animated cartoon The Little Orphan © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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The Little Orphan

Jerry Mouse comes to the knocking of his outdoor mouse-hole, finding Nibbles waiting for him with a note. Nibbles is the orphan from ‘Bide a Wee Mouse Home’ that Jerry promised to have as a guest for Thanksgiving Day. So Jerry and a hungry Nibbles make their way quietly out to Tom’s milk dish and then, the dinner table.

Created by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Language: no dialogue
Country of Origin: USA
Directed by: Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
Produced by: Fred Quimby
Musical Score by: Scott Bradley

animated cartoon The Little Orphan © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)This scene, were a candle landing on Tom’s tail turns him blackface, has been removed from some versions of the film. Also removed from these versions is Tom getting smacked across the room with a champagne bottle (while still in blackface): all the viewer gets to see is Nibbles launch the bottle and the aftermath. In other versions the scene of Tom being burnt has been retrofitted; with him still wearing a singed version of the Indian headdress over the top of the stereotyped hair.

Mammy Two-Shoes' brief appearance has also been cut out of some versions of the short.

This short won the 1949 Oscar for best short subject/cartoon.

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