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Cow and Chicken
Cow and chicken 4.jpg
Format Animated sitcom
Created by David Feiss
Voices of Charles Adler
Dee Bradley Baker
Candi Milo
Howard Morris
Carlos Alazraqui
Tom Kenny
Dan Castellaneta
Michael Dorn
Rick Gomez
Jim Cummings
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 53 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes approx.
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network (1997-2004)
Boomerang (2007-present)
Original run November 12, 1995 – July 24, 1999 (Pilot aired on November 12, 1995 on What a Cartoon!)
External links
Official website

Cow and Chicken is an American animated series, created by David Feiss. The series shows the adventures of a cow, named Cow, and her chicken brother, named Chicken. They are often tormented by the Red Guy, a usually pants-less devil-like character who poses as various characters to scam or hurt them, as seen in the episodes "Supermodel Cow and Part Time Job". The series was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1996 and 1998.[1]

Like Dexter's Laboratory and some other Cartoon Network series from the 1990s, the original pilot appeared as an episode of the series What a Cartoon!, the brain child of Fred Seibert, then president of Hanna-Barbera. The Cow and Chicken series first broadcast on Cartoon Network from 1997 to the year 1999, with reruns airing prominently on the network until 2004. Late into the series run, the characters I.M. Weasel and I.R. Baboon, who were part of the series' recurring segment, I Am Weasel, were another counterpart into their own series.

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Premise

Cow and Chicken are sister and brother, a cow and a chicken, but who have human parents whose faces are never seen in any episode. In episode "Cow and Chicken Reclining", when cow is digging in the closet and pulls out what would be their upper halves, she refers to them as her science project. And in the same episode Dad's shadow appears with the upper half of his body cut. In episode "Which Came First" when Mama sits on the TV and laughs, her body appears to have an upper half. The creators were faced with the question of whether and how to explain this scenario. Sometimes opening credits are cumbersome vehicles for an origin story. David Feiss approached this problem in the series' opening title sequence: Mama had a chicken/Mama had a cow/Dad was proud/He didn't care how. This is all that is ever offered in explanation, though there is one hint in the episode "The Day I Was Born" that Cow is adopted, and Chicken's paternity has been talked about in episode "Which Came First?", when Mama sits on an egg and says: "Oh boy, this brings back memories!".

Cow and Chicken's extended family consists of various other types of animals, including Cousin Boneless, who is a boneless chicken(unable to walk or get up from the floor); Cat Boy, a cat; Cousin Black Horse, a horse; and Sow, an evil pig. They also have an uncle Longhorn Steer, who appears in "Professor Longhorn Steer". The episode "Happy Meat" also showed the ghosts of a pair of Cow and Chicken's ancestors, a male farmer married to a female chicken.

History

Poster to the Cow and Chicken pilot No Smoking: The Original Pilot

The idea of Cow and Chicken first existed as a story that David Feiss had made for his daughter.[2] Feiss was a cartoonist who had worked with Hanna Barbera and related projects since 1978.[2]

Later, Feiss was called to submit any ideas he had for the series "What a Cartoon!", a series composed of various cartoon shorts from various creators and writers. Feiss submitted three ideas for the series to Larry Huber, the series' executive producer. One of the ideas was Cow and Chicken.[3] Cow and Chicken premiered on the "What a Cartoon!" series in 1995. Although most cartoons in the series had never gone beyond one short, Hanna Barbera had decided to turn Cow and Chicken into full series (Possibly due to the Emmy Award nomination of the original short), following many letters from fans asking for more Cow and Chicken Cartoons.[3]

The new Cow and Chicken series premiered on July 7, 1997, and ran for 52 episodes through 1999. Reruns continued to be shown on Cartoon Network until 2004. The show also included a cartoon called I Am Weasel as a supporting segment; this segment was spun-off as an independent series late in the show's run.

Cow and Chicken was notable in that a single actor, Charlie Adler, voiced four leading roles of Cow, Chicken, the Red Guy, and I. R. Baboon (much like how Mel Blanc voiced many characters in the Warner Brothers' Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes series). Other actors provided supporting voices, including Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Earl). David Feiss himself did the voice of a clown in an episode called "The Great Pantzini". Also, Will Ferrell voiced in various episodes.

Main characters

Cow

Cow, voiced by Charlie Adler, is one of the two main characters. She is Chicken's 7-year-old sister. Her weight is often stated as 600 pounds. She is usually viewed (at least by Chicken) as exceedingly infantile & stupid, and is quickly prone to emotional outbursts, but she occasionally displays uncanny talents. She is the only character to appear in every episode of the show.

