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Aristocats, The (1970)

An inventive cartoon feature by the Walt Disney studios about a cat (Duchess) and her three kittens (Berloiz, Toulouse and Marie) who are abandoned in the country and then rescued by the other animals there.

This enchanting tale begins in Paris in 1910 when retired opera singer Madame Adelaide Bonfamille – a kind and eccentric millionaire – wills her entire estate to her “family” of adorable high-society cats.

But when Edgar, the greedy and dastardly butler, overhears her plan, he catnaps Duchess (voiced by Eva Gabor) and her three mischievous kittens and abandons them in the French countryside.

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Soon, they’re being escorted home by the charming Thomas O’Malley (voiced by Phil Harris), a rough-and-tumble alley cat, who takes them to his “pad” along the way where Scat Cat (voiced by Scatman Crothers) and his band of swingin’ jazz cats perform the memorable centrepiece song Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat.

The group are aided along the way by slow-witted dogs Lafayette and Napoleon, goose sisters Abigail and Amelia Gabble (“Think goose!”) and adorable little mouse Roquefort.

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The deft influence of Walt Disney himself is noticeably missing and The Aristocats is the Disney Studios on autopilot. The loss of Walt clearly was a blow to the organisation, and it may have been unrealistic to expect anything more than a semi-competent, workman-like effort right off the bat.

Duchess 
Eva Gabor
Berloiz

Dean Clark
Toulouse

Gary Dubin
Marie

Liz English
Thomas O’Malley

Phil Harris
Scat Cat

Scatman Crothers
Roquefort

Sterling Holloway
Lafayette

George Lindsey
Napoleon

Pat Buttram
Abigail Gabble

Monica Evans
Frou-Frou

Nancy Kulp
Chinese Cat

Paul Winchell
English Cat

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Italian Cat

Vito Scotti
Russian Cat

Thurl Ravenscroft

Director
Wolfgang Reitherman