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The Squawkin' Hawk
Squawkin hawk
Directed By: Charles M. Jones
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: August 8, 1942
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Ted Pierce
Animation: Robert Cannon
Ken Harris (uncredited)
Rudy Larriva (uncredited)
Ben Washam (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Kent Rogers
Tedd Pierce
Sara Berner
Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Henery Hawk
Preceded By: The Ducktators
Succeeded By: Eatin' on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner

The Squawkin' Hawk is an American animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, first released to theatres in 8 August 1942. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger, directed by Chuck Jones, music by Carl Stalling and released to theatres by Warner Bros. It features the first appearance of Henery Hawk. Its running time is 6:46 minutes.


Tired of eating worms, Henery Hawk wants chicken for dinner, but his mother stops him at every turn with a worm, who doesn't want to get eaten. This results to him getting grounded going to bed with no dinner at all.

Later at night, Henery, who couldn't sleep because of his hunger (and craving to eat chicken) sneaks out to get a chicken to eat in a chicken coop. His first victim is a hen named "Hazel". As Henery struggles to carry Hazel with his small size, it alerts her husband (a rooster), who at first misinterpret it as Hazel intoxicated or had her legs shrunk in size, only to find out that Henery has captured her, panicking Hazel at once.

The rest of the cartoon continues with Henery feuding with the rooster and the hen, not until his mother caught him from outside the chicken coop.

The final scene takes place at the same spot as the opening scene; Henery is told to eat a worm again, since "mama knows best" Henery, having not learnt his lesson, still wants to eat chicken, hence causing the worm gives him a big kiss on the beak. Iris out.


  • Kent Rogers played Henery in this cartoon, while Tedd Pierce voices the rooster and Sara Berner voices Henery's mother. Mel Blanc did other voices.
  • This is the only cartoon where Kent Rogers voices Henery Hawk. After Kent Rogers' death in 1944, Mel Blanc took over as the voice of Henery Hawk, beginning with Flop Goes The Weasel.
  • This is the only cartoon where Henery's mother appears. In Walky Talky Hawky, she is mentioned only at the beginning, but never seen onscreen, as in later Henery Hawk cartoons she has been replaced by Henery's father George K. Chickenhawk.
  • Henery is known as "Junior" in this short. It is not until Walky Talky Hawky where he is referred by his actual name.
  • It was reissued in 1947-48 season evident from rings. It does not survive with the original titles and rings.
  • Production Number: 627. MPAA Number: 7907.
Henery Hawk Cartoons
1942 The Squawkin' Hawk
1943 Flop Goes the Weasel
1946 Walky Talky Hawky
1947 Crowing Pains
1948 You Were Never DuckierThe Foghorn Leghorn
1949 Henhouse Henery
1950 The Scarlet PumpernickelThe Leghorn Blows at Midnight
1951 Leghorn Swoggled
1952 The Egg-Cited Rooster
1955 All Fowled Up
1961 Strangled Eggs

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