Archive for August 10, 2012

Ranking Disney: #35 – The Aristocats (1970)

The Aristocats is the first film released after Walt’s death. Well, second. Technically he died before The Jungle Book came out, but he was heavily involved in that one. This one, not as much. So I count this one as the first post-Walt film.

And it shows. The studio seems to be hurting in this period. They don’t really know what to do. They squeeze tighter on the budgets and repeat a lot of characters. (Just wait til we get to Robin Hood.)

The film is pretty short and mostly innocuous. The plot does not matter at all, and honestly, the only part of this film anybody remembers is “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat.” But even so — it’s a lot of fun, and doesn’t hang around long enough to really be bad. It’s not particularly great, either, but it’s very likable, and on the whole, it works.

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Pic of the Day: “What’s Mole’s story?” “Trust me on this one. You don’t wanna know. Audrey, don’t tell him. You shouldn’t have told me, but you did. And now I’m tellin’ you… You don’t wanna know.”