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The Squawkin' Hawk is a 1942 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.


Tired of eating worms, Henery Hawk wants chicken for dinner, but his mother stops him at every turn with a worm, who doesn't want to get eaten. This results in him getting grounded, going to bed with no dinner at all.

Later at night, Henery, who couldn't sleep because of his hunger, sneaks out to the chicken coop. His first victim is a hen named "Hazel". As tiny Henery struggles to carry Hazel, it alerts her husband, who at first thinks Hazel is intoxicated or had her legs shrunk in size, only to find out that Henery has captured her, panicking Hazel at once.

Henery continues feuding with the rooster and the hen, until his mother catches him from outside the chicken coop.

Back at home, Henery is again told to eat a worm, since "mama knows best." Henery, having not learnt his lesson, and feeling sorry for the worm, still wants to eat chicken, causing the worm to give him a big kiss on the beak.




  • This is the first collaboration of writer Michael Maltese and director Chuck Jones.
  • This short introduces Henery Hawk, who would appear in eleven more cartoons in the Golden Age of American Animation.
  • Kent Rogers played Henery in this cartoon, while Tedd Pierce voices the rooster and Sara Berner voices Henery's mother and Hazel.[2]
  • This is the only cartoon where Kent Rogers voices Henery Hawk. Mel Blanc took over as the voice of Henery Hawk beginning with "Walky Talky Hawky".
  • This is the only cartoon where Henery's mother appears. In "Walky Talky Hawky", she is mentioned only at the beginning, but never appears onscreen; in later Henery Hawk cartoons, she has been replaced by Henery's father, George K. Chickenhawk.
  • Henery is known as "Junior" in this short. It is not until "Walky Talky Hawky" that he is given an actual name.
  • It was reissued in 1947-48 season evident from Color Rings. The original titles are lost and have not been found, but a damaged cel has.
  • The cartoon released as a special feature of Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray uses an unreleased stereo mix of its recreated 1995 m/e soundtrack (used mostly for the 1995 redubs of this short). Note that some of dialogue's volume has been decreased, making it hard for viewers to understand the lines the characters say. In addition, both the reissued opening and ending music cues, as well as the unaltered parts of the background music sound canned for this reason.[3]



Henery Hawk Cartoons
1942 The Squawkin' Hawk
1946 Walky Talky Hawky
1947 Crowing Pains
1948 You Were Never DuckierThe Foghorn Leghorn
1949 Henhouse Henery
1950 The Scarlet PumpernickelThe Leghorn Blows at Midnight
1951 Leghorn Swoggled
1952 The EGGcited Rooster
1955 All Fowled Up
1961 Strangled Eggs