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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)

Did You Know?

Later versions of this cartoon have had a scene cut. The scene, where Nibbles fires a candle that lands on Tom's tail, which consequently turns him black, followed by Nibbles sending a champagne bottle careering towards a still-black Tom and sending him hurtling towards a cupboard has been cut completely from these expurgated versions.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Life with Tom (1953)See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
'Nibbles' Does A Lot More Than That, 19 December 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Jerry is relaxing in his little house reading "Good Mousekeeping" magazine when someone knocks on his door (to the outside of the house). It's a little gray mouse with a note attached to it. It reads: "This is Nibbles, the little orphan you agreed to have as your guest for dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you, Bide- A-Wee Mose Home. P.S. He's always hungry."

Jerry's cupboards are bare so he and Nibbles wander outside the hole to cat (Tom) country, looking for food and drink.....and the trouble begins. All I can say is that this little creature has an appetite that's unbelievable!

Nothing super, but an entertaining short.

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