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"Now THAT'S comedy!"
— Slappy Squirrel

Slappy Squirrel is an elderly, grouchy veteran cartoon tree squirrel who starred in metafictional Looney Tunes cartoons as Slappy, The Slap-Happy Squirrel.

Today, she lives in a treehouse with her nephew, Skippy Squirrel. She often faces old enemies from her past, like Walter Wolf, Sid the Squid and Beanie the Brain Dead Bison. Other situations see her facing common nuisances, like annoyingly perky neighbors like Candie Chipmunk ("I Got Yer Can") and Skippy's emotional traumas ("Bumbie's Mom"). She typically solves her problems with exaggerated cartoon violence. She has even blasted the Warners' annoying new nanny out of Warner Bros. Studio when the Warners could not do it themselves because of their moral beliefs ("The Sound Of Warners"). One of her theme songs is an excerpt from Antonín Dvořák's "Humoresque".

Slappy is voiced by series writer Sherri Stoner.

Character Biography

She is characterized as a grouchy, bitter, cranky, elderly anthropomorphic gray squirrel with a thick New York accent. While she's more mean-spirited than The Brain, She’s usually seen usually wearing a green hat decorated with a drooping yellow flower, purple eyeliner on her eyelids and carrying a pink purse and green umbrella that she occasionally uses to hit other characters. "Hurray For Slappy" reveals Slappy to be in her 80s, as Mary Heartless (a parody of Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart) refers to Slappy as "octogenarian". She lives in a hollow tree with her nephew Skippy, her polar opposite in terms of personality, who loves to hear her tell stories about her former days of stardom. In the episode "My Mother The Squirrel", while Skippy represents a cuter style of cartoon characters, Slappy was and is a more chaotic and old-school character, enjoying violence for comedy's sake and resentful of milquetoast, censor-influenced modern cartoons. She was first seen in the show's third episode, "Slappy Goes Walnuts", originally aired on September 15, 1993, which also introduced an extract of a purely fictitious Looney Tunes cartoon featuring herself and suggesting that she was a retired Looney Tunes character who crossed over into Animaniacs. In several episodes, there are shots of fictitious Looney Tunes cartoons portraying a younger Slappy, under the pseudonym Slappy the Slap-Happy Squirrel, a reference to the MGM cartoon character Screwy Squirrel.


Her former co-star and arch-enemy, Walter Wolf harbors a grudge against her, both for defeating him repeatedly (and violently) in the past and for becoming a big star, albeit now a faded one. He has also enlisted the help of her other ex-nemeses, including Sid the Squid and Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison. Much like Slappy, all these characters show signs of age and senility. In addition to Walter's occasional attempts at revenge, Slappy must sometimes endure more mundane annoyances such as a cloyingly-perky new neighbor or Skippy's emotional traumas, for instance after he watches the animated movie Bumbie (a parody of Bambi). Slappy solves this by taking Skippy to see the actress in question. In a later episode, "No Face Like Home", Slappy had been combining her disdain for new slapstick-free cartoons as well as her dislike for cartoons that resolved issues peacefully, and "pretty female animals who had no slapstick". Slappy also succumbs to Hollywood's craze with plastic surgery by attempting to have herself transformed artificially back into her youthful self and get back into cartoons "to make them the way they should be, with anvils and dynamite!" Slappy is also well known for the dialog "Who's on Stage?", a 2 minute Vaudevillesque wit-round routine, based on the legendary sketch "Who's on First?", in Episode 59 ("Woodstock"), in which she tries to determine which band is performing on stage ("The Band", "Who" or "Yes") which of course ends with Roger Daltrey inviting the pair on stage.


Slappy easily outsmarts whatever foes she faces (who are almost universally dimwitted as well as decrepit) and exacts revenge with exaggerated cartoon violence, usually while reminiscing about her "classic" (but fictional) film appearances of her youth. She often will remark how her enemies remind her of various famous cartoon characters when they were very young. Her catchphrase "Now that’s comedy!" is usually delivered after visiting physical injury and humiliation upon her opponents. She also occasionally says, "You remind me of a very young (insert name)," to everyone from the Warner siblings to her enemies. Slappy often pokes fun at her own age and ailing health.

