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.~Hal Erickson
When I was young, I thought the animation in this movie was weak. Now, with all the computer-animated films that dominate this era, I have a newfound appreciation for this hand-drawn stuff. My family loves the characters and music in this movie and the blu-ray looks great for what it is--I just wish Disney would get with the times and include digital code with all their movies.
Oh, what a treat!! This movie was so touching!! I watched it with my parents and I'm no kid! We fell in love with this adorable tale of 3 little kittens and their Mama and new Papa. The new male in their lives found his place in life, found his family with those four. Heart-warming, well thought-out story. And I so miss the way Disney drew cartoons like this. Moana has her place, however, so does this movie, Robin Hood, The Black Cauldron...I wish movies like Tangled went back to this drawing style. This part of Disney seems forever lost in their films...how sad for the movie and Disney world. It amazes me with all the great things they create, they haven't thought about going back to their roots.