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The Aristocats (Special Edition)
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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
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But the reason I gave it only 4 stars was mainly because of the cringe inducing character that is the Chinese cat. I'm really surprised that it hasn't been mentioned in other reviews, but oh my goodness I was cringing every time that character was onscreen, and just hoping he wouldn't talk afterwords. The other alley cats seemed to be other ethnicities, but they didn't really have outlandish accents or were extremely stereotypical (besides the hippie cat, but that isn't an ethnicity). The Chinese cat pronounced L's like R's, had huge buck teeth that the cats in Lady and the Tramp didn't have and played instruments with chopsticks. I get that this was from a long time ago where I'm sure it wasn't seen as a problem, but that character just aged poorly some 40 years later. It may seem harsh to rate this movie one star lower just because of one minor character, but it left such a poor taste in my mouth after watching the movie, that it offset a lot of the sweet and cute feelings this movie had initially had me feeling.
But I must admit I will probably watch this movie again, as it is overall very cute and the animation is great to look back at, but I wouldn't recommend letting children over 5 or 6 watch this, as I think the stereotype's will become more apparent, versus a small child who wouldn't really understand what is going on or understand stereotypes. Case in point I had watched this as a young kid, and re-watching it as an adult, I didn't remember any of the cats besides the main 5 very well.
She will grow up knowing that ladies don't start fights, but they can finish them. LOL