The Aristocats was one of the funniest Disney films at the time of its release in 1970. Thanks to the creatively written characters, every furry friend and all the quirky humans are surprisingly funny. Some more than others, but all of them have their moments. Maybe that’s because it’s a film written by 7 people? While most projects with so many cooks in the kitchen would fail, The Aristocats is a great example of many cooks making for an amazing feast! Now, it’s time we count down the top 10 funniest characters in The Aristocats. So, enjoy the journey down this wonderful memory lane!
Voice By: Sterling Holloway
“Funny” isn’t the first word I would use to describe Roquefort. When I think of this lil’ rat, the adjectives that pop up are as follows: humble, helpful, heartwarming, cute and determined. I mean, as a character, he doesn’t necessarily fall into the “funny” category, right? However, he is kind of like a cool uncle, who just have a witty and somewhat funny behavior to him. Thus, I couldn’t leave him off the list.
Roquefort’s Funniest Moment: Screaming “QUIEEEEET!” whilst trying to crack open a lock to save Duchess and the kittens. It’s so unexpected, yet so fitting of the no BS character that is Roquefort. In addition, I absolutely love how Edgar and the cats stop fighting after Roquefort yells at everybody. It leads to a great shot and makes for a well-rounded humorous scene.
Voice By: Dean Clark
There’s an elegance to Berloiz and his funny bone, isn’t there? His humor is subtle, and most of his funniest moments are one-liners. Like, do you remember when Berloiz got stuck with his brother and sister? When Marie calls herself a “princess”, Berloiz replies by saying “You’re nothing but a sister.” Best of all, it’s delivered without any emphasis on his comments, and thus the scene becomes very funny. In a way, you could say that Berloiz is somewhat sarcastic and often finds himself being unintentionally humorous. In turn, he’s a pretty funny kitty cat!
Berloiz’s Funniest Moment: “You’re nothing but a sister.” It’s a scene well-structured, and it’s a comment nobody would’ve seen coming. Just like I mentione above, the sarcastic sense of humor that Berloiz has made for some truly great moments; this being one of them.
8. Abigail & Amelia Gabble
There’s much fun to be had with Abigail and Amelia, who just love to gabble. Whether they’re talking about the weather, their creepy uncle Waldo or making fun of Tom O’Malley while he’s drowning, these sisters have a lot to say about everything! It’s safe to say that these two geese don’t think before speaking, which leads to many funny scenes, especially between the sisters themselves. While they only appear in the film for a short period of time, they are a welcomed addition, especially because they are comedic relief characters, through and through!
Abigail and Amelia’s Funniest Moment: Watching Thomas O’Malley “trying to swim”, while actually drowning. It’s a well-executed scene, one that actually feels fitting. In turn, the funny intro of the geese comes full circle, showing exactly how easy and breezy they approach life, never taking anything too seriously.
7. Thomas O’Malley
Voice By: Phil Harris
He’s the cool alley cat, with the gift of gab, and a saucy personality to match. His voice is like smooth jazz and the way he struts his stuff is like watching cabaret on a runway. He’s the one with the big heart. The one who cares when others don’t, and he who helps the ones in need, when other’s won’t. I’m obviously talking about Abraham Delacey Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley, the alley cat!
When it comes to O’Malley’s funny bone, he’s all about witty remarks, amplified by his badass and cool nature. I mean, he’s literally cool with most things. In all honesty, the only things that highten his blood pressure are seeing others in danger, dancing and The Duchess. In turn, his laid back persona makes for some truly funny moments. Sometimes he’s flustered when he’s around Duchess, other times he comes with clever comments that make him look like the one smart cat in the room. Whether he is or isn’t doesn’t matter. What matters is that he can make you believe every word he utters, whether he’s joking or not.
Thomas O’Malley’s Funniest Moment: His introducion song. It’s a heartwarming moment in a way, as this unknown alley cat struts his stuff, while trying to be suave and smooth with the Duchess. While it’s not gut-wrenchingly funny, it put a smile on my face as Thomas O’Malley was genuinelly trying to be cool, and it worked. He’s subtle sense of humor and way of being in the present is underrated. His introduction had everything. It was simply a perfect scene.
Voice By: Roddy Maude-Roxby
How do you go from being a well-mannered butler for a rich woman, to being a money hungry cat-abductor? Do you have no consience? Well, apparently he doesn’t, but guess what? Edgar got what was coming to him, as he became the punching bag for cats, dogs and everything in-between. Isn’t it lovely when justice come’s a’knocking? I, for one, absolutely enjoyed Edgar’s demise, and his suffering at the hands our furry friends was simply excellent!
What made Edgar funny was his awkward nature and his gut-wrenching interactions with our Batman and Robin. I’m of course referring to Napoleon and Lafayette. Like, what a duo, right? From their constant bickering to their Looney Tunes way of chasing after Edgar, the two dogs made the butler funnier than he would’ve been otherwise. I mean, Edgar is rather bland as a character, but as a comedic relief character, he does check many boxes, whether he likes it or not. In turn, Edgar’s funniest moments come from his interactions with others.
