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FOGHORN J. LEGHORN is a fictional character that has appeared in Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
cartoons for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures. He was created by Robert McKimson
Robert McKimson
and writer Warren Foster , and starred in 28 cartoons from 1946 to 1963 in the Golden Age of American Animation . All 28 of these cartoons were directed by McKimson.

CONTENTS

* 1 Inspiration * 2 Biography * 3 Cartoon appearances * 4 Later appearances * 5 Voice actors * 6 In other media * 7 References * 8 External links

INSPIRATION

The character of Foghorn
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 1940s. The rooster adopted many of Claghorn's catch phrases, such as "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son." Delmar had based the character of Claghorn upon a Texas rancher who was fond of saying this.

A leghorn is a breed of chicken, and foghorn describes the character's loud, overbearing voice.

According to Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin
the character's voice was also patterned after a hard-of-hearing West Coast-only radio character from the 1930s, known simply as The Sheriff, on a radio program called Blue Monday Jamboree . The voice has similarities to that of another Mel Blanc voice: Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
(a strictly Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng
character); and even more similar to a proto-Sam character in Stage Door Cartoon
Stage Door Cartoon
.

BIOGRAPHY

Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn is depicted as a large, anthropomorphic white adult Leghorn rooster with a stereotypically Southern accent, a "good ol\' boy " speaking style, and a penchant for mischief. In addition to being a reference to the Senator Claghorn character, the first half of his name is a joke about him being loud and obnoxious, while the second half refers to a breed of chicken, a leghorn. A white leghorn , that is. He first appeared in 1946 in a Henery Hawk
Henery Hawk
film titled Walky Talky Hawky . All of the motion picture Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn cartoons were directed by Robert McKimson
Robert McKimson
, and the rooster ties with the Tasmanian Devil as the most popular character associated with the director.

Many of the gags involved Foghorn
Foghorn
and a canine nemesis (formally known as The Barnyard Dawg
Barnyard Dawg
within Warner today, though on early model sheets his name is given as George P. Dog) engaging in one-upmanship through a series of pranks. Unlike other Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
rivalries—with the notable exception of the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner series— Foghorn
Foghorn
is often the initial aggressor out of self-amusement and subsequently on the 'losing' end of gags (although the dog sometimes initiates). However it ends, the formula for how it begins is usually the same. Foghorn, humming " Camptown Races
Camptown Races
" to himself and carrying a wooden fencepost, sneaks up on Dawg while he is sleeping. Foghorn
Foghorn
then pulls the Dawg up by his hindquarters and uses the fencepost to give him a thorough spanking. Dawg, now angry, chases after Foghorn
Foghorn
barking angrily but can only go as far as the rope he is tied to can stretch. Thus, when the rope becomes taut and he cannot move, he is either yanked back or stopped. In the latter case, he keeps barking at Foghorn
Foghorn
who tells him, "Ah, shaddap!" and does something to Dawg to force him to stop. This gag was passed down to the Leghorns' grandson in Feather Bluster , where Foghorn
Foghorn
was puzzled as to why the kid was behaving that way and the Dog was all too happy to remind him: "Ain't nothin' wrong with 'im, Foggy, 'cept that he takes after you."

Foghorn
Foghorn
was joined in a few episodes by a weasel called 'Bill' who initially attempted to eat him but ended up joining forces to outwit the aforementioned canine.

Other recurring themes throughout the cartoons included the attempts of the diminutive Henery Hawk
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. .

Foghorn's voice was created by Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
and was later performed by Jeff Bergman , Joe Alaskey , Bill Farmer
Bill Farmer
, Greg Burson , Jeff Bennett , and Frank Gorshin
Frank Gorshin
.

CARTOON APPEARANCES

SHORTS (1946–63) All of the 28 shorts from 1946–1963 were 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 Rooster
Rooster
(1952) * Plop Goes the Weasel
Weasel
(1953) * Of Rice and Hen (1953) * Little Boy Boo (1954) * Feather Dusted (1955) * All Fowled Up (1955) * Weasel
Weasel
Stop (1956) * The High and the Flighty (1956) * Raw! Raw! Rooster! (1956) * Fox Terror (1957) * Feather Bluster (1958) * Weasel
Weasel
While You Work (1958) * A Broken Leghorn (1959) * Crockett-Doodle-Do (1960) * The Dixie Fryer (1960) * Strangled Eggs (1961) * The Slick Chick (1962) * Mother Was a Rooster
Rooster
(1962) * Banty Raids (1963)

MISCELLANEOUS

* False Hare
False Hare
(cameo appearance, starring Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
) (1964) * Bugs Bunny\'s Christmas Carol (1979) * The Yolk\'s on You (1980) * Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
(1988) (cameo appearance ) * Superior Duck (cameo appearance) (1996), voiced by Frank Gorshin
Frank Gorshin
* Space Jam
Space Jam
(1996) voiced by Bill Farmer
Bill Farmer
* Pullet Surprise (1997) voiced by Frank Gorshin
Frank Gorshin
* Tweety\'s High-Flying Adventure (2000) voiced by Jeff Bennett * Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) voiced by Jeff Bennett * Cock-A-Doodle Duel (2004) voiced by Jeff Bennett * GEICO
GEICO
commercial (2011) voiced by Jeff Bennett

LATER APPEARANCES

FOGHORN LEGHORN and George P. Dog (Barnyard Dog ) in The Egg-Cited Rooster
Rooster
(1952).

