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Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 15: The Aristocats

It's the Cat's Meow! The Aristocats!

1. What movie did you watch?
The Aristocats! The film came out in 1970, and is known as the last Disney film approved by Walt himself before his passing. The movie includes the voice talents of Phil Harris and Sterling Holloway, who had also both worked on The Jungle Book directly before. Phil Harris went on to voice Little John in Robin Hood directly after this film, and Sterling Holloway gave his voice to Winnie the Pooh in the film after that. Fun fact: It was the most popular movie "general release" movie at the British box office in 1971. 

2. Have you seen it before/ how long has it been since you last saw it?
Maddie: This is my all time favorite Disney movie. I would say I watched it about a week ago.
Alexis: I have definitely watched it before, it was one of my favorites as a kid, but it's probably been over a year since I've seen it.

3. What memories did it recall?
Maddie: I have quite a few really strong memories related to this. First off, I wanted a basset hound because of this movie:
Second off, when I was little my dad and I would make fun of the geese and their waddling ALL THE TIME, in fact we still do sometimes still do!
Laaassttllyyyy, I think I know every single line to this movie. I'm quite proud to be honest.

Alexis: Oh so many. My family quotes it all the time, my dad will often call our own cats "brainless lunatics". One specific memory that I have is of my parents telling me that when I was very little, I would always panic at the part where the cats go crashing through the floors on the piano, and shout "oh no kitties!". I guess I didn't get the concept that they lived everytime.

4. What did you think of it?
Maddie: I LOVED IT! As usual. There are so many clever aspects of the movie. There isn't one character I dislike. while it is considered one of the last movies before Disney's dark ages, and was the first one made without Walt I still think it preserves the classic Disney spirit.
Alexis: Loved it! And not only because it was about cats! I agree with Maddie, it still has that classic Disney feel even though Walt was gone at this point. It's funny, the songs great, and the animation is adorable.

5. Favorite moment:
Maddie: It's hard to just pick one. The geese mentioned above are up there. But my favorite part just with the main family is definitely Scales and Arpeggios.
Also, I love when George visits and messes with Edgar!

Alexis:Yes, it's far too hard to choose! Probably the "Everybody wants to be a cat" scene because the song is just so catchy and fun. Also, all of Roquefort's scenes because I think he is adorable, with his little coat and hat. 

6. Any other comments:
Maddie: I could write a whole essay about this movie...
But I don't want to blather so I will just leave it at this: This is by far one of my favorite ones we have watched so far.

Alexis: I ALWAYS wanted to try creme de la creme a la Edgar. 

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