Monday, 23 May 2016

The Six Heads of Screwy Squirrel

Screwy Squirrel may be insane, but not so insane to avoid checking out the famous stripper, Gypsy Pose, in Happy-Go-Nutty. He stops in mid-air.

He gives the audience a knowing look. (Scott Bradley plays Lew Brown and Sammy Fain’s That Old Feeling in the background).

Ah, but it’s really a trap by Meathead the dog. When Screwy realises something is wrong, he turns to the theatre audience again.

There are a couple of anticipation drawings, then Screwy sprouts multiple heads in panic. The second “head” drawing is held for 12 frames (half a second), which is enough time for it to register.

Screwy twirls in mid-air and jumps off Meathead’s rifle and out of the frame. I didn’t realise until I froze the action for this post that the butt of the gun smacks Meathead in the chin.

Ed Love, Ray Abrams and Preston Blair animated this cartoon, released by MGM in 1944.

1 comment:

  1. The gag's kind of an extension and reworking of Avery's gag from two years earlier, where Bugs splits into pieces in his take when he sees the rifle of the Stephin Fetchit hunter in his face after getting him to fall off the cliff with the log bit.