The Hunchback of Notre Dame is this week’s feature movie on Animation Monday. The movie was released during what is viewed now as Disney’s second decline in animated movies. Things were starting to move from hand-drawn animation to computer-aided and then finally computer-animated movies. Given the size of Disney’s animation department, Disney was slow to adapt to this change. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released in 1996 when hand-drawn animated movies still had a place in theaters. Like Mulan and Hercules, it was a box office success. The film grossed $325 million on a budget of $100 million.
Welcome to Animation Monday and this week, we dive into the 20th movie released by Walt Disney Animation Studio….The AristoCats. The AristoCats premiered on December 11, 1970 before a full release on Christmas Eve in 1970. The film had a budget of $4 million dollars but made lots of money for the studio with a box office take of $55.7 million.
This film was one of only four films released by the studio in the 1970s along with Robin Hood, The Rescuers, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Like many animated movies of the time, The AristoCats is a short movie coming in at only 78 minutes in length.