There are many fictional cat characters widely recognized by audiences worldwide. Jerry, The Cheshire Cat, Figaro, Doraemon – these are only a few examples of cat figures engraved in pop culture. And if we’re counting with all the felines, we have to mention Simba (The Lion King), Shere Khan (The Jungle Book), and Winnie The Pooh’s unforgettable Tiger as well.
The Aristocats, on the other hand, are not that well-recognized today. And it’s a shame since it’s a thoughtfully written movie filled with inspiring characters. They actually inspired us to write this article and make it easier for you to find a name for your new kitty what – as we all know – can be a challenging task.
Your pet doesn’t have to belong to a particular breed in order to inherit one of Aristocats’ names! The aristocacy isn’t reserved for the blue-blooded kittens – it’s all a matter of grace and manners! So, without further ado – let’s take a closer look at the film’s brief history, narrative, and characters.
Disney vs. Aristocats
Pop culture loves cats and dogs equally – but in the case of Disney, the affection for the dogs is definitely takes over the front. So far, the famous studio has made only one feature animation with cat characters only. success. It’s worth noting that it was the last film Walt Disney has ever approved before dying in 1966 (along with The Jungle Book)
The Aristocats premiered in 1970, and it turned out to be an immediate success. Even though it did well in the box office, it didn’t, however, repeat the success of the 101 Dalmatians that entered cinemas a few years earlier. Maybe that’s why Disney hasn’t been making cats the main protagonists in its following productions? Regardless of the reason, today, The Aristocats is just as iconic as the mentioned 101 Dalmatians. We would risk stating that it has aged even better!
The Aristocats’ narrative
The film plot follows the story of a Parisian cat family – Duchess, which is the cat mom, and her cute kittens – Berlioz, Marie, and Toulouse. After the family’s owner – an elderly and rich lady, Adelaide – writes down her testament, things get complicated for Duchess and her kids. A greedy butler, Edgar, decides to make it impossible for the family to inherit the fortune. To do so, he abandons the cats in the French countryside.
This event starts a series of adventures that will change the life of the cat family forever. One of them is meeting Thomas O’Malley – a mysterious vagabond cat that lives on his own instead of relying on human owners.
The Aristocats characters
The cat characters in the film include:
- Duchess – a loving and caring mother of three beautiful kittens. Elegant and well-behaved, she has to find her way in a new, challenging situation.
- Thomas O’Malley – an emancipated alley cat, living like a vagabond and enjoying the owner-free life. Thomas O’Malley and Duchess fall in love against all the differences between them. How does it end up? Well, no spoilers here – if you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s about time!
- Berlioz – one of the three siblings, the youngest one. A cute, shy, and lovely kitten with affection for arts. Does the name ring the bell? Well, not without a reason. Berlioz is a talented pianist, and his name comes from a French composer, Hector Berlioz.
- Toulouse – the oldest of the three kittens. Just as his brother, Toulouse loves art in all forms, particularly painting (his name comes from the French postimpressionist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec).
- Marie – the middle sibling, an acclaimed singer. She has some tendencies towards snobbism, but in the end, she’s a cutie like her brothers.
- Scat Cat – the best friend of Thomas O’Malley. He’s a trumpet player and a leader of a jazz band.
- Peppo – accordion player in Scat Cat’s band
- Hit Cat – acoustic guitar player in Scat Cat’s band
Watching The Aristocats is great fun not only because of a well-written plot. The music is an essential aspect of this movie, too. With Duchess and Marie singing, and Berlioz playing on the piano, the film doesn’t lack songs loved by the younger and the older ones.
Disney cat names inspired by other films
The Aristocats movie is a goldmine when it comes to classy cat names, but let’s not forget that other Disney movies also feature cat characters.
Let’s start with The Lady and the Tramp. This film’s plot oscillates around a dog couple. Interestingly, it uses the same scheme as in the case of Duchess and Thomas O’Malley – the girl comes from a wealthy house, and the boy is a stray animal. But let’s focus on the supporting characters. The Siamese cat twins – Si and Am – could be the meanest antagonists Disney ever invented. They love to complicate things and cause all forms of trouble. For the Aunt Sarah, their owner, they’re always the cutest – but only because they benefit from it.
Another memorable cat supporting character is Sergeant Tibbs in 101 Dalmatians. He’s the ally to Pongo and Perdita, trying to get back the stolen puppies from vicious Cruella DeVille.
Do you remember Lucifer in Cinderella? His name speaks for itself. The black cat belongs to the Tremaine family, and he treats Cinderella as badly as their owners. Well – it’s not the most positive character, but if you have a tempered cat, naming him Lucifer may be a cool idea!
Naming your cat after one of Aristocats may be a great idea, particularly if you’re a fan of this movie! Or you can let your imagination run wild and come up with your own aristocratic names based on the famous figures from the world of arts, music, and science. It’s up to you!