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The Milky Way (1940)

The Three Little Kittens tie helium balloons to a basket and travel up to the Milky Way, which is filled with all the milk they can drink.

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Mama Cat / Three Little Kittens (voice) (uncredited)
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The three little kittens have lost their mittens and are sent to bed without dinner. From their room, they see the Milky Way and sail up to it, using a basket and helium balloons, passing through some fanciful astronomical bodies, until they reach a Milky Way filled with every conceivable form of milk, including milkweed and Milk of Magnesia. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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22 June 1940 (USA)  »

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Die Milchstraße  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Erroneously listed as a Tom & Jerry cartoon in several sources, including a 1980's Tom & Jerry publicity handout, possibly because of a similarly titled cartoon of theirs, The Milky Waif (1946). See more »

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Featured in Animation Lookback: Hanna-Barbera Part 1 (2010) See more »

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While a decent cartoon, it probably shouldn't have won the Oscar.

This cartoon is done reasonably well, is enjoyable enough and worth seeing, but, although I can understand why it won (monumentally cute with well-drawn backgrounds and the closest thing to a Disney style short that was nominated), I don't think it should have. It's competition included the very first Tom and Jerry and a Bugs Bunny directed by Tex Avery. The Tom and Jerry should have won hands down. The Milky Way has some nice touches, but the other two were more interesting and more novel for the time. Oh, well. The Academy has got more right than wrong in Animated Short over the years. This one shows on The Cartoon Network from time to time.


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