YMMV: The Aristocats

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Edgar really a villain, or a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds? After all, he put the cats asleep and abandoned them when he could have poisoned them.
    • On that note, did he expect them to survive, or was he trying to kill them? That was enough sleeping pills for a human to have to worry about an overdose, and we never saw how he planned to dispose of the bodies.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The rather excessively long slapstick chase sequence that happens when Edgar is trying to dump the cats in the countryside. After he loses the basket, the chase still goes on for about five minutes and the whole plot about the cats being abandoned has to stop while we wait for the chase to end.
  • Ear Worm: Most of the songs:
    • "Ta-ra-ra-BOOM-de-ay, ta-ra-ra-BOOM-de-ay!"
    • Ev'rybody wants to be a cat, because a cat's the only cat who knows where it's at...
    • Many of the characters' Leitmotifs as well, like Edgar, or the Gobble Sisters.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The hound dogs, who come close to stealing the show despite only having a few scenes.
    • Marie also happens to pretty much be the sole representative of this film these days. She even has her own merchandise line, and is insanely popular in Japan (and the rest of Asia)!
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Shun Gon, the Chinese member of Scat Cat's gang. He's not a villain, but he has the buck teeth and the exaggerated accent.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Marie is getting a disproportionate amount of attention in Japan, and is more frequently featured in Tokyo Disneyland. The reason why? Japanese love kittens.
      • This has also spread to the rest of Asia. If you're looking for Aristocats merchandise outside Japan, you won't find any outside of the DVD and Blu-Ray, and the occasional novelization and picture book. Marie merchandise, on the other hand...
    • Much like Duffy the Disney Bear, this is translating back to the American parks: there is now a walkaround character of her who hangs out in Epcot's France pavilion in the World Showcase and recently moved to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
    • The film itself in Italy, thanks mostly to a creative dub job which transforms O'Malley into a Roman playboy named Romeo.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A cat playing the piano?
    • Georges's comment on not being as spry as he was when he was 80 and his general denial of his advanced age are more amusing when it's taken into consideration that his voice actor managed to live up to 102.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Edgar to some point of view.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Edgar attacking O'Malley with a pitchfork. Then again, he did have a few lives to spare.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Bill Thompson as the hilariously drunk Uncle Waldo. Even the main characters comment on it.
      "I like Uncle Waldo."
      "Yes, especially when he's 'marinated.'"
    • Unfortunately, this was also Bill Thompson's final role in an animated film, due to him dying of septic shock a few months later.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Edgar's reason for abducting the cats.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The Goose Sisters' theme music is remarkably similar to "Baby Elephant Walk".
  • Values Dissonance: If the film were made more recently, it's seriously doubtful they'd be able to get away with having an Asian cat who has crooked eyes, buck teeth, a thick accent, and who plays the piano with his chopsticks, playing a 'Chopsticks' style melody filled with Asian buzzwords (even worse, Chinese-sounding gibberish in some dubs).
  • What an Idiot: The entire plot hinges on the fact that Edgar apparently believes cats literally have nine lives. There is also that fact that the Disney Encyclopedia writer, John Grant, points out that had Edgar obeyed the wishes of the will, he would have had a guaranteed job taking care of Madame's "heirs" until he almost certainly outlives them and gets the remainder of the inheritance all for himself.