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Release Date:
22 June 1940 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A transitional film that somehow won the Oscar See more (6 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)
Bernice Hansen ... Mama Cat / Three Little Kittens (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Rudolf Ising 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maurice Day  uncredited

Produced by
Fred Quimby .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Scott Bradley (uncredited)
Production Management
Carman Maxwell .... production manager (uncredited)
Animation Department
Ray Abrams .... animator (uncredited)
Robert Allen .... layout artist (uncredited)
Pete Burness .... animator (uncredited)
George Gordon .... animator (uncredited)
Michael Lah .... animator (uncredited)
Carl Urbano .... animator (uncredited)

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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Was the first non-Disney cartoon to win an Oscar for Best Short Subject.See more »
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2 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A transitional film that somehow won the Oscar, 2 September 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

THE MILKY WAY is a bit of a transitional film from the schmaltzy cartoons of the 1930s and the more enjoyable and irreverent films of the 40s and 50s. Younger viewers might not know that in the 30s, many (way too many) cartoons were filled with sappy music and cutesy images and in many ways THE MILKY WAY is one of the last of these dreadful films. Considering that it was made by Rudolf Ising (who made a career of this style film), it isn't at all surprising that I hated the film. There's just so much singing and saccharine that I found myself wanting to see it infused with some Tex Avery sensibilities.

On the positive side, the animation was exceptional and showed that even before good writers and directors came to MGM's cartoon division in subsequent years, the animation was already stellar. In many ways, you could see the roots of the upcoming and very successful Tom & Jerry cartoons in this film. If only this film had an edge--it might have been a lot better. As it is, it's only a very pretty bit of treacle with a few nice touches.

Amazingly, it somehow garnered the Oscar for Best Animated Short. Apparently, the Academy were saps for this sort of stuff.

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