Widow Hen asks curmudgeon old rooster Mr. Cackle to watch her young son Junior while she goes out. Mr. Cackle refuses, claiming Junior is destructive, disrespectful, and incorrigible; in fact, the old geezer says Junior "makes Dennis the Menace look like an angel." Foghorn Leghorn overhears the proceedings and, hoping to silence Mr. Cackle and prove a point that "ain't no such thing as a bad boy," volunteers to watch Junior, who snickers, "Oooh, he don't know me vewy well, do he?" Foggy thought he will go really well with Junior, but Junior snickers, "Five will get he ten!" before putting a needle on his bottom. Mr. Cackle laughs loud. Foggy says angrily,"What'd you laughing at, yer old goat? The boy was just being playful." Junior snickers and says, "Who he tink he kiddin'!" Foggy took the boy to play, while Mr. Cackle laughs and says, "Lotsa luck, Foggy. You're gonna need it!"
Foggy first takes Junior to a box full of toys, and tells Junior to play with them. Junior was disappointed to find no toys that he likes, "just a box full of widdle kids' stuff." He decides to find something that a "destwuctive widdle kid" like him could play with. First, upon finding a cement mixer in the barn, Junior decides to call a false alarm, which leads to Foggy landing in the cement mixer; he comes out posed as Rodin's "The Thinker" statue. Junior then says, "I'm not weawwy a scuwptor. It's just me mean widdle hobby!" Foggy recovers and threatens to report Junior's misbehavior to Widow Hen, but Junior counters by warning that he'll tell his mother that Foggy is still betting on the horses. Foggy tries to laugh this off, and does, but not after he briefly mimics watching a horse race.
Junior wanders from the farm while Foggy is taking a nap, and goes into a secret shed to find a balloon. Junior ties the harness around Foggy and puts the rooster into orbit. Eventually, Foggy awakens and panics when he realizes he is flying high above the farm. When he demands that Junior help get him down, Junior says,"Yer know, it's kind wevoltin' to see a wooster turn chicken. But, if he want down, I get he down." Then he sends a dart to puncture the balloon. Foggy falls to the earth, and Junior gives him a landing pad ... first, a spring, which springs Foggy back into the air, which makes Junior decide to use something softer in the form of a landmine. After an explosion, Junior remarks, "Now why do you suppose he bwow his top?"
Once Foggy regains his senses, with feathers all blown up, and blue boxer shorts on his pink skin, his mind is made up about Junior: "I still say he ain't a bad boy. He's the worst. Worst, that is. Pew!"
- The Road Runner Show (1966-1968; 1971-1974)
- The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (1968-1971; 1975-1976)
- The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show (1976-1985)
- Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon (1988-1989; 1994-1999)
- Merrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends [Syndication and Fox] (1990-1994)
- The Bugs and Daffy Show [Cartoon Network] (1999-2004)
- The Road Runner Show [Boomerang] (2000-2002)
- The Looney Tunes Show [Cartoon Network] (2001-2004)
- Looney Tunes on Boomerang (2003-2005; 2013-present)
- Looney Tunes on Cartoon Network (2011-2015)
- Bugs Bunny and Friends [Me-TV] (2021-present)
- On CBS and ABC, the part where Junior places a landmine on the ground for Foghorn Leghorn to fall on is cut, making it unclear as to what made Foghorn "blow his top" and obvious that's something's missing.
- Although this cartoon is a Looney Tunes short, it uses the Merrie Melodies closing card with the Looney Tunes closing theme (1955-1964).
- This was one of the seven cartoons (not counting "The Jet Cage", as William Lava also did music for that short) that were released after Milt Franklyn's death, alongside "Mexican Boarders", "Bill of Hare", "Zoom at the Top", "Louvre Come Back to Me!", "Honey's Money", and "Mother Was a Rooster".
- Mr. Cackle mentions Dennis the Menace when comparing the destructive Junior with that character in one scene, referencing the comic character of the same name by Hank Ketcham and the 1959 live-action television series it inspired.
|Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
Mother Was a Rooster
|Foghorn Leghorn Cartoons|
|1946||Walky Talky Hawky|
|1948||The Foghorn Leghorn|
|1950||The Leghorn Blows at Midnight • A Fractured Leghorn|
|1951||Leghorn Swoggled • Lovelorn Leghorn|
|1952||Sock a Doodle Do • The EGGcited Rooster|
|1953||Plop Goes the Weasel! • Of Rice and Hen|
|1954||Little Boy Boo|
|1955||Feather Dusted • All Fowled Up|
|1956||Weasel Stop • The High and the Flighty • Raw! Raw! Rooster!|
|1958||Feather Bluster • Weasel While You Work|
|1959||A Broken Leghorn|
|1960||Crockett-Doodle-Do • The Dixie Fryer|
|1962||The Slick Chick • Mother Was a Rooster|
|1980||The Yolks on You|