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Screwball Squirrel (1944)

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

Director:

Tex Avery

Writer:

Heck Allen (story)
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Cast

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casse-noisettes et ses copains See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Connections

Referenced in Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Tex Avery's Zaniest Character
8 July 2003 | by stp43See all my reviews

MGM asked Tex Avery to develop a running character to rival Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera's Tom & Jerry, and Avery, who was gag-oriented as a director, developed a character suited to his style of animated comedy, Screwy Squirrel.

The cartoon features Avery's brand of superbly-timed and edited gags revolving around the chase theme universal to cartoons, but two gags display Avery's aversion to running characters and also hurt the cartoon's quality. Both involve a saccharine-sweet squirrel straight out of Disney central casting who is viciously pummeled to death, first by Screwy, later by both Screwy and the dog who's been chasing him throughout the short. The gratuitous nature of these assaults is repellent and unfortunately common to cartoons of the 1940s; unlike the physical gags elsewhere in the cartoon, these scenes are not done for laughs, but for sadistic joy and as such are unnecessary and ugly.

This is not the best entry in the five-short series for Screwy Squirrel, but it is a good start.


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