Mickey’s Orphans (1931)

Mickey’s Orphans Review

Mickey’s Orphans is a 1931 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It was nominated for an Oscar.

Mickey and Minnie receive a basket loaded with kittens on Christmas Eve. The two are happy to adopt them, but the kittens eventually prove to be a nuisance. This is a film that is thematically great with excellent score and some gags are really fun. The characters are solid here with Pluto being the highlight. The kittens are also fun.

The animation is really great in my opinion, not exactly in its character design, but more in its interiors and overall pleasant looks to it. But the plot is lacking. Yes, the first third or so is really good, but from then on it quickly goes downhill and is just loaded with action after action which quickly gets tiresome. It is a fun flick, but it could have been much better had it had more plot and much better gags. It is excellent for Christmas because of that type of music and it must be fun for children, but I wanted stronger humor and plot.

Mickey’s Orphans did not deserve its Oscar nomination and thankfully it lost to ‘Flowers and Trees’. It is a solid, charming film, but lacking in strong gags.

My Rating – 3.5

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