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)
Great fun, son, I said, great fun!
I love Foghorn and been known to do Foghorn impressions, especially the episode with Miss Prissy when Foghorn is competing with the dog for her attentions…I love that one.
An Aussie Foghorn enthusiast who does Foghorn impressions … now that’s impressive!
I did not know this character Frank – the ‘toons are quite clever and amusing, I like the way he repeats himself. Thanks for the intro 🙂
Sorry to learn that growing up you were Foghorn deprived … but that is no more!!!! Cheers for that!!!!!
I love the old cartoons, just as I love old movies. The other day the teenage boy had me watch an old movie, which led to a discussion about today’s movies vs old movies. He prefers the older ones like I, because there was a great storyline, intrigue, mystery, and you actually had to think.
Interesting discussion with the teen … and the fact that he enjoys older movies is a pleasant surprise. Everyone once in a while a new movie comes along in an old style …. that is without explosions or sexually driven. Does he think the same about cartoons?
Definitely, loves the old cartoons rather than the new ones. He has always found shows where you have to think more enjoyable.
What a treat! I haven’t seen a Foghorn episode in ages Frank!
Foghorn is unquestionably a classic. Glad you enjoyed it.
This was great, Frank! I missed the original post you did so I’m glad to see Foghorn Leghorn gettingh is due. And I think this one line explains everything, Frank:
Clunk enough people and we’ll have a nation of lumpheads.
The original post was long ago, and maybe the first character honored. Meanwhile, you selected a great quote.
I always loved Foghorn as a kid. I think he reminds me of some of my southern relatives – good humor, but a lot judgmental! Thanks for the great post, Frank!
Foghorn judgmental? Now that’s hard to believe!!! 😉
Watch it Fizz!
Just like this … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts6P1LJ5q_4
Ah say…AH SAY…one of my fayvorright characters.
Boy! Ah say, BOY!!! Are you listenen’ to me?
High on my Fav list as well. …. so we have great taste!
Oh, now I’m a fan too of this guy! I don’t seem to remember this character!
The ‘Foghorn Leghorn Plop Goes’ was brilliant!!!
Happy weekend, Frank! [mine is, after this!] 🙂
So glad that I introduced you to a classic character as Foghorn!
I love the Warner Brothers’ style of animation, Frank, but Mel Blanc’s voicing this character was brilliant. Foghorn is one of my all-time favorite blowhards.
As you well know, Mel Blanc is a classic … thus one who deserves to be honored with a future Saturday Morning post right here!
Thus, you are oh so right about that, Frank!
I adore this one, the quotes were fabulous. Foghorn was such a great character and Mel Blanc was a wonderful voice.
Glad you enjoyed this one … but I doubt if any Texan resembles his behavior.
I love Foghorn. I miss the old ‘toons so very much.
I was fortunate enough to grow up during the Golden Age of Cartoons … which also means I saw the emergence of lesser quality products starting in the late 1960s.
I have always loved FL’s personality & the way he expressed himself. 🙂
Foghorn got to the point … but with analogies.
We used to love imitating Foghorn when we were kids. Fun was so much more simple. Enjoyed all this!
Foghorn is a very enjoyable character for all ages … although I imagine some people out there don’t like him.
I’m terribly late to come around this week, Frank, but I never want to miss out on the cartoons. I really enjoy them. I couldn’t have told you the name of this character, but I certainly remembered him once I started reading the quotes you provided. Your cartoon reviews are classic–and the cartoons are classic, too. 🙂 I really enjoyed this.
Wow … I’m surprised you didn’t know Foghorn by name … but hey … at least he’s in your memory bank! Thanks for the kind words.
“Hahaha”! LOVE THIS!
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