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William Hanna (written by) and
Joseph Barbera (written by)
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Release Date:
30 April 1949 (USA) See more »
The Bide-a-Wee Mouse Home has sent the orphan mouse, Nibbles, to spend Thanksgiving with Jerry. But Jerry's cupboard is bare... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Joseph Barbera 
William Hanna 
Writing credits
William Hanna (written by) and
Joseph Barbera (written by)

Produced by
Fred Quimby .... producer
Original Music by
Scott Bradley 
Animation Department
Ed Barge .... animator
Kenneth Muse .... animator
Ray Patterson .... animator
Irven Spence .... animator
Richard Bickenbach .... layout artist (uncredited)
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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-3 (2004) (cut) (DVD) | Finland:S (2000) (cut) (DVD) | Finland:S (1981) (uncut) (video) | Finland:K-8 (1976) (uncut) | South Korea:All | USA:Approved (PCA #13132)

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As this short starts, Jerry is reading "Good Mousekeeping" magazine - a spoof of Good Housekeeping magazine and a similar title of another Tom and Jerry cartoon, Mouse Cleaning (1948). The note on Nibbles' shirt reads: This is Nibbles, the little Orphan, you agreed to have as your guest for dinner on Thanksgiving Day Thank you, "Bide A Wee Mouse Home". [bottom line & in red letters] PS: He's Always HungrySee more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Fast, funny, beautiful to look at, 13 February 2008
Author: Wayne Malin ( from United States

Jerry gets a little orphan mouse named Nibbles for Thanksgiving dinner. The problem is Nibbles LOVES to eat and Jerry has no food. So him and Nibbles have to sneak around to get food without Tom getting them.

I'm no big fan of Tom & Jerry cartoons. I find the cartoon violence in most of their shorts way TOO violent. Also I happen to love cats and Tom is always the one being hurt. Still I do like this one. It's just beautiful to watch with bright strong colors and the violence has been toned down (a little). Also the views of the huge Thanksgiving meal set out for the humans are actually mouth-watering:) And Nibbles isn't TOO cutesy. Fast and funny. Recommended.

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