Director: Burt Gillett
Release Date: December 5, 1931
Stars: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto
This box contains an endless quantity of little kittens which are taking over the house within seconds. Soon, the house is near complete destruction. This is partly Mickey’s own fault, because dressed up as Santa he gives the little brats toys like hammers, saws, drills, axes, guns and canons.
This is a real gag cartoon and the first of several Mickey Mouse shorts in which many brats cause havoc. No musical routine is involved, and as soon as the box of kittens is opened, the gags roll in like they never did before. The kittens even manage to give the ever cheerful Mickey and Minnie a dismayed look, albeit only at the end of the cartoon. The little kittens would cause havoc again in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ (1932) before being replaced by the little mice in ‘Mickey’s Nightmare’ later that year.
‘Mickey’s Orphans’ is the first of four Mickey Mouse Christmas cartoons, the others being ‘Mickey’s Good Deed’ (1932), ‘Pluto’s Christmas Tree’ (1952) and ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ (1983).
Watch ‘Mickey’s Orphans’ yourself and tell me what you think:
This is Mickey Mouse cartoon No. 36
To the previous Mickey Mouse cartoon: Mickey Cuts Up
To the next Mickey Mouse cartoon: The Duck Hunt