Disney The Aristocats
- DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Run Time: 78 minutes
- Number of discs: 2
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Studio: Walt Disney Video
- ASIN: B0084IHVC0
Walt Disney’s classic The Aristocats was his last approved project. He knew what audiences wanted and gave it to them. The man was a creative genius. Granddaughter #2 and I recently had the chance to watch it together. We enjoyed both our time together and the movie. The 2-disc combo Special Edition Disney The Aristocats was the cat’s meow.
I understand that tight up parenting experts feel that some of its issues are not suitable for kids. Get real. To protect our young, we need to teach our young about horrible realities. Properly treated “bad” can be a teaching tool not meant to scare or offend. Drugs, kidnapping, and abandonment are problems sure, but sugarcoating them only makes children more susceptible.
The Aristocats are (pardon the pun) aristocrat cats Duchess, Berlioz, Toulouse, and Marie. Their mistress spinster Adelaide Bonfamilie who loves them dearly, has provided for them in her will. However, major domo Edgar despises them and wants them gone so he can step up and inherit the estate.
Comic villain Edgar gives the unsuspecting felines drugged milk, packs them into his motorcycle, and abandons them in the French countryside. The events that happen on the journey make for true slapstick comedy. Everyone is against him – the horse Frou-Frou, the mouse Roquefort, the alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his jazz Scat Cat friends Shun Gon, Hot Cat, Peppo, and Billy Boss, goose twins Amelia and Abigail Gobbie, and dogs Napoleon and Layfayette. What great, entertaining, silly chase scenes!
Thomas saves the kitties, gets the girl, loses her, and finds her again. Mistress opens her home to strays needing homes. I appreciated Conniving Edgar’s comeuppance reversing his fate with the one planned for his victims.
The G Rated feature The Aristocats has a 79 minutes running time. It is available online and in retailers nationwide with a SMRP of $39.99.
Disc 1–Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus: The Lost Open, “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video, Classic Deleted Song “She Never Felt Alone”, The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs, The Great Cat Family (Excerpt), Classic Bonus Short “Bath Day” featuring Figaro and Minnie, Play Movie with On-Screen Lyrics. Disney song selection includes “The Aristocats,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” “Thomas O”Malley Cat,” and “Ev’rybody Wants To Be a Cat.”
Disc 2–DVD Feature Film + Bonus: Disney Virtual Kitten, Virtual Kitten DVD-ROM, The Aristocats Fun With Language Game, The Great Cat Family (excerpts) hosted by Walt Disney, The Sherman Brothers: Aristocats of Disney Songs, The Aristocats Scrapbook, and Deleted Song.
As an animated romantic musical comedy, The Aristocats has everything – plot, songs, and humor. The graphics of background scenes – Paris circa 1910 – are true art. I found myself wishing I had one of the movie’s cells myself. Each could have been a picture-perfect wall hanging. The Aristocats is purr-fect, a forgotten jewel. Couldn’t help myself singing, “Everybody wants to be a cat.”
Too bad projected sequel Aristocats II never happened.
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