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The Aristocats (Disney Gold Classic Collection) (1970)

Phil Harris , Eva Gabor , Wolfgang Reitherman  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, Paul Winchell
  • Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Writers: Eric Cleworth, Frank Thomas, Julius Svendsen, Ken Anderson, Larry Clemmons
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2000
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305784116
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Aristocats (Disney Gold Classic Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Fun With Music Booklet
  • Interactive Read-Along
  • Interactive Trivia Game

Editorial Reviews

Disney's 20th full-length animated masterpiece, THE ARISTOCATS is an unforgettable mix of wild adventure, colorful characters, and jazzy music your family will find absolutely irresistible! This enchanting tale begins in Paris, when a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to her family -- a family of adorable high-society cats. But when Edgar, the greedy butler, overhears her plan, he catnaps Duchess, the elegant, soft-spoken mother, and her three mischievous kittens and abandons them in the French countryside. Soon, they're being escorted home by the charming Thomas O'Malley, a rough-and-tumble alley cat, who takes them to his "pad" along the way, where Scat Cat and his band of swingin' jazz cats perform the memorable "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat." Enriched by "high-style Disney animation" (The New Yorker) and toe-tapping music by Academy Award(R)-winning songwriters the Sherman brothers (MARY POPPINS), THE ARISTOCATS is a timeless treasure and the last animated feature to get the nod from Walt Disney himself.

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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The approach Disney seems to have forgotten May 26, 2000
Format:DVD
Considering Disney's recent track record, it would appear that they think the average kid is maturing faster than before. Thus, they seem to put out movies that are dark and inappropriate for the average kid. The only exceptions to this trend are the wonderful Toy Story movies and A Bug's Life. Flash back a decade or two, and you'll find a different Disney, a Disney that made movies everybody could enjoy. Aristocats comes from that era. True the animation from this decade is weak, and the story loses a few points in some areas. The villain is also quite tame. All of that, however, disappears under the movie's charm, upbeat attitude, and general fun. It's certainly more fun than Hercules. People looking for something intense should avoid this. Families with small children and those who love adorable cats will love this movie. From this era, I also recommend Robin Hood. As I've said before, you just can't beat old school Disney.
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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film! April 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I'm so glad that Disney made this film. I much prefer the more innocent Disney movies of the past. Movies like Lady and the Tramp and The Aristocats are truly fun, wholesome entertainment. Don't get me started on the new Disney films which are way too interested in pushing hit pop songs and attracting adults with more action, violence, and suggestive dialogue. I know things can't stay the same so I'm glad we have this film from a more innocent era. I particularly like the fact that the pacing is relaxed and the villain is not very scary. I'm always looking for what I call "calm" movies and videos for my 2 and a half year old. I don't want him seeing frightening or fast-paced images. Lady and the Tramp and Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas are other great shows for young viewers. Unlike the sterile environment of the Teletubbies, these movies are full of wonderful images and interesting music. I find the backdrop drawings extremely interesting and stylized. I also like the setting of the film (France) as opposed to the mainly exotic locations lately of Disney films.
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83 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
There are over a hundred reviews for The Aristocats as of this date. They all refer to the previous edition (Disney Gold Classic Edition or whatever they called it years ago when it first came out on dvd).
So now we will have those reviews mixed up with new reviews for the Feb 5, 2008 version which offers more extras and a different aspect ratio. This may make things a bit confusing.

Moving on...
People compare this film to 101 Dalmations. This is Disney's "cat" movie, they say. You can't compare them; they're too similiar somehow.
But they are both decent, cute family films.
Yes, Cruella is scary compared to the bumbling butler Edgar. There is a sense of jeopardy but Dalmations is much stronger in that sense.
Both films were made using the 1960's Xerox method where the resulting animation is more sketchy looking and more close to the original animator's drawings.
The Aristocats is more of a musical, definitely. A few forgettable songs, but also the charming and infectious tune "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat". That is the tune I think of when I remember the adventures of Duchess and Thomas and the kittens. (101 Dalmations had the little "Cruella De Vil" song, but that's it.)

Overall this is a fun vehicle but it is not a classic such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, or Lady and the Tramp. It has a nice, relaxing pace and is probably most appealing to youngsters. The voice talent, as ever with Disney cartoon features, is great. Eva Gabor's Duchess is warm and maternal while Phil Harris as Thomas O'Malley is macho yet sweet (and sounds like a lifelong diehard smoker). He also lent his vocal prowess to The Jungle Book when he played Baloo the bear.

This special edition for 2008 has some cute extras. But unless you're a total stickler for aspect ratios or you collect every version they release, the previous edition should suffice. It was fine, with a clear and bright picture/sound presentation.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie for younger kids July 10, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is in the old Disney fashion. This would never win an academy award but for that reason it makes a great movie for little kids. Unlike the Disney movies of the past decade, violence is very minimal to almost non-existant. The "villain" in this movie - a greedy but likable butler - is baffoonish and not prone to causing nightmares. All the music is fun and upbeat. Lots of sassy talking animals. The humor and tone is very similar to Disney's Robin Hood - another movie for good clean fun. My 2 year old LOVES the Aristocats.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! A non-violent, charming movie for little ones January 19, 2001
Format:DVD
With all of the violent cartoons out today, we looked long and hard for something like Aristocats to share with our daughter. She is sensitive to angry voices and loud noises so it was difficult to find a movie or cartoon that she could enjoy without having to skip the violent or noisy scenes.
Aristocats is such a perfect little show for her to watch over and over, she now knows all of the songs, imitates the kittens and runs through the house calling "Duchess, kittens, where are you??"
If you want your child to enjoy Disney classics without the witches and mean-spirited people, or worse, the later movies with violence and loud, angry voices throughout, this is the best chance you have to show your child the lighter, gentler side of Disney.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Omalley, Dutches & the Kittens.
I do like the show. Im an adult & I still watch cartoons. Some of the movies in Disney you never outgrow. I got 3 cats of my own at home. Read more
Published 4 days ago by brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 5 days ago by kwillis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great purchase!
Published 9 days ago by Mrs.H
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend for viewing on newer, bigger tvs...
I have a 60' tv & the picture quality of this dvd was garbage! There was obviously no remastering done what so ever on this movie! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Dawntastic
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it!
An amazing cartoon Movie. I watch it over and over with my grand-daughter. We Love Thomas O'Malley!
Published 12 days ago by Wanda
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat addition!
No Disney collection could be complete without this one on the list. A classic that has they classic Disney feel, with some great music and a neat story. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Andrew Solomonson
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite!
Such an underrated Disney movie. This has always been one of my favorites! The music is so classic Disney!
Published 13 days ago by Roxie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disney Movie
Great Disney Movie! I love the story of the Aristocats and really enjoy this version of the classic. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Shell6a
4.0 out of 5 stars My children love this movie ALOT my only problem and why it ...
My children love this movie ALOT my only problem and why it lacks the 5 stars is I bought this special for a vacation and we when got to the hotel the disc was "protected"... Read more
Published 16 days ago by phoenix2012
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kids favorite
Published 17 days ago by Coffeeman
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