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Thursday, 23 September 2010
Set in Paris in 1910, the story centres around aristocratic cat Duchess (Eva Gabor). She and her kittens (Toulouse, voiced by Gary Dubin, Marie, voiced by Liz English, and Berlioz, voiced by Dean Clark) are set to inheret everything when their ridiculously rich owner (Hermione Baddeley) dies, and when they die everything goes to the butler Edgar (Roddy Maude-Roxby). Edgar overhears Madame Bonfamille reciting this to her eccentric elderly lawyer Georges Hautecourt (Charles Lane) and, seeing dollar signs, decides he needs to dispose of the cats so that he can inherit everything. After drugging the cats he sneaks out in the dead of night during a storm and leaves them stranded in the countryside. The cats, who wake up scared and lost, can't believe their luck when Thomas O'Malley (Phil Harris), a street smart alley cat comes along and promises to help them get home. This starts off a treck home full of adventure, music when they meet O'Malley's friends, and very soon O'Malley and Duchess begin to fall in love.
The Aristocats was the last film to be given the go-ahead by Walt Disney himself before his death in December 1966, and every time I see this film I thank Disney for giving it the go-ahead. The city of Paris is beautifully drawn and really captures the old, yet intricate and very interestingly built/designed architecture to a tee, making this film a true testimony to the drawing skills of the artists who worked at Disney four decades ago. The characters are truly wonderful. O'Malley is such a charmer it is genuinely hilarious just to watch his wooing of Duchess. The original Austin Powers - albeit in feline form! Toulouse is quality comedy as he is constantly trying to act the tough alley cat, and considering he's less than a foot tall it is just so funny to see him hissing and spitting as he tries to act tough. Edgar is just as funny thanks to his constant bumbling and bufoonery, plus the fact that he ends up being dragged down by other characters - even if they don't intend to. Arguably the funniest character is minor one Uncle Waldo (Bill Thompson), a goose they meet in Paris, due to him being the first ever drunken goose in history, and you can't help but laugh at a drunken goose, and the genius idea that caused him to be created. Coupled with a truly lovely soundtrack that includes the really memorable and really jazzy track Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat, among other really catchy tunes and you truly have a wonderful, hilarious film that is most definetly the most jazzy film Disney has ever made.
Stars: Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Gary Dubin, Liz English, Dean Clarke Roddy Maude-Roxby, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, Paul Winchell, Lord Tim Hudson, Vito Scotti, Thurl Ravenscroft, Hermione Baddeley, Charles Lane, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Nancy Kulp, Monica Evans, Carole Shelley, Bill Thompson.
Sant Jordi Award: Best Children's Film (Wolfgang Reitherman).