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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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Won Oscar. See more »
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Okay, But Oscar-Worthy? No See more (8 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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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Okay, But Oscar-Worthy? No, 2 June 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is dated, big-time, with most of the "narration" done is song and in the old-fashioned harmony of the '30s singers. It's a trip through space by three little kittens in a makeshift air balloon.

The three little kittens had lost their mittens, so it was no milk and an early bedtime for them. They gaze at the stars, see the Milky Way, and figure if they could get up there, they'd have all the milk they want. So, with the aid of a basket and three balloons, they head up into the heavens.

Where the film must have impressed Oscar voters was the depiction of the cheese-filled moon, comets, shooting stars from Mars, the big and small dippers, and all the variations of milk products in the Milky Way. All of those were portrayed fairly cleverly, but nothing exceptional. In fact, the whole thing looks pretty primitive and one wonders what kind of competition there was for the award that year. To have this win an Oscar is very puzzling. It's okay, but that's it.....just okay. I mean, it's a "cute" cartoon but not funny.

I saw this as part of a Marx Brothers DVD which a double-bill with "Go West" and "The Big Store."

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