We are pleased to offer an original Walt Disney production cel from The Aristocats featuring Duchess. Originally slated to be a two-part live-action series on The Wonderful World of Disney, Walt himself decided it was a story better told with animation. It also would have been a task to keep the kittens Marie, Berlioz, and Toulouse in place while filming!
The Aristocats featured a star-studded cast of Disney favorites. Eva Gabor was the speaking voice for Duchess while the singing vocals were performed by Robie Lester, who also sang for Gabor’s Bianca in The Rescuers. Disney Legend Phil Harris is the man behind the voice of Thomas O'Malley and Baloo in The Jungle Book. The film also included famed voice actor Sterling Holloway, known for being the original voice of Winnie the Pooh, as Roquefort.
Sadly, Disney died before he could see it through. As such, it’s the last movie to end with the line, “A Walt Disney Production.” Though some critics thought the loss of Walt’s direction hurt the movie, The New York Times raved about it, saying, “Bless the Walt Disney organization for The Aristocats, as funny, warm and sweet an animated, cartoon package as ever gave a movie marquee a Christmas glow.”
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