Slappy Squirrel is a character from the Warner Bros. animated television series Animaniacs. She is an aging, cranky, curmudgeonly cartoon star of the same generation as the original Looney Tunes cartoons, who prefers to use extreme violence (usually involving explosives) to settle disagreements. Her catchphrase is "Now that's comedy!", which she often uses to close her segments.
Appearances in Christmas specials
The first Christmas-themed segment of Animaniacs, "'Twas the Day Before Christmas", features Slappy as the story's narrator, telling it as a bedtime story to her nephew, Skippy. However, Slappy herself ultimately falls asleep before she can finish the story, likely leading to Yakko, Wakko and Dot, whom the story focuses on, taking over the narration.
In the show's Christmas Carol parody, "A Christmas Plotz", Slappy briefly appears in the Jacob Marley role (because "the studio keeps givin' me these stupid cameos"). She shows up in Thaddeus Plotz's office, informing him that he's about to be visited by three ghosts, but cannot say why because she lost the second page of her script. She then storms out of the office, saying that she needs a new agent.
In "The Twelve Days of Christmas", the first Christmas-themed segment following the show's move from Fox Kids to Kids' WB!, Slappy appears to conduct the orchestra providing the music for the Little Blue Bird's performance of the titular song.
Animaniacs' final Christmas-themed episode, "The Christmas Tree", would mark Slappy's most prominent role in a Christmas special. The episode has Slappy's tree being picked to be the big Christmas tree in Rockyfellow Center, and is dragged out of the forest while she's hibernating. When Slappy awakens from her hibernation and finds that her tree has been moved to the middle of New York City, she gets back at the CEO of Rockyfellow Center by relocating his house in the same manner.