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Bedtime for Sniffles (1940)

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Christmas eve, and Sniffles is determined to stay awake to see Santa. Not an easy task.


(as Charles Jones)


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Sniffles is determined to stay up until midnight on Christmas Eve in order to see Santa Claus. As the time grows later, and his eyelids grow heavier, Sniffles desperately tries to rid his home of all sleep-inducing sights and sounds, but no matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to stay awake. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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23 November 1940 (USA)  »

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Edited into Tom and Jerry Christmas Special (1987) See more »


Joy to the World
(1719) (uncredited)
Music by George Frideric Handel (unconfirmed)
Lyrics by Isaac Watts (1719)
Arranged by Lowell Mason
Performed by unidentified voices
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Bedtime for Sniffles was a cute Christmas cartoon from Warner Bros.
8 December 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

"In about 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 47 seconds, Santa Claus will be here!" So says Sniffles, a cute mouse from Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons) during the '40s. He's trying to stay up late waiting for the bearded man in the fat red suit by drinking coffee, listening to the radio, etc. Will he succeed? Chuck Jones, the one animation director during this period of Looney Tunes-Merrie Melodies that didn't go for straight gags, takes his own sweet time in finding various ways to get Sniffles' attempting to stay awake as entertaining as possible for the next 6 minutes. Nothing hilarious here, just some mild chuckles but Jones succeeds in his goal. I was especially amused by one magazine ad that reminded the mouse of sleep that had a boy toddler in nightgown holding a candle with the slogan, "Time To Re-Tire" which was an actual one for the now-defunct tire company Fisk (there was still one in the Baton Rouge area when I first moved there in 1975). For fans of both Christmas cartoons and those made by the folks at Termite Terrace, I highly recommend Bedtime for Sniffles.

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