The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated feature produced and released by Walt Disney Productions in 1970 and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, and Roddy Maude-Roxby as Edgar the butler, the villain of the story.
Some interesting facts about Aristocats:
- The character of Scat Cat was designed to be voiced by Louis Armstrong. The character’s look was modeled after Armstrong – the way he played his trumpet, his roly-poly physique, right down to the prominent gap between his teeth. However, at the last moment, for unknown reasons, Armstong quit the film without recording a single line. His replacement, Scatman Crothers, was directed to “Pretend you’re Satchmo.”
- The Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman), whose father wrote the big Chevaliar hit “Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight”, talked Maurice Chevalier out of retirement to sing the title song.
- The last animated feature to be approved by Walt Disney and the studio’s first animated feature to be completed after his death.
- Eva Gabor and Pat Buttram were both starring together in the TV series Green Acres while recording voices for this animated film.
- This was originally intended as a two-part, live-action installment of the TV series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.
- Thomas O’Malley’s full name is Abraham De Lacey Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley.
- The character of Uncle Waldo, the English goose, was the last role of voice actor Bill Thompson, who died from a heart attack at age 58, shortly after the film was released.
- Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Russian Cat, did singing voices on several Disneyland attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and the Enchanted Tiki Room. He was primarily known for many years as the voice of Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger.
- Ruth Buzzi’s first feature film.
- In the 2008 DVD re-release version, the main menu of the movie shows that Toulouse’s and Berlioz’s neckties are mixed up.
- The goose sisters, Abigail and Amelia, are voiced by Carole Shelley and Monica Evans, who played the equally-chatty Pigeon sisters, Cecily and Gwendolyn, in the movie, TV series, and original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. (They also provide the voices of Maid Marian and Lady Cluck in Disney’s Robin Hood).
- The dogs Napoleon and Lafayette are both named after famous french generals Napoleon Bonaparte and Marquis De Lafayette. Napoleon was the emperor of French who conquer much of Europe. Lafayette was a french nobleman who helped the Americans during the American revolution.
- The Aristocats was inspired by the true story of a Parisian family of cats, circa 1910, that inherited a fabulous fortune.
- Originally there was meant to be a direct to video sequel titled AristoCats II. It was intended for a 2007 release, but production got canceled back in 2006.
- The last film in which Eric Larson worked as a supervising animator. From then on he concentrated on training the younger animators that came to the studio during the seventies and eighties.
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