Parents' Guide to

The Aristocats

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Jazz and hijinks make this Disney cat tale meow.

Movie G 1970 79 minutes
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age 3+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 2+

This title has:

Great messages
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age 2+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (11):
Kids say (19):

The highlight of this jazz-infused adventure is the toe-tapping song "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat." There's little plot (cats journey home), and the characters are less memorable than in other animated animal capers, like Lady and the Tramp and 101 Dalmatians. Phil Harris, who plays Baloo from the original Disney Jungle Book, is fun as O'Malley, but he lacks some of the rapscallion antics that would make him stand out.

Kids will love the silly chase scenes with Edgar the butler and the country hounds, Napoleon and Lafayette, especially the one around the windmill. They're choreographed for lots of giggles -- complete with failing-suspenders gags. But once the big jazzy number and madcap running about are over, the movie falls flat. In a DVD extra, one of the composers reveals a lullaby-like song that was left on the cutting-room floor about the owner's love for her cats. That's the kind of sweetness that could have made this movie the cat's pajamas.

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