The Milky Way (1940 film)
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|The Milky Way|
|Directed by||Rudolf Ising|
|Produced by||Rudolf Ising
|Distributed by||Loew's Inc.|
|June 22, 1940|
The Milky Way is a one-reel animated cartoon short subject, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres with the movie The Captain Is a Lady in 1940 by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. The short, produced and directed by Rudolf Ising and co-produced by Fred Quimby with musical supervision by Scott Bradley, explores the adventures of the "three little kittens who lost their mittens", as they explore a dreamland where space is made up entirely of dairy products (for example, the Milky Way is made of milk and the moon is made of cheese). Mars is depicted as a planet where shooting stars are made. The short won the 1940 Academy Award for Animated Short Film, and was the first non-Disney film to do so. Other shorts nominated in 1940 included A Wild Hare by Warner Bros., introducing Bugs Bunny, and the other MGM cartoon Puss Gets the Boot, with Jasper & Jinx, the prototype for Tom and Jerry. It was added as a bonus feature in the Marx Bros. DVD release of Go West (1940).
Three kittens, denied milk as punishment for misbehaving, sail up into the Milky Way in a hot air balloon. Once in the Milky Way, they find it a land of natural milk springs and gushers. The kittens proceed to happily gorge themselves on milk. However, it turns out to be just a dream.
- While re-issued in the 1950s, this is the only reissue to have its opening title cards still intact.
- Some showings of this cartoon are missing the milk geysers, which at the time was deemed too inappropriate for cartoons.
- This title was referenced in Milky Way Wishes from Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- Go West (bonus feature)
- Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners
- Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection, Disc 1
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