CotD: Here’s one I know you all like– Tex Avery and “Screwball Squirrel” from 1944
Screwball Squirrel (1944) — Screwy Squirrel Theatrical 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.