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 highstyle Disney animation (The New Yorker) and toe-tapping music by Academy Award® winning songwriters the Sherman brothers, The Aristocats is a timeless treasure and the last animated feature to get the nod from Walt Disney himself.
This 2008 special edition DVD boasts a host of new special features including a great deleted song featurette with composer Richard Sherman in which he presents Madame Bonfamille's melody "Porquois" and Duchess's deleted song "She Never Felt Alone" complete with a recorded temp-track featuring the vocals of Robie Lester accompanied by piano and set against a variety of storyboard sketches. Major songs "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios," "Thomas O'Malley," and "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat" are presented with or without on-screen lyrics, a virtual kitten game with television and DVD-ROM options allows viewers to care for their very own kitten, and a second game teaches kids the names of five major musical instruments. One "Backstage Disney" presentation features Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman detailing the process of composing music for film and relating the story of how they convinced the retired Maurice Chevalier to make one last Disney recording and a second consists of an Aristocats scrapbook filled with Ken Anderson's concept art, storyboards, color and character development sketches, and behind-the-scenes photographs. A twelve-minute excerpt from the 1956 Wonderful World of Make Believe
television program "The Great Cat Family" features Walt Disney narrating an animated and completely captivating history of the domestic cat and a bonus Figaro and Minnie Mouse short "Bath Day" rounds out the DVD special features. --Tami Horiuchi