Thursday, August 18, 2016

Looney TV: Screwball Squirrel (1944)

The only reason an MGM character like Screwball Squirrel falls under the heading of "Looney TV" is because WB now owns the rights to ol' Screwy, who was last seen cavorting with Tom & Jerry in a DTV DVD 3 years ago.

Screwy was the creation of Fred "Tex" Avery, who was looking to develop something akin to WB legends Daffy Duck & Bugs Bunny for MGM. Sadly, Screwy lasted just 5 shorts and was presumably killed off, only to return years later in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?". Dark Horse Comics acquired a license to adapt Screwy for comics, which led to a 3-issue miniseries. Unfortunately, it must not have sold enough copies to warrant any continuation.

Anyway, let's go back to 1944 and the debut of Screwball Squirrel:

Typical Tex, but in this case, badly underappreciated.

Rating: A-.


Goldstar said...

There was one more attempt to revive Screwball Squirrel made by Hanna-Barbera in the 1990s. Screwy was an added attraction in H-B's Saturday morning series Droopy, Master Detective on Fox Kids, which was itself a spinoff of H-B's Tom and Jerry Kids. Here, Screwy was voiced Charlie Adler. Droopy, Master Detective only ran for a single season. The character made no further appearances that I know of.

It's ironic that Tex Avery himself was not overly fond of the character. One interview stated that Tex would toss away fan mail without reading because he saw Screwy's picture drawn on it.

hobbyfan said...

I read about the Screwy appearances on Droopy Master Detective. Also read that Slappy Squirrel on Animaniacs was based on Screwy. The mind boggles.