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|Merrie Melodies (Foghorn Leghorn) series|
|Directed by||Robert McKimson|
|Produced by||Eddie Selzer (uncredited)|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Rod Scribner
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||January 15, 1955|
|Preceded by||Little Boy Boo|
|Followed by||All Fowled Up|
Feather Dusted is a Foghorn Leghorn animated short film from Warner Bros. released in 1955 and directed by Robert McKimson. Foghorn tries to play games with Egghead, Jr., but finds that playing with Egghead, Jr. can be dangerous.
Miss Prissy goes off to a (literal) hen party, leaving her son Egghead, Jr. behind. Passing by "loafer" Foghorn, Foghorn takes it upon himself to play games with Egghead, Jr. instead of having to read "How to Isolate the Isotope". Although Egghead Jr. "shakes his head when he means yes, and nods when he means no," Foghorn tries playing games with him.
Foghorn first tries to explain how to play croquet, but Egghead, Jr. manages to knock the ball through all the wickets (showing off his diagram when Foghorn doesn't believe that shot is possible). Foghorn then tries playing cops and robbers, but Egghead Jr. blows a whistle, and Foghorn is arrested offscreen. Using his diagram, he marks an X where Foghorn digs out, complete with prison outfit and ball and chain ("Boy, I say boy, let's play somethin' less confining.") Next they try playing Indians and Daniel Boone, but Foghorn gets a face full of buckshot when he pulls the cork out of Egghead Jr.'s gun.
Foghorn then plays pirates with Egghead, Jr., but when he tries adjusting the 'cannon' (instead of listening to Egghead Jr.'s diagram, which points the cannon away from the target), the cannonball winds up bouncing into Foghorn's mouth, knocking him into the lake. Finally, Foghorn goes swimming, and tells Egghead Jr. that he's a "battleship", encouraging him to swim in and "sink me". Egghead Jr. instead winds up a series of mini battleships that shoot at Foghorn, sinking him. When Egghead Jr. pulls Foghorn out of the lake, Miss Prissy comes and berates Foghorn - "Mark my words, one of these days, some of your childish pranks are going to backfire on you." Foghorn gets up, says: "Ma'am, I say ma'am, you are so right!", showing that water is now pouring through the holes he has in his body sustained by Egghead's battleships.
- On ABC, Cartoon Network (before and after the classic Looney Tunes cartoons were reinstated into that channel's line-up), and The Merrie Melodies Show (syndicated and FOX editions), the part where Foghorn Leghorn and Egghead, Jr. play Daniel Boone (with Foghorn Leghorn as an Indian and Egghead Jr. blasting Foghorn in the face with his "toy" gun) was cut. The edited version of this cartoon goes from Foghorn digging out of prison (after getting arrested while playing "Cops and Robbers") and suggesting that he and Egghead, Jr. play "something less confining" to the sequence where they play pirates.
- On the now-defunct WB! channel, the part where Foghorn and Egghead, Jr. play Daniel Boone was shown, but was edited to remove the part where Foghorn pulls the cork on Egghead, Jr.'s gun and gets shot in the face.
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