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Nibbles (Tom and Jerry)

Nibbles
Tom and Jerry character
Nibbles pats in delight after gobbling the whole turkey in The Little Orphan.
First appearance The Milky Waif (1946)
Last appearance Robin Hoodwinked (1957)
Created by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voiced by See below
Information
Species House Mouse
Gender Male
Family Jerry (Uncle)
Relatives Muscles Mouse (cousin of Jerry)
Uncle Pecos (Uncle of Jerry)

Nibbles (also known as Tuffy) is a fictional character from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. He is the little, blue/gray, diaper-wearing orphan mouse whose cartoon debut came in the 1946 short The Milky Waif. Nibbles was later featured in the 1949 Academy Award-winning short The Little Orphan.

Contents

  • Origin and development 1
  • Featured cartoons 2
    • Tom and Jerry 2.1
    • The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show 2.2
    • Tom and Jerry Kids 2.3
    • Tom and Jerry Tales 2.4
    • The Tom and Jerry Show (2014) 2.5
  • Voice actors 3

Origin and development

The character's first actual appearance came in the 1942 comic book Our Gang Comics #1, where despite his diaper, he was presented as a peer of Jerry rather than a younger individual. In the comics, the gray mouse's name was given as Tuffy Mouse from the start.

When the smaller Nibbles design was introduced to animation in 1946, the comics' Tuffy was retconned to match, almost immediately shrinking in size and age, although the name Tuffy was retained. In the comics, Tuffy remained a peer of Jerry with no familiar relationship to him. But in 1953, the animation writers decided to change his on-screen relationship to Jerry. He became Jerry's nephew in Life with Tom.

Now it was the cartoons' turn to retcon, changing the screen name Nibbles to Tuffy in the 1957 cartoon Feedin' The Kiddie. The character was thus named Tuffy in all English-language media from 1957 through the 1980s.

Tom and Jerry comic books have been out of print in the United States since 1991. Not surprisingly, as time passes, fewer English-speaking staffers working on modern Tom and Jerry products remember the comics and the continuity they introduced. For this reason, the character's name has sometimes changed back to Nibbles in new product, notably the Tom and Jerry movies, Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring, and the new TV series, Tom and Jerry Tales. The reference books Hanna-Barbera Cartoons by Michael Mallory and The Hanna-Barbera Treasury by Jerry Beck refer to the character only as Nibbles, without mentioning his alternate name at all.

On the other hand, the recent movies Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes and Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz all use the name Tuffy.

The 1952 cartoon Two Little Indians further adds to matters by actually using two little gray mice, which hints at the existence of both Nibbles and Tuffy, but this is the only such instance.

Nibbles is more often a speaking character than Jerry. In the "Mouseketeer" sub-series, he spoke mostly in French, resorting to English whenever a gag depended on it. The only exception to this was Robin Hoodwinked where he talked purely in Saxon English and had a different, rougher voice. He looked somewhat more mature in Hoodwinked as well, despite the fact that he still wore his diaper. The Mouseketeer shorts almost always featured sequences in which Nibbles got drunk. In his last appearance in Robin Hoodwinked, he is also shown to be drunk as the cartoon comes to a close.

In the Tom and Jerry Tales episode "Cat Nebula", Nibbles appeared as Jerry's sidekick and had a younger voice. Strangely, he spoke in a more feminine French accent in the non-Mouseketeer Tales episodes "Cat Show Catastrophe" and "Cat of Prey". In another Tales episode "Babysitting Blues", Nibbles was actually portrayed as a real baby who could not speak, though it is unknown if this was really Nibbles or another nephew of Jerry's. He also spoke in his French accent in A Nutcracker Tale, whereas in Meet Sherlock Holmes he speaks in British cockney.

In his normal appearances, Nibbles is typically hungry and has the ability to eat huge amounts of food in one sitting. He often angers Tom and Jerry when he eats a table full of food or steals theirs just as they're about to bite in. When making his cartoon debut in The Milky Waif, Nibbles' first motion is to point at his mouth, indicating hunger—as a letter announces "P.S. He's always hungry."

Although Jerry cares for Nibbles, he is usually annoyed by Nibbles's antics which often get him in trouble with Tom. Coincidentally in every short except Mice Follies, Jerry gets mad at Nibbles whenever he does something dangerous or reckless.

Featured cartoons

Tom and Jerry

The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show

Tom and Jerry Kids

  • Mouseketeer Jr.

Tom and Jerry Tales

  • Cat Nebula
  • Cat Show Catastrophe
  • Cat of Prey (cameo appearance)
  • Sasquashed
  • DJ Jerry (cameo appearance)
  • Babysitting Blues (appears as a baby)

The Tom and Jerry Show (2014)

  • Haunted Mouse
  • What a Pain
  • Tuffy Love
  • Just Plane Nuts
  • Pets Not Welcome
  • Cruisin' for a Bruisin'
  • Hunger Strikes
  • Say Cheese

Voice actors

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