The Aristocats

The Aristocats

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

Year: 1970

Plot: With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
Original Title: The AristoCats
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Writer: Tom Rowe , Larry Clemmons , Vance Gerry , Ken Anderson , Frank Thomas , Eric Cleworth , Julius Svendsen , Ralph Wright , Tom McGowan
Producer: Winston Hibler , Wolfgang Reitherman , Harry Tytle
Type: movie
Year: 1970
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Cast: Phil Harris , Eva Gabor , Sterling Holloway , Scatman Crothers , Paul Winchell , Lord Tim Hudson , Vito Scotti , Thurl Ravenscroft , Dean Clark , Liz English , Gary Dubin , Nancy Kulp , Pat Buttram , George Lindsey , Monica Evans , Carole Shelley , Charles Lane , Hermione Baddeley , Roddy Maude-Roxby , Bill Thompson , Ruth Buzzi , June Foray , Robie Lester , Clarence Nash , Peter Renaday
Runtimes: 78
Countries: United States
Languages: English
Color Info: Color::(Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1 (original & negative ratio) (open matte)
Sound Mix: Mono::(RCA Sound Recording) , Dolby Stereo::(re-release)::(1987)
Original Air Date: 24 Dec 1970 (USA)
Rating: 7.1
Votes: 110466
Year: 1970
Akas: Los aristogatos (United States, Spanish title) , The Aristocats (United States, English title) , The Aristo Cats (India, English title) , The Aristocats (World-wide, English title) , Les Aristochats (France)
Production Companies: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Distributors: Buena Vista Distribution Company , Twentieth Century Fox , Walt Disney Productions , Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , Sociedade Importadora de Filmes (SIF) , Suomi-Filmi , Triangelfilm , Columbia Pictures , Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) , Metro-Fox , Greater Union Organisation (GUO) , Buena Vista Pictures , Buena Vista International , Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI) , Kommunenes Filmcentral (KF) , Europa Vision , Gativideo , Walt Disney Home Video , Abril Vídeo , Disney Channel , WGN , Buena Vista Home Entertainment , Buena Vista International , Walt Disney Home Entertainment , Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment , Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment , Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment , MTV3 , Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment , Channel 4 Television Corporation , Ketnet , Disney+ , VideoVisa
Synopsis: In Paris, France, wealthy and aging socialite Madame Adelaide Bonfamille lives with her cat Duchess, and Duchess' three kittens: Berlioz, Toulouse, and Marie. Also in her employ is a butler, named Edgar.One day, Madame sends for her friend, George Hautecourt. The task is to finalize and make up Madame's will. Unknown to the two of them, Edgar is listening in. Madame notes that she has no living relatives, and considers her cats to be just as much a part of her family as anything else. As Edgar listens, he's shocked that Madam is planning to give her entire fortune to them, with the estate to be turned over to Edgar once the cats expire.Of course, Edgar is not at all happy about this, as the cats will easily outlive him! Edgar slips some sleeping pills in the cat's daily serving of cream, and once they have passed out, and night has fallen, he takes them out to the countryside, attempting to abandon them. However, his plans are ruined when a pair of dogs named Lafayette and Napoleon give chase. Edgar abandons the cats in a field before heading back to Paris.The next day, the cats awaken to find themselves not in their home, but in the countryside, and soon meet a cat named Thomas O'Malley. After some talk, O'Malley offers to help get the family back to Madame Bonfamille.Meanwhile, back in Paris, a house-mouse in Madam Bonfamille's residence named Rocquefort confirs with Madame's coach horse, Frou-Frou. Both are unsure what has become of their friends, when Edgar comes into Frou-Frou's stables very chipper. As Frou-Frou can't talk, Edgar shows her the headline from the morning's paper, telling of a mysterious catnapper taking off with Duchess and her children. Edgar seems to think he's gotten away with his little crime...until he realizes that he left his hat and umbrella out in the countryside, and quickly rushes out to retrieve them.Meanwhile, Thomas, Duchess and the kids hitch a ride on a milk truck, before being found out by the driver. They next attempt to follow a train track, until a train causes them to dive off. However, little Marie gets swept up in a nearby river. Thomas jumps in to save her, and the family follows him downstream.They then meet up with two female geese, Abigail and Amelia. The group then follow the two to their Uncle