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The Aristocats (1970)

The AristoCats (original title)
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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.

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Larry Clemmons (story), Vance Gerry (story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Harris ... O'Malley (voice)
Eva Gabor ... Duchess (voice)
Sterling Holloway ... Roquefort (voice)
Scatman Crothers ... Scat Cat (voice)
Paul Winchell ... Chinese Cat (voice)
Lord Tim Hudson Lord Tim Hudson ... English Cat (voice)
Vito Scotti ... Italian Cat (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft Thurl Ravenscroft ... Russian Cat (voice)
Dean Clark Dean Clark ... Berlioz (voice)
Liz English Liz English ... Marie (voice)
Gary Dubin ... Toulouse (voice)
Nancy Kulp ... Frou-Frou (voice)
Pat Buttram ... Napoleon (voice)
George Lindsey ... Lafayette (voice)
Monica Evans ... Abigail (voice)
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Storyline

Retired madame Adelaide Bonfamille enjoys the good life in her Paris villa with even classier cat Duchess and three kittens: pianist Berlioz, painter Toulouse and sanctimonious Marie. When loyal butler Edgar overhears her will leaves everything to the cats until their death, he drugs and kidnaps them. However retired army dogs make his sidecar capsize on the country. Crafty stray cat Thomas O'Malley takes them under his wing back to Paris. Edgar tries to cover his tracks and catch them at return, but more animals turn on him, from the cart horse Frou-Frou to the tame mouse Roquefort and O'Malley's jazz friends. Written by KGF Vissers

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Get with the cats who know where it's at! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los aristogatos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,168,071, 12 April 1987

Gross USA:

$35,452,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,459,543
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character of Scat Cat was designed to be voiced by Louis Armstrong. The character's look was modeled after Armstrong - the way he played his trumpet, his roly-poly physique, right down to the prominent gap between his teeth. However, Armstrong was unable to record a single line due to illness. His replacement, Scatman Crothers, was directed to "Pretend you're Satchmo." See more »

Goofs

The label on the trunk says "Timbuktu, French Equatorial Africa", but Timbuktu (now in Mali) was in French West Africa (specifically the colony of Upper Senegal and Niger), not French Equatorial Africa. See more »

Quotes

Scat Cat: What's a little swinger like you doing on our side of town?
Roquefort the Mouse: Please! I was sent for help, by a cat.
Scat Cat: Why that's outrageous! It's crazy!
[cats laugh]
Roquefort the Mouse: But honest! He said just to mention his name.
Russian Cat: So, start mentioning name, rodent.
Roquefort the Mouse: Now, don't rush me, fellas. His name is... O'Toole.
Scat Cat: I don't dig him. Strike one.
Roquefort the Mouse: O'Brian?
Scat Cat: Strike two.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening title at first reads "The Aristocrats." As the three kittens go by, Toulouse notices the title, he removes the second r and pushes the letters together to form "The AristoCats." See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Italian version, for dubbing reasons, while the two geese Abigail and Amelia kept their English accents, Thomas O'Malley was made Italian, called Romeo and spoke with a heavy Roman accent (he claimed to be from the Coliseum). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Come Fly with Me: Episode #1.1 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock A Bye Baby
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For kids to enjoy. And it's cool!
27 May 2000 | by revival05See all my reviews

> Kids will love this movie, just as they should. But, actually I thought it was cool! The characters and the music (ScatCat rocks) are fantastic to listen to, and the soundtrack is to be recommended.

An old lady makes her beloved cats the owner of her money, in her will. Her clumsy butler, Edgar, finds this idea very stupid and annoying. And a problem, since he was certain that the money would go to him. So, wise as he is, he decides to get the cats out of the picture, so he can get all the cash. Of course. He grabs them in a rainy night and throw them away in a swamp way outside the city in France.

Can't be missing in your Disney-collection.


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