The AristoCats (1970)

35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1
3 Channel Stereo, English

An American animated fantasy film directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. Production began on 20 September 1968.

Plot Summary

The pampered house of retired opera singer Adelaide Bonfamille find themselves lost in the unfamiliar countryside when Edgar the butler tries to cheat them out of an inheritance. They are befriended by tomcat Thomas O'Malley who helps them find a way home.


Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
© 1970 Walt Disney Productions
Walt Disney Productions
Producers: Winston Hibler, Wolfgang Reitherman
Production Manager: Don Duckwall
Story: Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, Ralph Wright
Based on a Story by: Tom McGowan, Tom Rowe
Directing Animators: Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston
Character Animators: Dave Michener, Eric Cleworth, Eric Larson, Fred Hellmich, Hal King, Julius Svendsen, Walt Stanchfield
Layout Artists: Basil Davidovich, Don Griffith, Sylvia Roemer
Background Artists: Al Dempster, Bill Layne, Ralph Hulett
Assistant Directors: Dan Alguire, Ed Hansen
Editor: Tom Acosta
Original Music by: George Bruns
Music Editor: Evelyn Kennedy
Orchestrator: Walter Sheets
Sound: Robert O. Cook
RCA Sound Recording
Effects Animators: Dick Lucas, Dan MacManus
Production Designer: Ken Anderson

Phil Harris (O'Malley)
Eva Gabor (Duchess)
Sterling Holloway (Roquefort)
Scatman Crothers (Scat Cat)
Paul Winchell (Shun Gon – Chinese Cat)
Lord Tim Hudson (Hit Cat – English Cat)
Vito Scotti (Peppo – Italian Cat)
Thurl Ravenscroft (Billy Bass – Russian Cat)
Dean Clark (Berlioz)
Liz English (Marie)
Gary Dubin (Toulouse)
Nancy Kulp (Frou-Frou)
Pat Buttram (Napoleon)
George Lindsey (Lafayette)
Monica Evans (Abigail)
Carole Shelley (Amelia)
Charles Lane (Georges Hautecourt)
Hermione Baddeley (Madame)
Roddy Maude-Roxby (Edgar the Butler)
Bill Thompson (Uncle Waldo)

Alternative Titles

Aristocats – Danish, Swedish, West German title
Les Aristochats – French Canadian, French title
Aristogatas – Brazilian title
Oi aristogates – Greek title
Los aristogatos – Argentine, Mexican, Peruvian, Spanish, US Spanish title
Os Aristogatos – Portuguese title
Gli aristogatti – Italian title
Aristokatit – Finnish title
De aristokatten – Dutch title
Aristokattene – Norwegian title
Aristokediler – Turkish title
Aryskotraci – Polish title
Khatoolim Batzameret – Israeli title
Mačke iz visokog društva – Croatian, Serbian title
Macskarisztokraták – Hungarian title
Oshyarekyatto – Japanese title
Piscile Aristocrate – Romanian title

Extracts included in
101 Dalmatians (1996)
Animation Lookback: Walt Disney Animation Studios Part 5 (2009)
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
The Disney Family Album: Frank Thomas (1985)
The Disney Family Album: Voice Actors (1985)
The Disney Family Album: Wolfgang Reitherman (1985)
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Bare Necessities (1987)
Disney through the Decades (2001)
Disneyland: Disney's Greatest Villains (1977)
DTV Doggone Valentine (1987)
DTV Monster Hits (1987)
DTV: Pop & Rock (1984)
Hollywood's Top Ten: Cinema Cats (2011)
Music Movies: Aladdin (2011)
Once Upon a Halloween (2005)
Screen Test: 10 January 1973
Screen Test: 30 October 1973
Screen Test: 3 May 1979
Screen Test: 22 November 1979
Screen Test: 4 November 1980
Screen Test: 16 November 1982
Screen Test: 12 October 1983
Screen Test: 14 November 1984
Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

Production Notes

It was the most successful film on general release in the UK in 1971. 1CinemaTV Today no.9961 (1 January 1972) p.2 (UK) (The top films of 1971)


CinemaTV Today no.9920 (6 July 1971) p.7 – note about UK theatrical release
CinemaTV Today no.9961 (1 January 1972) p.2 – article (The top films of 1971)

by Walt Lee p.17 – credits