The gang gets together in the second half of the cartoon to vanquish the villain? Harman and Ising did it in the early ‘30s. An animal’s handicap turns out—in the climax scene—to be a blessing? Sounds like Dumbo, right? Put them together and you get the 1952 Terrytoon Flat Food Fledgling.
But what they didn’t have (besides the Terry Splash™, heard three times in this cartoon) was the shrink take. Observe Dinky Duck as a squirrel and a chipmunk try to stop a weasel from catching him (accompanied by a nice score by Phil Scheib). Notice how he shrinks before exiting from the scene. And notice how the weasel shrinks when he goes around the rope.
Now, a stretched, angular exit.
The old denture gag. Notice in the fifth drawing how the fur on the weasel lifts up.
All the animals have sped-up voices. Including a chipmunk! Oh, Paul Terry, if you only had them release some songs on Liberty Records....