Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cartoon a Day: Walky Talky Hawky

Walky Talky Hawky
Directed by Robert McKimson
Available on: Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 3

I say it's about time...listen to me when I talk to you son...I say it's about time we had a Foghorn Leghorn short for Cartoon a Day! This pompous rooster is one of the great 2nd tier characters from the Warner Brothers studio. Never the celebrity that Bugs or Daffy was, but star of some very funny films. "Walky Talky Hawky" was the characters first appearance.

Henery Hawk is actually the leading man of this short. After realizing that he is a chicken hawk, Henery sets out to eat his first chicken. Running into Foghorn Leghorn first, the rooster convinces Henery that the dog is really a chicken and assists the little carnivore in trying to capture the canine.

Though there are plenty of visual gags in this short, the real humor comes from the characters. Foghorn is one of the funniest characters in the Warner Brothers stable. The voice along with the quirks (repeating himself) and catchphrases (I say boy...) are a hilarious combination. Foghorn's voice is not quite the voice we know in this short, it sounds a bit more like Yosemite Sam here, but it still works great and really helps drive this Oscar-nominated short.

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