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Western Animation: Foghorn Leghorn

"That's a joke, I say, that's a joke, son."

Foghorn Leghorn is a recurring character of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies short subjects, created by Robert McKimson. Despite only starring in 28 short cartoons between 1946 and 1963, he is still considered a major star of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.

The shorts are centered on the eponymous Rhode Island rooster with a Central Virginia accent, with no filter between his mouth and his mind, and very expressive body language. His voice is patterned after a 1930s radio character known as "The Sheriff", with his phrases cribbed from Senator Claghorn, a regular character of the Fred Allen radio show.

Foghorn considers himself the life of the party. He demonstrates this by tricking baby chickenhawks out of capturing him, abusing George a.k.a. The Barnyard Dawg, by beating him with a wooden board and painting his tongue green, or babysitting a genius chick named Eggbert in order to cozy up to his widow hen mother.

Foghorn made several appearances in Tiny Toon Adventures, made a cameo in the ending of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and appeared in two of the 1990s Chuck Jones shorts. He also appeared in Space Jam, and made a brief appearance in Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

Currently, ol' Foggy's appearances are infrequent, aside from commercial work for KFC note , Oscar Meyer, and GEICO. His most recent appearance was in The Looney Tunes Show episode "The Foghorn Leghorn Story".
    Filmography... Films, that is! 

All shorts up to Banty Raids are directed by Robert McKimson.

  • Walky Talky Hawky (1946)
  • Crowing Pains (1947)
  • The Foghorn Leghorn (1948)
  • Henhouse Henery (1949)
  • The Leghorn Blows at Midnight (1950)
  • A Fractured Leghorn (1950)
  • Leghorn Swoggled (1951)
  • Lovelorn Leghorn (1951)
  • Sock-A-Doodle-Do (1952)
  • The Egg-Cited Roosters (1952)
  • Plop Goes the Weasel (1953)
  • Of Rice and Hen (1953)
  • Little Boy Boo (1954)
  • Feather Dusted (1955)
  • All Fowled Up (1955)
  • Weasel Stop (1956)
  • The High and the Flighty (1956)
  • Raw! Raw! Rooster! (1956)
  • Fox Terror (1957)
  • Feather Bluster (1958)
  • Weasel While You Work (1958)
  • A Broken Leghorn (1959)
  • Crocket-Doodle-Do (1960)
  • The Dixie Fryer (1960)
  • Strangled Eggs (1961)
  • The Slick Chick (1962)
  • Mother was a Rooster (1962)
  • Banty Raids (1963)
  • False Hare (1964): A Bugs Bunny cartoon, but Foggy makes a cameo.
  • The Yolk's On You (1980): Cameo, part of Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988): Cameos in the ending.
  • Superior Duck (1996): Cameo appearance.
  • Space Jam (1996)
  • Pullet Surprise (1997)
  • Tweety's High-Flying Adventuure (2000)
  • Cock-A-Doodle Duel (2004)
  • GEICO-Foghorn Leghorn (2011)

"That's a trope, I say, that's a trope, son":

