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Three Orphan Kittens

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : October 26, 1935

Running Time : 8:55


Three kittens are heartlessly abandoned during a snowstorm. They try to take refuge in a nearby house and playfully begin to tear the house apart.


Three Orphan Kittens
Mammy Twoshoes


Dave Hand
Asst. Director
Jack Cutting
Bob Wickersham
Fred Moore
Hamilton Luske
Ken Anderson
Bill Cottrell
Joe Grant
Frank Churchill
Lillian Randolph
Marcellite Garner


Academy Award winner (Short Subjects - Cartoons)

Cut Scenes

A black doll exclaiming "Mammy!" was cut out of this short.


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Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures


From Jerry Edwards : Three kittens are discarded in a snow storm, but find refuge in a warm house. After several mishaps that result in broken dishes, the kittens are about to be thrown out by the maid. But the little girl of the house rescues the kittens by asking to be allowed to keep them. The unusually high animation design and use of perspective is considered the key to this short winning the Oscar. Although nicely done and enjoyable, I just don't consider this short Oscar quality. I would have chosen Music Land myself.
From Ryan : Overall this short was good. I thought it was kind of cute. One thing that puzzles me is that the mother was black and her daughter was white. How the heck did this happen? Perhaps she was adopted.
From Ettore D'Agostino : In this short the use of perspective is extraordinary. in some sequences look at the background: it's not stationary, it moves while the point of view changes. The movement of the camera is not so complicated such as in the ballroom sequence from Beauty And The Beast, but they had not CGI technologies.
From Baruch Weiss : This was the first of three shorts starring the politically incorrect maid Mammy Twoshoes. Although a similar maid appeared in the 1943 short Figaro and Cleo she was known as Aunt Delilah; perhaps she is a sister to Mammy Twoshoes!

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