Foghorn Leghorn is an anthropomorphic rooster appearing in 29 Warner Bros. The character of Foghorn Leghorn was directly inspired by the popular character of Senator Claghorn, a blustery Southern politician played by Kenny Delmar who was a regular character on The Fred Allen Show , a popular radio show of the s.
The rooster adopted many of Claghorn's catchphrases, such as "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son. A leghorn is a breed of chicken, and foghorn describes the character's loud, overbearing voice. At its most raucous, it sounds similar to that of another Blanc voice: Yosemite Sam an almost exclusive Friz Freleng character.
Both parts of the name suggest the association with "Senator Claghorn. Foghorn is a large, anthropomorphic adult rooster with a read head, long red tailfeathers, and yellow talons with short yellow claws. He has a Virginian accent, a "good ol' boy" speaking style, and a penchant for mischief. He has a knack of saying, "I say" as a form of interjection in his speech. All of the motion picture Foghorn Leghorn cartoons were directed by Robert McKimson , and the rooster vies with the Tasmanian Devil as the most popular character associated with the director.
Many of the gimmicks involve Foghorn and Barnyard Dawg engaging in one-upmanship through a series of pranks. Unlike other Looney Tunes rivalries with the notable exception of the Wile E. Most common among them was Leghorn's taking up a plank of wood, while ambling along humming "Camptown Races", coming to the sleeping Barnyard with his front half inside his doghouse, picking up his tail and rapidly whacking almost always with eight strokes his exposed rear end.
Occasionally, Foghorn sings the song, but replaces "Camptown ladies sing this song He does not sing any other part of the song, reverting to humming after the DOO-Dah's.
Barnyard would give chase, usually with his leash still attached to his collar, until the leash stretched tautly and his barking was replaced by an anguished shriek. This gag was passed down to Leghorn's grandson in Feather Bluster , where Foghorn was puzzled as to why the youngster was behaving that way and Barnyard was all too happy to remind him: "Ain't nothin' wrong with 'im, Foggy, 'ceptin' that he takes after you.
Other recurring themes throughout the cartoons included the attempts of the diminutive Henery Hawk to catch and eat Foghorn, and the rooster's efforts to woo the widowed hen Miss Prissy often by babysitting her bookish son, Egghead, Jr. Later, some of Foghorn's characteristic catch-phrases were drawn from the character of Senator Claghorn, a blustering Southern politician who was a regular character on the Fred Allen radio show.
The rooster adopted many of Claghorn's catchphrases, such as "That's a joke, I say, that's a joke, son. A toddler version of Foghorn made appearances in short music videos of Baby Looney Tunes. He starred in only one episode of the show, in which he was trying to fit in with a gang of cool roosters and employed the help of Tweety and his friends before Lola Bunny suggested to just be himself, which came in handy when Barnyard Dawg chased the cool roosters.
The rooster appeared in two Chuck Jones shorts of the s, " Superior Duck " and " Pullet Surprise " , voiced on both occasions by Frank Gorshin. A character named Mr.
Leghorn, based on Foghorn himself, made a pair of appearances in Loonatics Unleashed. Foghorn Leghorn is considered a significant Looney Tunes character, appearing in 28 cartoons, plus one cameo, in the Golden Age of American Animation. His voice was created by voice actor Mel Blanc , heavily patterned after the character of Senator Claghorn hence Foghorn's name , a blustering southern politician who was a regular character on the Fred Allen radio show.
Senator Claghorn was created and voiced by radio comedian Kenny Delmar. Foghorn Leghorn also used a number of Claghorn's catchphrases, like "That's a joke, son". The references to Senator Claghorn were obvious to much of the audience when the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons first premiered but like many of the references in WB cartoons of the era they have since become dated and "go over the heads" of most modern-day audiences.
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