Lost and Foundling
Lost and Foundling
Directed By: Chuck Jones
Produced By: Eddie Selzer
Released: September 30, 1944
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Ben Washam
Robert Cannon (uncredited)
Ken Harris (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Marjorie Tarlton (uncredited)
Leone Ledoux (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Sniffles
Orville the Hawk
Preceded By: Plane Daffy
Succeeded By: Booby Hatched
Lost and Foundling

Lost and Foundling

Lost and Foundling is a 1944 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Sniffles.


Sniffles hatches an egg that he found at his home. It hatches into a chick and, names it "Orville", and raises him as his own. Much to his shock he discovers that it's really a mouse-eating hawk. Orville finds out as well - but upon realizing that Sniffles has raised him from egghood, Orville couldn't bear to bring himself to eat Sniffles, until he notices this in a book that falls right in front of him: A CERTAIN SUPERIOR HAWK DOES NOT EAT RODENTS - THIS HAWK IS EASILY IDENTIFIED BY A SMALL RED SPOT UNDER HIS RIGHT WING. Much to the relief of both Orville and Sniffles, Orville doesn't have to eat Sniffles if he has a red spot under his right wing - which is proven to be true. The cartoon ends with Sniffles continuing to give Orville piggyback rides, though a brief shot at the end before the iris-out reveals that Orville had faked the red dot under his wing using some red paint tucked in his tail feathers.


  • We learn that in this cartoon Sniffles has a closet labelled "Sniffles Baby Clothes" full of diapers, possibly highlighting the character's childlike nature.
  • During the montages of Sniffles giving Orville piggyback rides, Orville references The Lone Ranger's quote "Hi-Yo Silver!", complete with William Tell Overture music (appropriate for a Western theme) playing over these montages.
    • There are a total of five of these montages seen; with two of them taking place in spring, and one each taking place in summer, fall and winter.