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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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Rather sadistic...and I liked it!
4 September 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was nominated for Best Animated Short in 1932. While it didn't win, it is one of the few Mickey Mouse cartoons so honored, as the Academy tended to pick more artsy fare such as Disney's Silly Symphonies for the award. It's a shame, really, as Mickey's cartoons were always good and always important to the genre.

In this sadistic little cartoon, some old lady leaves a basket on the doorstep as Mickey, Minnie and Pluto are inside getting ready for Christmas. When they find the basket, out jump about 30 kittens and they turn out to be totally awful--destroying the home and making nuisances of themselves. Apparently, Mickey and Minnie are gross enablers and do nothing to stop them from literally destroying EVERYTHING and instead give the horrible cats a merry Christmas. It's all very cute and sadistic--lots of fun but not exactly deep or memorable.

Very good black and white animation and songs, this one is fun but far from Mickey's best. I think the kittens were the reason this was singled out by the Academy--especially since LEND A PAW (featuring Pluto and Mickey) did win the award in 1942 and it was also about an orphan kitten rescued by Pluto.

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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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