Movie Review: Aristocats (1970)

The classical tale is based on a story written by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe, released on December 24th, 1970 by Disney Productions. Set in Paris 1910, a famous and rich Opera singer Madame Adelaide Bonfamille (Hermione Baddeley) lives with her four cats, Duchess (Eva Gabor) the mother cat and her there kittens, Toulouse (Gary Dubin), Marie (Liz English) and Berlioz (Dean Clark). The butler Edgar Balthazar (Roddy Maude-Roxby) also lives in the mansion. 

One day Madame Adelaide is visited by her long time friend and lawyer Georges Hautecourt (Charles Lane) to go over the will. Edgar the butler overheard Madame Adelaide say she was planning on leaving her fortune to her kitten and having Edgar take care of them until their death, upon which time Edgar would inherit the property and fortune. 

Edgar saw dollar signs in is eyes and knew he had to get rid of Duchess and her kittens, but he didn’t want to harm them. Edgar came up withe a plan to sleep sleeping pills into the cats milk and sneak them away in the night far to the countryside. Unbeknown to Edgar, the cats had a little mouse friend Roquefort (Sterling Holloway) who shared the milk. The next morning when the knowledge of the missing cats spread, Roquefort suspected Edgar. He asked FrouFrou (Nancy Kulp) the horse if she saw anything suspicious, she responded that Edgar too the motorcycle with a basket in the middle of the night.

The night Edgar drove to the countryside he was attacked by two dogs Napoleon (Pat Buttram) and Lafayette (George Lindsey), which knocked the basket with the sleeping cats under a bridge. When the kittens woke up they were confused, scared and lost. They were trying to find there way back to Paris when they come upon Thomas O’Malley (Phil Harris) the alley cat, who helps them return to Paris but not before having an interesting adventure meeting the Geese twins Abigail (Monica Evans) and Amelia (Carole Shelley), and Tomas O’Malley’s friends. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, today I am reviewing Aristocats in honor of our new cat, Smokey, that we brought home yesterday. As The Aristocats show, each cat has a very different personality. I have four now and there are all vastly different with their attitudes, just like Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz. If you haven’t seen The Aristocats, well you absolutely should. It is great for kids and adults. Its funny, cute and will get you jamming with the music. There has been some controversy around it lately on Disney + as they pulled it from the kids section, along with a few other films. Personally I find that absolutely ridiculous, what do you think?

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