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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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Wow, even my brother doesn't have that big of an appetite! See more (12 total) »

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)
Argentina:Atp | 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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This is the first Tom and Jerry cartoon in which Nibbles and Jerry work together, two-on-one, as a team, against Tom. Plus, it was Nibbles' second appearance. His first was The Milky Waif (1946).See more »
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Wow, even my brother doesn't have that big of an appetite!, 4 May 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

One of my personal favourite Thanksgiving cartoons, and very deserving of an Oscar. It has a simple concept, and works very well. The animation is absolutely beautiful and detailed, and the music is jaunty, playful and fun with some moments of beauty as well. The cartoon moves very fast, and is filled with sight gags that will delight the fussiest kid and adult, including one where Tom gets a fork in his bottom and when Nibbles eats a WHOLE chicken/turkey on his own. Even my brother doesn't eat that much and he used to eat a lot. And the characters are still as likable as ever, Tom is funny, Jerry is sweet and caring and Nibbles pretty much steals the cartoon not only with his cuteness but his appetite. Overall, a great Thanksgiving cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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