Now available for the first time on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack is Disney’s The Aristocats.
The Aristocats takes place in turn of the century Paris (around 1910) and is the story of Madame Bonfamille’s cat, Duchess and her three kittens, Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz. Bonfamille is high society, classy and a bit eccentric in her love and attachment to the cats. She calls upon her attorney, Monsieur Hautecourt, to draw up her will. In it, she declares that she will leave her entire estate to her cats until such time as they pass and then her estate will revert to her butler, Edgar. Edgar, having overheard the whole conversation, immediately gets dollar signs in his eyes (literally) and overcome with greed decides that he must accelerate his eventual inheritance by drugging and ditching the cats in the Paris countryside in the still of the night.
Duchess and the kittens awake the next morning and are determined to make it back to their home and the woman who loves them as family. Along the way, they meet up with Thomas O’Malley (O’Malley the alley cat) and he helps them on their journey to return home.
Filled with some great songs and some very recognizable voice talent, the Aristocats is fun for the entire family and will have everyone singing along with all the great music in the film!
Bonus features include a short, hosted by famed Disney songwriter Richard Sherman, detailing an alternate opening sequence and a couple of deleted songs (as well as a deleted character). There’s also a bonus called “The Great Cat Family” (from a 1956 episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color) complete with introduction by Walt Disney himself. the short details cats from ancient Egypt and throughout the ages with some very colorful and entertaining animation.
The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens. When the bumbling butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. “The Aristocats” features the voice talents of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Sterling Halloway and legendary French singer Maurice Chevalier, who performs the film’s titular opening song. The legendary Disney songwriting team of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, get the joint jumping with the jazz-inspired musical numbers “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” and “Thomas O’Malley Cat.”
Phil Harris – O’Malley (voice)
Eva Gabor – Duchess (voice)
Sterling Holloway – Roquefort (voice)
Scatman Crothers – Scat Cat (voice)
Paul Winchell – Chinese Cat (voice)
Lord Tim Hudson – English Cat (voice)
Vito Scotti – Italian Cat (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft – Russian Cat (voice)
Dean Clark – Berlioz (voice)
Liz English – Marie (voice)
Gary Dubin – Toulouse (voice)
Nancy Kulp – Frou-Frou (voice)
Pat Buttram – Napoleon (voice)
George Lindsey – Lafayette (voice)
Monica Evans – Abigail (voice)
Run Time: 79 minutes
- The Lost Open
- Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”
- The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs
- The Great Cat Family (Excerpt)
- Bath Day
- “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video
- Disney Song Selection