Although, The Aristocats is perhaps too laid back for its own good, it still makes for a charming and gratifying viewing experience. Children will love it, and, hey, adults might find it not too shabby, as well, and will be able to enjoy it alongside their kids. Obviously, this doesn't exactly make it a Disney masterpiece, but it is saying something when a movie full of colorful characters and light-hearted fun can manage to not make a parent want to tear their eyes out.
However, I think that all its lightness is the same thing that just makes it so conventional. Even for all the fun that it does offer, it's not one of Disney's more captivating films.
There are some great scenes in this film and the characters are engaging, even if the story development is very minimal. Some characters are unneeded, but nice to have around. The two geese, Abigail and Amelia, and their drunken uncle, Waldo(we need more drunk ducks in animated films, nowadays) are a hoot and give the film some of its best moments. And who didn't love Madame Bonfamille's attorney, Georges? "Who do you want me to sue?", is probably my favorite line. Humour is a bit excessive in this film, which makes it hard for me to get into it, at times. The Edgar dog chasing scenes, in particular, were much too over-the-top silly for my tastes.
The animation isn't that much to complain about, in my opinion. It is still top-notch Disney animation, despite having a scratchy look to it. Madame's hair made me want to whip out my comb, but all of the cats' animation made up for it by being much more cleaner.
Not up to the standards of some of the better Disney movies, like "Bambi"(1942) or "Lady and the Tramp"(1955), but not every film is destined to be a classic. This is good clean fun, and it definitely doesn't deserve its bad reputation. Who doesn't remember "Everybody Wants to be a Cat?" Or its snazzy animated sequence? Deserves at least one look.