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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.


Burt Gillett (uncredited)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Pluto (voice) (uncredited)
Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Marcellite Garner Marcellite Garner ... Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


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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A scene where the kittens shoot cannon balls at a window and break chinaware has been deleted. See more »


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Cats, cats, and more cats
31 March 2000 | by Coolguy-7See all my reviews

In this cartoon, a woman is seen trudging through the snow on a cold and windy Christmas. She leaves a basket by the doorstep of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. A kitten pops out and Minnie picks it up. Soon, a whole bunch of kittens come out of the basket. I have two cats (and a dog) at home so I know what a handful they can be. But there must be about 10-15 kittens. Imagine how many litter boxes Mickey and Minnie would have to clean out. Mickey and Pluto come into the house dressed as Santa and a reindeer. Mickey hands the kittens a bundle of toys (most of which are axes, hammers, saws, cannons, and other destructive tools) and they go about destroying the house. Seeing this short made me be thankful that I only have 2 cats and they don't tear up the house (although one of them has scratched on one of our chairs). This was also the first Mickey Mouse short to win an academy award (I can see why can you?)

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Release Date:

9 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los huérfanos de Mickey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Powers Cinephone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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