Those of you that remember The Aristocats might not realize exactly how old it really is. It was pretty amazing to me to find out that it was actually produced in the 1970s and had just been re-released in 81′ and 87′, the latter when I remember it coming out. This speaks volumes in terms of its incredible animation, especially since it was produced at such a heavy time; being the first film to come out after the death of Walt Disney and the last to be approved by him. In fact, The Aristocrats is one of the last to be created by the legendary animators of Walt Disney Productions!
The story is set in Paris, France in 1910 and follows a beautiful feline named Duchess and her three kittens (Marie, Berlioz and Toulouse) who live with a legendary opera singer Madame Adelaide Bonfamille. While creating her will, Madame Bonfamille makes it perfectly clear that her butler Edgar must take care of the cats upon her death and only after they have passed on would he inherit her fortune. Edgar happens to overhear the conversation between her and her lawyer and sets about removing the cats in fear that he would die before he ever saw the inheritance and not realizing that he would actually be in charge of the fortune. Putting the cats to sleep with pills, he removes them from the estate and drops them in the country side. This begins the adventures of Duchess and her kittens as they make their way back home and along the way meet O’Malley and his Gang of tom cats.
Figaro has been freshly bathed and perfumed by Minnie when he meets up with Lucifer and his gang who chase him. In the ensuing fight, the gang is fooled into beating up Lucifer and making Figaro the winner. But the victor is soon putback in the tub by Minnie.
I absolutely love this film and it has obviously bested time with its genuine heartfelt story and lovely original Disney animation. Of course everyone remembers the song, “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat” and my tot loved being silly and dancing around to the song. The Blu-ray revamp really makes it crisp, it’s hard to believe that it is about 42 years old! But whether you are into collecting the classics, wanting to re-live the animations through your own families now or just keeping the magic of Disney alive in yourself – The Aristocats is a keeper.
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I received a copy of the film for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.