Waldo. Their journey takes them to a restaurant where Uncle Waldo has escaped from becoming the main course. However, being marinated in white wine has caused Uncle Waldo to be quite tipsy.Meanwhile, Edgar returns to the countryside and manages to get back his hat and umbrella, but not before Napoleon and Lafayette attempt to nip at his heels again.Back in Paris, the cats are almost home, but worn out from their trip. O'Malley then takes them to Scat Cat's abode in an abandoned building. Scat Cat and his gang of alley cats entertain the family, before heading off into the night.After the kittens are put to bed, Duchess and O'Malley share a tender moment. While Duchess tells of her eagerness to return to Madame, O'Malley (who has never really known kindness from humans), just thinks Madame sees Duchess and her kittens as housepets. Duchess however, explains that Madame sees them as more than this: they are the equivalent of a family to her.The next morning, O'Malley leads the family back to Madame's mansion. After saying his goodbyes, the cats head to the front door...only to be confronted by Edgar, who quickly throws them in a sack.Rocquefort has seen the whole thing, and after going to Duchess and the kittens in the sack, is told to find O'Malley. Rocquefort runs off and catches up to O'Malley. Thomas heads back to the mansion, and tells Rocquefort to find Scat Cat and his gang.Back in the mansion's stables, Edgar puts the cats into a trunk, telling them of his plans to send them to Timbuktu. He has already called for a truck to pick the trunk up, when O'Malley bursts in and attacks Edgar. Soon after, Scat Cat and his gang arrive to help, while Rocquefort manages to pick the lock and get the cats out. Scat Cat's gang, with some help from Frou-Frou, manage to knock Edgar into the trunk and out the stable's doors, just as the pick-up service arrives, taking it away.Some time afterward, Madame Bonfamille finds that Edgar has gone missing for some unknown reason, and calls on George to repurpose her will, removing him from any inheritance. Thomas is welcomed into the family, and Madam also has chosen to allow her mansion to be a safe haven for all the alley cats in Paris.The film ends with Scat Cat and his gang throwing a wild party at Madame's abode.
Producer: Winston Hibler , Wolfgang Reitherman , Harry Tytle
Production Manager: Don Duckwall , Walt Disney
Box Office: $4,000,000 (estimated) , $3,168,071, 10 Apr 1987
Certificates: Argentina:Atp , Australia:G , Brazil:Livre , Canada:G , Finland:S , France:Tous publics , Greece:K , Hong Kong:I , Iceland:L , India:U , Ireland:G , Israel:ALL::(self-applied) , Italy:T , Japan:G , Malaysia:U , Netherlands:AL , New Zealand:G , Nigeria:G , Norway:A::(Disney+ rating) , Norway:7::(DVD and Blu-ray rating) , Norway:5::(cinema rating) , Peru:Apt , Poland:0 , Portugal:M/6 , Russia:0+ , Saudi Arabia:G , Singapore:G , South Africa:A , Sweden:0+::(Disney+ rating) , Sweden:Btl , Sweden:Btl , United Kingdom:U , United States:G , West Germany:0
Composer: George Bruns
Editor: Tom Acosta
Editorial Department: James Melton
Sound Crew: Robert O. Cook , James MacDonald
Visual Effects: Dick Lucas , Dan MacManus
Music Department: Ethmer Roten , Terry Gilkyson , Evelyn Kennedy , Walter Sheets , Richard M. Sherman , Robert B. Sherman , Al Teeter
Miscellaneous Crew: Bill Kilduff , Lorraine Davis , Grace Godino , Avi Hadash , Walt Disney , Don Henry
Other Companies: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) , Technicolor
Animation Department: Karin Holmquist , Wilma Baker , Becky Fallberg , Betty Stark , Tatsuko Watanabe , Maria Fenyvesi , Margaret Trinidade , Dodie Roberts , Harry Hester , Virginia Fontanella , Mary Jane Cole , Ruth Tompson , Grace Godino , Barbara Palmer , Bernie Bonnicksen , Edna Smith , Katherine Kerwin , Grace Bailey , Eric Cleworth , Basil Davidovich , Al Dempster , Don Griffith , Fred Hellmich , Ralph Hulett , Ollie Johnston , Milt Kahl , Hal King , Eric Larson , Bill Layne , John Lounsbery , David Michener , Sylvia Roemer , Walt Stanchfield , Julius Svendsen , Frank Thomas , John Ahern , Hal Ambro , Bill Brazner , Janet Bruce , Al Coe , Diana Dixon , John Emerson , Eve Fletcher , Hugh Fraser , Wilma Guenot , Jerry Hathcock , Chris Hecox , Renee Holt , Darlene Kanagy , Bill Keil , Ann Lord , Don Lusk , Ginni Mack , Burny Mattinson , Bob McCrea , Charlene Miller , Buf Nerbovig , George Nicholas , Cliff Nordberg , Ken O'Brien , Dale Oliver , Marilyn Pierson , Lisa Poitevint , Carmen Sanderson , Dave Suding , Don Towsley , John Tucker , Bob Tyler , Val Vreeland , Bert Wilson
Assistant Director: Dan Alguire , Edward Hansen
Camera and Electrical Department: Dave Spencer , John Aardal , Ed Austin , Jim Pickel
Production Design: Ken Anderson
Videos: Video 1 , Video 2