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Screwball Squirrel (1944)

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A screwy squirrel provokes a pedigreed birddog to chase him throughout the picture.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Wally Maher ...
Screwy Squirrel (voice) (uncredited)
Dick Nelson ...
Meathead (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Screwy Squirrel decides to hijack this cartoon from his friend, Sammy Squirrel, who wanted to tell a sweet story about him and his cute woodland friends. Instead, Screwy Squirrel wants to make the cartoon a battle of the wits between himself and a bird dog named Meathead. Despite Meathead being solely a dog that chases birds, Screwy Squirrel goads him into chasing him. Meathead can't let the insults from Scewy Squirrel go by without that chase. Screwy Squirrel seems to have Meathead's number as Meathead ends up on the losing end time after time when he tries to catch Screwy Squirrel. Ultimately, Screwy Squirrel provides the answer to why he is always one up on Meathead. Written by Huggo

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1 April 1944 (USA)  »

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Casse-noisettes et ses copains  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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First appearance of Screwball/Screwy Squirrel. See more »

Quotes

Screwy Squirrel: Now, let's see, what's the next thing I do to that guy? What is that next scene?
[Lifts corner of screen to peek at next scene]
Screwy Squirrel: Oh, yeah!
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Featured in Så er der tegnefilm: Episode #1.5 (2013) See more »

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Vintage Tex Avery
4 June 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first of several Screwball Squirrel cartoons. It's a real shame that this Tex Avery character never really took off, as I would have really loved to see more.

The cartoon begins with a cute little squirrel talking about the film and all his friends in the forest. Screwball then walks him away from the camera and beats the stuffing out of him and takes over the cartoon. He then phones and insults a bird dog so that through the rest of the film this hapless dog gets tortured repeatedly by Screwball. The film ends with the appearance of the same cute squirrel and BOTH Screwball and the dog pummel him!

The film is great because of all the Tex Avery touches--great over-the-top sight gags (such as catching the street car inside the tree) and the completely surreal aspects of the film. While it's not the best Avery cartoon (that might be SWINGSHIFT Cinderella), it is pure vintage Avery and fun for everyone but complete stick-in-the-muds.


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