The Aristocats (USA, 1970)
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring Eva Gabor, Phil Harris, Roddy Maude-Roxby, Scatman Crothers
I've given the impression in my reviews that I hold Wolfgang Reitherman responsible for the declining standards of Disney films before the renaissance. In my review of The Rescuers, I accused the company of "blatantly re-treading old ground", trying to shore up their box office by recycling the symbols and story arcs that had brought them success in the past. And since Reitherman directed or co-directed the majority of the films the company produced in this period, a great deal of the blame should rest on his shoulders.
Peter Pan, their musical set-pieces rarely miss a beat. But whereas these films were rooted firmly in pantomime and vaudeville, The Aristocats takes some of its inspiration from Jacques Tati.
Belleville Rendezvous and The Illusionist.