With his classic, That’s a joke… I say, that’s a joke son, plus numerous one-liners, Foghorn Leghorn is one of my favorite classics. As a matter of fact, he was an early honoree here, but that was before I developed the format I now use. With that in mind, it’s time to give him this overdue honor!
A large, friendly rooster with an overbearing personality
Created by Robert McKimson
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for Warner Brothers
Original based on The Sheriff, a West Coast radio character, but after the growing popularity of Senator Claghorn, a classic radio character on the nationally syndicated Fred Allen Show, Foghorn followed Claghorn’s character
Original voice by Mel Blanc (1946-1987), followed by 9 others
Starred in 28 cartoons between 1946 and 1963
First: Walky Talky Hawky (August 31, 1946)
Last: Banty Raids (1963)
Walky Talky Hawky nominated for Academy Award, but lost to Tom and Jerry’s The Cat Concerto
Made a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Space Jam (1996)
Appeared in commercials for GEICO, KFC, Oscar Meyer Hotdogs
Loves to hum Camptown Races, but only knew the words “Duh dah, Duh dah”
Appears with Henery Hawk – a young chickenhawk who usually is seen looking for a chicken to eat, but doesn’t know what a chicken looks like
Dog nemesis is Barnyard Dog (aka George P Dog)
Also appeared with Barnyard Cat, Bill the Weasel, Poppy and Elvis (Enjoy this classic rant with Barnyard Cat
In attempting to woo the widowed Miss Prissy, he babysits her son, Egghead Jr
Moves around a lot – one address is Cucamonga, California where he received a telegram from Rhode Island Red, but also flies south of the “Masie-Dixie Line” to get “out of the deep freeze and into the deep south”
Went to Chicken Tech and with his chum, Rhode Island Red
Grandfather to Feather Buster
Foghorn Leghorn has many classic one liners … enjoy the video with a collection, as well as the list below.
Okay, I’ll shut up. Some fellas have to keep their tongues flappin’ but not me. I was brought up right. My pa used to tell me to shut up and I’d shut up. I wouldn’t say nothin’. One time darn near starved to death. Wouldn’t tell him I was hungry.
Boys as sharp as a bowling ball.
Pay attention, boy!
Boy’s like a dead horse — got no get-up-and-go.
That boy’s as strong as an ox, and just about as smart.
That boy’s like a tattoo … gets under your skin.
Go away boy. Ya bother me.
This is gonna cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show!
You’re doing a lot of choppin’, but no chips are flyin’. I’m cuttin’ but you’re not bleedin’!
Clunk enough people and we’ll have a nation of lumpheads.
Nice girl, but about as sharp as a sack of wet mice.
That womans as cold as a nudist on an iceberg.
She reminds me of Paul Revere’s ride – a little light in the belfry.
Gal reminds me of the highway between Ft. Worth and Dallas – no curves.
Boy’s like a dead horse – got no get up and go.
That kid’s about as sharp as a pound of wet liver.
If kid don’t stop talkin’ so much he’ll get his tongue sunburned.
That dog’s as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oat meal.
Look sister, is any of this filtering through that little blue bonnet of yours?
I’ve got this boy as figgity as a bubble dancer with a slow leak.
You look like two miles of bad road.
I-I-I know what you’re gonna say son. When two halves is gone there’s nuthin’ left – and you’re right. It’s a little ol’ worm who wasn’t there. Two nuthins is nuthin’. That’s mathematics son. You can argue with me but you can’t argue with figures. Two half nuthins is a whole nuthin’.
Enjoy the full episode of PoP Goes the Weasel (1953)