Cartoon of the Day: Crockett-Doodle-Do

Directed by Robert McKimson
Available on: Looney Tunes Superstars: Foghorn Leghorn and Friends

Foghorn Leghorn was not one of top Looney Tunes stars but he is a favorite to many. The same could possibly be said of his creator/director, Robert McKimson. When asked to name the great Looney Tunes directors, many animation fans can probably quickly rattle off names like Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Tex Avery and Bob Clampett…but McKimson is sometimes forgotten. It’s a shame, he was a talented director who certainly left his mark on the world of animation. McKimson directed all of Foghorn Leghorn’s shorts from 1946-1964.

In “Crockett-Doodle-Do,” McKimson takes Foghorn Leghorn into the wilderness where he tries to get little Egghead Jr. to stop reading his “long-hair goblety gook” and teach him the ways of Davy Crockett. What follows is a series of gags where the little kid proves to be quite skilled at outdoor survival while all of Foghorn’s attempts blow up in his face.

The character of Egghead Jr. does not speak at all in this short and has almost no facial expression, yet he is the source of a lot of comedy. All the talking is done by Foghorn, voiced by Mel Blanc (of course). These limitations make the short a great example of the brilliant comic timing of both Blanc and director McKimson.

From a visual standpoint, this short has some very interesting designs for the background elements. They are very stylized and extremely flat looking. The opening shot of the film looks a little odd when Foghorn steps out of the hen house…he’s the only thing that appears to have any dimension. But after a moment, your eyes adjust and the backgrounds seem to fit in perfectly.

All-in-all, a great entry in the Foghorn Leghorn series and proof the McKimson’s work is deserving of more respect.

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