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Mickey's Orphans (1931)

At Christmastime, Mickey Mouse, Minnie and Pluto are beset by an enormous litter of bratty orphan cats.

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... Pluto (voice) (uncredited)
... Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Marcellite Garner ... Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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Christmas; Mickey and Minnie are singing carols. Someone drops a basket on the doorstep that has what seems like hundreds of kittens; they quickly overrun the house. Mickey dresses as Santa, with Pluto as a reindeer, and brings gifts for the kittens. The kittens form a marching band, using kitchen implements; other kittens take saws, hammers, and other tools to the furniture. A kitten uses his toy steam shovel to drop a hot coal down Mickey's pants; two more come up with a toy fire engine. Mickey unveils the tree; the kittens swarm over it and strip it bare. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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9 December 1931 (USA)  »

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Entertaining and makes me feel Christmassy inside
24 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Mickey's Orphans is one of the first, perhaps the first, Christmas-themed Mickey Mouse cartoon, and is a very good one. Of the Disney Christmas shorts, my favourites are Mickey's Good Deed, Donald's Snow Fight and Pluto's Christmas Tree. True, it does use the formula of little children/animals causing chaos that we've seen with Orphan's Benefit, Orphan's Picnic, Mickey's Revue and Mickey's Nightmare, but to me this is one of the better cases of Disney using this formula. The only real complaint actually is that Mickey and Minnie don't seem to show any anger or concern over the antics of the little kittens. I can understand why they don't want to make Mickey angry, in The Pointer for example he got mad at Pluto and I have heard of people who were turned off by that, but for me it just seemed rather unrealistic. If it were a character like Donald Duck though, a character who is easily frustrated, things would be different. However, the animation is great, the black and white is shaded beautifully and, apart from the kittens changing size occasionally, everything is detailed and clean. The standout animation were with the life-like snow effects and the Christmas tree, which still looked genuinely festive even without colour. The music is energetic as ever, yet puts you in the mood for the festive season and makes you all warm and cosy inside. The Silent Night sequence is incredibly heart-warming. Mickey's Orphans doesn't forget to be fun either. The gags see the kittens sawing up couches, knocking over vases and shooting down dishes, but the best one was the one with Mickey and Pluto pretending to be Santa and a reindeer, which is both hilarious and delightful. Mickey and Minnie are likable enough, though I do wish their actions were more realistic at times, Pluto is energetic and the kittens for all their naughty behaviour are very cute indeed. On the whole, very entertaining and heart-warming short. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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