A no-nonsense, hulky rooster guards a chicken coop that a fox repeatedly tries to raid. The rooster uses a gunpowder-filled chicken decoy, an exploding egg, a mallet, and a gun to repel all... See full summary »

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A no-nonsense, hulky rooster guards a chicken coop that a fox repeatedly tries to raid. The rooster uses a gunpowder-filled chicken decoy, an exploding egg, a mallet, and a gun to repel all of the fox's sneaky attempts to gain access to the chickens. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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17 October 1953 (USA)  »

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The name of the farm, where the fox tried to catch a chicken for a meal, is "J. C. Henney", spoofing store founder, J. C. Penney's name. See more »

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[after the fox's numerous failures at trying to get a chicken, for a meal, it is so hungry that it decdes to disguise itself as a chicken thinking it will finally succeed]
Fox: I'm so hungry, that I'll do anything.
[the fox jumps up using springs, pretending to woo Clara the Hen]
Fox: Juliet?
Clara the Hen: Oh, Romeo!
Fox: [fox jumps again by Clara's window] Precious jewels?
Fox: [fox jumps again by Clara's window] Car? And heavy too.
[fox, still in air while holding automobile]
George: Clara, act your age.
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William Tell Overture
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Played when the fox runs back to his den with the bag
Played often in the score
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A hilarious Looney Tune, and it's got a great beat besides!
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I totally forgot all about this Looney Tune until I recently perused the IMDb listings.

"Easy Peckin's" is not only funny, but after the first few times I saw it on TV in 1972 (when I was 10) I found myself slapping my knees along with the rhythm of the music. What I especially remember about this short was the scene when the fox snuck into the barnyard under a haystack; it was punctuated by a series of string pizzicatos. As with "Daffy Duck Hunt," my younger sister got extremely p.o.'d by my slapping my knees and repeating the script that she'd scream, "KNOCK IT OFF!"

When I got into eighth grade in high school in 1975, I wanted to join the band and play the drums (percussion), but then decided to learn the trumpet, and stuck with it for 3 years (the musical score for "Easy Peckin's" was one factor that initially influenced me into wanting to learn to play drums). But, as with "Daffy Duck Hunt," I can't help but laugh until I become hoarse thinking about how I drove everybody in my family nuts slapping my knees in time with the music and repeating the dialogue!

Also, two other funny observations I have about "Easy Peckin's" are: (1) after George, the rooster, burns up the haystack, as the fox is retreating (sans haystack) he looks like the original Buddah Records logo (the Shiva Indian statue) with his hands outstretched above either side of his head (you might want to go to BSN Pubs' website to see what I'm talking about; click on "Buddah label"); and (2) I often use the memorable quote to describe my thoughts regarding a movie, TV show, or stage show which seemed a little overproduced and disagreed with me (e.g. the 2003 film version of "Chicago"). The only things that are, and that do agree with me, would be a well-done hamburger or steak!

To any pre- or early teens who have never seen "Easy Peckin's," be advised - you may develop a longing to learn to play the drums once you listen to the musical score! (Warner Home Video, any chance you'll include "Easy Peckin's" on a Looney Tunes DVD compilation soon?)

So now "Easy Peckin's" has made its way onto my list of all-time favorite Looney Tunes, good for third place between "Napoleon Bunny-Part" (Bugs Bunny) and "Guided Muscle" (the Road Runner), with "Bewitched Bunny" (Bugs and Witch Hazel) now going down to fifth place. "Daffy Duck Hunt," however, remains tops.

I give "Easy Peckin's" a 9!


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