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Screwball Football
Directed By: Fred Avery
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: December 16, 1939
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Melvin Millar
Animation: Virgil Ross
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
John Wald
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Coach
Football Fans
Football Players
Preceded By: Sniffles and the Bookworm
Succeeded By: The Film Fan
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Screwball Football

Screwball Football is a 1939 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Tex Avery.


A series of gags hung on a football game. The running gag of the entire cartoon is a baby that is licking an ice cream cone; the man next to the baby wants to have some of the cone. We see the warmups (a kicker punts sitting in a chair; three other kickers break into a chorus line). The coin flip and the players that pile right up. The kickoff: the ball stays put and the man that has it in his hand is kicked. A re-kick: one player is used like a golf club by another. Some razzle-dazzle on the
Screwball football

The Title Card At A Different Point in Time.

scrimmage line. The QB fades (literally) for another pass. Half-time: a quick show by the marching band; the team beats up their coach; a cheerleader rallies his team's supporters: one man. Second half: A touchdown run is interrupted because of a commercial; when completed, a cheerleader literally yells their head off. A quick montage of action, then the final gun which comes from the ice-cream tot, who has finally fended off the neighbor.


  • Cartoon Network's version cuts the part after the announcer says "And there's the gun that ends the half!" where a dim-witted referee nearly shoots himself in the head with the starter pistol he has in his hand.
  • Some syndicated TV versions cut the final joke where a baby guns down the man sitting next to him who has been licking his ice cream cone throughout the short.


1995 dubbed version

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