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Friday, February 1, 2008

Friday Movie Review - The Aristocats


Since Valentine's Day is drawing near, I thought I would start reviewing more romantic and kitty-oriented movies. Today I am reviewing the Disney Classic, "The Aristocats." I have seen several of my fellow kitties list this as their favorite movie on their blog profiles, so I am sure this is already a favorite.







This is a wonderful movie! Not only is the movie about kitties, it also features more interesting creatures, such as a mousie, a horsie, doggies, and goosies! There is humor, romance, and a great musical score. And not only does it have all this, it has a great message for all the stray kitties out there: a loving home is best!

The story takes place in Paris, France . . . the city that is widely known as "The City of Love." Duchess, a regal white ladycat, lives with her three artisitically talented kittens: Berlioz, Toulouse, and Marie. A lovely aristocratic bean lady has been graciously adopted by them, and they all share a mansion together, with their very own butler. However, the bean lady makes a new will, leaving all of her possessions to her kitties, and the butler gets jealous and greedy! He drugs Duchess and her kits and dumps them far out into the French countryside.

Once you recover from the butler's perfidy, you meet the true hero of the story: Abraham DeLacey Giuseppe Casey Thomas O'Malley . . . . O'Malley the Alley Cat! Thomas O'Malley is a handsome ginger stray, and he comes to Duchess' and the kits' rescue, escorting them back to their home in Paris. Along the way they have many adventures, and meet many interesting animals, such as Abigail and Amelia Gabble, and their Uncle Waldo . . . all geese! Abigail and Amelia are hysterically funny when they decide that Thomas O'Malley needs swimming lessons . . . and when they teach the kitties how to waddle! The humor in this film is sure to please the kits in the family.

As you may have guessed, romance soon blossoms between Thomas and Duchess. However, there is also tension as Duchess is desperate to get back home to her ladybean, and Thomas does not understand how Duchess can have such a strong bond with a human. However, he knows that living with the lady is what makes Duchess happy, so he continues to escort her home, even knowing that since he is a stray, that will be the last he sees of Duchess and her adorable kittens. Before the final stretch home, Thomas introduces Duchess and the kittens to his ragtag group of kitty friends, and a new musical genre: Jazz! Who can forget the incredible talent of Scat Cat?

Once he gets them home, more trouble ensues with the butler and Thomas makes one last and valiant attempt at heroism, along with Roquefort, a brave mousie, and Frou Frou, the determined horsie heroine. Finally Thomas sees how Duchess can be so fond of a human, and he becomes a contented housecat along with her and the kittens. . . happily ever after!



I give this picture two paws up and an extra loud purr . . . it is funny, romantic, and has a great soundtrack! I will leave you today with the words of wisdom Thomas and Scat Cat shared with us in their song, "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat."

Everybody wants to be a cat,

Because a cat's the only cat

Who knows where it's at.

Everybody's pickin' up on that feline beat,

'Cause everything else is obsolete.

29 meows:

DEBRA said...

Do you know we has nefur seen this movie? Momma we has got to get a copy of this and watch...purrsss

Abby

The Furry Kids said...

Great review, Tybalt! We have never seen this movie, but we're gonna get Momma to put it on the netflix list for us. :)

Love,
Tazo

PS - Your mom liking Daddy's song doesn't make her any more morbid and disturbed than our mom and dad. hee hee

Happy Friday!

Samantha & Tigger said...

OH Tybalt, this is my favorite Movie!! I have watched it dozens of times!! Valentines Day will be such fun this year!
(((((HUGS))))),
Samantha

HRH Yao-Lin said...

another excellent review as always - I was reading it and nodding along, what a fantastic film! x

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Great movie review, Tybalt! :) The Aristocats is a great movie! We'll have to watch it again to show Merlin. :)

Dragonheart

Fat Eric said...

Thanks for the review. I asked my human and she said she hasn't seen this film for about 30 years. We might have to find a copy to look at!

Daisy said...

My Mommie saw that movie when she was little. I think I should get to see it now, too!

PKPWV said...

Hi Tybalt,

Thanks for visiting our blog. We like that movie as well!

Kodak, 3 Perf and Winton

Lyra&Caesar said...

Tybalt you are the best movie review ever! That is the best kitty movie by far, we watch it all the time with momma.

Christine and FAZ said...

My goodness, I've seen in 4 times, I was just talking about this on my blog. FAZ

Hot(M)BC said...

Grate review Tybalt. We gotta go get Mommy to rent it. Like NOW!!!
Purrrrrrs!

Jan said...

Oh, what a lovely movie review. The movie sounds terrific. Is it playing nearby?

jans funny farm

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Mom saw this movie years ago, when she was a little girl, and she loved it! And what a great song, "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat."

Your movie reviews are fabulous!

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

Karen Jo said...

I really enjoy your movie reviews. I also like this movie quite a bit, though I haven't seen it in a long time. Maybe it's time to watch it again. Tybalt, I have tagged you for a meme. Please stop by my blog for the rules.

Sassy Kat said...

A movie all about cats! I didn't know there was one. It sounds great, I always read your reviews and this one makes me want to see the movie. Oh, stop on over cause I have an award for ya.

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Mom says she's going to have to watch this again, she hasn't seen it in years.

Wrigley & Cobalt said...

We haf never seen this movie and neither have the beans. Mom said she will add it to her list on netflix.

Rascal said...

What a great review. Thank you so much for visiting my blog during my surgery and diagnosis, and for leaving such encouraging comments. I am so thankful to have so many supportive friends. Purrs!

DK & The Fluffies said...

DKM named her very first kitty after the little white kitten Marie in this movie!

JB's Big World said...

You sure watch a lot of movies. Are you going to do a sportscast review of the Snooperbowl today?
--JB

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

yes, this is very much a favorite in our house! even us old Tomcats (yup, I was rescued with all my bits and pieces) can be heros!

Now we'll be singing that song all day! Everybody, everybody, everybody wants to be a cat...

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TT said...

Good movie, my bean girl likes this one. I have tagged Holly and Ivy for a meme, come see!

Molly

Sassy Kat said...

Are ya still up an adventure???? Ya wanted me to let ya know about the next one. Well go on over to Opus and Roscoe's place they have kittynapped me and are in a time machine. There is room for all that want to come.

Parker said...

We have never seen this movie! Mommy must go out at once and bring it home!

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

PS Holly & Ivy, did you see your comments on the Singles Love Cafe????

The Furry Fighter said...

that is a great review - it makes us wanna see it again!

fanks for coming to our party at the weekend, it was an honour to play wiv you! x

The Cat Realm said...

Another great review! It reminded the maid that she hasn't seen the movie in decades..... So I guess it will be playing here soon!

MoMo said...

I LOVE the movie. Thanks for the splendid review!