Screwball Squirrel (1944) – Screwy Squirrel Cartoon Series

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Screwball Squirrel

Screwball Squirrel

CotD: Screwy Squirrel first appeared in Tex Avery’s “Screwball Squirrel” from 1944. Contray to popular beleif, the directer did NOT voice Meathead.

Screwball Squirrel (1944) – Screwy Squirrel Cartoon Series

Cute little Sammy Squirrel is out looking for nuts when he meets Screwy Squirrel. Poor little Sammy gets beaten up behind a tree, but Screwy reassures us that we wouldn’t have liked the short anyway.

Screwy then insults Meathead, a pedigreed bird dog, who chases him around through the rest of the short. Screwy continuously provokes Meathead with violence and non-stop action.

When Meathead prepares to crawl through a hollow log while chasing Screwy, he sees the squirrel at the other end of the log holding a baseball bat. Meathead: “Duh- you’re not going to hit me with that bat, are you?” Screwy, looking at the audience, replies: “What do you think?” Later, Meathead is so tired and banged up from being the recipient of gag after gag that he begs for the cartoon to be over.

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