Gli aristogatti (The Aristocats), in Italian with subtitles, is an American animated feature film produced and released by Walt Disney Productions in 1970. The film is noted for being the last film project to be approved by Walt Disney himself, as he died in late 1966, before the film was released.
The plot: In Paris in 1910, a mother cat named Duchessa and her three kittens, Minou, Matisse, and Bizet, live in the mansion of retired opera diva Madame Adelaide Bonfamille, along with her English butler, Edgar. She early on settles her will with her lawyer Georges Hautecourt, an aged, eccentric old friend of hers, stating that she wishes her fortune to be left to her cats, who will retain it until their deaths, upon which her fortune will revert to Edgar. Edgar hears this from his own room through a speaking tube and is unwilling to wait for the cats to die naturally before he inherits Madame Adelaide’s fortune, and plots to eliminate the cats.
He sedates the cats by putting sleeping pills into their food and heads out into the countryside to release them in the wild. However, he is ambushed by two hound dogs, named Napoleone and Lafayette. Edgar escapes, leaving behind his umbrella, bowler hat, the cats’ bed-basket, and the sidecar of his motorcycle. The cats are unharmed, but stranded in the countryside, while Madame Adelaide, Roquefort the mouse, and Frou-Frou the horse discover their absence. In the morning, Duchess meets an alley cat named Romeo, who offers to guide her and the kittens to Paris. Minou, Matisse, and Bizet have a struggle returning to the city, briefly hitchhiking on the back of a milk cart before being chased off by the driver. Marie subsequently falls into a river and is saved by Romeo. They then meet a pair of English geese, Adelina and Guendalina, who are on a tour of France. The group head off, marching like geese, until they reach Paris and come across the girls’ drunken Uncle Reginaldo. Adelinal and Guendalina then depart to take Reginaldo home.
Travelling across the rooftops of the city, the cats meet Scat Cat and his band, close friends to Romeo, who perform the scat song “Alleluja, tutti jazzisti!”. After the band has departed and the kittens lie in bed, Romeo and Duchesasa spend the evening on a nearby rooftop and talk, while the kittens listen at a windowsill. The subject of their conversation is the question of whether Duchessa may stay and marry Romeo. Eventually, she turns him down, largely out of loyalty to Madame Adelaide. Edgar, meanwhile, retrieves his sidecar, umbrella, and hat from Napoleone and Lafayette, albeit with some difficulty, knowing that it is the only evidence that could incriminate him.
The cats return to the mansion, whereupon Romeo departs sadly. Edgar sees Duchessa and Kittens coming and captures them, places them in a sack and briefly hides them in an oven. The cats tell Groviera to pursue Romeo and get help. He does so, whereupon Romeo races back to the mansion, ordering Groviera to find Scat Cat and his gang. Edgar places the cats in a trunk which he plans to send to Timbuktu, Africa. Romeo, Scat Cat and his gang, and Frou-Frou all fight Edgar, while Groviera frees Duchessa and the kittens. In the end, Edgar is tipped into the trunk, locked inside, and sent to Timbuktu himself.
Madame Adelaide’s will is rewritten to exclude Edgar and include Romeo. She starts a charity foundation providing a home for all of Paris’ stray cats.