8 September 2017 | TheLittleSongbird
Screwy Squirrel at the pet shop
Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.
Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. All five Screwy Squirrel cartoons are great (my least favourite is 'Big-Wheel-Watha' but it is still wonderfully and hugely funny, just have a preference for the more daring Screwy cartoons), it is a shame that there weren't more, with 'Lonesome Lenny' being a close second favourite after 'The Screwy Truant'.
Despite being a compelling, much more anarchic than his sweet appearance and funny character, as well as being charismatic enough to carry his cartoons as a lead character (as he does here), it is somewhat easy to see why Screwy didn't click and didn't last long, being a brash character with few sympathetic qualities. As one can guess, while one can see why others find him annoying, he's never been a problem with me. The Lenny-like dog, dumb and strong, manages to be Screwy's best opponent.
Tex Avery does a wonderful job directing, with his unique, unlike-any-other visual and characteristic and incredibly distinctive wacky humour style all over it once again.
Furthermore, 'Lonesome Lenny' is once again wonderfully over-the-top, very creative in its violent tone and some of it is hilarious, with enough variety to stop it from being repetitious.
It's beautifully and brilliantly animated as usual. The character designs are unique, Avery always did have creative character designs, and suitably fluid. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed.
Voice acting is very good.
Altogether, wonderful and it was sad that there weren't more Screwy cartoons. 10/10 Bethany Cox