Little Boy Boo

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Little Boy Boo
Looney Tunes (Foghorn Leghorn) series
Directed by Robert McKimson
Voices by Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Herman Cohen
Rod Scribner
Phil De Lara
Charles McKimson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) June 5, 1954
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:00
Language English
Preceded by Plop Goes the Weasel
Followed by Feather Dusted

Little Boy Boo is a "Looney Tunes" cartoon animated short starring Foghorn Leghorn, Miss Prissy, and Egghead, Jr. Released June 5, 1954, the cartoon is directed by Robert McKimson. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc.

The cartoon was one of several in the Foghorn Leghorn series utilizing the theme of Foghorn attempting to woo the widowed Miss Prissy by babysitting her son (Egghead, Jr.).

Plot[edit]

Foghorn reads a newspaper story in the Barnyard News predicting a cold winter. To avoid freezing in his shack, he decides to woo Miss Prissy ("I need your love to keep me warm."), who lives in a warm, cozy cottage across the way. Miss Prissy is flattered by Foghorn's two-second courtship, but tells him that, in order to prove his worthiness as her mate, he needs to show that he can be a worthy father to her bookish-looking son.

The little boy - Egghead Jr., a chick similar in appearance to Tweety, dressed in a stocking cap and oversized glasses - would rather read about "Splitting the Fourth Dimension" than engage in typical little boy games. Foghorn immediately catches on to this and sets out to win his audition by showing Egghead Jr. how to play various sports games.

Although he apparently has never participated in any of the below-listed events before, Egghead Jr. effortly masters them all, as depicted in the cartoon's gags:

  • Baseball. After Egghead Jr. swallows the ball whole and clonks Foghorn over the head with the bat causing Foghorn to yell "NO! NO Boy! You suppose to hit the ball with it! The ball!", the rooster has Egghead Jr. properly use both items. Egghead goes to bat and smashes a line drive down Foghorn's throat, and later fires a fast-pitch offering that slices through Foghorn's bat and a row of trees in the grove. When asked to explain, Egghead produces a series of scientific formulas.
  • Making paper airplanes. Foghorn makes a conventional one, but Egghead Jr. creates a fighter that not only floats sleekly through the air, it shoots Foggy's plane down in flames. Foghorn is handed another scientific explanation.
  • Hide and seek. Foghorn hides in the feedbox, but using a slide rule and a shovel, Egghead Jr. finds the rooster underground. Flabbergasted at how the chick accomplished this, Foghorn decides not to look in the feedbox, declaring "I just might be in there."

Later, Foghorn tries to take an interest in Egghead Jr.'s interests. The chick is experimenting with formulas in his Tiny Tot Chemical Set (marked "harmless"). Foghorn assumes Egghead Jr. is making "sody-pop" and tries to make it fizz - but causes an explosion instead.

Foghorn returns Egghead Jr. home and cancels the engagement. "I've got my bandages to keep me warm!" he scowls as he walks off with a crutch and in a full-body bandage.

Censorship[edit]

  • On the ABC and FOX airings of this cartoon, the part where Egghead hits Foghorn Leghorn with a baseball bat after Foghorn asks him what a baseball bat is used for is cut.
  • On the CBS version of this cartoon, the part where Foghorn Leghorn shakes up the contents in Egghead's test tube (and the explosion that follows) was cut (yet the end where Foghorn Leghorn was bandaged up from the explosion was not edited at all).

Succession[edit]

Preceded by
Of Rice and Hen
Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
1954
Succeeded by
Feather Dusted

References[edit]

  • Friedwald, Will and Jerry Beck. "The Warner Brothers Cartoons." Scarecrow Press Inc., Metuchen, N.J., 1981. ISBN 0-8108-1396-3.

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