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Scat Cat is a supporting character in Disney's 1970 animated feature film, The Aristocats.



Scat Cat was originally written for Louis Armstrong to voice him and was originally named Satchmo Cat. Unfortunately for Armstrong, he became ill and was unable to voice the character, leading to the decision to replace him with Scatman Crothers, rename him "Scat Cat" and write a new song "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat".


The Aristocats[]

One night, Thomas O'Malley brings Duchess and her three tired kittens to his penthouse, where he takes them all in with care and gives them a place to sleep. Jazz music can be heard from inside, and Scat Cat and his Alley Cats are introduced. While playing their instruments, Scat Cat and the gang all sing "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat". O'Malley and Duchess join in the fun, as do Berlioz, Marie, and Toulouse. During the song, O'Malley and Duchess perform a dance number, and Duchess sings a wonderful solo while playing the harp, which Scat Cat and the gang find so beautiful, soft, lovely, and romantic until they get back to playing their instruments (with the help of Scat Cat's trumpeting) and make their way out of the penthouse along with other alley cats.

Later, Scat Cat and the gang, upon being informed by O'Malley via Roquefort (the latter of whom nearly got killed by them due to getting the name wrong), come to rescue Duchess and her kittens from Edgar, a greedy butler who is "catnapping" the cats so as to inherit a great fortune. As Scat Cat and the alley cats rush to save Duchess and her kittens, they were also witnessed by a Frenchman proceeding to drink wine. He saw cats seemingly being chased by a mouse (Roquefort). Believing he was hallucinating, the Frenchman then poured his wine onto the ground, implying he is deeply considering to give up drinking alcohol.

After Scat Cat and the gang defeat Edgar, Scat Cat, along with the other alley cats, get adopted by Madame Adelaide Bonfamille at the end of the movie.

House of Mouse[]

In the show, Scat Cat, O'Malley, and the other alley cats were all a part of the popular band "O'Malley and the Alley Cats." However, as a running gag in the show, something or someone would prevent the band from playing.

Once Upon a Studio[]

In the short, Scat Cat joins in on playing the beginning notes of "When You Wish Upon a Star" on his trumpet with Alan-A-Dale on his lute, Mirabel Madrigal on her accordion, and Hathi, Jr. on his trunk when all the Disney characters were disappointed at the group photo being ruined. As they played the song, they joined the rest of the characters where they managed to take a perfect group photo.

Disney Parks[]

An orange version of Scat Cat once appeared at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in the 1970s and 80s alongside other colorful versions of his band.

Scat Cat also serves as the namesake of Scat Cat's Club at Disney's Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World and can be seen in a mural at the Center Street Coffeehouse at Tokyo Disneyland.


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  • Scat Cat resembles an older version of Berlioz, which makes sense as they both wear red ribbons. However, Scat Cat is grey and has a white patch on his face around his eyes and nose, and Berlioz is completely grey.
  • Scat Cat shares the same name and voice actor with the antagonist of the titular avians of the short-lived live-action Hanna-Barbera series The Skatebirds.
  • Scat Cat's voice actor Scatman Crothers also provided the voice for Hong Kong Phooey in the Hanna-Barberra series of the same name.
  • Scatman would later go on to voice Crazy Legs, another animated singing feline, in Don Bluth's very first production, Banjo the Woodpile Cat.

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Cancelled projects: The Aristocats IIThe Aristocats: The Animated Series

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Deleted: Pourquoi?Le Jazz HotMy Way's The HighwayHow Much You Mean to Me/Count Me SlowlyShe Never Felt Alone
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