THE ARISTOCATS (Theatrical Release USA 1970)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

The AristoCats
provides an earful of delight as Pat Butrum, Eva Gabor, Dean Clark, Sterling Holloway (from Winnie the Pooh), and Phil Harris’ (from The Jungle Book animated movie) voices blend to support terrific animation and great early jazz music. The film is just plain fun with well placed scenes and excellent portrayal of storyline. It’s a great film for children and family. It’s re-watchable due to its high entertainment value.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


A seasoned wealthy woman Madame (voice of Hermione Baddeley) wills her fortune to Duchess (voice of Eva Gabor) and Duchess’s two boys, Berlioz (voice of Dean Clark) and Toulouse the Orange Kitten (voice Gary Dubin), and daughter Marie (voice of Liz English). After they have lived their lives, the fortune will go to Edgar the Butler (voice of Roddy Maude-Roxby). Madame calls her elderly lawyer, Georges Hautcourt (voice of Charles Lane), to make the will; but, her mischievous butler overhears her, becomes greedy, and attempts to dispose of the cats in a wicker basket. An old watch dog, Napoleon (voice of Pat Butrum), and his dim-witted friend Lafayette (George Lindsey) fight the butler because he crossed their territory. The butler loses the basket next to the local bridge that spans a small river and runs for his life. The pampered cats are left to fend for themselves and the story is on.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Wolfgang Reitherman for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Wolfgang Reitherman and Winston Hibler for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: O’Malley (voice of Phil Harris), Duchess (voice of Eva Gabor), Roquefort (voice of Sterling Holloway), Scat Cat (voice of Scatman Crothers), Shun Gon-Chinese Cat (voice of Paul Winchell), Hit Cat-English Cat (Lord Tim Hudson), Peppo-Italian Cat (voice of Vito Scotti), Billy Bass-Russian Cat (voice of Thurl Ravenscroft), and Berlioz (voice of Dean Clark).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s imagination and comedy in that superbly perfect mixture that begs for a ticket purchase.

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