Miss Prissy
Warner Bros. Cartoons character
First appearanceLet It Be Me (1936) (as Emily the Chicken)
An Egg Scramble (1950) (as Miss Prissy)
Created byFriz Freleng (prototype)
Robert McKimson (official)
Voiced byBernice Hansen (1936)
Elvia Allman (1938)
Mel Blanc (1950)
Bea Benaderet (1950–1955)
Marian Richman (1954)[1]
June Foray (1959–1987)
Julie Bennett (1961)
Nancy Wible (1980)
Tress MacNeille (2000)
Grey DeLisle (2011)
Laurie Fraser (2014)[2]
Eric Bauza (2018)[3]
Candi Milo (2023–present)
In-universe information
SpeciesHen
GenderFemale
Significant otherFoghorn Leghorn
NationalityAmerican

Miss Prissy is a fictional character in Warner Bros. cartoons. She is typically described as an old spinster hen, thinner than the other hens in the chicken coop, wearing a blue bonnet and wire-rimmed glasses. She is often mocked by the other hens, who describe her as "old square britches".[4]

History

Miss Prissy's first appearance was in the short An Egg Scramble (1950), the only cartoon featuring her and Porky Pig together, in which the other hens are making fun of the fact that she cannot lay an egg, because she thinks it's embarrassing.[5]

Her next appearances are centered on Foghorn Leghorn. In Lovelorn Leghorn (1951), she is set on finding a husband, and in Of Rice and Hen (1953), she is looking to have children. However in Little Boy Boo (1954), she is depicted as a widow with a child, Egghead Jr., and with a much more extensive vocabulary in long sounding words other than her trademark "yeeesss." A Broken Leghorn (1959) and Strangled Eggs (1961) feature Henery Hawk, and in these shorts, it is usually Foghorn who is pursuing Prissy for his own selfish needs. However, he does show an unusual sympathy for her emotional vulnerability.

Miss Prissy also appeared in the cartoon The Yolk's on You (1980).

Later appearances

Miss Prissy (voiced by Tress MacNeille) appears in the film Tweety's High-Flying Adventure (2000) as part of the team of birds following Tweety's journey around the world. Miss Prissy (voiced by Grey DeLisle) appears in The Looney Tunes Show episode "The Foghorn Leghorn Story", where she played Mama Leghorn in Foghorn Leghorn's movie about him. She returned in the Looney Tunes Cartoons episode "Feather of the Bride" voiced by Candi Milo.

References

  1. ^ Scott, Keith (2022). Cartoon Voices of the Golden Age, 1930-1970. p. 170. ISBN 979-8-88771-010-5.
  2. ^ "Looney Tunes Dash". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  3. ^ "Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2023-09-08.
  4. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1991). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals. Prentice Hall Press. p. 179. ISBN 0-13-275561-0. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  5. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 211. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.