Banty Raids is a "Merrie Melodies" cartoon animated short starring Foghorn Leghorn and the Barnyard Dawg, and features the only appearance of the "Banty Rooster" character. Released June 29, 1963, the cartoon is directed by Robert McKimson. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg.
|Directed by||Robert McKimson|
|Produced by||David H. DePatie (uncredited)|
|Story by||Robert McKimson|
|Music by||Bill Lava|
|Animation by||George Grandpré|
|Layouts by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|June 29, 1963|
This cartoon marked the last "classic-era" cartoon starring Foghorn Leghorn and Barnyard Dawg. Foghorn would make a cameo appearance in False Hare in 1964, but his next appearance after that was in 1980's The Yolk's on You.
A curmudgeon old rooster expels a young, pint-sized (bantam, aka "banty") rooster — who fancies himself as a hip beatnik and ladies' man — from the barnyard after repeatedly disturbing the peace with rock music. The banty, after regaining his senses (and shooting his guitar), sees the neighboring barnyard is full of 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 Foghorn takes the bait. Adopting him as his "son," Foghorn 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" ("Hah, just like I thought! He's wacky over females!"). 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 ("Uh oh. Looks like one of that silly dawg's booby traps!"). After dodging a shot from the tank, he is then kicked violently by a bull (the real target of the tank), launching and trapping him in a converted thresher retooled for the sole purpose of dressing Foghorn in drag. After Foggy lands in the thresher, he disappears from view as a rope laden spindle revolves at high speed, ensnaring Foggy within an undetermined length of rope. Once Foggy pops out of the thresher landing on a conveyor belt, its obvious her arms were bound to her sides giving Foghorn a bustline, and her beak was also tied to prevent clear speech, and to alter said beak into a fluted shape, adding to her new henlike appearance. While Foggy rides the conveyor belt, he is subjected to a "makeover" which begins when eyelids with blue eyeshadow and long thick eyelashes are literally glued on, continues when a plunger with red lipstick smacks into Foggy's beak, coating said beak with the lipstick, a blue bonnet with a blonde wig is put onto her head, and ends when Foghorn drops headfirst into a blue dress, bounces off a makeshift trampoline (a girdle), gently floating down to earth as the dress functions like an umbrella a minute later, landing between the dog, the banty rooster, as her feet slide into a pair of blue heels. The banty rooster demands an impromptu marriage ceremony and Barnyard Dog readily obliges, donning a preachers hat and declaring them husband and wife. Foggy tries to protest ("But I'm a rooster!", which the beatnik rooster didn't understand because Foghorn's speech is obscured by her mouth tied shut), the banty rooster however, is willing to accept her shortcomings ("Don't let it bug ya mam. Like, we can't all be perfect!")
Mother was a Rooster
| Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
The Yolk's on You
- "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award – 1962 -". cartoonresearch.com.
- Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 343. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.