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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: Well, that's the end of him. You people want in on a little secret? You wanna know how I tricked that guy all through the picture?
[a second Screwy Squirrel appears]
Screwy Squirrel: [Both of them] We was twins all the time! Ha ha ha ha!
[Two Meatheads appear, each taking a hold of one of the Screwys]
Meathead: [Both of them] So was we. Ha ha ha ha!
Sammy Squirrel: My cartoon would have been cuter.
Screwy SquirrelMeathead: Oh, brother, not that!
[They all beat up Sammy]
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Connections

Followed by Happy-Go-Nutty (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Taps
(uncredited)
Music by Daniel Butterfield
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One of Tex Avery's attempts at developing a continuing character.
17 November 2002 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

Tex Avery preferred doing one-shot cartoons as opposed to using a regular character or characters. He was more interested in the gags than anything else. Studios, of course, want something recognizable to the audience, to developing continuing interest and thus sell more tickets. So Avery, because MGM wanted him to come up with a character to rival the Tom and Jerry shorts done by the other principle unit at the studio (Hanna and Barbera) came up with Screwball Squirrel.

While Screwy was a decent enough character, the trouble was that he was too limited, too much a one-note character. He was a walking sight gag. There were five cartoons done with Screwy before the series ended, in typical Avery style, with Lonesome Lenny. The Screwy cartoons are funny, but also too predictable. The first one, here, opens wonderfully with a lighthearted (or maybe not) shot at cutesy little animal cartoons that were staples at "other studios" for years and takes off from there. This is probably the best of the series. Well worth watching. Most highly recommended.


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