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"The Real Story Of The Three Little Kittens" Review (Posted on 03-06-2013)

Cats. Kittens. They're all over the internet—a source of warming the hearts and bringing a smile to those having a tiring day at work or school. However, I'm willing to bet many forgot the real story of kittens. No, it's not through scientific process of evolution, it's the fairy tale of the original Three Little Kittens who have lost their mittens.

Now before I continue, I want to remind folks that there will be some reviews on children's videos. I don't often review them, nor am I targeting them for discussion. Rather, they're here to be reviewed as a nostalgic piece of entertainment—fun cartoons that I hold deep in my heart, becoming a wonderful favorite during my youth. With that said, this happens to be one of them.

It's winter, and the kittens Tom, Dick and Harriet are focused on playing in the snow than going to school. When the antagonist, Freezelda decides to hire a bounty hunter, named Hoodwink, her offer of paying Hoodwink pure gold makes her job of hunting mittens that much easier. The plot begins: Freezelda's urgent need of mittens intensifies as she needs to keep her hands warm, with her fingers able to freeze anything and/or anyone that comes with contact with, as cold hands make the heart warm. Old Man Winter reminds Freezelda not to make winter cold and cruel. Choose the Vimeo membership that’s right for you.

Any parent(s) watching this are going to view one of their biggest fears: their kid(s) skips school to go out and play. The kittens get lost in the Fearful Forest, and a sudden twist made the kittens think that the stranger Hoodwink is a nice guy, thanks to their awful curiosity. Mother Cat, worried, now teams up with a few folks to help find her kittens, but they unknowingly never go through the Forest. Like every fearless mother, Cat pushes on and searches the kittens herself, until things fall apart for her, and begins losing hope. 'Lo and behold: Old Man Winter rescues Mother Cat and realizes Freezelda's antics have crossed the line. After ripping Hoodwink and Freezelda's kidnapping, the kittens are safe and sound, while Freezelda wallows in frustration and fires Hoodwink. To quote Old Man Winter:

"A warm heart is nothing to be ashamed of."


Old Man Winter brings the cat family back home, safe and sound. Mother Cat wasn't angry, but she's more relieved her kittens are safe than concerned about their skipping school. Moral of the story: stay in school and never trust a stranger. Poor Mother Cat; she sure had quite an exhausting day that day, so it's no surprise she'd be smiling at the end in pure relief.

Yes, it's a very basic story. However, I'm wondering what happened to the other folks who helped Mother Cat! Although they did offer some help with the other residents, the worry and concern among these townspeople wasn't seen. Another fatal mistake: as the kittens were saved, Mother Cat calls in Harriet and Tom, but her lips move as "Where's Dick?!" was being said, looking like she adopted Tom's voice. I'm not sure if Tom was supposed to say that line, or Mother Cat, but that was rather unusual (though this seems like a common mistake in animation). Other than that, I thought the story was told well. No character gets killed in this film. Included in this short movie are the singing of Three Little Kittens, which should bring back memories if you're familiar with the song. The ending could've been better. Maybe they could've had some of the townspeople happy and relieved that the cats are safe. In contrast, I thought it ended too quickly.

As mentioned earlier, this was one of my favorite cartoon movies as a kid. In fact, having watched this again I remember something: the moment Old Man Winter drops off the cat family at their house, and I hear the music playing soft violins and piano in the background, my heart would begin racing. As a kid that time, the moment I would hear that, I know the movie is about to end, as the kittens get all tucked up ready to sleep; I then begin crying. I cry harder the very second Mother Cat turns off the lights, and I'd suffocate in tears when I hear the soothing soundtrack of flutes playing during the credits. These were the words Mother Cat sang that made me emotional:

"♪ Okay little kittens, enough with the mittens. The time to sleep is night. ♫"

Yeah, I distinctly remembered those tears because, well, that's how much I loved this movie. Having watched it recently still made my heart tremble; those were the days indeed. Now I understand why the internet loves cats.

I'm sure this movie will make your sweet child smile. It's also adult friendly, so I'm sure you'll get a kick out of it, as did I. The characters—kittens and Mother Cat—are lovable and they grow on you. The music is fantastic, and I'd feel a whole lot better if there was an official soundtrack released for it. In addition, this was never re-released on DVD in some form or other, making this a very rare movie. Also, the tape itself only includes the film—no advertising whatsoever.

Because of the movie's adorable characters, I felt it had the potential of becoming a sequel for TV. We may be able to get a better feel for the characters had they pursued more adventures, and did much more (can do so had it been an episodic cartoon series). That being said, it's doubtful converting this into an animated series would rank up to classics like Sonic The Hedgehog or Garfield & Friends but it's worth a try, isn't it? If there are any animators and producers out there looking to jump into creating an animated series of some sort, I strongly recommend this. Like I said, the characters are lovable and you grow to care about them. Must plans be set to revive this wonderful classic, I will surely be the first in line to watch the first season(s). Help work on the animation? I wouldn't mind that either.

With excellent voice acting, especially from stars Lauren Bacall and Bryan Adams, this classic cartoon movie is sure to be one of the most memorable. Your child(ren) will enjoy the story. Along with great animation, a fun sing along and some therapeutic soundtracks, you will never go wrong with this. To those who remembered these classic cartoons as a child, this is an excellent trip down nostalgia lane. No reprints have been made to DVD nor any digitized movie download has been available to this day so get your hands on this while you can. Oh, and because this movie is taken place during winter, though not Christmas themed, it's an excellent feature to watch during the holidays.

