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Foghorn Leghorn Quotes From the ‘Looney Tunes’ Rooster

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These Foghorn Leghorn quotes will take you back to watching Looney Tunes as a kid!

I do declare, Foghorn Leghorn, might be the world’s most recognizable cartoon rooster.

He appeared in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons and films by Warner Bros.

If you are wondering what things Foghorn Leghorn used to say, you might remember a lot of his sayings included the words “I say.”

This would usually follow the first word of the quote, or happen when he would start a word.

Foghorn Leghorn also had a lot to say about “That Boy” and “That Dog.”

That boy is Henery Hawk, who Foghorn refers to as ‘son.’

He sees himself as the younger bird’s mentor and father figure.

That dog is referred to as Barnyard Dawg, with whom Foghorn has an ongoing prank war.

No one knows how the feud started, but Foghorn is always the instigator, with Barnyard Dawg retaliating.

Barnyard Dawg also calls Foghorn “Foggy” in an attempt to annoy him further.

Enjoy these Foghorn Leghorn quotes and sayings!

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“I say,” Foghorn Leghorn quotes

1. “Now, that, I say, that’s no way for a kid to be wastin’ his time, readin’ that long-haired gobbledygook.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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2. “She remi…, I say, she reminds me of Paul Revere’s ride, a little light in the belfry.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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3. “Now, what, I say, what’s the big idea bashin’ me on the noggin’ with a rollin’ pin!” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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4. “Go, I say, go away boy; you bother me.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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5. “You’re way off, I say, you’re way off this time, son!” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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6. “I say, boy, pay attention when I’m talkin’ to ya, boy.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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7. “What in the, I say, what in the name of Jesse James do you suppose that is?” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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8. “Hmmm, bare, I say, bare as a cooch dancer’s midriff.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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9. “That’s what I’ve been, I say, that’s what I’ve been telling you, boy!” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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10. “That, I say, that boy’s just like a tattoo, gets under your skin.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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11. “Stop, I say, stop it boy, you’re doin’ a lot of choppin’ but no chips are flyin’.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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12. “I got, I say, I got this boy as fidgety as a bubble dancer with a slow leak.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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13. “You know there might, I say, there just might be a market for bottled duck.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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14. “Now who’s, I say, who’s responsible for this unwarranted attack on my person!” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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15. “Now, what, I say, what’s the big idea bashin’ me in the bazooka that-a-way boy!” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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16. “That’s a joke, I say, that’s a joke, son.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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17. “That woman’s as cold as a nudist on an iceberg.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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18. “I made a funny son and you’re not laughin’!” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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19. “His muscles are as soggy as a used tea bag.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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20. “Kid don’t quit talkin’ so much he’ll get his tongue sunburned.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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21. “Hey boy, what’s the idea jackin’ that pot up under me? Jack? Pot? Ahuh, huh… jackpot, that’s a joke son, don’t ya get it?” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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22. “The snow, I say, the snow’s so deep the farmers have to jack up the cows so they can milk’em.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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23. “This is going to cause more confusion than a mouse in a burlesque show.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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24. “What’s, I say, what’s the big idea wrappin’ a lariat around my Adam’s apple.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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25. “Pay attention to me, boy! I’m not just talkin’ to hear my head roar.” ― Foghorn Leghorn

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Which of these Foghorn Leghorn quotes is your favorite?

Robert McKimson and writer Warren Foster created Foghorn Leghorn during ‘the golden age of American animation.’

He starred in 29 cartoons, all directed by McKimson, until 1964.

Mel Blanc was the original creator of Foghorn’s iconic southern voice.

The character was later performed by Jeff Bergman, Joe Alaskey, Bill Farmer, Greg Burson, Jeff Bennett, and Frank Gorshin.

McKimson drew inspiration for Foghorn Leghorn’s character from a popular 1940s radio show.

Senator Claghorn was a fictional, blustery Southern politician portrayed by Kenny Delmar.

In fact, many of Foghorn’s iconic catchphrases belonged to Claghorn first, including “I say” and “That’s a joke, son!”

Claghorn wasn’t the only radio performer Foghorn’s creators drew inspiration from.

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The Sheriff, a radio character from the 1930s, was hard of hearing.

Foghorn’s voice is modeled off of his speech patterns.

The character’s accent is also reminiscent of another cartoon icon, voiced by Mel Blanc, Yosemite Sam.

Did these Foghorn Leghorn quotes and sayings take you back to your childhood?

You can share more of your favorite Foghorn Leghorn quotes with us in the comment section below!

Danielle Dahl, Managing Editor
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  1. Cashew

    November 22, 2022 at 7:49 AM

    Where is the one about the two playing catch and foghorn tells the kid to stand on a chair I think this is going over your head.????Or something similar I can still see the skit

  2. Nels

    November 10, 2021 at 10:32 PM

    One episode was when the mother hen went shopping and wanted Foghorn to sit on her egg to keep it warm while she was away. Of course he wanted no part of that and came up, I say, came up with a brilliant idea! He would get the chicken hawk (son) to sit on it instead because that “would bring him a nice big chicken!” It turned out that the egg was three times bigger than the chicken hawk so he sat over only the very top of it. One of my favorite quotes was when Foghorn looked at him on the egg and said, “Boy, I say, boy, you cover about as much as a skirt flappin’ in a high wind!”

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