Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

When The Aristocats celebrated its near 25th anniversary on December 18, 1995, it was announced by Disney for a VHS release with a date of April 24, 1996. At that time, March 17, 1996 was declared as "St. Catrick's Day".


Disney's 20th full-length animated masterpiece, The Aristocats is an unforgettable mix of wild adventures, colorful characters and jazzy music your family will find absolutely irresistible. A timeless treasure, it was the last animated feature to get the nod from Walt Disney himself. this enchanting tale begins in Paris, when a kind and eccentric millionaires wills her entire estate to her family -- a family of adorable high-society cats. Overhearing her plan, Edgar, the greedy, bumbling butler, catnaps Duchess, the elegant, soft-spoken mother, and her three mischievous kittens and abandons them in the French countryside. The charming Thomas O'Malley, a rough-and-tumble alley cat, saunters by and offers to escort then home. Along the way, the stop at Thomas' "pad" where Scat Cat and his band of swingin' jazz cats perform the memorable "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat." Enriched by "high-style Disney animation" (the New Yorker) and engaging music by Academy Award® winning songwriters, the Sherman brothers (Mary Poppins), The Aristocats can now take its well deserved place in your family's collection of Disney masterpieces -- for the very first time.

VHS Supplements

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens (1991-1997) September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Company intro + Special Message (1996) April 24, 1996
3 Walt Disney World promo April 24, 1996
4 Disney Interactive Bumper (1996) April 24, 1996
5 Promo for Toy Story video games April 24, 1996
6 Disney Special Preview + "Coming to Theaters" Bumper (1996) April 24, 1996
7 Sneak peek at The Hunchback of Notre Dame March 1, 1996
8 Walt Disney Company "Coming to Video" Bumper (1996-1997) April 24, 1996
9 Video preview for Muppet Treasure Island April 24, 1996
10 Trailer for Tom and Huck April 24, 1996
11 Video preview for Aladdin and the King of Thieves April 24, 1996
12 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo (with FP voiceover) (1994-1999) April 24, 1996
13 Full Screen Format Disclaimer (1994-2000) January 22, 1994
14 The Aristocats (restored version) April 24, 1996

Advertised on:

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (UK version)
  2. The Lion King (March 3, 1995)
  3. Pocahontas (February 28, 1996)
  4. Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventure (1996 VHS) (February 28, 1996)
  5. Man of the House (1996 VHS) (February 28, 1996)
  6. Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1996 VHS) (February 28, 1996)
  7. Heavyweights (1996 VHS) (February 28, 1996)
  8. Toy Story (Japanese and Southeast Asian versions)

In Other Countries

Country of origin Release date
Italy February 1994
UK March 1995
France Q2 1995
USA (Spanish dub) April 24, 1996
Japan April 25, 1997
Brazil May 1997
South Korea July 13, 1999

Notice: The Aristocats was released on VHS in Australia in September 1995, the same date as The Lion King (1994).



Preceded by
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1996 VHS)
The Aristocats (1996 VHS) Succeeded by
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (VHS)