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-->''"Everybody wants to be a cat, because a cat's the only cat who knows where its at..."''
-->--"Everybody Wants to Be a Cat''' as sung by the legendary Scatman Crothers.



A man walks into a Creator/{{Disney}} talent agency and says, "[[TheAristocrats Have I got an act for you!]]".

The agent leans back in his chair and says, "Okay, tell me about this act."

The man begins: "[[TalkingAnimal Talking cats!]]

"UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, [[LaBelleEpoque 1910]]. The [[UnclePennybags fabulously wealthy]] retired opera singer Madame Adelaide Bonfamille has decided to [[PetHeir leave her entire fortune to her high-society pet cats]]. Her butler, Edgar, wanting the fortune for himself, drugs the felines with sleeping pills and abandons them in the French countryside... the night after the will was made... [[SarcasmMode which isn't the least bit suspicious]].

"Unlike cats in the real world, classy Duchess and her three kittens decide to make their way back home with the help of streetwise alley cat Thomas O'Malley. Along the way, he takes them to hang out with his alley cat friends, who treat the pets to some anachronistic jazz music (accompanied by even more anachronistic [[TheSixties psychedelic graphics]]). No prizes for guessing the ending: Duchess hooks up with Thomas O'Malley, and Edgar gets what's coming to him courtesy of the alley cats."

The agent looks baffled. "Wow... what do you call an act like that?"

And the man replies with a smile, "The Aristocats!"

The agent shakes his head and says, "I think you're on the wrong page -- this is about the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney Animation]], [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/photoshop/9/9/0/189990.jpg?v=1 the filthy joke is]] [[TheAristocrats The Aristo]]''[[TheAristocrats crats]]''."

This marks the last film personally approved by Walt Disney himself, and is the 20th entry into the studio's extensive [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon library]].

