The Aristocats (1970)

credit: disneyoftheweek.tumblr.comA butler is understandably distraught when he finds out his employer’s cats will inherit more than him. Apparently some people place pets over purrrrsonnel.


I read that this was actually based on a true story of cats who inherited a fortune. I don’t own any cats, but if I did I would never put them ahead of my butler—my family and friends, yes, but never my butler.

Disney re-used a lot of same character voices back in the day, and I was surprised to see how many in this film were also in Robin Hood a couple of years later. Here are a few examples:

  • O’Malley = Little John
  • Napoleon = Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Lafayette = Trigger
  • The two geese = Maid Marian and the chicken

Also, the voice of Boomer from the Fox and the Hound plays a small part in this movie as the borderline offensive Siamese cat.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: This movie is built on a throne of lies. Not everybody wants to be a cat. In fact, I know at least one guy who would prefer to be a bunny.

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Sometimes, like Edgar, in order to get what we want in the moment, we forfeit what really matters. We can lose everything in those fleeting moments when we think only of ourselves.

Therefore, it is not only critical that we take the time to think about our decisions, but to consider also what we really desire, and then make the day-to-day decisions that will cultivate those desires and overcome the foolish ones.

In the words of Neal A. Maxwell:

“Whether in their conception or expression, our desires profoundly affect the use of our moral agency. Desires thus become real determinants, even when, with pitiful naivete, we do not really want the consequences of our desires.”

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” – Matthew 16:26


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