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Mother Was a Rooster (1962)

Foghorn Leghorn is sound asleep when the barnyard dog places an ostrich egg beside him for a gag. When Foghorn awakes and sees the egg, he thinks he's its mother! The egg hatches to reveal ... See full summary »

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Foghorn Leghorn is sound asleep when the barnyard dog places an ostrich egg beside him for a gag. When Foghorn awakes and sees the egg, he thinks he's its mother! The egg hatches to reveal an easily embarrassed baby ostrich that Foghorn regards as his son. The dog insults the ostrich repeatedly, causing him to bury his head in the ground. So, to protect his son's honor, Foghorn challenges the dog to a boxing match. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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20 October 1962 (USA)  »

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According to the cue sheet at Belgian Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers, four original music cues by Milt Franklyn were also used in this cartoon: "On the QT", "Hurry Skerry", "Resting Up", and "Rooster on the Town". It is unknown which sections they play in, however. See more »

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Edited into The Bugs Bunny Mother's Day Special (1979) See more »

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Barnyard Dog showing his true colours
8 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I can't help liking Foghorn Leghorn and his cartoons. Admittedly I like him more now than I did 10+ years ago, now that I understand and appreciate his humour and that my horizons I like to think have broadened. To me, while he is not my favourite of the Looney Tunes characters, he is still interesting and distinctive and is always funny. Mother was a Rooster is not one of his best with a routine story and some of the animation quality was a little lacking in fluidity. However, I did like the vibrancy of the colours, and how upbeat, lushly orchestrated and catchy the music score is, also succeeding in enhancing the action. The story itself holds few surprises, but is still entertaining actually thanks to the zippy pacing and clever sight gags. The writing is often hilarious, the biggest gems being "I say come on boy, I want the whole world to meet my new son" and "you have insulted my families honour sah. ( SMACK!) I demand satisfaction.". Barnyard Dog is no longer the butt of the joke, and is more cunning than usual, which is a good contrast. Foghorn as ever steals the show with his repetitive but sharp wit and unique voice. The baby ostrich is not as interesting a character but has a very cute final line. Mel Blanc was one of the best and most consistent voice actors and he as always is faultless. Overall, a fun cartoon. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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