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The Milky Waif (1946)

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Jerry finds himself in charge of a foundling mouse called Nibbles, who is eager to steal milk from Tom's bowl and oblivious to the danger.

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Uncredited cast:
Lillian Randolph ...
Jerry (voice) (uncredited)


Jerry is awakened from a nightmare by a knock on the door: someone has left a foundling in a walnut shell with a note, giving his name as Nibbles and saying he needs lots of milk. Fortunately, there's a dish handy, but it's next to Tom. Nibbles scurries out and dives off Tom's nose, then grabs a whisker for balance, waking Tom up. Jerry grabs him just in time and they hide under the milk. Tom laps up some milk and gets Nibbles; Jerry rescues him, and they run for the hole. Next, they try a very long straw; Tom catches them and sucks Nibbles through the straw. Much chasing follows, with a pause now and then for some milk. Tom traps Jerry in a milk bottle and chases Nibbles a while; he finally corners Nibbles and spanks him with a flyswatter. Jerry is so enraged he burst out of the milk bottle and lets out a ferocious roar; he grabs Tom by the tail and thoroughly pummels him, then stands over him as Tom feeds Nibbles milk. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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milk | nibbles | straw | bottle | foundling | See more »


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Release Date:

24 March 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den forslugne mus  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first appearance of Nibbles (later known as Tuffy). See more »


Follows Puttin' on the Dog (1944) See more »


I'm Nobody's Baby
Music and Lyrics by Milton Ager, Benny Davis and Lester Santley
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Flawed, but cute and funny
24 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am well aware this is our introduction to Nibbles, and The Milky Waif is a cute and funny cartoon even with the flaws. Some of the editing is a tad choppy occasionally, and the ending verges on the ridiculous, yet there is still a lot to like. The animation is really nice, and the music is energetic and rousing. The sight gags and chase scenes are cleverly constructed and get a lot of laughs from me. Tom is likable enough, Jerry is cunning and caring and Nibbles steals the show just by how adorable he is.

Overall, it is a flawed Tom and Jerry cartoon, but it is still thoroughly enjoyable and has the cute factor about it. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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