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Sniffles Bells the Cat
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Directed By: Charles M. Jones
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: February 1, 1941
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Rich Hogan
Animation: Ken Harris
Layouts: John McGrew
Backgrounds: Paul Julian
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Margaret Hill-Talbot
Marjorie Tarlton
Leone Ledoux
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Sniffles
Other Mice
Cat
Inchworm
Preceded By: The Fighting 69 ½th
Succeeded By: The Haunted Mouse
Sniffles Bells The Cat is a 1941 Merrie Melodies short film.

Plot

The impossibly naïve Sniffles gets volunteered by his buddies to bell a troublesome cat. Sniffles does his best to get the bell on the nasty housecat.  After several tries and narrow escapes, Sniffles accidentally bells the cat. Back with the other mice, he is now a hero. Sniffles tells them (while he crosses his fingers) that he demanded that "Mr. Cat" put the bell on.

Availability

Damaged Print

The Cartoon Festivals print is a damaged a.a.p. print where the a.a.p. logo plays first, then the 1947-49 rings open, instead of the 1946-47 rings, notice the light blue borders. The 1939-40 version of Merrily We Roll Along plays instead of the 1941-45 version. The print then changes to another print that says "Sniffles Bells The Cat". This is a MGM/UA print and probably was hacked off by United Artists in the 1980s.

This MGM/UA print airs in Cartoon Network and Boomerang Latin America and Tooncast, but with the altered a.a.p. opening cut. In other countries (including the United States), this print is thankfully not seen on TV anymore and has been replaced by the 1995 dubbed version on current TV airings.

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