DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
Studio: Walt Disney Video
Actors: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Liz English, Gary Dubin, Dean Clark
The Aristocats Special Edition, the beloved animated musical adventure about a pampered Parisian housecat and an irrepressible alley cat who join forces to foil a diabolical petnapping plot, comes to DVD on February 5, 2008 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. New digitally enhanced picture and sound, plus exclusive bonus materials, will have kids and collectors lined up to own this heartwarming Disney classic.
Veteran Disney director Wolfgang Reitherman (The Jungle Book, Winnie The Pooh and The Blustery Day, Robin Hood) helms a high energy mixture of wild adventure, colorful characters and toe tapping musical numbers. Feline heiress Duchess and her three darling kittens Toulouse, Berlioz & Marie are joined by a stellar cast of lovable animal friends, including Thomas O'Malley (aka the Alley Cat), Scat Cat, Roquefort the Mouse and the amusingly woozy goose, Uncle Waldo. The film features inspired performances from favorite Disney voice performers including Eva Gabor, Phil Harris and Sterling Halloway. Maurice Chevalier, who performs the opening song, came out of retirement especially for this film. The last film that Walt Disney put into production himself, The Aristocats brims with comedy, romance and joy.
The joint is jumping with jazz-inspired musical numbers from the legendary Sherman brothers, Academy Award® winners for Best Song (the unforgettable “Chim Chim Cheree," from Mary Poppins). "Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Thomas O'Malley Cat" will have the whole family singing along time after time!
There is a brand new virtual kitten game, a fun learning activity, plus a nostalgic behind-the-scenes featurette that showcases the music of the immortal Sherman brothers with a look at a never-before-seen song sequence deleted from the movie as well as other entertaining bonus features, The Aristocats Special Edition is the purr-fect treat for the whole family!
Duchess (Eva Gabor) and her three adorable kittens, Berlioz, Marie and Toulouse, hit the jackpot when their eccentric Paris millionairess owner bequeaths them her entire estate. Their life of luxury is cut short, however, when the mistress’s greedy butler Edgar plots to inherit the fortune himself by absconding with the little feline family and abandoning them far from home. Lost in the French countryside, they meet a rough-and-tumble, big-hearted tomcat named Thomas O'Malley (Phil Harris), who takes them under his wing and introduces them to his life as a jazzy bohemian hepcat, before he helps them find their way back to the Paris. Musical numbers from Academy Award winning team of Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book and The Tigger Movie) keep spirits high in this delightfully droll animated adventure.