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This animated Disney feature isn't in the same league as the studio's early masterpieces ("Snow White," "Pinocchio"), but it's still worth seeing.
Set in Paris in 1910, the picture recounts the adventures of Duchess the cat and her three kittens, who are about to inherit the fortune of a wealthy opera singer. A jealous butler dumps the feline heirs out in the boondocks, and they try to find their way home with help from some amusing country cats.
The animation of this era of Disney movies isn't as drop-dead gorgeous as that of the films that made the studio's reputation, but it's still hand-drawn work, and does its job as an engaging vehicle for fun characters and lively music. There's outstanding vocal work by Phil Harris, the drawling, folksy actor-singer who was a star in the big band and radio eras and did vocal work on several Disney features (he sang "The Bare Necessities" in "The Jungle Book"). Other voice talents represented are Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers (who sings the great song "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat"), Pat Buttram and Paul Winchell. The songs are by Disney stalwarts the Sherman Brothers, and Maurice Chevalier sings the title tune. Extras include a deleted song and a "Bath Day" short cartoon from 1946, starring Figaro the cat.
"The Aristocats" was the last animated feature initiated by Walt Disney, who died in 1966.
Although the mucic (lots of jazz- "Everybody Wants to be a Cat"), catch phrases (swinger, hip cat, scat cats) and some of the graphics in the animation (tie dye psychadelic backgrounds during the music) are terribly dated to the 1970's- the decade in which this film was created- this masterpiece remains a fun watch for all ages. The cats are charming (if not a bit corny in spots), the songs are catchy and the villian is not too scary. The voice of Duchess, the mother cat, is provided by Eva Gabor and she is just so soft spoken and lady like. These qualities totally come accross in the mother cat.
Madame Adelaide, a glamourous and retired opera singer, treasures her cats beyond anything in her vast fortune and wants to ensure they are well cared for after her death. But when she wills her fortune to THEM before her faithful servant, Edgar, he vows to make the cats "disappear" once and for all by dumping them in the French countryside. The unsuspecting Duchess(mother cat) and her 3 kittens slowly make their way back home with the help of Thomas O'Malley, a friendly the alley cat and some other animal friends. But will Edgar be able to prevent thier return?
This is my favorite Disney movie!
Beautiful "old-fashioned" animation, famous voices, snappy songs, romance, and little Marie! Who could ask for more? If you or your kids are cat lovers, you'll adore this movie -- it's a hit at our house from the grandparents to the parents to the 4-year olds, who sing along with every song. This is a great classic addition to your dvd collection, and something that you can watch with anyone without having to worry about anything objectionable -- great for a sleepover or a party.
Gather your family and watch the "tail" of Duchess and her three kittens as they are kidnapped by a greedy butler and then saved by an unlikely hero... as Marie the Kitten would say; "How Romantic!"
this is a great classic disney dvd/movie. they just dont make them like this anymore. classic star voices, clean storyline, good, clean humor, cute. dialogue intended for children, no sexual inuendo or sarcasm to humor adults. the story stands on its own, enjoyable. make popcorn, watch with the kids and just have a good time with this, the movie makes it easy to do this.
You can never go wrong with a Disney movie even if its an oldie. What can I say, as usual they have a wonderful style with animation, music, fun, antics. If your not a cat lover when you see it, you will be. I love this classic...