Cow's alter ego is Supercow, a superhero cow with the ability to fly. Supercow's powers lie in a green blanket. Supercow's costume is purple with a logo on the chest which slightly resembles that of Superman, but with a C instead of a S. Inexplicably, she speaks Spanish. Her catchphrase is "¡Supercow al rescate!" ("Supercow to the rescue!") (in the Spanish edition of the show, she speaks the catch phrase in English). Cow first became Supercow in the Pilot, "No Smoking." Cow looks up to her older brother and she thinks Chicken is cool. Cow will usually call Chicken "Big Brother". Cow's favorite color is Pink.

In the Australian English version, she is voiced by James Arnold Taylor.

Chicken

Chicken, voiced by Charlie Adler, is Cow's 11-year-old brother. At times, he can be quite mean to his younger sister, and even to the rest of the family (as seen in "Chicken in the Bathroom", where he refuses to take a bath solely to prevent everyone else from using the toilet). In addition, he has a rather large ego. In spite of this, he has a powerful conscience, usually only displayed when Cow is in danger (and unable to become Supercow). He speaks with a "street" type of accent, often peppering his speech with malapropisms (as do the rest of the characters), and using sarcasm. Sometimes, Chicken uses Cow for his needs. In "Sumo Cow", Chicken used Cow's size to get his money, then told her to get lost, making her look like the bully. Despite being a male, he, in one episode, demonstrated being able to lay eggs, only to toss a dozen of them at the Red Guy, who was posing as Dead Ghost (a parody of Space Ghost). Chicken is very fond of ice skating. Like other chickens, he cannot fly, but is also very much afraid of flying. Despite his ego, he loves his sister as revealed in "The Laughing Puddle" and "Comet!". Chicken's favorite color is Blue. In one episode, Chicken was voiced by Dale Llewellyn, a voice actor for small films, and cartoons out of the limelight. In the Australian English version, he is voiced by Luke Bemp (same actor as 13 in Zimmer Twins Rocopicks).

The Red Guy

The Red Guy

The Red Guy, voiced by Charlie Adler, serves as Cow and Chicken's rather incompetent arch-nemesis throughout the series. He has a devil-like appearance and is usually seen naked. He was originally portrayed as the Devil in the pilot, where he attempted to lure Chicken down to Hell by getting him to smoke cigarettes. In later episodes, he spends his time trying to either scam, torment, physically harm, or outright kill Cow and Chicken. Strangely, despite the long history of animosity between them, Cow, Chicken, and the Red Guy are actually portrayed as friends in some of the episodes. He displays odd mannerisms (such as rolling around on the floor or walking on his butt to get around) and uses very exaggerated tones in his speech. He often disguises himself as an authority figure (principals, kings, queens, lunch ladies, police officers etc.) and wears disguises such as small shirts, wigs and short skirts that never seem to cover his buttocks. In some episodes, multiple and seemingly distinct Red Guys are present, usually working together, which leaves the question of whether or not the Red Guy in each episode is the same one or a different one each time. He has multiple catch phrases, including: "Hell-o, it's me, [whoever he is]," "I'm going to be rich," "Fetching!", "Why the long face?" "Sue me," "Ooh," and "Is that a crime?" Like the other characters in the show, Red will refer to everyone else as "ladies," "girls," "gals," or "men."

A running gag throughout the series deals with the fact that The Red Guy does not wear pants (or underwear), and seems to take pride in his nudity. In fact, he often goes to extreme lengths to stay pantsless. Some rare exceptions occurred in “Intelligent Life?” when after establishing world peace Red asks to keep the jeans he has acquired. Upon wearing them he exclaims, “Look at what I have been missing all these years!” implying that he was aware of his pantless state. Also in “Black Sheep Of The Family” where he receives pants made of Black Sheep's own wool. He often introduces himself with fake names emphasizing his lack of pants (i.e. Dr. Laxslax, Ben Panced, Seymour Butts, Mrs. Bare Derrière, Officer Pantsoffski, Baron Von Nein-Lederhosen, Mr. Jeans Begone, Lance Pantsless, Rear Admiral Hiney etc.).

Flem

Flem, voiced by Howard Morris, is Chicken's best friend who has thick red lips. He and his father both wear glasses. Of the three (Earl, Chicken and himself), he is the one most often sent to perform tasks, because he is considered the ugliest or fattest. Flem is named after one of David Feiss' friends back in Middle School who was not good looking but was very loyal.

Earl

Earl, voiced by Dan Castellaneta, is Chicken's other best friend who wears a red baseball cap and braces. Like Flem, Earl is based on one of David Feiss' friends back in Middle School. He and Flem both have a secret crush on Cow. The two at times even daydream about marrying her at the same time (an alternative even proposed by Chicken once).

