Today, randomly, I started thinking about Chicken Boo. Just in case you don’t remember, Chicken Boo was a character on Animaniacs, which was basically an animated sketch comedy show for kids. Chicken Boo even had his own theme song.
“Chicken Boo, what’s the matter with you?
You don’t act like other chickens do.
You wear a disguise, to look like human guys.
But you’re not a man, you’re a Chicken Boo.”
In each sketch, Chicken Boo (who would probably be around six feet tall if he was real) found himself in a situation which warranted him to dress and act like a man. For example, he once dressed up as a ballet dancer and was mistaken for “Boo-ryshnikov”. What always struck me odd about these scenarios, was that no one seemed to notice he was a giant chicken at first, despite the fact his main mode of verbal communication was clucking.
Yes, many elected officials now get by with clucks instead of words, but that is another entry all together.
In fact, unlike most cartoon animals, Chicken Boo possessed no speech or cognitive abilities. His disguises were rarely more than a fake mustache, a jacket, or a hat. He really acted just like a farm chicken, but the people around him took a very long time to figure this out, except one guy in every episode who saw through Boo’s deception from the beginning. This single naysayer would get his moment to shine, because Boo always lost his costume and the townspeople would run him out in a fit of rage.
It’s probably been 15 years since I saw Chicken Boo on the small screen, and upon reflection, I think there is a lesson for kids to learn from him: people aren’t always who you think they are. Sometimes you get a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and sometimes you get a chicken in a poncho and cowboy hat.
The Good, The Boo, and the Ugly