staring Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway
director Wolfgang Reitherman
time 78 minmusic score George Bruns
When Edgar, the English butler of a Paris mansion, learns that his mistress's cats are to inherit her fortune and that after them he will he begins to plot their demise so that he may inherit the fortune solely. He drops the cats off in the countryside of France and leaves them to die. The rest of the movie covers the story of the four cats' adventures on the way back to their Parisian home.
There are quite a number of side characters and they make the movie fun. Two English geese, a mouse who dresses like Holmes, a horse, a musical band of street cats, and two dogs named Napoleon and Lafayette. The butler Edgar, 'madame', a cat named O'Malley, three kittens and two cats complete the character list. There were a couple of familiar voices, namely Phil Harris and Sterling Holloway (Baloo/Little John & Kaa/Winnie the Pooh).
The Aristocats reminded me very much of Lady and the Tramp, if you like that movie there's a good chance you'd like this one too. It's sweet, it's cute, it's happy, it's funny. I liked all the characters, the mouse especially. The story itself is simple and predictable, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I wasn't watching it for a clever plot, I just wanted to watch something fun and nice in the old way while making NY cheese cake. And Aristocats fit the bill.