Review: ‘The Aristocats’

The Aristocats is a good animated feature from Walt Disney Studios, an original period comedy with drama about a feline family rescued from the plans of an evil butler who would prefer his mistress not to leave her fortune to the cats.

The Aristocats is a good animated feature from Walt Disney Studios, an original period comedy with drama about a feline family rescued from the plans of an evil butler who would prefer his mistress not to leave her fortune to the cats.

Helped immeasurably by the voices of Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers and others, plus some outstanding animation, songs, sentiment, some excellent dialog and even a touch of psychedelia.

Harris, who gave Jungle Book a lot of its punch, is even more prominent here as the voice of an alley cat who rescues Gabor and her three kittens. Gabor’s voice and related animation are excellent, ditto that for two hound dogs, Pat Buttram and George Lindsey.

The technical details of the $4 million cartoon are marvelous to behold.

The Aristocats

Production

Walt Disney. Director Wolfgang Reitherman; Producer Walt Disney, Wolfgang Reitherman, Winston Hibler; Writer Larry Clemmons Editor Tom Acosta; Music George Bruns

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 78 MIN.
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