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Mother Was a Rooster (1962)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  20 October 1962 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Foghorn Leghorn / Barnyard Dog / Ostrich (voice)


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 <>

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Evil mastermind revealed at last
18 March 2004 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This short offers undeniable prove that Barnyard Dog is the most conniving villain ever employed by the Warner Brothers studio. While in the past he may have seemed just an innocent bystander rousted into action by too many pranks, in 'Mother was a Rooster' he shows his true colours, all of them dark. With malicious intent he breaks into Cawstone ostrich farm to steal a defenseless egg. Adding insult to injury he puts 'exhibit A' next to a sleeping Foghorn Leghorn just to "liven up the dull proceedings around here". The impatient offender cannot wait for Foghorn to wake up and therefore starts crowing before sunrise (hereby depriving the other party of his only means of income).When this fails the villainous plotter goes as far as to use a hammer to crack both the egg in question (prematurely I might add) and Mr. Foghorn's head (post natal).

The good natured Mr. Leghorn is happy to adopt the ostrich as his own son, but Barnyard the heartless has to insult the poor innocent bird every chance he gets by not accepting his unusual features. While Foghorn the Saint spends quality time with the orphan boy, engaging in healthy pastimes as football and baseball, black hearted Barnyard is only interested in giving the young bird a inferiority complex as well as a speech impediment. When the heroic Foghorn took it upon himself to stand up to the baseless insults and challenged the horrible deceiver to a boxing match, naturally the wretched coward resorted to foul play. The evidence, as presented in "Mother was a rooster" proves to be uncomfortable and painful to watch and guarantied to insult any ostrich in the audience. The Barnyard dog is in actuality a scrupulous Hell hound. I rest may case.

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