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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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  (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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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 in the series, "The Milky Waif".See more »
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You have to consider the times, 5 May 2010
Author: bpatrick-8 from United States

Remember that "The Milky Way" was released in 1940, and that the likes of Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, and Bob Clampett were just beginning to develop a new style of cartoon that would catch on during the war years and basically bring an end to the cutesy genre that includes this film. Indeed, if a panel in 2010 had to pick the Oscar-winner from among this film, "A Wild Hare," and "Puss Gets the Boot," this one would definitely come in third. But the panel that awarded the Oscar to "The Milky Way" was doing so in 1940, so it's not fair to condemn them when that particular style of cartoon was still popular. Having said that, I will admit that parts of the film are a bit saccharine by today's standards, particularly the narration in song. But anyone who can look at those kittens and not find them appealing has a cold, cold heart in my opinion. In fact, anyone who says the artwork is Disneyesque is paying the film the highest compliment, given that Walt Disney is the gold standard of animation. Dreadful? Hardly. I'm as big a Bugs Bunny fan as they come, and I know that even edgier cartoons like "The Simpsons" and "South Park" have pushed the envelope even more. But I can take the eight minutes of "The Milky Way" and see it as a pleasant alternative to much of today's stuff.

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