Walky Talky Hawky
Walky Talky Hawky is a 1946 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies theatrical short directed by Robert McKimson. The cartoon was released on August 31, 1946, and features Henery Hawk and Foghorn Leghorn. This is the first appearance of both Foghorn Leghorn and the Barnyard Dawg.
|Walky Talky Hawky|
|Directed by||Robert McKimson|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer (uncredited)|
|Story by||Warren Foster|
|Music by||Musical Direction:|
Milt Franklyn (uncredited)
|Edited by||Treg Brown (uncredited)|
|Animation by||Richard Bickenbach|
A.C. Gamer (effects)
|Layouts by||Cornett Wood|
|Backgrounds by||Richard H. Thomas|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Henery Hawk discusses his cravings with his father, who then tells him, "Your mother and I are outcasts, hated and hunted because of what we are: chicken hawks. And you, you, Henery, you're a chicken hawk too. And like all chicken hawks, you crave to eat - a chicken." More enthusiastic than his father, Henery Hawk sets out to find a chicken. However, as he tries to fly, he falls from the tree and tells the audience "Someday I gotta learn to fly." Meanwhile, in a barnyard, the Barnyard Dawg deliberately throws a watermelon on an unsuspecting Foghorn Leghorn, who is done filing his nails, muttering to himself, while thinking of the Dawg, "EVERYDAY IS THE SAME THING!". Just as the Dawg goes to sleep, Foghorn spanks the Dawg with a paddle, angering the Dawg into chasing Foghorn, only the Dawg gets choked by the leash and falls. The Dawg now angrily barks at Foghorn, who then slaps the Dawg, yelling "Ah, SHUT UP!" and walks away.
Henery meets Foghorn, who, seeing the hawk as a potential pawn against the Dawg, tells Henery he is a horse, and that the Dawg is a chicken, and Henery Hawk goes up to the Dawg and bites the Dawg in the tail, causing the Dawg to wake up from his nap in pain, and Henery warns the Dawg, "Are you gonna come quietly or do I have to muss ya up?!", but the Dawg chases Henery, but gets choked on the leash again and falls again while Foghorn whacks the Dawg in the head like he's playing croquet with croquet mallet and runs with the Dawg angrily barking again, only with a headache. Henery is still running, but Foghorn tells Henery not to give up, and Henery literally carries the dog house with the Dawg in it like a train while the Dawg investigates with a mirror, sees Henery, and lifts up his house and gives chase, but is choked and falls again and Foghorn puts a knight's helmet on the Dawg and whacks the Dawg in the side of the head many times, causing the Dawg's head to literally shake inside.
Foghorn tells Henery that the Dawg is a "foxy chicken", and they have to "outsmart him", and Foghorn whispers the plan into Henery's ear. Henery lures the Dawg out of his house by drawing a doorbell and presses it and plays a piano while the Dawg dances to the music, and the Dawg gets whacked and trips over a banana peel and a spring while walking clumsily and landing on a rollerskate. When the Dawg surrenders and asks Henery what he is looking for, Henery tells the Dawg, "You're a chicken, I'm a chicken hawk, and I'm gonna eat chicken!", the Dawg realizes he's been the victim of Foghorn's prank and points out, "I'm NO chicken! THAT'S a chicken!", and Foghorn accuses the Dawg, "Don't you, I say don't you call ME a chicken, you... chicken!" Henery realizes he's been tricked and he releases the Dawg on Foghorn which starts a brawl between the two of them, only this time, Foghorn is now running while the angry Dawg is now on the warpath against Foghorn. When the brawl takes them into a barn, an ACTUAL horse forcibly ejects them, clunking their heads together in the process. The two foes, shaking hands to prove solidarity, re-enter to double-team the horse. Finally, Henery captures Foghorn, the Dawg, and the horse, mimicking Foghorn and telling the camera that "One of these things, I SAY, ONE OF THESE THINGS, has GOT to be a chicken!" as the cartoon irises out.
After Robert McKimson was promoted director in late 1944, writer Warren Foster developed a story about a large rooster, a barnyard dog and the inclusion of Henery Hawk (a character created by Chuck Jones). Dialogue was recorded on January 13, 1945.
Animation producer Paul Dini writes, "Bugs and Porky — indeed, most of the classic Warner Bros. characters — underwent years of refinement before they became stars. Not so Foghorn Leghorn, who exploded fully formed and bellowing in Walky Talky Hawky. Though he soon lost his realistic chicken squawks, Foghorn retained his bellicose personality and barrel-bellied design for the remainder of his theatrical career... McKimson's comic equation of rooster plus board plus dog's butt may lack the poetic elegance of comic-strip artist George Herriman's mouse plus brick plus Krazy Kat's head. However, the merry brutality worked well enough to ensure seventeen years of constant laughs — and in the case of Walky Talky Hawky, an Academy Award nomination."
The short is included, digitally remastered, in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3 and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection. It is also part of Bugs Bunny: Superstar Part 2 in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4. It is also in the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 3 Blu-ray and DVD and streaming on HBO Max.
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