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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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Oscar winning Tom and Jerry cartoon has Thanksgiving theme..., 12 February 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

You can't say the Hanna/Barbera people didn't have imagination with their Tom and Jerry cartoons. This is an especially appealing one with great animation and an amusing plot about an orphaned mouse called Nibbles from the Bide-A-Wee Mouse Home who arrives on Jerry's doorstep with a note reading that he's always hungry.

This sets up a string of sight gags in which the tiny critter demonstrates his enormous appetite by eating every edible in sight on the Thanksgiving table prepared by Mammy Two Shoes. Of course their biggest chore is keeping out of sight of Tom after stealing sips of his milk, but he's soon roused out of sleep when a smack on Nibble's face sends food flying toward the sleeping Tom. Thereafter, the trio get involved in some madcap chases with some inventive touches involving the Pilgrim decorations and Tom wearing a feather duster turned into an Indian headdress.

Very amusing and richly deserving of the Academy's award.

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