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Happy-Go-Nutty (1944)

The screwy squirrel escapes from Moron Manor, and is chased by the watch dog.


Tex Avery


Heck Allen (story)


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


The screwy squirrel escapes from Moron Manor, and is chased by the watch dog.

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Release Date:

24 June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A schtarb√©, schtarb√© et demi See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


On April 1st, 1997, Cartoon Network ran this cartoon for twelve hours straight (6 AM to 6 PM) as an April Fool's prank. See more »


Screwy Squirrel: [as Meathead chases Screwy, they pass the end title] Say, that was the end of the picture.
[They walk back to the end title card]
Meathead: Yup, that's it all right.
Screwy Squirrel: So long, Meathead.
Meathead: Goodbye.
Screwy Squirrel: Say, what was the idea of chasing me all through the picture?
Meathead: Because you're crazy. You think you're Napoleon, but you ain't. I am!
[Acts crazy]
Screwy Squirrel: You know, I like this ending. It's silly.
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Crazy Credits

Screwy Squirrel and Meathead are chasing when they stop in front of an end title card on a black background, with the words "The End" in green. They realize that it is the end of the picture. They say goodbye to each other and Screwy says "Hey! Before you leave, just what was the idea chasing me over the picture?". Meathead says "Because you're crazy. You take your appointment. But your ace. I'm crazy." Then Meathead begins to "screw" himself and runs from the cartoon breaking the title card. Then the screen zooms in to Screwy, who says "You know, I like this ending. It's silly". Then the cartoon ends and the typical "A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Cartoon" card appears. See more »


Followed by The Screwy Truant (1945) See more »


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Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Charles Tobias and Lew Brown
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Wonderfully nutty
7 September 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. Screwy Squirrel's second cartoon, after 'Screwball Squirrel', 'Happy-Go-Nutty' is just as good. There is not much happy here, but it is nutty, creative and despite its violent nature entertaining. Despite being a compelling, much more anarchic than his sweet appearance and funny character, as well as being charismatic enough to carry his cartoons as a lead character (as he does here), it is somewhat easy to see why Screwy didn't click and didn't last long, being a brash character with few sympathetic qualities. His opponent is a lot of fun.

Tex Avery does a wonderful job directing, with his unique, unlike-any-other visual and humour style all over it once again.

'Happy-Go-Nutty', as with 'Screwball Squirrel', is wonderfully over-the-top, very creative in its violent nature and some of it is hilarious (like the explosive apple, the telephone and the soda), avoiding the potential trap of being too cutesy.

Once again, 'Happy-Go-Nutty' as always with Avery is beautifully animated. The character designs are unique, Avery always did have creative character designs, and suitably fluid. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed.

Voice acting is very good. My only real complaint is that the cartoon ends a little too abruptly.

Otherwise, a great cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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