Edgar’s Funniest Moment: Every single interaction Edgar had with Napoleon and Lafayette, as it reminds me of The Looney Tunes! The wacky chase sequences, the goofy things that end up happening, and the crazy conclusions. Simply put, it’s always super funny whenever this trio hits the screen!
5. Georges Hautecourt
Voice By: Charles Lane
It’s rare for a lawyer to be depicted this goofy and unusually happy; it’s a breath of fresh air, is it not? While I might be overreacting, the reason Georges Hautecourt is funny is because he’s a lawyer who genuinelly has a good vibe and constantly does wacky things. It’s like he would be perfect as a character in a sitcom, with his easygoing appearance and fun-loving behavior.
Georges Hautecourt style of comedy is definitely physical, meaning that the funniest things he does are done physically by using his body. It’s a great fit in a movie where physical comedy is the primary source of laughter.
Funniest Georges Hautecourt moment: Trying to make his way up the stairs with the help of Edgar. It’s a really silly sequence of unfortunate events. All of it works, and it’s a beautiful way to lighten the mood early on, before the story takes a darker turn.
Voice By: Liz English
If you enjoy sarcastic and arrogant style of comedy, then look no further than Marie. She’s the sassy white kitten with pink bows, who’s hell-bent on convincing you that she’s a proper lady. While Berloiz thinks that she’s merely “a sister”, I believe that in due time Marie will become a bit more ladylike. However, that’s not the case in The Aristocats. In this film she’s recognizable for her cocky behavior, snarky comments and humorous reactions to things. In fact, she’s the only character that provides this particular type of comedy, and thus I’ll commend the her for that!
What truly makes Marie stand out is her behavior towards her two brothers. It’s like she does not like either of them, but tries to get along because she has to. It’s a very relatable, childlike, quality that we can all understand. While it’s nothing new or special, it’s really well executed. With great writing and solid voice acting, Marie’s comedic value is greatly elevated. Therefore, she gets the 4th spot on my list of the top 10 funniest characters in The Aristocats.
Marie’s Funniest Moment: When the cat siblings get stuck, Marie says that she’s a “lady”, and that she’s going to show how much of a lady she is. It results in Marie fighting with Berloiz. It’s a funny moment as a lady wouldn’t fight, now would she? So, Marie is essentially showcasing that she’s in-fact not a lady, while claiming to be one. It’s a case of not really knowing what a word means, and using it without the proper context.
Voice By: Gary Dubin
Toulouse is the most childish character in The Aristocats. Whether he’s paw-painting or acting out his dream of being an alley cat, he’s the lil’ brother-type character who makes everything unintentionally hilarious. It doesn’t matter what he does, it’s about how he does it. Toulouse simply has a way of making every scene funny, and that makes him a great source of comedy.
The reason Toulouse doesn’t rank higher is because a pair of dogs got in the way! While I think it’s debatable whether Marie and Toulouse are funnier than Lafayette and Napoleone, I feel it isn’t that difficult of a decision. I stand behind it. And while comedy is subjective, objectively speaking, Lafayette and Napoleon were genuine comedic relief characters that were added simply to make us laugh. With that said, I am happy to give the 3rd spot to Toulouse!
Toulouse’s Funniest Moment: Whenever he starts spitting and acting like an “alley cat”. The way he bounces on all fours, with his hairs standing up, it’s a
Voice By: George Lindsey
Lafayette is the Robin to Napoleon’s Batman. In turn, he’s a bit of a punching bag. He’s mostly used as a “crutch” for Napoleon’s jokes – a role that he plays perfectly. With that said, he’s the one setting up Napoleon’s jokes through “stupid” comments and “silly” behavior. It’s actually a very good pairing, having Lafayette set up Napoleon, so it works beautifully. Nevertheless, I should add that Lafayette has many funny moments just by being his heartwarming and cute self. Thus, he works as a complimentary character, while also having enough moments alone to be genuinelly humorous.
Lafayette’s Funniest Moment: When he backs into Edgar’s shoes and then walks underneath Napoleon without knowing. This leads to a really funny moment, and it was Lafayette’s setup that made it so hilarious.
Voice By: Pat Buttram
I take no pleasure in splitting up Napoleon and Lafayette. It’s like seperating Tom & Jerry, am I right? Sure, the two dogs might not be as iconic, but a dream team they are indeed! With that being said, I find Napoleon and Lafayette to compliment one another really well. Whenever a joke is set up by Lafayette, the “leader” Napoleon is quick with a response or a fist to the head in order to complete the joke. Therefore, you can’t mention one pup without the other!
So, maybe you’re wondering, what exactly makes Napoleon so funny? Simply put, he is the A-side of comedy in The Aristocats, and by that I mean he’s debatably the funniest characters in The Aristocats. With his quick-wit with comedy, and lack of wit with logic, Napoleon is a funny dog, through and through. It doesn’t matter what he’s doing, as the voice actor does half the work already. It’s in the raspy and broken line delivery, but also in the clever physical comedy that makes Napoleon stand out like a sore thumb. With that said, Napoleon gets the 1st place on my list of the top 10 funniest characters in The Aristocats!
Napoleon’s Funniest Moment: Whenever he insults or punches Lafayette in the head and says “AAAAIIIII’M THE LEADEEEER!” Honestly, it cracks me up everytime.
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