Sniffles and the Bookworm
Directed byCharles Jones
Story byRich Hogan
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
StarringMel Blanc
Margaret Hill-Talbot
William Days
Johnnie Davis[1]
Edited byTreg Brown
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byBob McKimson
Ken Harris
Rudy Larriva
Layouts byJohn McGrew
Bob Givens
Backgrounds byPaul Julian
Art Loomer
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • December 2, 1939 (1939-12-02)
Running time
8 minutes
CountryUnited States

Sniffles and the Bookworm is a 1939 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.[2] The short was released on December 2, 1939, and stars Sniffles the mouse.[3]

This is the third cartoon with Sniffles, although the plot is more in line with the "books come to life" entries from around this period.


Mother Goose characters come to life late at night in a bookshop, serenading Sniffles the mouse, and his bookworm friend (in his first appearance) with the swing song "Mutiny in the Nursery" by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren, until the Frankenstein monster intrudes.


  1. ^ Hartley, Steven (14 April 2013). "Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie: 268. Sniffles and the Bookworm (1939)". Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 96. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 136. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.