On this day in 1931, Disney's Christmas-themed short Mickey's Orphans was released. In this 7-minute cartoon, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are celebrating the holiday when a bunch of orphan kittens are left on their doorstep in a basket. Although they are overwhelmed with the felines, Mickey & Minnie attempt to throw them a Christmas party.
Directed by Burt Gillett, the short features the voices of Walt Disney (as Mickey) and Marcellite Garner (as Minnie). It is the first Mickey short to be nominated for an Academy Award.
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