The Aristocats

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The Aristocats is a 1970 American-French animated feature produced and released by Walt Disney Productions. The story revolves around a family of aristocratic cats, and how an alley cat acquaintance helps them after their butler kidnapped them to gain his mistress' fortune which was meant to go to the cats.

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. Written by Ken Anderson.
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[As the kittens try to get through their pet door]
Berlioz: Wait for me! Wait for me!
Marie: Me first! Me first!
Toulouse: Why should you be first?
Marie: 'Cause I'm a lady. That's why.
Toulouse: [scoffs] You're not a lady.
Berlioz: [grabs Marie's tail] You're nothin' but a sister!
Marie: I'll show you if I'm a lady or not.

[Edgar is determined to get rid of Duchess and her kittens as soon as possible. Madame will grieve, but she'll get over it. Then Edgar will inherit her fortune. He chuckles, a cold evil sound, and pours a handful of sleeping tablets into the pan of creamy milk he is warming on the stove. As he stirs, he hums]
Edgar: [sings] Rock-a-bye, kitties. Bye-bye you go. La la la la, and I'm in the dough. Oh, Edgar, you sly fox. [He doesn't have long to wait now. He pours the brew into the cats' feeding bowls]

Napoleon: Now you go for the tires, and I'll go right for the seat of the problem.
Lafayette: Now, how come you always get the tender part? [stumbles on his own ear]
Napoleon: Because I outrank you, that's why. Now stop beating your gums and sound the attack! [Lafayette barks several times] No, that's mess call!
Lafeyette: Ha ha, makin' a mess of it huh?
Napoleon: YOU can be REPLACED, you know.

[Just at this time, two white geese come walking over the top of the hill. Named Amelia and Abigail, they are sisters on holiday from England]
Abigail: What beautiful countryside.
Amelia: Yes. So much like our own darling England. [She glances toward the river] I say, look over there. [Her sister's eyes widen. O'Malley, trying to save himself, is clutching a willow branch that is overhanging the river] Fancy that...a cat learning to swim. He's going about it all the wrong road.
Abigail: We must correct him. [She always exists that everything be done in the correct manner]
[The two geese waddle down the bank and slip into the river]
Amelia: Sir...sir! We're here to help you. You will never learn to swim properly with that willow branch in your mouth. [She bites into O'Malley's lifeline] Snip, snip. Here we go!
O'Malley: Don't do that! Blub! [Then he sinks like a stone under the water]
Abigail: Oh, he takes to water like a fish, doesn't he?
[Bubbles begin to form on the surface of the water. The geese look worried]
Abigail: Gracious, don't suppose....?
[Amelia realizes what her sister means. Poor O'Malley may be drowning. The two sisters dive down to the bottom of the riverbed]

O'Malley: Ya know something? I like Uncle Waldo.
Duchess: Especially when he's marinated.

Lafayette: I still say it was a li'l old cricket bug.
Napoleon: I'm the leader! I'll decide what it was! [pause] It was a li'l old cricket bug.

Napoleon: SHH. Listen. Sounds a one-wheeled old....
Lafeyette: A one-wheeled what?
Napoleon: You're not gonna believe this, but it's a one-wheeled haystack! And there it goes!

Lafeyette: D-D-D-D-Did y' see him?
Napoleon: No, no, he sneaked up behind me and tailgated me.
Lafeyette: Well he didn't hurt me; he hit me on the head!

[During "Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat" Berlioz and Shun Gon play the piano. The latter plays an East Asian riff using two pairs of chopsticks]
Shun Gon: Shanghai Hong Kong egg foo young! [chortles] Fortune Cookie always wrong! [guffaws again and looks at Berlioz] Oh, that's a hot one!

[Duchess and her kittens are trapped]
Toulouse: I told you it was Edgar.
Berlioz: Aw, shut up, Toulouse!

[Roquefort arrives in the alley where Scat Cat and his gang hang out; Scat Cat snatches him and holds him up]
Scat Cat: What's a little swinger like you doin' on our side of town?
Roquefort: Oh, please, I was sent here for help! By a cat!
Scat Cat: Why this is outrageous! It's crazy!
Roquefort: Honest! He told me just to mention his name!
Billy Boss: So? Start mentioning names, rodent!
Roquefort: Oh, now, wait a minute. D-don't rush me. His name is - O'Toole.
Scat Cat: I don't dig him. Strike one.
Roquefort: O...O'Brien!
Scat Cat: Strike two.
Roquefort: Oh, boy. You believe me, don't you?
Hit Cat: Keep talkin', Mousy.
Roquefort: How about...O...Grady?
Scat Cat: Mousy, you just struck out. [points a claw at Roquefort] Any last words?
Roquefort: Oh, why did I listen to that O'Malley cat?!
Alley Cats: [surprised] O'Malley?!
Scat Cat: Hold it, fellas! This one's on the roll!

[Last lines]
Lafayette: Hey, Napoleon, that sounds like the end.
Napoleon: Wait a minute. I'm the leader. I'll say when it's the end. [the words "The End" hit him on the head] It's the end. [thud]


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

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