The excitement to finally get to watch one of the best Disney movies of all time was immense – and the Fella and I were happy to share this milestone moment with our dear friend Alexis.
photo by T.Katz
photo by Allen Castillo
photo by Denise Bennorth
A fortune-teller, a comedienne, and a witch at different turns in her life, Alexis is talented performer and creator in her own right. She definitely brought her a-game to the table when it came to our next stop on the Disney Odyssey… Aladdin!
HERE WE ARE. London 1896. The fog permeates every corner of the omnipresent darkness. The cobblestones are slick from an earlier rain. The gaslamps flicker and cast long shadows on every brick building on the street. The greatest detective alive is on the prowl for clues to his latest case… and no – it isn’t Sherlock Holmes. It’s an adorable mouse-based fan fiction of Sherlock Holmes! To dive into one of my favorite Sherlockian tributes of all time, the Fella and I brought our pal JR over to the house to watch and talk shop about mysteries, mustaches, and mice.
Admit it – you read this in Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice.
Winnie-the-Pooh is one of those things that transcends even the Disney juggernaut – young and old alike all across the globe relate to Pooh Bear and his friends – Eeyore and Tigger in particular has enjoyed a hefty celebrity status beyond their cartoon and storybook origins. To return to Pooh Corner (for the first time on this Disney Odyssey) we invited our friends Rhett and Mary to join us. These two fellow Disney dorks are the geniuses behind Disney Meals – which you can experience by checking out their blog here and their snazzy videos on YouTube!
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Well, maybe not all of us… but all of us who had an inexplicable attraction to a cartoon fox at any point in our lives have definitely been looking forward to this part of the Disney Odyssey. We invited our friend Steve over to comment on the topic of foxuality and also British history and legend. As he is an avid nerd, lover of history and swordplay, and a RiffTrax enthusiast, I have to say – he did not disappoint.
Now that we’ve passed our one-year anniversary of Disney Odyssey, the Fella and I got comfy and celebrated with a viewing of The Aristocats. It was never a favorite of mine growing up, but how can you resist chubby French kittens? We couldn’t help but notice some similarities in plot between this and 101 Dalmatians, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying it thoroughly. It isn’t just #20 on our list, it heralds the arrival of the animated Bronze Age (1970-1988)! This is extremely exciting, folks, because with just a few more films we’ll hit the big streak of our age bracket’s Favorite Disney Movies of All Time! I’m excited. The Fella’s excited. Are you excited?!
The Film:The Aristocats(1970)
The film is inspired by a true story of a family of Parisian cats who inherited a small fortune in 1910. (Man. Cat people! They’re nuts, I tell ya.)
It is the first animated feature to be completed entirely after Walt’s death in 1966.
The character of Scat Cat was designed to look like Louis Armstrong, as the famous musician was slated to provide the voice for the character. Due to illness, Armstrong had to bow out, and was replaced with Scatman Crothers, who was told “Act like Satchmo.”
Marie’s brothers, Toulouse and Berlioz, are named after famous Frenchmen Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (painter) and Hector Berlioz (composer). And of course the dogs are named after Napoleon Bonaparte and Marquis de Lafayette.
Resident musical powerhouses the Sherman brothers convinced the famous Maurice Chevalier to actually come out of retirement in order to sing the film’s title song. The Aristocats was thus Chevalier’s last work before his death in 1972.
It was originally intended to be half of a two-part live action special for Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color in 1954.
Russian Cat is voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft, whose voice can also be heard in Disney attractions such as The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Enchanted Tiki Room.
The film was nominated for the AFI’s 10 Top 10 in the “Animation” category.