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The Artistocats (Blu-ray review)

WDHE / Released August 21, 2012

One of the most unusual animated features produced by Disney (and the last to have any involvement from Walt, himself), The Aristocats is another somewhat forgotten features without any breakout characters, well crafted adversaries or breakout songs (as good as “Thomas O’Malley Cat” and “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” they certainly aren’t at the top of any “Best of Disney” album).  Part of the problem is the story itself; it’s basically the same as Lady & The Tramp, substituting felines for canines; a pampered female house pet who finds themselves separated from home, but finds guidance from a mongrel male animal of the same species.

The superior voice work includes such talents as Sterling Holloway, Phil Harris, Pat Buttram, Eva Gabor, George Lindsay, Paul Winchell, Vito Scotti, Thurl Ravenscroft, Dean Clark, Liz English, Gary Dubin, Nancy Kulp and Scatman Crothers and the jazz-age inspired music, songs by the Sherman Brothers and beautiful animation make The Artistocats a must-see (although not in the must-see-again-and-again).  Extras include featurettes, a music video and a Minnie Mouse short.  The Aristocats is a wonderful film, but never reaches the prestigious “beloved Disney Classic” label.  Recommended.

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