Monday, April 12, 2010

Walt Disney Animation Studios Part 20: Aristocats

Series Intro: Series Intro: Here is Part 20 of a multi-part retrospective of Walt Disney Animation Studios' endeavors. They will mostly be in release date order, save for those that are not available on DVD at Netflix. (Numbers skipped will note missing movies that will be out of order).

Some background information: (compiled from Wikipedia and imdb and my own knowledge of the movie).

Official Title: Aristocats
Release: December 11, 1970
Running Time: 78 minutes
Estimated Cost: $4 million 1970 ($22,912,360.74 (2010))
Estimated Revenue: nothing reliable about the first release
Overall Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Plot Summary: (Abridged)
Cats are catnapped by their own butler so he will inherit old woman’s fortune. In their search to find their home, these aristocratic cats meet up with a Tom cat who shows them the real Paris. And Tom saved the cats from being sent to Timbukto by sending the butler instead.

The Aristocats
Scales and
Thomas O'Malley
Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat
She Never Felt Alone

No great song here

Plot Rating: 1 stars out of 5

Ick. I’ve been putting of this review for over a week, because I just didn’t want to dedicate the time to writing it. The movie was bad. I thought the plot was recycled (anyone else feel like they were watching 101 retold with cats? There wasn’t enough to keep my attention. The characters were dry and their voices were too familiar (come on, for three movies we have/had the same actor playing the lead!)

And boy did those dog characters seem a lot like Lady’s friends from Lady and the Tramp and the General from 101! Recycling characters! When this happened last time with Lady and other Lady making cameos 101 it was cute, but when actual talking characters remind you of other characters, this is getting lazy!

Animation Rating: 2 out of 5

The animation wasn’t too bad this time. The only loose lines that really annoyed me were in the old woman’s hair. Although the background are was simple and the colors were more muted than I would have liked, there wasn’t too much wrong this time.

Either I can see how we are getting closer to the second golden age, or I’ve just because more lenient as I search for anything that can work!

The Test of Time:

Has it stood the test of time? I honestly don’t think it has. Yes, it had several releases in the movies, back before home video. But I don’t think any child in my class today knows who the aristocrats are, they probably haven’t even heard the word aristocrats.

Through the Modern Lens

Nothing stood out as a poor representation, although I might have toned down how the jazz musicians seemed a little dazed.

Next Up:
Robin Hood. (Oh boy, more recycled dancing and characters…)


janice said...

aristocratic cats meet up with a Tom cat who shows them the real Paris.

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Davenz said...

Tom saved the cats from being sent to Timbukto by sending the butler.

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