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Banty Raids is a 1963 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson.


The title is a play on "panty raids."


An old rooster expels a young, pint-sized bantam rooster, who fancies himself as a hip beatnik and ladies' man, from the barnyard, after repeatedly disturbing the peace with rock music. The beatnik, after regaining his senses and shooting his guitar, sees the neighboring barnyard is full of female hens and is immediately overcome with lust.

But to gain access to the barnyard, he needs to get past its superintendent, Foghorn Leghorn. The young rooster disguises himself as a baby, and Foggy takes the bait. Adopting him as his "son," Foggy immediately shows the beatnik how to keep Barnyard Dawg in his place, using a rubber band contraption to punch the dog square in the head before tossing him in a garbage can.

The beatnik rooster constantly sneaks away to dance with the hens and kiss them. Foghorn eventually catches on that his young visitor is attracted to the "fairer sex". So does Barnyard Dawg, who offers to aid the hip rooster.After the hen obsessed rooster agrees, the dog sends a toy tank to seek out Foggy, so he can be trapped in a converted thresher retooled for the sole purpose of dressing Foghorn in drag permanently. After Foggy lands in the thresher and is subjected to a makeover, the beatnik rooster goes wild and demands an impromptu marriage ceremony and Barnyard Dawg readily obliges, donning a preachers hat. Foggy tries to protest the beatnik rooster however, is willing to accept his shortcomings.




  • This cartoon was used in Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island, but was edited for time.
  • This cartoon marked the last "classic-era" cartoon starring Foghorn Leghorn and Barnyard Dawg. Foggy would make a cameo appearance in "False Hare" in 1964, but his next appearance after that was in 1980's "The Yolks on You".
  • This is the only short to be written by Robert McKimson, although it was also co-written by Nick Bennion.


TV Title Cards


  • Friedwald, Will and Jerry Beck. "The Warner Brothers Cartoons." Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1981. ISBN 0-8108-1396-3.
Preceded by
Mother Was a Rooster
Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
Succeeded by
The Yolks on You
Foghorn Leghorn Cartoons
1946 Walky Talky Hawky
1947 Crowing Pains
1948 The Foghorn Leghorn
1949 Henhouse Henery
1950 The Leghorn Blows at MidnightA Fractured Leghorn
1951 Leghorn SwoggledLovelorn Leghorn
1952 Sock a Doodle DoThe EGGcited Rooster
1953 Plop Goes the Weasel!Of Rice and Hen
1954 Little Boy Boo
1955 Feather DustedAll Fowled Up
1956 Weasel StopThe High and the FlightyRaw! Raw! Rooster!
1957 Fox-Terror
1958 Feather BlusterWeasel While You Work
1959 A Broken Leghorn
1960 Crockett-Doodle-DoThe Dixie Fryer
1961 Strangled Eggs
1962 The Slick ChickMother Was a Rooster
1963 Banty Raids
1964 False Hare
1996 Superior Duck
1997 Pullet Surprise
2004 Cock-a-Doodle Duel