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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Chuck Jones's first star

Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA
6 August 2007

Chuck Jones's "Naughty But Mice" is mostly worth seeing as a historical reference: it was the first cartoon starring the cute-by-any-measure mouse Sniffles. In this case, he sneaks into a drug store looking for a cold remedy. It burns his mouth, and so he drinks whiskey to cool off...and only succeeds in getting drunk (why do cartoon characters like to booze themselves up so much?), at which point he befriends an electric razor (they had electric razors all the way back in 1939?). The razor then has to rescue him from a cat.

Overall, not much happens here that I didn't predict; I guess that it took Jones a year or two to come up with really clever ideas. I can see why cute Sniffles eventually disappeared to make way for a certain acerbic rabbit and the later characters.

Like I said: worth seeing to see who was Jones's first star, but not for much else.

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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Cutesy and dull

Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom
15 November 2003

A mouse arrives at a chemist's shop with a head cold looking for a remedy. He takes some medicine that burns him and drinks some whiskey to help stop the burning sensation but it only succeeds in making him very drunk. While drunk he befriends an electric razor and bumps into the store cat.

Starting with a cute animation that makes it look more like those worthless cartoons that get shown at Christmas time, I was immediately put on the defensive. Usually I like the cartoons that have a sharp, imaginative wit about them and I assumed this wouldn't have that. Sadly I was bang on the money with this one as it turns out to be as lame and unimaginative as the animation style suggested it would be.

The comedy was a little bit amusing at times but it never really did anything worth while – the plot itself doesn't really make use of the cat and spends more time with a humming friendly razor (to no good effect). I didn't laugh once and didn't find any of it even halfway amusing. A big reason for this is the lack of characters. The little mouse is just a little ball of fluff and the electric razor is just weird and not really given anything to do of any merit. The cat is a waste of space who is easily gotten rid of in a gag that is seen coming from miles away.

Overall this is an unfunny little cartoon that lacks wit or imagination. You would do well to avoid this cartoon and look for some of the much better WB shorts that are out there.

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1 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Chuck Jones wasn't always good...

Author: Russell Christiansen ( from Warrenville, IL USA
6 May 2001

And this cartoon proves it. It's a tiring cartoon that makes one want to sleep. Sniffles comes across an electric razor who has a cold as well as he does, and it all seems so droopy and melodramatic. I don't see the humor in these cartoons at all.

Thank heavens Chuck Jones changed later on. I do not like Sniffles at all!

* out of ****

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