gabor as the prissy pussy Duchess. No less than four directors are credited on this collaborative effort, a perennial favorite in the second tier of Disney successes.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
UPC:
0786936820676
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:18:00
Sales rank:
30,335

Special Features

The lost open; "Oui oui Marie" music video; Classic deleted song: "She Never Felt Alone"; The Sherman brothers: the artistocats of Disney songs; The great cat family (excerpt); Classic bonus short: "Bath Day"; Play movie with on-screen lyrics; Disney song selection; Disney virtual kitchen; Virtual kitten DVD-ROM; The Aristocats fun with language game; The great cat family (excerpt); The Sherman brothers: the aristocrats of Disney songs; The Aristocrats scrapbook; Deleted song

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phil Harris Thomas O'Malley
Eva Gabor Duchess
Sterling Holloway Roquefort
Scatman Crothers Scat Cat
Vito Scotti Italian Cat
Thurl Ravenscroft Russian Cat
Dean Clark Berlioz
George Lindsey Lafayette
Bill Thompson Uncle Waldo
Maurice Chevalier Title Song
Tim Hudson English Cat
Roddy Maude-Roxby Butler,Edgar
Hermione Baddeley Madame Adelaide Bonfamille
Pat Buttram Napoleon
Gary Dubin Toulouse
Liz English Marie
Monica Evans Abigail Gabble
Nancy Kulp Frou Frou
Charles Lane Georges Hautecourt
Carole Shelley Amelia Gabble
Paul Winchell Chinese Cat

Technical Credits
Milt Kahl Director,Animator
John Lounsbery Director,Animator
Wolfgang Reitherman Director,Producer
Tom Acosta Editor
George Bruns Score Composer
Larry Clemmons Screenwriter
Eric Cleworth Animator,Screenwriter
Basil Davidovich Consultant/advisor
Vance Gerry Screenwriter
Terry Gilkyson Score Composer,Songwriter
Don Griffith Consultant/advisor
Ed Hansen Asst. Director
Fred Hellmich Animator
Winston Hibler Producer
Floyd Huddleston Score Composer,Songwriter
Ollie Johnston Animator
Ken Anderson Producer,Production Designer,Screenwriter
Hal King Animator
Eric Larson Animator
Dick Lucas Animator,Special Effects
Daniel MacManus Animator,Special Effects
Tom McGowan Screenwriter
Dave Michener Animator
Al Rinker Score Composer,Songwriter
Sylvia Roemer Consultant/advisor
Tom Rowe Screenwriter
Walter Sheets Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Score Composer,Songwriter
Alt Stanchfield Animator
Julius Svendsen Animator,Screenwriter
Frank Thomas Animator,Screenwriter
Ralph Wright Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Aristocats
1. Opening Credits/"The Aristocats" [:15]
2. Madame's Lawyer Arrives [2:17]
3. Madame Makes a Will [1:22]
4. "Scales and Arpeggios" [3:28]
5. A Cat Napping! [4:59]
6. A Rude Awakening For Duchess and the Kittens [:49]
7. 'Thomas O'Malley Cat"|00:01:40|}|}|}|}
8. O'Maley's Plan [2:05]
9. Edgare Reveals His Secret to Frou Frou [5:01]
10. A Narrow Escape For the Kittens [4:20]
11. Introductions to Keep Things Proper [:09]
12. Roquefort Attempts to Tail Edgar [2:32]
13. Edgar Tries to Retrieve His Hat and Umbrella [3:31]
14. On the Rooftops of Paris [2:58]
15. "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" [2:47]
16. Settling Down For the Night [3:59]
17. Home at Least [5:46]
18. Roquefort Runs For Help [1:02]
19. Edgar Has Another Evil Plan [6:32]
20. A New Addition to the Family [2:31]

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