* Foghorn
Foghorn
made a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
(1988), in the final scene at Marvin Acme's factory with several other Looney Tunes characters. * Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn made numerous appearances in Tiny Toon Adventures in numerous roles as Acme Looniversity\'s Professor of Hound Teasing, Baseball Coach and an obnoxiously loud Librarian, and also a mentor of Fowlmouth . * Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn appeared in Animaniacs
Animaniacs
on "The Warner's 65th Anniversary Special". * Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn appeared in two Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
shorts of the 1990s, Superior Duck (1996) and Pullet Surprise (1997), voiced on both occasions by Frank Gorshin
Frank Gorshin
. * A character named Mr. Leghorn, based on Foghorn
Foghorn
himself, made a pair of appearances in Loonatics Unleashed . * Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn is part of the Toon Squad team in Space Jam
Space Jam
. * A toddler version of Foghorn
Foghorn
made appearances in short music videos of Baby Looney Tunes
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
Tweety
and his friends before Lola Bunny suggested to just be himself, which came in handy when Barnyard Dog chased the cool roosters. * Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn is a croupier at Sam's casino in Looney Tunes: Back in Action . * Foghorn
Foghorn
appeared in commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kentucky Fried Chicken
, Oscar Mayer , and most recently, GEICO
GEICO
insurance. * Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn appears in The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show voiced by Jeff Bergman and his singing voice is provided by Damon Jones. In the series, he is represented as a billionaire and is one of a few characters to not be annoyed by Daffy Duck's antics. * Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn was a general in Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run voiced by Jeff Bergman . He is shown as a Mexican general who is served by his intern Pete Puma, his spy Cecil Turtle , and his agent Elmer Fudd. * Foghorn
Foghorn
made a cameo appearance in the Wabbit episodes "Bugs vs. Snail", "Pork in the Road", "Squeaks Upon a Star" and "'Tis the Seasoning" voiced by Jeff Bergman .

VOICE ACTORS

* Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
(1946–1983; 1989 (Bugs Bunny's Wild World of Sports)) * Joe Alaskey ( KFC
KFC
commercials in the 1980s. This makes Foghorn Leghorn one of only two characters (along with Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
) whose voices were created by Blanc to have been voiced by someone else during his lifetime. Alaskey would reprise the role in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas ) * Jeff Bergman ( Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures
, The Plucky Duck Show
The Plucky Duck Show
, The 1st 13th Annual Fancy Anvil Awards Program Special...Live!...In Stereo!, The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show , Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe, Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run , Wabbit , video games) * Greg Burson (Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania , Animaniacs
Animaniacs
, Carrotblanca , Looney Tunes: Reality Check, Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction) * Bill Farmer
Bill Farmer
( Space Jam
Space Jam
, Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Racing , Looney Tunes: Space Race , Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor ) * Frank Gorshin
Frank Gorshin
(Superior Duck, Pullet Surprise ) * Billy West
Billy West
(The Sylvester when Foghorn
Foghorn
is torched by a Monstar during the ToonSquad/Monstars basketball game, Foghorn
Foghorn
says, "Did you order Original Recipe or Extra Crispy?" * Much like Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd
, Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn had appeared in a GEICO commercial in 2011 (voiced by Jeff Bennett). Here, he is providing narration for an e-book, but motor-mouths as well as ad-libbing constantly and ends up getting clubbed by Henery Hawk
Henery Hawk
off-screen. * He appears in Eminem
Eminem
's music video for the song "Role Model ," where he is beaten up by a cartoon version of Eminem. * In an episode of Home Improvement , Tim says that "Samuel Foghorn Leghorn", was a famous American. His older brother, Jeff, states that Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn was "one smart chicken". * Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn (voiced by Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane
) made an appearance in an episode of Family Guy
Family Guy
when he approached Colonel Sanders and explained that he was walking by and noticed the aroma of "eleven herbs and spices". Sanders decapitates Foghorn
Foghorn
and the body is running around. The disembodied head says, "Look at that boy! Looks like a chicken with his head...wait a minute", and pauses when he realizes it was himself. * He appeared in the video games Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal , The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Crazy Castle 2 , Bugs Bunny: Crazy Castle 3 , Looney Tunes: Back in Action , Looney Tunes: Space Race , and The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout . * In a 2003 episode of The King of Queens
The King of Queens
, Doug Heffernan (Kevin James ) pranks the IPS accounting department by signing "Foghorn Leghorn" on his paycheck, but Supervisor O'Boyle ( Sam McMurray ) sees through the ruse and threatens Doug with his thermos and confirms the prank over the phone.

REFERENCES

* ^ http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/commercials/KFC/Foghorn-Leghorn/ * ^ ""It's a joke, Son!"", AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, 1, University of California Press, 1971, p. 1190, ISBN 9780520215214 * ^ Scott, Keith (2008). The Origin of Foghorn
Foghorn
Leghorn, cartoonresearch.com * ^ Maltin, Leonard (1987). Of mice and magic: a history of American animated cartoons. New American Library. ISBN 978-0-452-25993-5 .

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