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There's a reason they call him "Nibbles."
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The Little Orphan is a 1949 MGM cartoon directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, starring Tom and Jerry.

This episode is set at Thanksgiving. Jerry is hosting Nibbles, a baby orphan mouse, for the holiday. Unfortunately Nibbles' massive appetite causes him to start raiding the elaborate Thanksgiving dinner set out for the humans of the house. Even more unfortunately, Nibbles draws the attention of Tom, which leaves Jerry having to keep Nibbles from being eaten.

Second appearance of Nibbles in the Tom & Jerry shorts, after The Milky Waif.


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  • Ash Face: Tom is charred head to toe by a candle flung at his tail.
  • Big Eater: Nibbles is not only a mouse but a baby mouse, and he still manages to swallow an entire orange in one gulp. Later he removes all the flesh from a turkey.
  • Blackface: When this cartoon first ran in theaters there was a racist gag in which Nibbles throws a candle at Tom and winds up turning him black. This is cut out of later airings.
  • Cowboys and Indians: While Jerry and Nibbles dress as Pilgrims, Tom dresses as an Indian and attacks them.
  • Dinner Deformation: Nibbles swallows an orange twice his size whole, taking its shape.
  • Foodfight!: Eventually Tom and Jerry are flinging food at each other.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: The coup de grace on Tom has Nibbles using a champagne bottle as a literal bottle rocket, which carries Tom into a cupboard. He raises a white flag immediately after.
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  • Heartwarming Orphan: Nibbles is awfully cute, even if his appetite causes problems for Jerry.
  • Mammy: Mammy Two Shoes is briefly glimpsed setting the Thanksgiving dinner table.
  • Pain-Powered Leap: In true Tom and Jerry tradition, Tom does one after getting a fork to the posterior. On the way down, he screeches to a halt in midair to take the fork out before he lands on it.
  • Punched Across the Room: Jerry does this to Tom with a spoon.
  • Soda Can Shakeup:
    • When Tom had Nibbles cornered, Jerry pulled the string on a champagne bottle, causing the cork to fly and hit Tom in the face.
    • Nibbles sets off another bottle aimed backwards, causing it to propel at Tom.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: A Tom & Jerry episode centered around Thanksgiving.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Tom flings a fork and manages to pin Nibbles to the dinner table by his diaper.

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