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Mother Was a Rooster is a 1962 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson.

Plot

Late one night, Barnyard Dawg breaks into an ostrich hatchery to steal an egg, the intent being to place it under Foghorn Leghorn and make him believe that he laid the egg, as a prank. Barnyard Dawg justifies this by explaining, "It's been kind of dull round the farm lately."

Foghorn awakens and taking the bait, discovers the egg underneath him. When the egg doesn't immediately hatch, Barnyard Dawg decides to speed up the process by whacking Foggy over the head with a mallet. The egg hatches an ostrich chick, to which Foggy immediately warms up to as his own son. Foggy proudly shows off his "son" to the Barnyard Dawg as a gesture of goodwill, but the Barnyard Dawg insults the ostrich, making fun of his appearance and voice. The ostrich buries his head in the ground in shame.

After an attempt with a booby-trapped bone to get back at Barnyard Dawg fails, Foggy tries to bond with his son, showing him how to play various sporting activities such as baseball and football. Despite these efforts to build the bird's self-esteem and forget Barnyard Dawg's maliciousness, the dog continually and unmercifully mocks the ostrich. The ostrich buries his head with each insult, agitating Foggy even more. Eventually, Foggy has enough of the bullying and decides to defend his son's honor in a boxing match.

The bout takes place in a makeshift ring, contained beneath the farm's wooden water tower. When Barnyard Dawg decides to cheat, including walking over to Foghorn's corner to throw a cheap-shot sucker punch at him before the match starts, Foggy decides to forget the rules and — using a loose floor plank as a catapult — hurls his canine foe into the bottom of the water tank. Barnyard Dawg returns the favor, and the process repeats several times until the tank becomes dislodged and crashes on top of the ring, leaving both Foggy and Barnyard Dawg with their heads buried in the ground. The ostrich, who had been watching the match, remarks, "They've left me all alone. Where did everybody go?"

Availability

Streaming

Censorship

  • On CBS, the part where Barnyard Dawg cheap-shots Foghorn Leghorn as he says, "Okay, son, ring the bell," during the first part of the boxing match was cut.[1]

Notes

  • It is the last-released cartoon scored by Milt Franklyn; Bill Lava would take over as composer for Warner Bros. cartoons starting with "Good Noose" until the cartoon department's closure in 1969. Since Franklyn was deceased since April 1962, this means he completed scoring music for this cartoon before his death.
  • The ostrich from "Plenty of Money and You" and "The Lyin' Mouse" appears once again, but he is shorter, has three hairs on the top of his head, has a light brown head as opposed to a gray one, has smaller pupils, has less eyelashes, has a smaller brown body as opposed to a gray one, has light brown legs as opposed to yellow ones, and has smaller tail feathers.
  • This is the only cartoon that features the ostrich that's not directed by Friz Freleng.

Gallery

Preceded by
The Slick Chick
Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
1962
Succeeded by
Banty Raids
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
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