A series of gags hung on a football game. The running gag is a baby licking an ice-cream cone; the portly man sitting next to him keeps stealing licks. We see the warmups (a kicker punts ... See full summary »

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A series of gags hung on a football game. The running gag is a baby licking an ice-cream cone; the portly man sitting next to him keeps stealing licks. We see the warmups (a kicker punts sitting in a chair; three other kickers break into a chorus line). The coin flip: the players pile on. The kickoff: the ball stays put and the man holding it is kicked. A re-kick: one player is used like a golf club by another. Some razzle-dazzle on the scrimmage line. The QB fades (literally) for a pass. Half-time: a quick show by the marching band; the team beats up their coach; a cheerleader rallies his team's supporters: one man. Second half: A touchdown run is interrupted for a commercial announcement; when completed, a cheerleader literally yells his head off. A quick montage of action, then the final gun which comes from the ice-cream tot, finally fed up with his neighbor. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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you can see why football is such a violent game
6 January 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In one of the many early Looney Tunes cartoons not featuring Bugs, Daffy, Porky or Elmer, a football game gets as wacky as possible. Even though I've never been into football, "Screwball Football" is still really funny, just because they never repeat a gag, so the whole thing keeps coming at you.

I understand that Tex Avery's cartoons were a semi-inspiration for "The Mask", and one can see it here with some of the tricks. Some of what happens is actually a little bit predictable, but how they pull it off makes it all worth it. Available on the Looney Tunes website.

That was a pretty crazy baby!


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