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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