The Aristocats (1970)

(left to right) Toiulouse, Marie and Berloiz from "The Aristocats".

 One of the great Disney eras of animation sadly came around the time of Walt Disney’s death. The last movie approved by Disney was the 1970 classic The Aristocats. This film is a model example of Disney style and technique in this era, giving us such timeless movies as 1012 Dalmations, The Jungle Book and The Sword in the Stone to mention a few. The formula for these animated films worked well and stand the test of time with people of all ages.

 This adventure tells the tale of four felines in 1910 France. The mother cat, Duchess (voice of Eva Gabor) and her three kittens, Toulouse, Marie and Berloize live a luxurious life with an aristocratic woman. When she passes away, her will reveals she left all her fortune to her cats; second in line to her inheritance is her long employed butler,  Edgar (voice of Roddy Maude-Roxby). The butler schemes and plans to get the inheritance by disposing of the cats. The pampered felines end up in the country where a street-wise alley cat named Thomas O”Malley (voice of Phil Harris) helps bring Duchess and her family back to Paris. Song numbers in this movie reflect a more upbeat range, enhanced by the singing legend Scatman Crothers. This is not the first time Crothers and Harris teamed up for a Disney classic. Their voices are also main characters Baloo the Bear and King Louie in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Crothers and Harris were accompanied by a huge list of notable voice talents for this film, including Sterling Holloway (the voice of Winnie the Pooh), Paul Winchell (famous ventriloquist of Jerry Mahoney), Pat Buttram (Mr. Haney of the tv series Green Acres), George “Goober” Lindsay and Nancy Kulp (Miss Hathaway from the tv series, The Beverly Hillibillies) to mention some. Each generation will delight in this tale so watch it with a younger audience and enjoy it one more time

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