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!!Tropes:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, they did have motorcycles in 1910. They were invented in [[OlderThanTheyThink 1885]]. Likewise, the [[UsefulNotes/LeMetropolitain Métro 1]] opened in 1900.
* AnachronismStew:
** Borderline example is having swing music and a ''hippie'' cat in 1910. Though, jazz was already emerging. [[AllThereInTheManual In a children's book of the film]], they say that jazz comes from America, meaning one of the cats they met brought it to Paris.
** Some of the cars and trucks seen in the film appears to be from the 1960s. Justified, considering [[Disney/OneHundredandOneDalmatians where]] Disney got those vehicles from.
** Averted with Georges Hautecourt's car; it's contemporary for the Edwardian Era, as is the milk truck. Both look quite beaten and aged, though.
* AnimalTalk: At the very least, cats, horses, mice and geese all speak the same language; a couple of talking dogs also appear, but we never see them interact with the cats. A joke right near the end implies that either Madame can speak the animal language, or she just believes they speak.
* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: Pouring half a bottle of sleeping pills into a bowl of milk and feeding it to cats is a fantastic way to get them killed. If nothing else, it will do a mouse in quickly. However, he might have been trying to kill them, and then just dump their bodies.
** Incidentally, while it was standard practice for a long time, giving cats milk (or mice, for that matter) isn't so good for their digestion - though if we assume it was goat milk, then it's not ''quite'' as bad.
* BigBad: Edgar still counts even if he is an AntiVillain.
* BigShutUp: Roquefort trying to get some quiet during the big fight so he can pick the combination padlock on the trunk. [[RefugeInAudacity It actually works!]] Made all the more impressive by the fact that even ''Edgar'', who shouldn't understand animal speech, stops dead in his tracks.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The three kittens: Marie (white), Berlioz (dark) and Toulouse (orange).
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Madame's attorney who has to be interrupted during an impromptu rendition of ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'' to actually work on a will.
* ButtMonkey:
** Edgar.
** Lafayette and Napoleon at times.
** O'Malley takes his turn when he encounters the Goose Sisters. They drive Mr. Carefree straight into DeadpanSnarker territory.
* TheButlerDidIt: Edgar is Disney's epitome of this.
* CaligulasHorse: A rare protagonistic version, as Madame intended to have her estate be given to her pet cats.
* CaptainEthnic: O'Malley's pal, Scat Cat, who was [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed modeled on]] (and almost voiced by) Music/LouisArmstrong, leads a [[FiveManBand jazz band]] consisting of alley cats from [[MultinationalTeam England, Italy, Russia and China]]. All are stereotypical to an extent, especially the [[ValuesDissonance Chinese]] [[EthnicScrappy one]]. Scat Cat also bears no small resemblance to [[InkSuitActor his voice]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scatman_Crothers Scatman Crothers]].
* TheCasanova: Implied with O'Malley, who lathers Duchess in praise like a pro. He later seems surprised by how true his comments were.
* CatsAreMean: Averted by the kindly Duchess and her kittens, who are friends with a mouse named Roquefort, and with O'Malley. Used straight when Scat Cat's gang tries to eat Roquefort, then immediately subverted when he manages to spit out O'Malley's name and tell them Duchess and the kittens are in trouble -- they run off to go help.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Mostly averted, even by O'Malley. The one exception is when he finally gets fed up with the Goose Sisters. Oddly enough, even though they are quite prim and proper British, it goes right over their heads:
-->'''O'Malley''': Hiya, chicks.
-->'''Amelia''' *giggles profusely*: We're not chickens, we're ''geese''!
-->'''O'Malley''': [[SarcasmMode Noooooo.]] I thought you were ''[[DeadpanSnarker swans]]''.
-->'''Abigail and Amelia''': Ooooh, flatterer!
* CatsHaveNineLives: The reason Edgar wants the cats out of the way; he figures that he will never inherit Madame's fortune because the cats will outlive him. Considering Edgar's age and that cats can live for over 20 years, he could be right about them outliving him even if he's wrong about the nine lives.
* CatStereotype: Thomas O'Malley is a Lovable Rogue orange or cinnamon male cat and Duchess is an upper-class all-white female cat. Also, Toulouse (an orange male kitten) and Marie (an all-white female kitten) fit orange cat and white cat stereotypes respectively. However, Berlioz (a grey male kitten) doesn't fit any of the grey cat stereotypes.
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhovs Gunmen]]: Roquefort, Frou-Frou, and Scat Cat and his gang.
* CloudCuckoolander: George Hautecourt and Uncle Waldo.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The three kittens each match the adult cats they take after..
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Edgar, repeatedly.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Not only did the movie get one, but there were two SpinOff series, ''The Aristokittens'' and ''O'Malley and the Alley Cats'', which [[SpotlightStealingSquad focused on]] the titular characters.
