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 is a 1944 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.


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. Sniffles continues to give Orville piggyback rides, unaware 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.
  • According to Cartoon Research, the original titles had the song "Time Waits for No One" playing over them.[1]
  • During the montages of Sniffles giving Orville piggyback rides, Orville references The Lone Ranger's quote "Hi-Yo Silver!", complete with "William Tell Overture" (appropriate for a Western theme) playing over these montages.
    • There are a total of five of these montages; with two of them taking place in spring, and one each taking place in summer, fall and winter.





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