Top 10 Christmas Specials #7 Bedtime for Sniffles

Out like a light, poor little guy.

Out like a light, poor little guy.

Admittedly, I’m kind of cheating again since Christmas specials didn’t really exist when this cartoon was made, but it’s a darling Christmas cartoon, so here it is.

In case you don’t know… Sniffles the Mouse was one of Chuck Jones’ super-cute creations.  He appeared in such cartoons as “Hush My Mouse”, “The Bookworm”, “Lost and Foundling”, plus a few with his name in the title… such as this one.

In this cartoon, the little mouse is trying to stay awake, so he can see Santa Claus.  Unfortunately, events conspire so that he falls asleep.  He puts on the kettle to make some coffee, but nods off while it boils; the whistle wakes him up.  Then he puts on the radio, but it plays “Silent Night,” and he nods off again.  Finally, he gets so tired that he sees himself asleep in bed and gives in.  The camera pans around to see that Santa has come and gone already.  But everything is so sweet, we don’t really feel disappointed.  Anyway, Santa only visits when we’re asleep, so Sniffles would have been a lot more disappointed had he achieved his goal.

It’s not particularly messagey, but that’s fine since we don’t need a sermon with every Christmas special.  Sometimes a cute story is enough, and for an 8-minute cartoon… well, it’s hard to argue with any of the details here.  In fact, look it up for yourself (


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