* CoolCat: A major theme of the movie. From upbeat wanderer Thomas O'Malley, to collectedly refined Duchess, to swingin' hip cat Scat Cat, the moral of the story is "nothing keeps a good cat down."
* CoolOldGuy: George Hautecourt
* CuteKitten
* DamselInDistress: Duchess and Marie both fall under this trope.
* DancePartyEnding
* DarkIsNotEvil: Berlioz and Scat Cat have black fur.
* DeepSouth[=/=]NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Despite the film's setting being in and around Paris, Napoleon and Lafayette - the two rural dogs - spoke with a distinctly Southern American accent. [[Disney/RobinHood It wouldn't be the last time their voice actors did this, either]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Abigail and Amelia's schtick. That and having a sense of humor that no one else gets.
* DisappearedDad: The father of the kittens is never seen or mentioned, although they express hope that O'Malley will take up the job [[spoiler:which he does]]. Given the different looks and ages of Berlioz and Toulouse, there was probably more than one father actually. That's how it usually is with cats. Interesting to note: A sequel storybook was written sometime in the 80s. It obviously takes place after the movie as the geese sisters show up. But, O'Malley is completely absent from the story.
** As Duchess is a pedigreed queen, it's likely that Madame had her bred to an equally well-bred tom belonging to some other high-society KindHeartedCatLover.
*** That still doesn't account for the kittens' different colors. In cats, black and orange fur are both dominant genes carried on the X chromosome, so a male can only carry (and pass on) one or the other. Marie's easy to account for (white fur is a completely different gene, and recessive), but Berlioz and Toulouse have to have different fathers.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Both uses of "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat".
* DisneyAnimatedCanon: Depending on how you look at it, this film is either the last of Disney's "Golden Era", or the beginning of their Dark Age. It was the last movie Walt personally green-lit before his death, but the first he never worked on directly (''Disney/TheJungleBook'' was the last film he produced).
* DistressedDude: O'Malley bravely dives into the water to save Marie, but it backfires when he himself can't swim back to shore and has to be rescued by two ''very'' British geese. Or, alternatively, ''from'' [[StopHelpingMe said geese.]]
* TheDrifter: O'Malley.
* {{Expy}}[=/=]PigeonHoledVoiceActor: O'Malley has a similar personality (and the same voice actor, Phil Harris) as Baloo from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. Harris would play another, even more blatant, expy of Baloo as Little John in ''Disney/RobinHood''.
** The Geese sisters Abigail and Amelia are based on the "Pigeon Sisters" from ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' movie and are voiced by the same actresses, who went on to voice Maid Marian and Lady Cluck in ''Disney/RobinHood''.
** The whole movie, plot-wise, is essentially ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' but in France, with cats, and with a much less AxCrazy villain. With a dash of ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' thrown in for good measure.
* TheEdwardianEra
* FantasticRacism: Two words--Shun Gon.
* FatAndSkinny: Lafayette, the fat one and Napoleon, the skinny one.
* FollowTheLeader: Basically Disney's version of ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''.
* FrenchCuisineIsHaughty: Featured a dish called Prime Country Goose a la Provençale, which is apparently "stuffed with chestnuts" and "basted in white wine."
* FreudianExcuse: Edgar served Madame Bonfamille faithfully and loyally all his life, and yet she put her cats first in her will.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Madame Bonfamille aged rather well. George certainly finds her attractive.
* GayParee
* GenreBlindness: Edgar expresses some doubt about [[JustBetweenYouAndMe telling his plans to the horse]] but gets over it... after all, animals can't understand human talk, right? Certainly not in a Disney movie, right???
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Seriously, have you ever paid attention to the lyrics of Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat?
-->'''Duchess''': If you want to turn me on/Play your horn/Don't spare the tone/And blow a little soul into the tune.
** It must be noted, however, that the "turn me on" part is a case of HaveAGayOldTime.
** Taken UpToEleven with the lyrics of "Ev'rybody" in the [[{{UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands}} Dutch]] dub.
-->'''Marie''': Die muziek, daar ga je lekker van wippen! [[note]]The sentence translates to "it makes you waggle real good, that music!", but "wippen" can either mean "to waggle" or "to fuck" in Dutch. The latter one is much more common, although it flies over the heads of little children.[[/note]]
** One of the characters (Uncle Waldo) is implied to be completely drunk in his debut scene. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] during this scene:
-->'''Waldo:''' *looking at a menu* Look! Look at this! "Prime Country Goose a la Provencale, stuffed with chestnuts"...? And "basted in white wine." *hiccups*
-->'''O'Malley:''' *looking disgusted* Basted? He's been ''marinated'' in it.
-->'''Waldo:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Dreadful! Being British, I would've preferred sherry.]]