In that case, at least you can't miss your favorite classics on DVD at the Warner Bros Online Shop:
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© 2008-2019 written and reviewed personally by Kris Caballero.

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Title The Real Story Of The Three Little Kittens
Description So you think the three little kittens are meowing over missing mittens? Not if you know The Real Story.

Tom, Dick and Harriet, a mischievous trio from Whiskers End, get more than they bargain for the day they skip school to play in the snow. Unfortunately, the kittens lose their way and wander into the Fearful Forest—domain of Freezelda the Ice Queen. In need of mittens made of kitten fur to keep her frozen heart from melting (cold hands mean a warm heart), Her Iceness has hired Hoodwink the Rat to find some furry felines—and the chase is on! Follow the kittens' wild romp through the woods and their daring escape. Part fairy tale, part adventure, The Three Little Kittens is "purrfect" entertainment.
ISBN / Bar Code number 0-307-14110-1
Video Format 1.33:1 (4:3) / Full screen
Audio Format Hi-Fi Stereo
Tape Count One (1)
Genre Family / Children's
Run Time Approx. 25 Mins. (actual time 26:31)
Language(s) English
Subtitles --
Closed Captioning None
Rated G (Suitable For All Ages)
VHS Release 1990
Specification Color
Production / Company CINAR Films IV and Company, Limited, Western Publishing Company, Inc., and France Animation S.A. (in association with Crayon Animation)
Product / Item Number #14110
Copyright © 1990 GOLDEN BOOK VIDEO and DESIGN is a registered trademark of Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Other Formats ????
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"The Real Story Of The Three Little Kittens" Credits

In association with
Crayon Animation

Peter Sander

Ronald A. Weinberg

Executive Producers
Micheline Charest
Jean Cazès
Nancy Steingard

Written by
Peter Sander
Peter Landecker
Diana West

With the voices of
Hoodwink..........Bryan Adams
Freezelda.........Lauren Bacall
Dick..............Judy Richards
Tom...............Mark Hellman
Harriet...........Mari-Lou Gauthier
Mother Cat........Susan Glover

Old Man Winter....Neil Shee
Wolves............James Rae
..................Brian Dooley
..................A.J. Henderson
..................Teddy-Lee Dillon

Milan Kymlicka

Associate Producer
Peter Landecker

Art Director
Pierre Houde

Layout Director
Raymond Lebrun

Layout Artists
Mary Ann Capling
Grislain Cloutier
Pierre Jarry
Guy Lamoureux
Raymond Lebrun
Sean Platter
Georgine Strathy

Background Artists
Colette Brière
Pierre Houde
Brenda Jones
Jodi Shuster

Storyboard Artists
Tim Deacon
Bernie Denk
Tim O'Halloran
André St—Amours

Animation Director
Donald Stearn

Character Designer
Julian Harris

Model Artists
Bernie Denk, supervisor
Jean Bannville
Campbell Drysdale
Victor Glasko
Jean Lacombe

Animation Assistants
Hélène Cossette
Danièle DeBlois
Eric Fredrickson
Bernie Mireault
Belinda Olford
Héène Racicot
Andy Tougas

Color Design
Joan Churchill, supervisor
Robin Bain
Lucie Belec
Janice MacLeod

Antonio Virgini
Wojtek Klis

Assistant Director
Elaine Gasco

Coordinating Producer
Keiko Mannion

Production Manager
Normand Rompré

Production Assistants
Edgar Bridwell
Maldwin Phillips

Lip Sync
Alaine Reinhardt

Animation Produced by
Crayon Animation, Inc.
William Litwack, director

Production Services
Spectrum Animation Studio
Norio Fukuda
Yukio Suzuki
Tsutomu Ishigaki
Yutaka Oka
Yukimi Umeda

Post-Production Supervisor
Barbara Parker

Music Editing
Milan Kymlicka
Alain Roy
Antonio Virgini

Supervising Sound Editor
René Beaudry

Recording Engineers
Alain Roy
François Deschamps
Pierre L'Abbé

Foley Artist
Lise Wedlock
René Beaudry

Diane Porlier

Sound Effects
Steve Wener

Sound Effects Pre-Mix
François Deschamps

Dialogue Editing
John Stafford
Dan Powell

François Deschamps

Assistant Engineer
John Nestorowich

Video Editing
Michel Forbes
Joey Vekteris

Sound by
CINAR Studios
Barbara Parker, director

Post-Production Coordinator
Giles Sander

Production Accountants
Don Teichroeb
Louise Marach

"Kitten Play Song"
"Three Little Kittens"
Lyrics by..........Peter Sander
...................Peter Landecker
...................Diana West

Music by...........Milan Kymlicka

Copyright CINAR SONGS 1990

Titles by
Michel Forbes
France Cloutier

Produced in association with
The Global Television Network,

A member of

The Canwest Global System

A CINAR/France Animation Coproduction

Copyright CINAR Films IV and Company, Limited
France Animation S.A. MCMXC

All other trademarks
are the property of
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Racine, Wisconsin 53404

Produced in U.S.A.