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Foggy FAQs
(a.k.a. Ask a Foggy Question, Get a Foggy Answer)

 
  Character Information:
  Who created Foghorn Leghorn?
  Why is he called Foghorn Leghorn?
  Where does Foghorn live?
  Who are some of those other characters with Foghorn?
  Cartoon History:
  When were the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons made?
  Were any Foghorn Leghorn cartoons nominated for academy awards?
  In which cartoon did _____ happen?
  Cartoon Trivia:
  What is that song Foghorn likes so much ("Doo dah, doo dah")?
  Does Foghorn ever sing anything else?
  Where did Foghorn Leghorn go to college?
  How about some Foghorn Leghorn quotes?
  Who are the hens who tease with Miss Prissy?
 

  Character Information
  Who created Foghorn Leghorn?
  Foghorn Leghorn is voiced by Mel Blanc and was created by Robert McKimson, who also directed all of the Foghorn cartoons. McKimson is also known as the person responsible for creating most of Foghorn's supporting cast as well as many other Looney Tunes characters including Tasmanian Devil, Hippety Hopper, Sylvester Jr., and Speedy Gonzales. See the site Remembering Robert McKimson for some more details on this underappreciated Looney Tunes director.
 
  Why is he called Foghorn Leghorn?
  I've heard several reasons offered, and believe that all of these may be valid. (1) There is a variety of chicken called a Leghorn. (2) He's a loud-mouthed rooster, and a foghorn is known for its booming volume. (3) Foghorn and Leghorn sound good together. (4) His character is at least partially based on Senator Claghorn, from the Fred Allen radio show in the 1940s (played by Kenny Delmar). Note the similarity between the names Foghorn, Leghorn and Claghorn. To listen to some samples of this character (taken from actual radio broadcasts) select one of the items available here at Earthstation1 and note the similarity to Foghorn Leghorn.
 
  Where does Foghorn Leghorn live?
  Some assume that he must be from the south - because of his southern mannerisms and such, but in reality he appears to move around. For example, his address is Cucamonga, California on a telegram from Rhode Island Red, however in Dixie Fryer he flies to south of the "Masie-Dixie line" go "out of the deep freeze and into the deep south" indicating he is from the northern half of the US, and not Cucamonga. In at least one other cartoon he talks about going south to get warm, and in yet another Weasel While You Work he seems at home in winter weather. And of course, he is driven to woo Miss Prissy in order to get into her warm henhouse before winter arrives in both Strangled Eggs and Little Boy Boo. So in conclusion, while he may have been born and raised in the south, he seems to move around during the various cartoons.
 
  Who are some of those other characters with Foghorn?
  The following characters appear most frequently ( group picture):
  • Henery Hawk - a young chickenhawk who usually is seen looking for a chicken to eat, but doesn't know what a chicken looks like. Henery's career actually predates the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons with the 1942 cartoon The Squawkin' Hawk. What's more, Foghorn's career began as a supporting role for Henery in Walky, Talky Hawky. Due to the popularity of the rooster, Foghorn was kept as a lead character of his own. Mel Blanc supplied the voice for Henery.
  • Barnyard Dawg - the guard dog for the barnyard who usually spends a good portion of the cartoon at either the giving or receiving end of a practical joke involving Foghorn. Although his job is to protect the chickens, he frequently takes an active role enabling Foghorn's pursuers to catch him. Mel Blanc supplied the voice for Dawg. There is some confusion and debate about the name of this character. Dawg first appeared as Mandrake (but with different voice than he used in the Foghorn cartoons) in the cartoon One Meat Brawl in 1947 (which featured Porky Pig and Grover Groundhog). He also was Elmer's dog (called Rover) in Don't Axe Me. There are model sheets which list his name as either "Barnyard Dawg", "Barnyard Dog" or "Dawg". And finally, he was called George P. Dog during appearances on the Bugs Bunny Show.
  • Miss Prissy - an old spinster hen with a limited vocabulary who is sometimes after Foghorn for her husband (e.g. Lovelorn Leghorn), and other times Foghorn woos her to get into her warm henhouse for the winter (e.g. Strangled Eggs, Little Boy Boo). Miss Prissy's voice was most often supplied by Bea Benaderet.
  • Egghead Jr. - the silent son of Miss Prissy and the brainiest chicken in the yard. The identity of the youngster's dad is never revealed, but is presumably a rooster named Egghead (after all, he is called "Junior"). It is firmly established that he is not Foghorn's son. Foghorn often finds himself trying to teach him the bespeckled lad something only to have Egghead Jr. devise an incredible solution.
  • Weasel (unnamed) - a hyperactive rascal who wonders into the chickenyard when hungry. He is a bit like the Tazmanian Devil character, even making a Taz-like spinning sound when trying to chew on Foggy's leg. But poor weasel is less formidible than Taz, primarily due to his size. He has even less of a vocabulary than Taz, consisting primarily of slurping, panting, and the occasional high-speed "yeah yeah yeah". I've seen claims that some time after the last Foghorn cartoon was made, Warner Bros. gave him the name of "Willie Weasel" but I haven't seen this confirmed by an official source.
 

