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The Merry Kittens (1935)

Approved  |  Animation, Short  |  15 May 1935 (USA)
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Not exceptional...but cute....
26 September 2009 | by (Chicago IL) – See all my reviews

This cartoon is not only worth watching because of the participation of Shamus Culhane, but also because Burt Gillett is there, he of "Three Little Pigs" fame a few years earlier at Disney, and also the music score of Winston Sharples. I had no idea until recent times that Sharples was in the cartoon scoring game so early as 1932 for Van Beuren, which means he actually had a hand in shaping the timing for scoring the animated cartoons, as well as having a hand in other sound innovations. This cartoon, as do many others of this period and genre, lacks in a definitive direction as to what it wants to say and what direction it wants to travel in. But, sound was still in its infancy, and the novelty had yet to wear off in the 1930s when audiences, enduring the depression, simply went to the movies as a means of escape from regular cares and woes. Watching this short of kittens taking unfair advantage of a well meaning dog, who actually is functioning as their protector, causes one to feel a great deal of empathy for the dog. He dutifully endures abuse and pranks without losing his objective, and without walking away from the kittens and leaving them to their own designs. So, the come-uppance the kittens receive near the end is a welcome part of the scene, as many of these early cartoons ascribed to some sense of morals and ideals, especially those made after the codes started coming into place, taking away a measure of the "free for all" feel of some animated films, and steering them in a direction that seemed to be geared toward some values and principles. Worth watching, bearing in mind that these cartoon are of a different time and a different mind-set, when the world was younger, and generally a kinder, gentler place than what we have to-day. Even if the quality is not always top-shelf, they can be welcome throw-backs to that time and period. This one is a good one for younger kids to watch.

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