September 29, 2013

The Aristocats

The Aristocats, 1970. A rich woman's butler tries to get rid of her cats.

Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. Written by Larry Clemmons, Vance Gerry, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen & Ralph Wright, based on a story by Tom McGowan & Tom Rowe. Starring Phil Harris & Eva Gabor.

Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 1/4 (Bad)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 4/4 (Great)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4). There's no moral to be learned, no catchy songs, no marketable goofy sidekick, a villain that could not be less threatening, and rarely any action that involves the protagonist. So I can see why this film tends to be one of the less classic of the Disney "classics." But personally, I'd say every one of those points is a plus.  Add to that some excellent animation, an adorable mouse played by Sterling Holloway, one or two very funny sequences, a fun score, and cat characters that are perfectly cat-like and believable, and I'd say this is probably one of the top ten Disney cartoons.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.5/4 (Okay)

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