Trivia / The Aristocats

  • Author Existence Failure: This was the last film that Walt Disney personally greenlit, and the first film that his studio made without him.
  • The Danza: Contrary to popular belief, Scat Cat was not originally intended to be voiced by Scatman Crothers, but by Louis Armstrong. It was, in fact, a coincidence when Armstrong turned the role down and it ended up going to Crothers, who just so happened to have a similar nickname.
  • Derivative Work: For Disney, a rare aversion. The Aristocats was one of the few movies to have an original story.
  • Prop Recycling: Many of the vehicles in the film are actually recycled from 101 Dalmatians, especially the Baduns' truck and the moving van. The vehicles in that film were white models with outlines drawn on the edges, filmed with a stop-motion camera and then photocopied onto cels. Because of time and money constraints, rather than give build new models for the milk truck and the baggage van, Disney simply reused them for these roles in this film, respectively.
  • No Export for You: Due to the popularity of Marie back in Japan, it resulted in a spin-off manga titled "Miriya & Marie" made back in 2012. Similar to Stitch!, it starred Marie and a character exclusive to that manga. It never got an English translation, which is strange since Disney is fond of Marie merchandise found in various Disney stores and the Disney Theme Parks all across the West.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Scat Cat was originally written with Louis Armstrong in mind, with his original name being Satchmo Cat. Unfortunately, illness kept Louie from being able to play the character and the character was recast with Scatman Crothers and given the "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" song replacing the one the Sherman Brothers wrote for Armstrong, "Le Jazz Hot".
    • There was a deleted character named Elvira who was Madame Bonfamille's maid. She would have formed a Big Bad Duumvirate with Edgar after singing a Villain Love Song with him called "Court Me Slowly."
    • There were plans for an "The Aristocats II," and was supposed to be a direct-to-video sequel. While the first film had the kittens’ nemesis as a misguided butler intent on stealing their fortune, the sequel created a similar dynamic by pitting them against a jewel thief on the open seas aboard a luxury cruise ship. There was also a young kitty love interest for Marie who became the focal character of the film. The ship would travel from places like France, Scotland, England, Spain, etc, thus creating a creating a new atmosphere of different places in the early 1900s. It was scheduled to be released in 2007, but the production was canceled in early 2006 after Disney acquired Pixar and new CCO John Lasseter pulled the plug on all the Direct-To-DVD sequels that had not yet entered production. Tara Strong was also gonna voice Marie for the sequel.
      • There were also plans for an "Aristocats: The Animated Series." way back in 2003. Marie and her brothers Berlioz, and Toulouse would be turned into teenagers. And would've given Marie (who was supposed to be the main character of this new "Aristocats" show) someone new to bounce off of. They invented this teenaged cat similar to O'Malley the alley cat, called Delancey, who could dance like a combination of Justin Timberlake and Usher. And then to round out the cast "the Street Cats" were created. The basic idea here was to reinvent "The Aristocats" so that this franchise would then appeal to your typical Disney Channel/Toon Disney watcher. But when Disney bought Pixar in 2006, it was cancelled along with the "Aristocats II" film.
      • The original character designs for Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz looked very different compared to their final designs. Toulouse originally looked more like a tiger cub, Marie also used to look chubby complete with dimples, and Berlioz's original design was sweeter. The kittens also used to look fluffy, with a lot of fur.
      • According to the book Mouse Under Glass, Boris Karloff was the first choice to play Edgar the Butler.

  • The Aristocats was the last of the pre-1984 note  "Untouchable" Disney animated features note  to reach home entertainment, arriving under the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection label in 1996 (it's also the last non-package film with Walt's input to reach video). This is also the last Disney Animated Classic made and released while Walt's brother Roy. O was alive; he died the next year.
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