After a mother cat and her kittens are put into the will of a wealthy madame, a long-time butler of madame, becomes upset and jealous. He cannot believe that his years of service come after cats. Being second on the list, the butler decides to kidnapp the cats and take them where they will never be seen again. The adventures the cats have getting home is the main plot of the film.
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Madame is a wealthy, single French woman who dotes on her cat, Duchess (voice by Eva Gabor) and her three kittens, Marie, Berliox and Toulouse. Madame knows that she is getting older, so she puts together her will, leaving her estate to her beloved cats and nothing for her devoted butler, Edgar (voice by Roddy Maude-Roxby). Horrified that his years of service earned him nothing and outraged that Madame would choose to leave her fortune to her cats instead of himself, Edgar drugs the cats and leaves them in the countryside. Duchess is not sure what to do or how to survive in the country, but she soon finds a gallant rescuer in the form of O'Malley the alley cat (voice by Phil Harris). O'Malley was initially attracted to Duchess because she was beautiful, but, as they continue their travels and he comes to get to know her and her children, he starts thinking of settling down and leaving his footloose and fancy free life behind. However, the cats still do not know that Edgar was the one who tried to get rid of them, so even when they do make it back to Madame's mansion, they still are not safe...
The Aristocats is a charming Disney film with that classic, old time animation style that Walt Disney became known for. All of the fun Disney characters are found here, including charming (and scene stealing) supporting characters. My absolute favorites are Napoleon and Lafeyette (voice by Pat Buttram and George Lindsay), who were hysterical as country dogs who chased Edgar. Roquefort the Mouse (voice by Sterling Holloway) was also charming as a little Sherlock Holmes who solved the mystery and foiled the villainous plot. There is not as much singing in this film as in other Disney cartoons, but what there is is a fun introduction to jazz for younger viewers. This movie is completely safe for the whole family and I think that children of all ages will delight in the adventures of these intrepid cats.
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