PUSS IN BOOTS (1934)
Article 4698 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Ub Iwerks, Shamus Culhane and Al Eugster
Voice cast unknown
What it is: Comicolor cartoon
A boot-wearing cat decides to help a young man win a princess after the latter saves his kittens from drowning.
This animated version of the classic fairy tale takes the basic premise of the fairy tale and builds its own assortment of gags around the concept. The end result is more mildly whimsical than outright funny. The ogre is the most interesting character here, as the hero or the cats don’t really have a lot of personality, and that’s probably why most of the gags involve him. There’s a running gag involving the cats playing tic-tac-toe, often on parts of other characters’ anatomy. If there’s any lesson here, it’s that it’s not a good idea to let a bunch of angry kittens get into your pants.