The Granny Squirrel is a character in Disney's 1963 feature film The Sword in the Stone, who briefly appeared in a scene where she sees Merlin disguised as a squirrel and quickly falls in love with him. Her chittering noises are provided by Martha Wentworth who is also the voice of Madam Mim in the same film.
The granny squirrel is funny, prissy, eccentric, annoying, excitable, and crazy about male squirrels. She becomes terrified and frustrated when she learns that Merlin was a grumpy old man instead of a squirrel.
Role in the film
In the film, the granny squirrel is first seen meeting Merlin as a squirrel eye to eye, face to face, when Merlin sang "A Most Befuddling Thing". Later, she keeps pestering him, even though Merlin tried to keep her away from him and tell her that he was an old human man, not a squirrel. She even kissed him and kept sniffing him (which proves that she was getting to know him).
When Merlin fell down the branch when she kept following him and grab by the tail, he fell into a pile of leaves, and the granny squirrel ran down the tree and ran over to the leaves. However, when Merlin turned himself back into a human, she was at first scared, then angry at this, and Merlin scares her away by barking.
It is unknown what her fate was after the events of the movie.
She never appears in the rest of the film.
- The granny squirrel seems to resemble a female version of Gopher from Winnie the Pooh.
- It is possible that Granny Squirrel is the Girl Squirrel's grandmother. But it's unlikely that she is.
- Merlin: Really, now, Miss, uh...Madam. I, uh...You, you, you've made a mistake. Now, now, now, please. Please, you...Oh! Madam! Madam!"
- 2011 "Disney Voice Actors: A Biographical Dictionary" by Thomas H. Hischak page 221 "the Old Lady Squirrel and the sorcerer hag Madam Mim in The Sword in the Stone"
- 2001 Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation by John Canemaker, page 202 "Walt liked Thomas's early footage so well, he suggested old Merlin get involved with a "granny squirrel." Waving her ample tail at the disguised wizard, the hefty granny playfully pulls his whiskers, hugs and tickles him"
- 1998 Encyclopedia of Walt Disney's animated characters by John Grant, page 270 "Merlin transforms them both into squirrels, and this time love is the predator, with a Girl Squirrel and a Granny Squirrel falling for the mismatched pair."
- 2015 "Film Cartoons: A Guide to 20th Century American Animated Features and Shorts" by Douglas L. McCall page 72: "Martha Wentworth (Madame Mim/Granny Squirrel)"