The Aristocats

Walt Disney Productions Released 1970


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Wolfgang Reitherman

''The Aristocats'' is a Walt Disney animated film about French aristocrat felines who embark on an adventure of a life time. The film was the first film to be released after Walt Disney's death in 1970. The story centers around a family of cats who live with an old woman named Madame Adelaide Bonfamille in a large house in Paris. Dutchess is the head cat, and mother to Berlioz, Toulouse, and Marie. When Madame Adelaide passes away, she leaves her fortune to the cats of the house. Edgar, the butler, grows extremely jealous and decides to dump the cats in the French countryside so that he can get his grubby hands on the fortune. Dutchess, Berlioz, Toulouse, and Marie are left in a field with no idea of how to get home. They meet some country cats named Thomas O'Malley and Scat Cat who help them on their journey home. The movie includes many celebrity voices including Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Scatman Crothers, Hermione Baddeley, Sterling Holloway, and many more. Be sure to check out this Disney classic!


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  • 100

    Time Out

    The ersatz Parisian atmosphere, circa 1910, is a wonder. As Scatman Crothers has it: 'Everybody's picking up the feline beat, 'cos everything else is ob-so-lete!' Purr-fect.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is light and pleasant and funny, the characterization is strong, and the voices of Phil Harris (O'Malley the Alley Cat) and Eva Gabor (Duchess, the mother cat) are charming in t...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    If there isn't a single element in the entire film that's not derivative of the studio's then-recent past, you can't blame them for sticking with what worked best—business models...

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single parent, talking animals, for the child in you, childlike sense of wonder, siblings