Published on July 11, 2016
The Aristocats is a 1970 American animated musical adventure-comedy film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions and features the voices of Eva Gabor, Hermione Baddeley, Phil Harris, Dean Clark, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers, and Roddy Maude-Roxby. The 20th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film is based on a story by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe, and revolves around a family of aristocratic cats, and how an alley cat acquaintance helps them after a butler has kidnapped them to gain his mistress’ fortune which was intended to go to them. It was originally released to theaters by Buena Vista Distribution on December 11, 1970.
In 1962, The Aristocats began as an original script for a two-part live-action episode for Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color developed by writers Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe and producer Harry Tytle. Following two years of re-writes, Walt Disney suggested the project would be more suitable for an animated film, and placed the project in turnaround as The Jungle Book advanced into production. When The Jungle Book nearly complete, Disney appointed Ken Anderson to develop preliminary work on Aristocats, which would marked the last film project to actually be approved by Disney himself before his death in December 1966, before the film was released.
The Aristocats was released on December 11, 1970, to positive reception, and was a box office success.