Slappy's Fictional Filmography'

An incomplete filmography of Slappy's Looney Tunes cartoons can be pieced together from mentions in the show.

  • "Slappy Goes Nutz" (poster seen in Slappy's house)
  • Cartoon where Slappy works as a construction worker and Walter Wolf tries to eat her (title unknown)
  • "Cave Girl Slappy" (1932; directed by Piz Peeners)
  • "Hi Ho Slappy" (1938; directed by Weg Memo)
  • “Wap Wap Wap Wappy Slappy” (1944; directed by Stubby Winker)

Slappy and Suzy

The following are shorts Slappy starred in with Suzy Squirrel, as shown in The Sunshine Squirrels:

  • "Squirrely Girls" (Directed by Spike Calimari)
  • "Nutty Nurses" (Directed by Skeetz Edwards)
  • "USO NO!" (Directed by Lance Boyle)


Animaniacs (Original Series)

  1. Theme song (nonspeaking)
  2. Episode 1 - The Monkey Song (nonspeaking) & Nighty-Night Toon
  3. Slappy Squirrel Theme Song
  4. Episode 3 - Slappy Goes Walnuts
  5. Episode 5 - Taming Of The Screwy (Cameo)
  6. Episode 8Bumbie's Mom
  7. Episode 13Little Old Slappy From Pasadena
  8. Episode 16Hurray for Slappy
  9. Episode 22Guardin' the Garden
  10. Episode 25 - Hercule Yakko
  11. Episode 27I Got Yer Can
  12. Episode 35Baghdad Cafe
  13. Episode 36Critical Condition & The Three Muska-Warners (Cameo)
  14. Episode 38 - Spellbound (Cameo)
  15. Episode 40 - The Slapper
  16. Episode 41Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter & Broadcast Nuissance (Cameo that wasn't shown in the censored version)
  17. Episode 45...And Justice for Slappy
  18. Episode 46 - Turkey Jerky (Silent Cameo)
  19. Episode 49 - A Christmas Plotz (Cameo, as the Jacob Marley character)
  20. Episode 50Twas the Day Before Christmas
  21. Episode 51Frontier Slappy
  22. Episode 58 - Oh Oh Ethel (pre-theme sketch) & Smell Ya Later
  23. Episode 59Woodstock Slappy
  24. Episode 62Scare Happy Slappy & MacBeth (Cameo)
  25. Episode 64No Face Like Home
  26. Episode 65 - The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special
  27. Episode 70Nutcracker Slappy and A Quake, a Quake!
  28. Episode 71Three Tenors and You're Out
  29. Episode 72Rest in Pieces
  30. Episode 73Gimme a Break
  31. Episode 74Method to Her Madness
  32. Episode 78 - The Sound Of Warners (Cameo)
  33. Episode 79My Mother the Squirrel
  34. Episode 81Soccer Coach Slappy
  35. Episode 82 - The Big Wrap Party Tonight
  36. Episode 83One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock
  37. Episode 84 - Cutie and the Beast
  38. Episode 85 - Jokahontas (Cameo)
  39. Episode 90- Ralph’s Wedding (Cameo)
  40. Episode 92 - Dot the Macadamia Nut (Cameo) and Bully for Skippy
  41. Episode 95 - Hooray for North Hollywood (Part 1) (Cameo)
  42. Episode 97The Sunshine Squirrels
  43. Episode 98 - The Christmas Tree
  44. Episode 99 - The Scoring Session

Pinky and the Brain

  1. Episode 65- Star Warners


Animaniacs Reboot

  1. Episode 5 - "Good Warner Hunting" (nonspeaking)
  2. Episode 15- "Please Submit" (silent cameo on comic cover)

Behind the Scenes

Slappy was created as a joke by writer and voice actress Sherri Stoner. Stoner had a history of playing troubled teenagers in TV movies during her early career. Friend and writer John McCann joked that she would be playing troubled teenagers until she was 50. This caused Stoner to invent Slappy's vocals, thus getting approval from the production crew and being part of the cast.

"You Remind Me of..."

One of Slappy's recurring bits is comparing someone to a famous cartoon character she worked with earlier in her career.


Model Sheets and Promotional Artwork