The Golden Touch (1935)

The Golden Touch poster

Walt Disney Productions
Starring:
 Billy Bletcher
Directed by: Walt Disney

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: An animated retelling of the King Midas story in which the King gets his wish to be able to turn everything to gold.

Cartoon Cat: When the short opens, King Midas (voiced by Billy Bletcher) is counting his gold coins. A black and white cat wearing a neck ruff is sitting on the counting table, tieing and untieing his tail in a knot.

The Golden Touch - black cat with knot in tail sitting beside King Midas

The Golden Touch - black cat sitting beside King Midas

The Golden Touch - black cat tying tail into knot beside King Midas animated gif

As the camera comes in, the cat notices it and backs away, growling.

The Golden Touch - black cat and King Midas looking at camera

The Golden Touch - black cat backing away and growling at camera with King Midas

Midas is visited by an elf named Goldie, which surprises both the King and his cat.

The Golden Touch - Goldie elf scaring black cat and King Midas

Goldie demonstrates the golden touch by changing the cat into gold.

The Golden Touch - Goldie elf about to touch black cat with King Midas

The Golden Touch - Goldie elf turns black cat into gold

The Golden Touch - black cat being turned to gold by Goldie elf animated gif

When Goldie removes the curse from the cat, the cat runs away.

The Golden Touch - Goldie elf changing black cat back and King Midas

After being given the golden touch, Midas is eager to try it out. He then sees the cat, who is washing himself nearby.

The Golden Touch - black cat licking paw

The Golden Touch - black cat washing front leg animated gif

Midas calls to the cat, who is understandably nervous. The cat slinks away until Midas shouts for him to come, then the cat runs.

The Golden Touch - black cat looking startled

The Golden Touch - black cat looking shocked

The Golden Touch - black cat looking scared

The Golden Touch - black cat scared animated gif

The Golden Touch - black cat sneaking away

Midas chases the cat out of the castle and up a tree. After banging into the tree and changing it into gold, all the apples fall from the tree, having been turned into gold. The cat then falls out of the tree and hits Midas on the head. The cat has again been turned into gold.

The Golden Touch - black cat running out of castle

The Golden Touch - black cat being chased by King Midas down steps of castle animated gif

The Golden Touch - black cat running up tree

The Golden Touch - King Midas looking at gold cat

Final Mewsings: The only thing more precious than a gold cat is a living and breathing cat.


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