|“||Cats? Cats inherit first? And I come after the cats? Me after... It's not fair! I mean, each cat will live about twelve years, and each cat has nine lives, thats four times twelve multiplied by nine times...Anyway, much longer than I'll ever live. I'll be gone...No, oh no, they will be gone.||„|
|~ Edgar after listening to Madame Adelaide' inheritance plans|
Edgar Balthazar is the main, but sole antagonist of Disney's 20th full length animated feature film The Aristocats. Although he started off as the friendly butler of Madame Adelaide de Bonnefamile, Duchess' owner, he quickly turns treacherous when he overhears her plan to leave her fortune to Duchess and her kittens, prompting Edgar to come up with a plan to get rid of them and inherit the wealth for himself.
Edgar is very sneaky and manages to get away with his crime without Madame Adelaide noticing, yet when they manage to return he is forced to come up with a second plan: ship them off to Timbuktu. However, he is defeated by the heroic tomcats and ended up being shipped off to Timbuktu himself when he falls into the crate during a final battle.
Getting rid of the cats
After hearing that Madame Adelaide will inherit all her fortune to her cats, he plans to get rid of them. To ensure this, he puts sleeping pills in the cat's food. Delivering the food to the cats as their dinner, he leaves them until they have eaten it all. Roquefort the mouse, who is a friend of the cats, is also invited to eat and, being much smaller than the cats succumbs to the "Creme de la creme a la Edgar" as well, but is ignored by Edgar. At night, Edgar smuggles the Baudelaires out of the mansion and drives off with his motorcycle, so paranoid about his actions that he accidentaly drives into a dubway station on the way.
After having left the city, Edgar drives by an old mill, where the two dogs Napoleon and Lafayette are attracted to him due to the noise of his motorcycle. To avoid the dogs, Edgar drives off the road and through a river, thereby losing the basket containing the cats. Unexpectedly, Edgar temporarily loses his motorcycle to the two dogs but eventually gets it back. Still pursued by the dogs, who have obtained the sidecar of the motorcycle and Edgar's hat, he eventually escapes, not without crashing into the mill first. Edgar then heads back into the city.
When the cats awaken in the wilderness, Toulouse tells his mother that Edgar did this to them, but she brushes him off, claiming that Edgar would never do such a thing.
The same night, Madame Adelaide wakes up to find her cats gone. Her screams awaken Roquefort, who sets out to find them. When talking to Madame Adelaide's horse Frou-Frou, he witnesses Edgar entering the stable in high spirits. Unaware that the animal understands him, Edgar brags about his act, showing her the newspaper headline, in which his kidnapping of the cats is called a job of a genius. Claiming that the police won't find any evidence that could compromise him, Edgar vows that he will eat his hat if they do. However, he then realises that he in fact lost his hat, umbrella, basket (which Duchess and Kittens were contained before the skirmish with Napoleon and Lafayette) and the motorcycle sidecar at the crime scene. Distraught, he plans to return to the mill at night to retrieve his hat to prevent anyone from finding out what he did.
Equipped with a fishing rod, Edgar then once again drives off at night, this time closely followed by Roquefort, who has hidden in Edgar's tail light. However, during the ride Roquefort is shaken out of the light and left in the streets of Paris. Edgar returns to the mill to find Napoleon and Lafayette asleep in the sidecar and the casket the cats were left in, with Napoleon wearing Edgar's head, The dogs are awoken by the squeaking of Edgar's shoes but decide they only heard a cricket bug. Edgar then tries to get the hat back by using his fishing pole but after failing two times, Napoleon holds the hat with his paws while asleep. To get to the hat, Edgar rubs the dog's belly while he is asleep and is indeed able to retrieve the hat.
He then tries to get the casket as well, but Napoleon wakes up to see the casket, with Lafayette inside, being lifted into the air. Edgar then drops Lafayette into the sidecar, but when he tries to get his umbrella as well, he accidentally activating the sidecar's horn and wakes up the dogs. Edgar then drives off, having successfully retrieved all his possessions.
With the help of Thomas O'Malley, Duchesse and her kittens return to Madame Adelaides mansion. Roquefort sees them from a window and is delighted, but realises that he has to do something about Edgar so he ties his shoelaces together. As the cat door is barred, the kittens start meouwing. When Edgar hears this, he is shocked and quickly gets up, only to fall down. Using the oppurtunity Roquefort runs to the window and tries to get the kitten's attention to tell them to run. However, although they see him they don't understand what he is trying to say and Edgar puts the kittens in a sack directly after letting them into the house.
However, before he can do anything he is forced to hide the sack in the cold oven, as Madame Adelaide enters the hall, having heard their cats as well. Believing the cats to be outside, Adelaide orders Edgar to open the door to let them in, but sees that no one is waiting outside. After a moment, Adelaide is forced to admit that no one is outside. While Edgar is occupied with Adelaide, Duchesse is able to communicate with Roquefort, who sends him to find Thomas O'Malley.
Edgar then locks himself into the stable and locks the cats into a chest, planning to send them to Timbuktu. He is however stopped by Thomas O'Malley and Frou-Frou, who desperately trie to prevent him from bringing the chest outside. Furiously, Edgar chases O'Malley with a pitchfork but is eventually forced to fight Scat Cat and his alleycats as well. After Roquefort has managed to open the cage, Thomas O'Malley jumps into the crate to help Duchesse and her kittens but Edgar closes it again, still intending to ship them to Timbuktu. To prevent this, the alleycats with help from Frou-Frou keep Edgar occupied long enough to be able to open the crate and after Thomas and the other cat's have jumped out, Frou-Frou kicks Edgar into the crate, shutting it close. The shipping company then arrives and, seeing only one possible crate, take the crate containing Edgar to ship him to Timbuktu.
The next day, Madame Adelaide finds that Edgar is gone and, believing that he has left her service, writes him out of her will.
- When the Nostalgia Critic reviewed The Aristocats for his "Disneycember", he wrongfully stated that Edgar wanted to get rid of Duchess and her kittens because "He hates cats. He's allergic to them and can't stand them.", But he was actually bothered by the fact of Edgar abandoning them in the wild and the fact of doing said thing is an "old-fashioned cliche". He said "Did people actually do this? What the f*** was wrong with people in those days?". In his Top 11 Nostalgia Critic F***-Ups Part 3, he admitted to the mistake, but said that it didn't make the film any stronger and pointed out the lack of logic of leaving the fortune to the cats in the first place.