The happiest blog on Earth
Hey guys! Sorry about the delay on posts, but as you all may know, I am super busy always. Anyway, as a little bit of therapy last night, I scrolled through Netflix's Disney tab and found a movie that I hadn't seen since I was about six years old: The Aristocats! Honestly, I had forgotten what it was about (other than the obvious) so watching it was like a completely new experience.
The Aristocats hit theaters in 1970 with colorful 2D animation. The story features a family of four rich cats who's owner gives her estate to her cats in the will, and the butler's dastardly plan to get rid of the cats so he can have the money to himself. A rough alley cat helps to save the day with his band of Scat Cats, as well as one posh mouse and a sassy horse.
The story is adorable, and the romance between the mother cat Duchess and the alley cat Thomas O'Malley is charming and refreshing. The three kittens, Marie, Toulouse, and Berlioz, are great for comic relief and add to the movie's charming air. While the film is short and to the point, it does not fail to impress.
As for the animation, each scene was hand-drawn, which is ridiculously impressive. The colors are bright and the scenes of Paris are gorgeous. The soundtrack adds to the aura of the movie, with lots of French influences. Featured songs include the jazzy "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" and "Thomas O'Malley Cat", the latter of which introduces the main love interest with charm and expertise. The main title "The Aristocats" blends Maurice Chevalier's French flair with an upbeat musical track. Still, downright the cutest is "Scales and Arpeggios", sung by the three kittens and Duchess.
Overall, The Aristocats is classic Disney that, even though it is in a different ball game from what they out out today, still continues to charm and impress.
Kat Shambaugh: photographer, graphic designer, wannabe Disney princess. Literature, Media, and Communications major at the Georgia Institute of Technology.