** It finishes off with this little exchange:
-->'''O'Malley:''' *after Waldo stumbles off with his nieces*: I think I ''like'' Uncle Waldo.
-->'''Duchess''' *giggles*: Especially when he's been marinated!
** In the norwegian version, during a pun based joke by the geese sisters (that wouldn't make any sense in english), Waldo is directly referred to as "drunk".
** The scene with a sleepy Napoleon and Lafayette and a back-scratching Edgar is fairly full of innuendo.
** Heck, even the Goose Sisters get in on the act. At one point, desperately trying to keep from drowning, O'Malley tries to grab them by their tailfeathers. They dissolve in giggles and chide that this is "No time for fun and games!"
*** Their opinion of O'Malley immediately changes when they find out that he and Duchess aren't married, and are clearly under the impression that he has impure intentions toward her. Which, to be fair, he sorta did before realizing she had kids in tow.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: See TemptingFate.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Madame, who never once suspects Edgar. Averted with Toulouse, who is the only character who suspects Edgar from the beginning. As he states near the end.
-->'''Toulouse''': ''(when all of them are stuck in an oven)'' I ''told you'' it was Edgar!
-->'''Berlioz''': Aw, shut up Toulouse!
* HumanMail: Edgar attempts to mail the kittens and cats away to Timbuktu at the end of film. In the end, he himself gets thrown into the chest, and is mailed off.
* HumiliationConga: Edgar suffers ''three'' of these: twice when running into Napoleon and [=LaFayette=], and once more as he is first attacked by O'Malley and Scat Cat's gang, then gets restrained in a halter, a bucket dumped on his head, kicked by a horse and finally sent to Timbuktu instead of Duchess and her kittens (as he had intended).
* HuskyRusskie: The Russian cat.
* HypocriticalHumor: "That old birdcage? Poppycock! Elevators are for old people!" said by the lawyer, who has to be well into his 200s.
* IKissYourHand: [[BunnyEarsLawyer George]] tries to do this to Madame, but misses and gets Duchess's tail instead. He doesn't notice the difference.
* IllegalGuardian: Edgar.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* IntellectualAnimal: All the animal cast. Edgar should have known better than to brag about his crime to Frou-Frou just because she's a horse, causing her and Roquefort to plot against him to thwart his scheme.
* JerkAss: The milk truck driver.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Some fans don't blame Edgar for trying to get rid of the cats (not killing them) - come on now! You have to wait until some cats die before inheriting a fortune?!?
* TheKidsAreAmerican: And their mother is Hungarian.
* KindheartedCatLover: Madam Adelaide Bonfamille. She is fine being single, but as Duchess says at one point, without her cats to love she really ''does'' feel alone.
** Madam is a very good example of this. O'Malley doesn't like the idea of living with a human, but Duchess explains to him that Madam is not like any other human - she really loves the cats like they are her own kin.
* LargeHam: Uncle Waldo, Georges, Lafayette, and Edgar.
** ThoseTwoGuys Lafayette and Napoleon also count. You can just ''hear'' Pat Buttram snickering in the microphone during the [[ItMakesSenseInContext motorcycle chase scene.]]
* LightningReveal: As Madame lifts the curtain on the cats' bed.
* LiteralMinded: When the song "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" brings down the house, [[IncrediblyLamePun it REALLY brings down the house.]]
* TheLoad: The kittens can be seen this way - none of them really do anything useful for the story, aside from [[DamselInDistress Marie]] occasionally providing a chance for the initially reluctant O'Malley to play the PapaWolf.
* MeaningfulName: Translated from French, Madame Adelaide Bonfamille's last name means "good family".
** And her first name comes from a Germanic word meaning "of a noble kind".
* MidBattleTeaBreak: QUIET!
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Subverted. Edgar isn't willing to kill Duchess and her kittens, but just to send'em away from him. Of course, [[ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare his method of getting rid of the cats could just as easily have gotten them all killed anyway...]]
* MusicalisInterruptus: Near the end when Roquefort is trying to crack the lock on the trunk holding the cats.
* MysteriousAnimalSenses: Just from sound, Napoleon can tell what size and shape shoes Edgar is wearing (though colour? That's just ridiculous), and can also identify a one-wheeled haystack.
-->'''Napoleon:''' Let's see. They're Oxford shoes, size nine and a half. Hole in the left sole, it sounds like.
-->'''Lafayette:''' What color are they?
-->'''Napoleon:''' Why, they're bla-[[LampshadeHanging now how would I know that?]]
** And they ARE black...
* NiceMice: Roquefort.
* NoFourthWall: The last scene.
* NoMoreForMe: At one point, a man sees Scat Cat and his gang run past, with Roquefort apparently in hot pursuit (he's just trying to catch up so he can tell them where they're headed) and promptly pours away his bottle of wine.
* OverlyLongName: Thomas O'Malley's full name is Abraham De Lacey Gi-u-sep-pe Casey Thomas O'Malley. He introduces himself with an IAmSong based on the name.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Duchess:
-->'''Duchess''': Your name seems to cover all of Europe!
