Toy Trouble (1941)
Sniffles the mouse and his friend the Bookworm try to evade a cat in a the toy department of Lacy's department store.
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Excellent, a Must See
This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
Chuck Jones is widely considered one of animation's finest directors/animators and for very good reason. When he was at his best, his cartoons were masterpieces of animation, comic timing, characterisation and wit.The Sniffles cartoon series were very early efforts for Jones, and, while they are interesting from a historical perspective, it is safe to say that from personal opinion they really don't see him at his best. There is somewhat of a still finding his feet feel here, with the humour once he became a regular director for the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons becoming much funnier, more constant and wittier and the characterisation far more interesting.As far as the Sniffles cartoons go, 'Toy Trouble' is one of the better ones. It is predictable in terms of story, with it not being hard to figure who will get the upper hand, and has moments where it's a little too saccharine, a tendency with the Sniffles cartoons.On the other hand, 'Toy Trouble's' animation is very good. It is lush and vibrant in colour and meticulous and beautifully drawn in detail. The character designs are fluid, well drawn and distinctive Jones, if not the creative ones of his very best cartoons. Carl Stalling's music is lush and characterful, with clever orchestration and a mastery of not just adding to the action but enhancing it as well (Stalling was a near-unequalled master at this, though Scott Bradley gave him a run for his money).'Toy Trouble' is likable and fun enough and Sniffles is more compelling here with a well-meaning personality while making mistakes. The bookworm is appealing and the cat is an amusing and crafty foe.In conclusion, very nice Sniffles cartoon. 8/10 Bethany Cox
This cartoon has stuck with me all my life. I've even drawn upon it as a classroom teacher. The essential brilliance is the contrast between the two menaces. As Sniffles and the bookworm wander about the toy store, they are stalked by the store's cat. But when they turn a corner, they are threatened by the mechanical duck. The cat is rational: it wants to kill and eat. It's dangerous, but it has a motive, and thus there's a certain predictability to it that can be used to evade or defeat it. The mechanical duck, on the other hand, is entirely irrational, therefore unpredictable. In "real life" it would be the familiar child's pull toy. But Jones portrays it from a low angle, so that it looks huge. I always found it very scary.
i know a lot of people on this site consider SNIFFLES too annoying or too cute( i have NO idea why). the animation is 1st rate and the way sniffles talks a-million-words-a-minute is hilarious!don't miss one of the funniest scenes in animation--- when the wind-up toy duck chases sniffles up and down the toy store. yes, sniffles is passed off as being cute---but, practically all animation was like that in the 1930's and 1940's. i believe his other cartoons shine as well. such as, in another cartoon, sniffles befriends an electric razor and the electric razor somehow gets drunk and was singing to the tune of "how dry i am" .to me, it is a terrible shame that cartoons like this are not made anymore.god bless you,CHUCK JONES, for wonderful work!---STEVEN PAUL LYNCH
This is a very cute cartoon starring Sniffles and his friend the inchworm. However, despite excellent production values, I have a hard time enjoying this cartoon because the character of Sniffles is so gosh darn annoying! In fact, he is one of the most cloying and sickeningly sweet characters ever created by Looney Tunes. I think most of this is because of his cutesy-cutesy voice, but also because they tried so hard to make him sweet and likable that the character became saccharine and difficult to stomach. My advice is to skip this and all other Sniffles cartoons and concentrate on the later and much better Warner Brothers characters, such as Bugs Bunny.By the way, although I saw a lot of Sniffles cartoons as a kid back in the early 70s, I have noticed that they are rarely shown on TV today--maybe people have wised up!