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Screwball Squirrel (film)

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Screwball Squirrel
Directed byTex Avery
Produced byFred Quimby (uncredited)
Story byHeck Allen
StarringWally Maher
Dick Nelson (both uncredited)
Music byScott Bradley
Edited byFred MacAlpin (uncredited)
Animation byPreston Blair
Ed Love
Ray Abrams
Layouts byClaude Smith (uncredited)
Backgrounds byJohn Didrik Johnsen (uncredited)
Color processTechnicolor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 1, 1944 (1944-04-01)
Running time
6 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Screwball Squirrel is a 1944 animated cartoon short directed by Tex Avery. It was released on April 1, 1944 and the first appearance of Screwy Squirrel.[1][2]


In a forest full of animals is one Sammy Squirrel, he is gathering nuts until Screwy Squirrel steps on one. Sammy tells Screwy about his cute cartoon and all of his cute friends including Barney Bear, but Screwy doesn't want to hear about it and takes Sammy behind a tree and beats him up.

Screwy then talks about how bored he is and goes into a phone booth to ring up and annoy someone. He calls Meathead, a pedigree bird catching dog and goads him into chasing him. Meathead soon arrives furious with Screwy. Screwy then starts pulling and twanging his nose.


  • LaserDisc - All This and Tex Avery Too!
  • LaserDisc - The Compleat Tex Avery
  • DVD - The Thin Man Goes Home
  • Blu-ray - Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, Disc 3
  • Blu-ray/DVD - Tex Avery Screwball Classics: Volume 1


While Wally Maher voiced Screwy Squirrel and Sammy Squirrel,[3] animation historians believe that Dick Nelson provided the voice of Meathead.[citation needed]


  • Adamson, Joe (1975). Tex Avery: King of Cartoons. De Capo Press. p. 219. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


  1. Adamson (1975), pg. 219.
  2. "Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Screwy Squirrel". www.toonopedia.com. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  3. ""Hello All You Happy Tax Payers": Tex Avery's Voice Stock Company -". cartoonresearch.com. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.

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