** He later calls himself "J. Thomas O'Malley", so it's possible the OverlyLongName is just something he made for the song.
* PapaWolf: O'Malley is quick to jump into this role whenever one of Duchess's kittens (usually Marie) is in danger.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Duchess with O'Malley. [[ShipperOnDeck The kittens are all for it.]]
* PetHeir
* PunBasedTitle: Let me guess...they're cats from the upper class?
* RailroadTracksOfDoom
* RemarryingForYourKids: Played straight with Duchess and O'Malley.
* SarcasmMode: Although O'Malley's compliments of Duchess seem fairly genuine, the way he lathers the geese seems to be dripping with sarcasm.
* SayMyName: O'Malley learns Marie's name solely due to [[DistressedDamsel the number of times Duchess yells it when she gets into trouble.]]
* {{Scatting}}: When the songs are being sung by the likes of jazz legends Phil Harris and Scatman Crothers, its to be expected.
* ShoutOut: The kitten Berlioz is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hector_Berlioz learning to play piano]], while his brother Toulouse is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_de_Toulouse-Lautrec a painter]].
** In the Italian dub they became [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Bizet Bizet]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Matisse Matisse]].
** This isn't [[Disney/OneHundredandOneDalmatians the first]] animated Disney film to feature a moving van in the climax. In fact, they even simply [[PropRecycling used the exact same van]] for the one the cats use to dispose Edgar at the end of the film!
** Shun Gon apparently bears some resemblance to the Siamese cats in ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''.
* SlippingAMickey: Edgar drugs the cats' food, calling it "creme de la creme a la Edgar"
* SmugSnake: Edgar becomes this when he thinks he's gotten rid of the cats for good.
* SpitTake: Edgar, when he hears meowing at the door.
* SpoiledBrat: Marie acts like one sometimes.
* StarCrossedLovers: Duchess, a high-class feline, and Thomas O'Malley, a regular street cat.
* StealthPun: Not sure if it was intentional, but a mouse yelling loudly for quiet might be an inversion of a certain popular simile.
* StraightMan: Napoleon.
* StockFootage: It's pretty clear Disney was already experiencing the financial woes that forced them to make their next film, ''Disney/RobinHood'', so economically. The difference here is that the recycled animation is ''also'' from this film.
* StreetSmart: O'Malley.
* SuperSenses: Napoleon - with sound rather than smell, surprisingly.
--> '''Napoleon:''' Sounds like a one-wheeled... oh...
--> '''Lafeyette:''' A one-wheeled what?
--> '''Napoleon:''' You're not gonna believe this, but it's a [[ItMakesSenseInContext one-wheeled haystack!]]
** And...
--> '''Napoleon:''' Hush your mouth. Let's see. They're Oxford shoes. Size nine-and-a-half. Hole in the left sole, it sounds like.
--> '''Lafayette:''' What color are they?
--> '''Napoleon:''' They're bla-- [[LampshadeHanging now how would I know that?!]]
* TalkingAnimal: To be specific, [[AnimalTalk translated animal]].
* TemptingFate: "You're going to Timbuktu if it's the last thing I do!" Guess who ends up going there instead!
** "It's not exactly the Ritz but it's peaceful and quiet an-" Cue the lights turned on and Scat Cat and the gang playing music.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: "Everybody Wants To Be A Cat".
* ThatsAllFolks: The dogs at the end of the film.
* ThatWasNotADream: Toulouse wakes up while being kidnapped. He somehow gets back to sleep, and when he wakes up again, he dismisses the events as a dream at first.
** It happened to Madame, too, although her dream probably didn't show Edgar committing the deed, or she'd have suspected him.
* ThemeNaming: Toulouse, Berlioz, Napoleon, [=LaFayette=]...
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Dogs]]: Napoleon and [=LaFayette=].
* TooDumbToLive: The cats nearly get killed when they try to cross [[RailRoadTracksOfDoom train tracks]] to get home.
* UnfortunateName: Scat Cat, who's named for the Scat music, which is a kind of jazz using the voice instead of musical instruments, and his voice actor Scatman Crothers.
** Scat is also a polite term for animal poop.
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: Without Edgar, absolutely nothing would have happened.
* WhatSongWasThisAgain: "Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat" becomes "Every cat is a musician" in the Greek version, "Everyone wants to play some Jazz" in the Italian version, and "Cats need lots of music" in the German version.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: The protagonists are a family of good cats. The antagonist is a greedy butler who, on the other hand, probably served Madame Bonfamille his whole life before his greed and a poor grasp of the lifespan of a housecat drove him to take drastic measures.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Edgar "turned evil" after he learns all the inheritance will pass to the cats.
** This is actually a subversion of the trope, however: Edgar ''thinks'' he's a woobie, but if he'd listened to the whole will he would have learned that the inheritance will indeed pass on to the cats ''with him as their caretaker'', so since cats can't actually use money, that basically meant he gets all the money if he'd just make sure the cats could lead the pampered lives they were used to.

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