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The Aristocats

Set in Paris, the story begins when a millionairess Madame Bonfamille wills her entire estate to her family of cats, Duchess and her three kittens, Toulouse, Berlioz, and Marie.

Edgar, their greedy butler overhears her plan, and kidnaps the cats and leaves them out in the French countryside. Here they are befriended by an alley cat called Thomas O'Malley, and they begin their journey home, with a series of misadventures along the way. The cats are helped along the way by a gang of alley cats and Roquefort the mouse.

78 minutes long.

Release Date

December 24, 1970.

Re-released in 1980 and 1987.
Released on video in 1996.

Cast List

Directed By:
Wolfgang Reitherman

Written By:
Larry Clemmons


Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat
Thomas O'Malley Cat
The Aristocats
She Never Felt Alone
Scales And Arpeggios

Fun Facts

The film cost over $4 million, and took four years to make.
It included more than 325,000 drawings made by 35 animators, with 20 main sequences having 1,125 separate scenes using 900 painted backgrounds.
Thomas O'Malley's full name is Abraham De Lacey Giuseppe Casey Thomas O'Malley.
Two vehicles from 101 Dalmatians appear in this film: the Bad'uns Truck and the Moving Van.
This was the first feature-length animation completed without Walt Disney.


Marie: Ladies don't start fights, but they can finish them!

Duchess: Oh, darling. That's only a little frog, my love.
Berlioz the Kitten: But he had a mouth like a "hippolotamus."

Duchess: Monsieur O'Malley, you could have lost your life.
Thomas O'Malley: So I have a few to spare. Nothing.

Thomas O'Malley: First, to make the magic begin, you wiggle your nose, and you tickle your chin. Now close your eyes, and cross your heart, and presto! - breakfast, à la carte.




DVD & Soundtrack

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DVD Bonus Features

  • Read-Along
  • Trivia Game
  • Music Appreciation Booklet
  • Theatrical Trailer


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The label on the trunk read "Timbuktu, French Equatorial Africa," but Timbuktu is in Mali and has never been part of French Equatorial Africa.
When the crate containing Edgar slides through the barn door a padlock suddenly appears on its latch.
When Edgar first encounters Napoleon & Lafayette, the wheel on the side car changes from one side to the other after it's detached.
When Scat Cat is playing "Everybody Wants To Be A Cat," one of the cats is playing guitar with his left hand, but seconds later he's playing it right-handed.

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