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The Aristocats: Special Edition | Blu-ray Review

September 11, 2012 by  
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Company: Walt Disney Studios
Item Reviewed: The Aristocats: Special Edition

The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens. When the bumbling butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. “The Aristocats” features the voice talents of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Sterling Halloway and legendary French singer Maurice Chevalier, who performs the film’s titular opening song. The legendary Disney songwriting team of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, get the joint jumping with the jazz-inspired musical numbers “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” and “Thomas O’Malley Cat.”

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Disc Blu-ray + 1 Disc DVD) Includes the movie and:

  • The Lost Open: legendary songwriter Richard Sherman introduces an early story board iteration of an opening scene complete a deleted character named “the Maid” and demos for the deleted songs “How Much You Mean to Me” and “Court Me Slowly.”
  • “Oui Oui Marie” Music Video
  • Deleted Song – “She Never Felt Alone”: This deleted song, complete with animation, will tug at the heartstrings of any animal lover, as Duchess explains to Thomas O’ Malley why she must return to her beloved owner Madame Bonfamille. Richard Sherman discusses the song he co-wrote with his brother Robert, which captures the special relationship between a pet owner and their animal. It’s a moving sequence that will stir everyone’s fondest memories of their favorite pets.
  • The Sherman Brothers: The Aristocats of Disney Songs: A tribute to the legendary Disney songwriting team of Robert and Richard Sherman, with particular emphasis on “The Aristocats.”
  • The Great Cat Family (Excerpt): This animated excerpt tells the history of cats from ancient Egyptians to the present.
  • The Classic Disney short “Bath Day”: Figaro has been freshly bathed and perfumed by Minnie when he meets up with Lucifer and his gang who chase him. In the ensuing fight, the gang is fooled into beating up Lucifer and making Figaro the winner. But the victor is soon put back in the tub by Minnie.
  • Disney Song Selection:
    • “The Aristocats”
    • “Scales and Arpeggios”
    • “Thomas O’Malley Cat”
    • “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat”

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My Thoughts

This is another Disney movie that I haven’t been able to share with my girls until now. The Aristocats is a fun family movie and it will definitely get you singing. Of course our favorite song from the movie is “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat” and we all continue singing it long after the movie has stopped. I loved the blast from the past Classic Disney short “Bath Day” that was part of the special features as well as the animated excerpt that tells the history of cats from ancient Egyptians to the present as I have a fascination with the Egyptian times. Although this movie was from a different time it still held the classic standards and still enthralled the little ones. I am glad I was finally able to share The Aristocats movie with my family!

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