First up: Aristocats 1. If I had to sum up this movie in one word, it would be charming. It has a light, lyrical quality to it (which matches the graceful movement of a cat). The majority of the characters are likeable, even the typically "annoying" characters such as the geese. Even the scarier parts, like when the cats wake up in the rain and realize they have been kidnapped, don't last very long before the mood lightens up again. However, this film does have a few drawbacks. Because everyone is so sweet, the villain lacked depth. His reasoning for getting rid of the cats was pretty petty - basically the cats got the money first (which he would have had control over anyway as the cats' caretaker) and then he would get everything afterwards.u78888888888888888888xdfxxxx (I felt the need to leave this in, because my cat walked across the keyboard as I was typing.) Not only is his reasoning petty, but the point of getting rid of the cats was to cash in on her will. As far as we can tell, she was in wonderful health and could live for quite a few years more, so getting rid of the cats now would have been pointless (either he would be found out, the cats would be found, or she would adopt more cats). And just driving them out of town is pretty ineffectual. He could have easily had them killed rather than just dumped. Also, the majority of racial stereotypes were tamped down (Scat Cat was voiced by a black man, at least, and most of the rest didn't go much beyond having an accent), except for Shun Gon. He was given slanted eyes and buck teeth, spoke in very pronounced "Engrish" where the other alley cats had accented proper English (and he was voiced by PAUL WINCHELL of all people, so much like the monkeys in Jungle Book, it was a very deliberate choice to have him talk like that), wears a cymbal as a conical hat, and plays the piano with chopsticks. I believe I read somewhere that he was based off of Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's, so if that is true he is a caricature of a racist caricature. 2. I chose Madam Bonfamille (literally "good family" in French), the most amazing cat lady ever. Serious #CATLADYGOALS! It's important to note that this is the first time we've seen an older female character in a position of power who was not a villain or a magical being. She's simply a lovely old woman who loves her cats. She is rich and famous (opera performer), but is still kind to everyone around her, humans and animals alike. From her interactions with Georges and Edgar, we can see that she treats everyone as her equals, and the way Georges talks with her you can tell that she is adored as well. It would have been easy to make her into the archetypal Crazy Cat Lady, or to make her villainous (with Duchess' motivation to get home simply due to her and the kittens being comfortable with their living situation and not because of love for her). Disney did right by her by not going down these usual roads. 8. The animation recycling I didn't notice quite as much from this movie, though there are moments (like Toulouse's "fffttt"ing and licking his mouth used multiple times throughout, and Dutchess' dancing being used later on for Marian). Much more than animation recycling, the story rehashing was highly noticeable. As unibear wrote, this film is basically Lady and the Tramp with cats. High-class female character starts with a loving family, then gets tossed into a situation where she is away from said family. She meets up with a charming streetwise stray who does not trust humans but helps her get back to her home (and along the way she meets a ragtag group of the stray's friends with a musical number). She runs into trouble back home, and he comes back to save the day. Finally, he puts aside his distrust of humans and becomes part of the family. I think between the two, Lady and the Tramp tells this story more effectively. The stakes seem higher, and Lady seems a bit more fish-out-of-water than Dutchess does. The conflict of Tramp not trusting humans is more pronounced than with O'Malley (and we actually know why he does not like them). However, while the story has regressed a bit, I think the artwork has improved, especially the character design. They absolutely NAILED the facial expressions! 9. At its core, this film is about family, and the lengths that one will go to for the ones they love. The cats and Madam Bonfamille love each other deeply, and O'Malley loves Dutchess and the kittens. The final shot of their family portrait captures all of that perfectly. 10. Pin# 61784 - DisneyShopping.com - Aristocats Family Portrait Disney Classics Jumbo Pin This pin perfectly captures the spirit of the family portrait, while also including a bit of the kittens' personalities. RANDOM THOUGHTS ~ I loved the animation for the most part, though sometimes it went a bit...wonky, especially for Dutchess: ~ I adore Roquefort! This movie is very hard for me to pick a favorite character, though it's probably Berlioz and Toulouse by a hair (I love the sibling dynamic and they remind me a lot of my own siblings and I). But you can't deny how much you just want to reach in and hug this little guy (he works so hard! Plus he makes a very cunning precursor to Basil in this outfit!) ~ CRIMINIDDLY!!!! Lafayette said criminiddly! I wonder if they had the Sheriff use that expression in Robin Hood as a nod to Pat Buttram's performance here in Aristocats?