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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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Won Oscar. See more »
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The Milky Way is still a pretty charming cartoon for any little kids out there See more (7 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)
David Treffman .... 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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The Milky Way is still a pretty charming cartoon for any little kids out there, 8 June 2015
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

This cartoon was notable as the first not from the Disney studio to win the Academy Award. It depicts three kittens who are sent to bed without supper because they lost their mittens. One of them sees the Milky Way up in the stars and decides to go up there to get some milk with the other two coming along. I'll just now say this was quite charming and imaginative and if you were a child who loved cartoons, this one was probably one of the cutest shown on afternoon TV during the '70s when one came home from elementary school. Rudolf Ising was the producer/director of this one and it doesn't look that much different from what his former employer Walt Disney was still making along this time. So on that note, I recommend The Milky Way for any animation buff out there.

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