It's odd because both examples you mentioned are actually two of the more enjoyable examples I've seen.
is one of the better balanced Screwy Squirrels
. His pranks are more harmless than others and he comes off more as a playful Attention Whore
than a lot of other more vindictive examples. He also had more pathos than others, even before his renowned character change, and was protected from karma a lot less. While most other Screwy Squirrels
got away scot free, Daffy often got caught out when his pranks got too mean spirited (e.g. he won in Daffy Doodles, but largely because his chaos was so minimal and was being persecuted to disproportionate lengths by Porky (wild police chase for drawing mustaches on posters). Woody Woodpecker
is somewhat similar, likely because he was based somewhat on Daffy.
Chip N Dale
similarly work better because there is more to their character than being jerks (in some cases they are more naive inquisitive animals than ill intentioned), and while they were often the winner in the final outlook they often were bumbling idiots who took as many blows as they dished out. They were a bit insufferable in that they always were the winners in every short, no matter who started the war, but at least they were usually pitted against Donald, who was dickish and formidable enough to dish it back (admitedly against Pluto, who was more pathetic, they came off more as bullies).
A lot of other examples I've seen came off as a bit too sadistic and unsympathetic in their methods, coming off more as bullies who got away with it. A lot of Chuck Jones' works were evident in this (eg. Hubie and Bertie) likely because he wasn't that big on the concept and prefered karmic scenarios. Screwy himself was okay, even if his over the top zaniness got kind of obnoxious at times.
edited 11th Aug '12 8:39:18 PM by Psi001