Foghorn Leghorn

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Foghorn Leghorn
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"It's a joke, son. Pay attention!"
Species Chicken
Gender Male
Member of Tune Squad
Affiliation Barnyard Dawg
Henery Hawk
Sylvester
Miss Prissy
Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Carol in The Looney Tunes Show
Occupation CEO in The Looney Tunes Show
Mayor in Bugs Bunny Builders
Looney Ball Coach in Tiny Toons Looniversity.
Marital status Single
Children One son-in-law, Egghead Jr.
First appearance MM: Walky Talky Hawky (1946)
Played by Mel Blanc (1946-1989)
Jeff Bergman (1990-1992, 2001, Since 2011)
Greg Burson (1991-2003)
Bill Farmer (1996-2008)
Frank Gorshin (1996-1997)
Billy West (1998)
Jeff Bennett (2000-2011
Joe Alaskey (2006)
Maurice Lamarche (2007)
Eric Bauza (2018, 2021)
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Tiny Toon Adventures
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Space Jam
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Baby Looney Tunes
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The Looney Tunes Show
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New Looney Tunes
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Looney Tunes Cartoons
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Space Jam: A New Legacy
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Bugs Bunny Builders
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Tiny Toons Looniversity

Foghorn Leghorn is an anthropomorphic rooster and is one of the main characters of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical shorts. His voice was originated by Mel Blanc using a non-rhotic Southern accent.

Foghorn's protégé in Tiny Toon Adventures is Fowlmouth.

Character Description

Appearances

TV series

Movies

Shorts

Comics

Video games

Biography

Debut Series

We're All a Little Looney

Come On and Slam! and Welcome to the Jam!

Foghorn Gets Modern

Going Down the Rabbit Hole

It's Hard Hat Time!

Foghorn Sells Out

Foghorn is a guest at Warner Bros.' Burbank lot for its 100th anniversary. While on the set of Friends, Cyborg claims the part of Joey Tribianni, while Foghorn claims the part of Rachel Green, which starts a fight with Yosemite Sam, Taz, and Wile E. Coyote who also want the part.[1]

Development

Forghorn was directly inspired by Senator Claghorn, a fictional Southern politician played by Kenny Delmar on Fred Allen's radio program. Although Claghorn's first appearance on radio succeeded Foghorn on October 7, 1945, ten months before the recording date of Foghorn's first cartoon on January 13,[2] the loudmouthed rooster had adapted much of his personality, including his blustering mannerisms and such catchphrases as "I say…" and "That's a joke, son!"; Delmar's Claghorn character, in turn, was inspired by a Texas rancher who was fond of saying this.[3]

According to Keith Scott, Robert McKimson initially modeled Foghorn's personality on another radio character from the 1930s, known simply as "The Sheriff", who was played by Jack Clifford in the variety program Blue Monday Jamboree. However, McKimson had likely misremembered that connection, as he cited Delmar's Claghorn character as inspiration during a mid-1970s interview and mistook him for the Jamboree's Sheriff character.[2]

Gallery

Main article: Foghorn Leghorn/Gallery

Toys and merchandise

Behind the scenes

  • His first name, "Foghorn", refers to his loudmouthed personality, while the surname "Leghorn" is a reference to a breed of chickens originating from Tuscany, Italy (referred to in Italian as Livorno or Livornese).
  • Blanc's portrayal of Foghorn bears some similarities to Yosemite Sam, namely his accent; and even more so to a Southern sheriff-type character that he voiced in Stage Door Cartoon.
  • A younger version of Foghorn was originally going to be used in Tiny Toon Adventures, according to Tom Reugger. The idea was recieved with no enthusiasim, however, so the character of Fowl Mouth was created instead, who seemed to share the same "blustery spirit" as Foghorn.[4]

In popular culture

  • In the song "Role Model" from the Eminem album The Slim Shady LP, one of the lyrics used is a verse where Slim "jump[s] in a Chickenhawk cartoon with a cape on, and beat[s] up Foghorn Leghorn with an acorn." This same verse is also shown visually in the music video for "Role Model", depicting Slim jumping into a TV to become a superhero cartoon character, chasing down a rooster resembling Foghorn, and tearing his leg off after beating him with an acorn.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Back to the Woods," Foghorn shows up at a KFC, being lured in by the scent of seven herbs and spices before Colonel Sanders cuts his head off. Foghorn jokes about his headless body running around before realizing it's his own body.
  • In the Justice League Action episode "Follow that Space Cab!," Lobo, an alien bounty hunter who knows Earth culture, makes fun of Hawkman by calling him Foghorn.
  • In the 2019 film Knives Out, Ransom tells Benoit to shut up "with that Kentucky-fried, Foghorn Leghorn drawl!"
  • In the Helluva Boss episode "Loo Loo Land," a character named Wally Wackford is introduced, who says "I say, I say" at the beginning of his sentences in similar fashion to Foghorn.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Pretty Whittle Liar," a statue of Foghorn is seen at the Hillfolk in Media exhibit at the Hillbilly Pica-ture Palace.
  • In April 2024, Foghorn became a subject of a viral meme where he was put in various anime and would either scold or give pep talk to characters such as Goku from Dragon Ball and Frieren from Frieren: Beyond Journey's End.[5] In response, Eric Bauza posted three videos on his Twitter account where he voiced some of the aforementioned memes.[6][7][8]

References

  1. Teen Titans Go!: "Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary," season 8, episode 24 (2023).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scott, Keith (July 24, 2023). "The Origin of Foghorn Leghorn". Cartoon Research. Retrieved March 3, 2024.
  3. "It's a joke, Son!", AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, vol. 1, University of California Press, 1971, p. 1190. ISBN 9780520215214.
  4. Reugger, Tom (November 21, 2011). "A Tiny Toons Character Who Didn't Make the Cut". Toonatics. Retrieved May 10th, 2024.
  5. "Foghorn Leghorn Rambling / Speech Pattern Parodies". Know Your Meme. Retrieved April 25, 2024.
  6. Bauza, Eric (April 23, 2024). https://twitter.com/bauzilla/status/1782844117736910961.
  7. Bauza, Eric (April 23, 2024). https://twitter.com/bauzilla/status/1782844117736910961.
  8. Bauza, Eric (April 23, 2024). https://twitter.com/bauzilla/status/1782845929026121867.