|The Squawkin' Hawk|
The Squawkin' Hawk is a Merrie Melodies short, first released to theaters 8 August 1942. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger, directed by Chuck Jones, music by Carl Stalling and released 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 in 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 the chicken coop. His first victim is a hen named "Hazel". As tiny Henery struggles to carry Hazel, it alerts her husband (a rooster), who at first thinks Hazel is intoxicated or had her legs shrunk in size, only to find out that Henery has captured her, panicking Hazel at once.
Henery continues feuding with the rooster and the hen, until his mother catches him from outside the chicken coop.
Back at home, Henery is again told to eat a worm, since "mama knows best." Henery, having not learnt his lesson, still wants to eat chicken, causing the worm to give 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. 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Talky Hawky, she is mentioned only at the beginning, but never seen onscreen, as in later Henery Hawk cartoons she has been replaced by Henery's father George K. Chickenhawk.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 that he is given an 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|
|1948||You Were Never Duckier • The Foghorn Leghorn|
|1950||The Scarlet Pumpernickel • The Leghorn Blows at Midnight|
|1952||The Egg-Cited Rooster|
|1955||All Fowled Up|