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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Edgar really a villain, or a Jerkass Woobie? After all, he put the cats to sleep and abandoned them when he could have poisoned them.
    • On that note, did Edgar 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 (although, given his general intelligence, Edgar may not know about that). Also, we never saw how he planned to dispose of the cats, as he lost them when he was attacked by Napoleon and Lafayette. Was he planning on releasing them in the wild... or on drowning them in the river?
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    • Had Madame Adelaide decided to bequeath everything to him as her lawyer initially assumed, would he have tried to get rid of her? If not, what would stay his hand? Unwillingness to harm an old woman? A belief she'll die soon enough anyway? Fear of getting caught?
  • Awesome Music:
    • The Sherman Brothers' opening song. They even got Maurice Chevalier to come out of retirement to sing it!
    • While the movie's soundtrack as a whole is viewed as rather average, the song "Everybody Wants to be a Cat" is the one almost everyone likes.
  • Designated Villain: Edgar is implied to have been a dutiful servant to Madame Adelaide for years if not decades, and now finds out she's leaving her entire fortune to her cats before him, specifically telling her lawyer that Edgar will only get the money once each of her cats has lived out their lives. Considering Edgar is getting the shaft despite his years of service, is shown to live in squalor, and that it's implied Adelaide is maybe a little senile given she's obviously a Crazy Cat Lady, it's not hard to understand his actions. He also never really crosses the Moral Event Horizon prior to the finale — despite having numerous, easier opportunities to just kill them and get it over with, Edgar only ever attempts to get rid of the cats, and never attempts to physically harm them until his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The hound dogs, who come close to stealing the show despite only having a few scenes.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Shun Gon, the Siamese member of Scat Cat's gang. He's not a villain, but he has the buck teeth and the exaggerated accent of a bad Chinese stereotype. He even uses chopsticks to play the piano!
  • Genius Bonus: Zigzagged a bit with "Scales and Arpeggios". While there's plenty of both in Marie's part, most of the accompaniment that Berlioz plays is a third technique, known as "Alberti bass". This is justified by the rules of musical counterpoint, which among other things frowns upon the use of parallel octaves, i.e. two different voices playing the same exact material.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Marie gets a disproportionate amount of attention in Japan and is more frequently featured in Tokyo Disneyland. Why? Japanese love cute kittens, so much so that she's gotten her own manga called "Miriya & Marie" . It was released in Japan and Brazil and gained western translation and release under the "Disney Manga" brand in the United States in June 2018. 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...
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    • Marie is also popular in Brazil, probably because she's just so darn cute.
    • 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 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.
    • Roquefort dons a deerstalker and cape when he goes out to look for the cats. Cut to 1986...
    • The roguish male protagonist wants to take the aristocratic female protagonist on a magic carpet ride?
  • Idiot Plot: Edgar decides to get rid of the cats when Madame makes them her heirs. He never once considers that cats need to be taken care of, and he'll most likely be their caretaker - meaning he'll essentially get the fortune by proxy and then in full when the cats die.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Edgar to some point of view. He does seem like a fairly decent guy near the beginning, despite his bumbling nature. Is it really so hard to feel bad for him when he learns that he'll likely never see a penny of his mistress's fortune because the cats inherit it first? Granted, he becomes a lot less decent as the film goes on, but still.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Duchess gets quite a bit of this in Crossover Ships. A popular example is the Theme Pairing of her and Lady from Lady and the Tramp.
  • Moe: Marie is so blatantly cute that even her spoiled behavior is somewhat adorable. To a lesser extent, her Cute Kitten brothers also qualify.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Edgar attacking O'Malley with a pitchfork and before that went after him with a sickle, which certainly would have killed him. Then again, he did have a few lives to spare.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Duchess' voice. Even when her accent slips.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Bill Thompson as the hilariously drunk Uncle Waldo. Even the main characters comment on it. May overlap with Ensemble Dark Horse, especially for older audiences. Unfortunately, this was also Bill Thompson's final role in an animated film, due to him dying of septic shock a few months later.
    "I like Uncle Waldo."
    "Yes, especially when he's 'marinated.'"
    • Waldo's nieces Abigail and Amelia - two very British, very pompous French & Saunders esque geese - who only have around seven minutes of screen time. Their bit is quite amusing.
  • Padding: Both comedy scenes involving Edgar and the hound dogs. The first occurs when Edgar is trying to dump the cats in the countryside. The only event that's strictly relevant to the plot - when Edgar loses the basket - happens early in the scene. The slapstick chase sequence goes on for about five minutes, involving Edgar getting flung into the air twice and a windmill. The second scene, where Edgar returns and retrieves the objects he lost during the chase, isn't actually required for the plot at all; Edgar is merely covering his tracks.
  • Popular with Furries: Duchess is a popular cat character amongst furries, though the other cats have their fans too. Marie is also especially popular in Japan.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Edgar has his fair share of fans who believe he has reason to act, having been passed over in favor of Madame's cats.
  • So Okay, It's Average: You won't find a whole lot of people who remember this one, whether to praise it or bury it; at most, people might hum some of the songs. It also has next to zero merchandising presence, at least in the West.
  • Special Effects Failure: The delivery truck that collects the trunk (With Edgar inside) is very clearly the same truck from 101 Dalmatians; the rotoscoping effect used on it is even more obvious here, making it look much more fake.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Edgar's reason for abducting the cats.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The Gabble Sisters' theme music is remarkably similar to "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini.
    • Edgar's sneaky theme has a distinct The Pink Panther flavor to it also. Which was also written by Henry Mancini.
  • 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 plays the piano with his chopsticks, playing a 'Chopsticks' style melody filled with Asian buzzwords (even worse, Chinese-sounding gibberish in some dubs). Nor is it likely he could have worn a cymbal like a rice hat.
    • Also, the idea of someone leaving an entire fortune to their pets today probably wouldn't be considered that much better, given several real-life instances of privileged individuals doing the same.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • The entire plot hinges on the fact that Edgar apparently believes cats literally have nine lives and, based on his calculations, believes the cats will take turns aging. He picks what he considers to be a cat's life expectancy, multiplies it by the number of lives and then multiplies the result by the number of cats. 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.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Unshaved Mouse couldn't buy Eva Gabor as a loving devoted mother figure (consequently he felt her role as Miss Bianca in The Rescuers was a better fit for her).


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