Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Smackdown!: The Aristocats vs. The Aristocrats

In this corner: The Aristocats

The Aristocats

Premise: The beloved, pampered housecat of a retired opera star in 1910 Paris finds herself stranded in the countryside with her three children, the victims of a plot by their owner's butler to cheat them out of a huge inheritance. They must find their way back to their home and owner, with the help of an independent-minded tomcat and other animal accomplices, while evading the butler and foiling his plan. (Via the IMDb.)

Pros: Better than Catwoman.

Cons: Made at the time when Disney animation was really getting crappy. Plus, I once had a strangely realistic dream that I was being smothered by a cat, so this brings back some really bad memories.

And in that corner: The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats

Premise: The filthiest joke in the world, told over and over and over again.

Pros: C'mon, it's the filthiest joke in the world!

Cons: While filthy, it isn't actually, you know, funny.

Winner: A draw, if only because I hope that one day, some clueless parent goes into Blockbuster to rent his kid The Aristocats and comes out with The Aristrocrats by mistake. Now, that's comedy.


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Peter said...

Reminds me of a friend whose parents are farmers in Illinois; his dad is the stereotypical grumpy Midwest farmer. They rented "Quills" one night, thinking it was... well, I'm not really sure what they thought it was, but they definitely think it was a cerebral take on the Marquis de Sade! So my friend got this grumpy phone call from his dad: "Your mother and I rented "Quills" the other night! Growl Growl grr hrmph grr rrr..."

Anyway, accidental movie rentals - good stuff!

Grammarian said...

If anyone is interested, the cast of the movie can be found here:

I hadn't realized it, but Carrot Top is in it. I don't know if I could survive listening to him tell this joke.

The guy I really would have liked to hear tell it is Buddy Hackett.