  Cartoon History
  When were the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons made?
  The first Foghorn Leghorn cartoon was Walky Talky Hawky in 1946. The final one was in 1963 and was called Banty Raids. He had a brief cameo with one line of dialog in the final Warner Brothers studio cartoon, False Hare (1964) which starred Bugs Bunny. Foghorn has had small roles in some other films including Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (1979) and The Yolks on You (1980). He was also on the Looney Tunes squad in the feature film, Space Jam and in a cartoon called Pullet Surprise.
 
  Were any Foghorn Leghorn cartoons nominated for academy awards?
  Only one - his debut: Walky Talky Hawky (1946). It lost to the Tom and Jerry cartoon The Cat Concerto.
 
  In which cartoon did _____ happen?
  If you want to figure out which cartoon had a certain event or plotline, there are a couple of places to try. You can try the the Filmography page here at One Foggy Site. If this isn't enough then I'd recommend the book Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald . This is a great reference guide for any Looney Tunes fan, with hundreds of pictures and detailed summaries of every cartoon. It's stocked at most major bookstore chains and is available from any online bookseller as well.
 

  Cartoon Trivia
  What is that song Foghorn likes so much ("Doo dah, doo dah")?
  Here's an example of Foghorn singing it. It's called Gwine to Run All Night, or De Camptown Races and was first published almost 150 years ago (1850) by Stephen C. Foster. Here's a link to the lyrics. Of course Foghorn Leghorn wasn't above inventing his own lyrics for it (e.g. the opening scene in Dixie Chicken). Anyway, Stephen Foster is famous for many other songs, several of which appear frequently in Looney Tunes cartoons as incidental music. A few of his most well known compositions include Oh! Susanna, My Old Kentucky Home, Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair, Beautiful Dreamer and Old Folks at Home (a.k.a. Way Down Upon the Swanee River). Although he was a notherner who only visited the south once in his life, his songs were often about the south and became incredibly popular there. You can learn more about this facinating man at the Stephen Foster Home Pages, at the Center for American Music or by looking for more info on him on your search engine of choice.
 
  Does Foghorn ever sing anything else?
  Yes he does (although his favorite is certainly De Camptown Races). Here are some others he has tried:
  • Old MacDonald
  • A Hunting We Will Go
 
  Where did Foghorn Leghorn go to college?
  According to the cartoon Raw! Raw! Rooster!, Foghorn and his chum Rhode Island Red went to Chicken Tech. However, it's interesting to note that during the title sequence for this cartoon Red is shown holding a college pennant with the letters PU on it.
 
  How about some Foghorn Leghorn quotes?
  Where do you start? Foghorn Leghorn was known for having witty responses in key moments. Bugs Bunny is probably the only Looney Tunes character with more of these. Anyway, here is a sampling which is sure to grow. Some are linked to wave files of the quote. Be sure to visit the One Foggy Site SOUNDS page for some other quips.
 
  Who are the hens who tease with Miss Prissy?
  According to the cartoon Lovelorn Leghorn, their names are: Clara (all white), Hazel (white head, blue body), Alice (red head, brown body), Pauline (all brown) and Mae (white head, brown body).
 

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