Having a sick kid is never fun, for mommy or for child. We’re spending the day cuddled on the couch after a long night with little sleep. I’m thankful today for help from Disney and their new Blu-ray releases of some family friendly classics.
We’ve had a Blu-ray player for quite some time but haven’t owned a Blu-ray movie until now. Disney gave us a great start on our Blu-ray collection with their new releases (available August 21st, 2012). Although most of these are classics from my childhood I actually hadn’t seen several of them myself and was excited to watch them too! They include:
- THE RESCUERS: 35th Anniversary Edition & THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER – 2 Movie Collection
- THE ARISTOCATS: Special Edition
- LADY AND THE TRAMP II: Scamp’s Adventure – Special Edition
- POCAHONTAS & POCAHONTAS II: Journey to a New World – 2 Movie Collection
- THE TIGGER MOVIE: Bounce-a-RRRific Special Edition
Getting my daughter to rest today has been a challenge as she insists, “my tummy feels better now. I can have a treat!” With hopes of avoiding the tummy upset all over again I’ve convinced her to gather her stuffed friends for a movie review. Today we settled on watching The Aristocats. I’ll admit I have a soft spot for cats so it appealed to me too. As a mother I was happy to see upbeat, positive songs without too dark of a plot line twisted into the story. So many of Disney’s movies have portions that I’m not thrilled to expose my three year old daughter to even though as a child I watched them myself and don’t recall understanding most of it. (My husband started singing a song he remembered from The Rescuers Down Under about chaining, killing and skinning animals and I nearly fell over!)
The Aristocats follows the adventures of a mother cat and her three kittens and is beautifully animated. So many (if not all?) of today’s movies are created with computer animation and although I remember the fascination with the new technology (and am still amazed with the realism we saw in The Adventures of Tintin) it’s refreshing to see the beauty of these hand-drawn frames. When you consider that these movies were drawn with twelve frames per second it’s equally impressive to think of the time and talent that is invested in these classics. I hope children continue to enjoy these works of art and am thrilled to see Disney investing in them with new Blu-ray technology.
My daughter was also pretty excited that she owns a cup with the kitten Marie from The Aristocats which helped get some electrolytes in today (thanks to my cousin Cassie who got this for her long ago and is a favorite).
The most noticeable change I’ve seen on these discs is the menu interface which is very user friendly compared to the older DVD menus. The high definition color is also stunning. We were also excited to see several extras including a link to all of the animated songs in the movie which my daughter loves to dance to and a classic Disney Short about Figaro the cat called Bath Day. They even included songs and scenes that were cut from the original movie. We were also thankful that they included a DVD format so we’re able to watch this new favorite in the car.
The exciting tale takes place in the heart of Paris where a kind and eccentric millionairess, wills her entire estate to ‘Duchess,’ a high society cat, and her three kittens. When the bumbling butler Edgar tries to pull off the ultimate catnap caper in order to secure the fortune for himself, it’s up to alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. “The Aristocats” features the voice talents of Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Sterling Halloway and legendary French singer Maurice Chevalier, who performs the film’s titular opening song. The legendary Disney songwriting team of brothers, Richard and Robert Sherman, get the joint jumping with the jazz-inspired musical numbers “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat,” “Scales and Arpeggios,” and “Thomas O’Malley Cat.”
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The Aristocats (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Special Edition) Suggested Retail Prices:
2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
2-Disc DVD Combo Pack = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
High Definition & Standard Definition Digital = consumers should contact their preferred digital retailer for information and pricing
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this movie for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts remain 100% my own.