|Directed by||Wolfgang Reitherman|
|Produced by||Winston Hibler
|Written by||Ken Anderson
Richard and Robert Sherman
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Release date(s)||December 11, 1970 (premiere)
December 24, 1970 (regular)
|Running time||78 minutes|
|Money made||$55.7 million|
The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated movie. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is the 20th movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The movie is based on a story by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe. It is about a family of cats who are kidnapped by their owner's butler. It was originally released to theaters by Buena Vista Distribution on December 11, 1970, with a regular release on December 24, 1970. The title is a pun on the word aristocrats.
Disney planned to release a sequel, The Aristocats II in 2007. Production on that was canceled in early 2006.
The was the last movie to be approved by Walt Disney himself. Disney died before the movie was released.
The story[change | change source]
The movie takes place in Paris in 1910. A mother cat named Duchess and her three kittens, Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse, are going to receive a fortune when their owner dies. But Edgar, their butler, does not like this and plans to send the cats away.
He places sleeping tablets in their dinner. At night, he plans on dropping them off in the countryside. Two hound dogs, Napoleon and Lafayette, attack him, and the cats are now stranded.
In the morning, they meet an alley cat named Abraham de Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O'Malley (called just Thomas O'Malley). He helps them on their way back home. He even lets them stay at his "pad" (the place where he and his "gang", or friends, stay).
They finally get back home, but Edgar recatches them in a sack and plans to send them to Timbuktu, Africa. O'Malley, Scat Cat and his gang, Roquefort and Frou-Frou all fight Edgar, while Roquefort rescues Duchess and kittens. In the end, Edgar is kicked into the trunk, locked inside, and sent to Timbuktu himself. Madame Adelaide's will is rewritten to not include Edgar and include O'Malley, and she starts a charity foundation which gives a home to all the cats in Paris.
Production[change | change source]
This movie was the last one to be approved by Walt himself. It was the first one produced after his death. The movie took four years to produce. Its budget was 4,000,000. Five of Disney's legendary "Nine Old Men" worked on it, including the Disney crew that had been working 25 years on average.
Cast[change | change source]
- Eva Gabor-Duchess
- Robie Lester-Duchess (The Song)
- Phil Harris-Thomas O' Malley
- Roddy Maude-Roxby-Edgar Balthazar/Truck Movers
- Sterling Holloway-Roquefort
- Charles Lane-Georges Hautcourt
- Pat Buttram-Napoleon
- George Lindsey-Lafayette
- Monica Evans-Amelia
- Carole Shelley-Abigail
- Liz English-Marie
- Dean Clark-Berlioz
- Gary Dubin-Toulouse
- Hermione Baddeley-Madame Adelaide Bonfamille
- Bill Thompson-Uncle Waldo
- Nancy Kulp-Frou-Frou
- Ruth Buzzi-Frou-Frou (The Song)
- Scatman Crothers-Scat Cat
- Paul Winchell-Shun Gon
- Lord Tim Hudson-Hit Cat
- Vito Scotti-Peppo
- Thurl Ravenscroft-Billy Boss
- Peter Renaday-French Milkman the Driver/Le Petit Cafe Cook
- Mel Blanc-The Frog
- Maurice Chevalier-The Song (The Man)
Crew[change | change source]
- Story adaptation: Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons, Eric Cleworth, Vance Gerry, Julius Svendsen, Frank Thomas, Ralph Wright
- Based on a story by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe
- Supervising animators: Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery
- Animators: Hal King, Eric Cleworth, Fred Hellmich, Eric Larson, Julius Svendsen, Walt Stanchfield, David Michener
- Effects animators: Dan MacManus, Dick Lucas
- Layout: Don Griffith, Basil Davidovich, Sylvia Roemer
- Backgrounds: Al Dempster, Bill Layne, Ralph Hulett
- Production manager: Don Duckwall
- Assistant directors: Ed Hansen, Dan Alguire
- Supervising sound editor: Robert O. Cook
- Film editor: Tom Acosta
- Music editor: Evelyn Kennedy
- Music composed and conducted by George Bruns
- Score orchestrated by Walter Sheets
- Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman and Winston Hibler
- Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Release[change | change source]
The Aristocats was re-released to theaters on December 19, 1981 and April 10, 1987. It was released on VHS in the Masterpiece Collection series on April 24, 1996 and DVD on April 4, 2000 in the Gold Classic Collection line. The Aristocats Gold Collection disc was discontinued in 2006. A new single-disc Special Edition DVD (previously announced as a 2-Disc set) was released on February 5, 2008. The movie was also released on Blu-ray on August 21, 2012. It was released on Blu-ray Tape and DVD as part of Walt Disney Ultra Collection with a bonus program, The Aristocats: The Making of a Musical Masterpiece. Brian Cummings narrated.
International release dates[change | change source]
- Brazil: February 20, 1971
- Argentina: May 14, 1971
- Australia: August 5, 1971
- Italy: November 13, 1971
- United Kingdom: November 22, 1971
- Sweden: December 4, 1971
- Spain: December 6, 1971
- France: December 8, 1971
- West Germany: December 16, 1971
- Finland: December 17, 1971
- Trinidad and Tobago: December 20, 1971
- Denmark: December 26, 1971
- Norway: December 26, 1971
- Iceland: December 29, 1971
- Hong Kong: January 20, 1972
- Japan: March 11, 1972
- Portugal: October 25-27, 1977, February 6, 1978, February 10, 1978, February 14-16, 1978
- Mexico: December 6, 1978
- Pakistan: April 20, 1981
- Russia: March 27, 2008
- Romania: March 27, 2008
- Bulgaria: March 27, 2008
Soundtrack[change | change source]
- "The Aristocats" - Maurice Chevalier "The Aristocats" is the title song from the movie. It was written by Robert & Richard Sherman at the end of their eight years with Walt Disney Productions. Maurice Chevalier came out of retirement to sing this song for the movie's soundtrack. He recorded it in English as well as in French translation ("Naturellement - les Aristocats!").
- "Scales and Arpeggios" - Liz English, Gary Dubin, Dean Clark, Robie Lester
- "Thomas O'Malley Cat" - Phil Harris
- "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" - Phil Harris, Scatman Crothers, Thurl Ravenscroft, Vito Scotti, Paul Winchell This song is sung by Scatman Crothers as Scat Cat, Phil Harris as Thomas O'Malley Cat, and Thurl Ravenscroft as Billy Boss the Russian Cat. It was also released as a 45 rpm single, in a version sung only by Phil Harris. That version doesn't have the cartoon voices of the other release. The soundtrack CD released in 1996 has an edited version of the song. The now politically incorrect lines sung by "Chinese Cat" voiced by Paul Winchell are removed.
- "She Never Felt Alone" - Robie Lester
- "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat (reprise)" - Phil Harris, Scatman Crothers, Thurl Ravenscroft, Vito Scotti, Paul Winchell, Ruth Buzzi, Bill Thompson
Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic includes "Thomas O'Malley Cat" on the purple disc and "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" on the orange disc. Disney's Greatest Hits includes "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" on the red disc.
References[change | change source]
- "Magical Kingdoms". Magical Kingdoms. 1970-12-24. http://www.magicalkingdoms.com/animation/aristocats.html. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
- "The Aristocats, Box Office Information". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/1970/0ARIS.php. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
Other websites[change | change source]
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- Official website
- The Aristocats at the Internet Movie Database
- The Aristocats at the TCM Movie Database
- The Aristocats at the Big Cartoon DataBase