  • Awesome by Analysis: Egghead always outdoes Foghorn at every "manly" activity he tries to teach the kid by utilizing what he's learned in the books he reads. (One cartoon even ends with Foggy asking him if he "has any more" of those books.)
  • Big Electric Switch: Used in "Weasel Stop" and "The High and the Flighty".
  • Bowdlerise: Nowadays, Foghorn mostly calls people "son", most likely because a Southern rooster calling people "Boy" wouldn't be considered funny anymore. This only happens in the English version, as other dubs keep the phrase or adapt it for their respective countries.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Henery Hawk.
  • Breakout Character: "Walky Talky Hawky" was created as a second starring turn for Henery Hawk, but the loud mouthed shnook stole the show, getting him his own series, and reducing Henery to his adversary.
  • Butt Monkey: Foghorn or sometimes Barnyard, depending on who has the upper hand in their Escalating War in the short. Prissy is often bullied and alienated by the gossipy hens of the pen.
  • Catch Phrase:
    Prissy: Yes.
    Foghorn: Pay attention when I'm talkin' to ya, boy!
  • Child Prodigy: Egghead Jr.
  • Comedic Spanking: Foghorn's preferred way to rile up Barnyard Dawg was to grab his tail while he was sleeping in his doghouse, lift him up by it and give him a good 10 or 12 whacks with a paddle. This always worked.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Upon having all his feathers blown off in an explosion: "Fortunately, I keep mah feathers numbered for just such an emergency!" He repeats this gag in another cartoon when his feathers are plucked off by a hay bailing machine.
  • The Dark Age of Animation
  • Dragged into Drag: In Banty Raids, Foghorn is bound and beak-tied and forcibly dressed in drag by a machine, then married to a horny bantam rooster.
  • Early Installment Weirdness and Off Model: In the first Foghorn Leghorn cartoon (which actually focused on Henery Hawk), Foghorn was a tad plumper, had three toes instead of two and four tail feathers. By the second cartoon, Foghorn had two toes, and three tail feathers (though some cartoons depict him with four).
  • Escalating War: Many cartoons centered on the perpetual Foghorn vs. Dawg back-and-forth. Which character starts the conflict varies from toon to toon, but Foggy usually ends up getting the worst of it.
  • Fat Bastard: Subverted. Foghorn can be a bastard, but his "fat" is actually his feathers.
  • The Golden Age of Animation
  • Goofy Print Underwear: When his feathers are blown off (see Crazy-Prepared, above) he is revealed to have polka-dotted underwear underneath them.
  • Gossipy Hens: The hens of the farm are usually depicted as this, usually with Miss Prissy as the subject of their snide gossiping (out of ear shot or not).
  • Hypocritical Humor: He will often accuse others of not listening or talking too much.
  • I Resemble That Remark: Even more so than Hypocritical Humor. In fact, he may not be the Trope Namer (Groucho Marx takes credit for that one) but he's clearly the Trope Codifier.
  • Jerkass: To an extent, Foghorn is an obnoxious loudmouth and a prankster, but does have occasional moments of good intentions.
  • Large Ham: One of the largest hams on the Warner Brothers menu.
  • Leitmotif: "Camptown Races" for ol' Foggy, either played on the soundtrack or sung by Foghorn himself.
  • Looney Tunes In The Forties
  • Looney Tunes in the Fifties
  • Looney Tunes In The Sixties
  • Looney Tunes In The Seventies And Onward
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Nice kid, but [describes a perceived flaw with an undercurrent of Hypocritical Humor]."
  • Meaningful Name: "Foghorn" describes the character's loud, overbearing voice, and leghorn describes a breed of chicken. And both are intended to resemble "Claghorn", the original inspiration for the character.
  • The Millennium Age of Animation
  • Motor Mouth: Though he would disagree - through, naturally, a long winded speech.
    "Okay, I'll shut up. I'm not one who has to keep talkin'. Some fellas just has to keep their mouths flappin' but not me! I was brought up right. My paw used to tell me shut up and I'd shut up. I wouldn't say nothin'! One time I darn near starved to death." (iris out, Foghorn stops it so he can keep talking) "WOULDN'T TELL 'EM I WAS HUNGRY!"
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Off with His Head!: When he made an appearance on Family Guy, and Played for Laughs:
    "Well look at that boy, running all around like a chicken with his head cut—wait a minute."
  • Older and Wiser: In one cartoon, he and the dog are senior citizens who have outgrown their feud, and can only look back on it and laugh. Unfortunately, their grandsons now take after them.
  • Out of Focus: Both Henery Hawk and, eventually, The Barnyard Dawg eventually disappeared from the series.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Henery Hawk, who is a speck compared to the mammoth Leghorn, yet can clobber him and effortlessly drag him!
    • In Walky Talky Hawky, Henery drags off in a line Foghorn, Barnyard Dog and a horse.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation
  • The Rival/Vitriolic Best Buds/Worthy Opponent: The Barnyard Dawg to Foghorn.
  • Rolling Pin of Doom: Miss Prissy tries this in order to get a husband in one cartoon. After she tries it on Foggy, he advises her, "You're going about it all wrong. You don't bat 'em on the bean with a rolling pin. (Aside, to the camera) That comes later."
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Occasionally either Foghorn or the Dawg gets dragged through one of these or has theirs backfire on them.
  • Screwy Squirrel: Foghorn seems to enjoy pulling pranks on the dog responsible for keeping him and the other chickens safe, for no reason at all. Although, sometimes the dog is the one who starts it, and is also often implied to be rather bad at his job, in that whenever a predator lurks the barnyard it's because he is asleep on the job or actually trying to set it on Foghorn as part of their Escalating War. In this light Foghorn's animosity to him comes off as a bit justified.
  • Southern Gentleman: As mentioned above, a parody of one.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Prissy to Foghorn at times.
  • Strictly Formula: Averted for the most part. While his bouts with Henery Hawk often utilized a recurring formula, Foghorn's shorts were rather diverse compared to a lot of other characters in the Looney Tunes series, never quite sticking to one running scenario for more than two or three instances.
  • Talks Like a Simile: "Nice girl, but about as sharp as sack of wet mice."
  • Villain Protagonist: Henery Hawk, when the series was initially his own. Depending on his mood, Foghorn himself may lean into this.
  • You Talk Too Much: One of Foggy's personality flaws and it's played Up to Eleven sometimes to increase the comedy is his talkativeness and overblown rambling on. The Barnyard Dawg is often annoyed by this and it frequently irritates Henery Hawk, but (in "A Fractured Leghorn") when a black and white cat takes the brunt of Foggy's motormouth and can't get a word in edgewise, he finally loses his cool. He grabs a nearby trash can, bashes it over the rooster's head and tells him to "SHADDUP!!!!!" But even a beating over the head (or a large headache) isn't enough to shut up Foggy only the iris-out a few seconds later which he tries unsuccessfully to hold open, finally closes his mouth.

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