The Aristocats
The Aristocats (1970)

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.

Rated: G
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Release Date: December 11, 1970
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2000
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though The Aristocats is a mostly middling effort for Disney, it is redeemed by terrific work from its voice cast and some jazzy tunes.

Stefan Kanfer
TIME Magazine

The animals' exuberance is so infectious and their "acting" so true to human life that by the fadeout The Aristocats does, indeed, give the audience paws for reflection.

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Wally Hammond
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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A cute, feline version of "Lady and the Tramp" that should enthrall families . . . and, of course, cat lovers.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1970 animated feature is dull, careless, and all too typical of the Disney studio's slapdash output before the unexpected renaissance of The Rescuers.

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New York Times

The real beauty of the picture, which is as amusing, smoothly machined and beautifully colored as any Disney should be, is in the characterizations, sustained within a sprightly but simple format.

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Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media

Jazz and hijinks make this Disney cat tale meow.

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Variety Staff

Helped immeasurably by the voices of Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers and others, plus some outstanding animation, songs, sentiment, some excellent dialog and even a touch of psychedelia.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Before the disastrous Aughts, was there a worse decade for Disney animated features than the 1970s?

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Insofar as the film has any real ambition driving it, that ambition seems to be that the Disney brand name must be kept alive until somebody could figure out what to do with it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This, in a nutshell, is Lady and the Tramp for cat lovers, only it is dull and dated with regard to stereotypes and gender roles. Besides, its jazzy tunes are… More
Directors Cat
the drawing is superb and its storyline is ok but its one of the better disney movies released in the 1970's.
Daniel Mumby
I've given the impression in my reviews that I hold Wolfgang Reitherman responsible for the declining standards of Disney films before the renaissance. In… More
Jim Careter
A Disney classic, I always enjoy watching, one of my childhood favorites.
Film Crazy
How can you not enjoy this movie, especially if your a cat lover and can relate to that wealthy woman! Its a lovely story funny and sweet and all the… More
Aj V
A great kids movie! There are cute kitties, catchy songs, and a good story too. It's a lot of fun for the whole family, check it out.