Following the death of Walt Disney, it took a while for the Disney team to get back on their animation horse. The Aristocats appeared in 1970, and it was not hard to see something was missing. In this last hurrah of the Nine Old Men, they are showing their age. While the animation is tight, there is no feeling behind it, and the film seems empty of passion and vision.
The Disney films entered a long period of decline with the release of this film. With the studio left in the hands of Donn Tatum, Card Walker, and Ron Miller, the company was effectively headless and leaderless, at least creatively. The films released over the next eighteen-year period either failed commercially or suffered from a lack the magic… or, more often, both.
It’s worth noting that Scatman Crothers did the voices of 3 separate characters named Scat Cat throughout the 1970’s: for The Aristocats (1970), Hanna-Barbera (1977: in “The Skatebirds“), and Don Bluth (1979: in “Banjo the Woodpile Cat“).
A direct-to-video sequel was planned for 2007, but the project was cancelled in 2006.
- Traditional Animation
- Walt Disney Studios
- Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
- Cartoon Characters: Duchess, Abraham de Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley, Berlioz, Marie, Toulouse, Roquefort, Edgar, Madame Adelaide Bonfamille, Georges Hautecourt, Uncle Waldo, Frou-Frou, Napoleon, Lafayette, Scat Cat, Chinese Cat, English Cat, Italian Cat, Russian Cat, Abigail Gabble, Amelia Gabble, French Milkman.
- Voice Actors: Phil Harris.
- Directed By Wolfgang Reitherman, Ed Hansen, Dan Alguire.
- Produced By Wolfgang Reitherman, Winston Hibler.
- Animated By Hal King, Eric Larson, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, Fred Hellmich, Walt Stanchfield, Dave Michener, Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston., Frank Thomas, John Lounsbery, Dan MacManus, Dick Lucas; more Animators ...
- Written By Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, Ralph Wright, Tom McGowan, Tom Rowe; more Writers ...
- Music: George Bruns, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Terry Gilkyson, Floyd Huddleston; more Musicians ...
- Editor: Tom Acosta.
- Originally Released on December 24, 1970.
- Originally Released Theatrically.
- Running Time: 78 minutes.