Dad

Dad, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, Dad is Cow and Chicken's father. His brother is Professor Longhorn Steer. On screen, only his legs and waist are shown. He often boasts his manliness, stating that even the most mundane of tasks (such as driving in the snow in "Goin' My Way") "bring out the man in (him)". Dad does not seem to know about Cow's birth, as once in an episode, he told Cow that she was born in a cabbage. Not only that, but he is also very proud of it as he cried and said, "That was the best cabbage we ever had". Like his wife, sometimes he also seems to be insane. For example, he once woke up his kids at 3:00 a.m. only to tell them how he and Mom met.

Sometimes he indirectly refers to himself as a woman (when talking about a clock passed down to all the girls to his family, he said that his mother gave to him, when he was giving said clock to Cow) or to Mom as a man ("start your day off like a man, just like Momma"). On screen he wears green pants and brown loafers.

Mom

Mom, voiced by Candi Milo, is Cow and Chicken's mother. Like Dad, only her legs and waist are shown on screen. She is prone to giving her children pieces of advice that are, at best, strange for example "Never go to the carnival naked" or "Never run around in a burning school auditorium". She also seems to be very sensitive, as shown in one episode when she started to cry when Chicken asked what would happen if a guy goes in a girl's bathroom (though it is hinted she might have been worried Chicken would commit voyeurism) and when Chicken yelled at her in one episode after she nagged him to do his chores. She loves her kids very much, despite the fact that once, when she thought that Cow's pet snake could talk like both Cow and Chicken, she said, "Then what the heck do we need kids for?". On screen, she wears a white dress with red polka-dots with red flats.

Teacher

Teacher, voiced by Candi Milo, is Cow and Chicken's female teacher who is simply called "Teacher." Her catch phrase is "Basically". In class Teacher will say "Shut your pork traps!" or "Shut your pie holes!" to get her students to listen to her. Also, she responds to Chicken's strange, even contradictory observations, such as realizing the Earth is cubic, with "That's why you go to school!"

Minor characters

  • Crabs the Warthog (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) - One of Cow's favorite dolls. Shaped as a green warthog with wheels on his feet, as well as being dressed up in some smart and colorful clothes. His first appearance was in "Part Time Job." Crabs also has a key role in the episode, "Cow's Toys." Also appeared in "Can Cow Come Out and Play?" and in "Lawnmower Chicken." Along with many other "kids' show for adults" aspects of this show Cow is heard shouting "I've got crabs..." followed by a too-long pause, finished with " the warthog" during at least one episode.
  • Piles the Beaver (voiced by Tom Kenny) - One of Cow's favorite dolls. Shaped as a purple beaver with blond hair. Much to Manure the Bear's disgust, Piles also has a rip-cord that says random things such as, "I'm Piles the Beaver. Hey!" His debut was in "Cow Loves Piles," but he was first mentioned in the episode, "Who is Supercow?" Piles also has an important role in "Cow's Toys." Again, like Crabs, Piles is referenced by Cow with a too-lengthy pause between "I've got piles..." pause... "the beaver".
  • Manure the Bear (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) - One of Cow's favorite dolls. Shaped as a disgruntled bear wearing a stinky diaper. Manure was first referenced in "Chicken's First Kiss," when Earl tells Chicken that he was hit with the same doll. Manure wasn't introduced as one of Cow's dolls until season 3. Like Crabs and Piles, he also has a key role in "Cow's Toys." He is implied to soil himself often.
  • Talky the Turtle (voice Unknown) - One of Cow's favorite dolls. Although he is not in Cow's collection, some people are waiting for Cow to get him. He might be a red turtle with a blue necktie and a pull string.
  • Boneless Chicken (voiced by Charlie Adler) - Cow and Chicken's funny cousin. An older chicken who possesses no skeleton, except for having teeth. He always says strange things, but the watcher can't tell if he's serious or just joking. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He only appeared in "Alive!", "The Laughing Puddle," "The Exchange Stüdent", "Dream Date Chicken," "Boneless Kite." and "Cow & Chicken Blues." It is unknown which side of the family he is related to.
  • Grandmama (voiced by Bibi Osterwald)- Mom's mother and Cow and Chicken's grandmother. She often seems as blind as a bat; she has glasses, but refuses to wear them. Once she lost her husband, and her only reason was can't remember where I put him.She then went shopping for one and picked up her own husband, quite oblivious that it was him. She was seen in the episodes "Grandma at the Mall" and "No Smoking."
  • Grandpa (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) - Grandmama's husband,whom she lost, because she couldn't remember where she put him. She buys him again at a grandpa bazaar. He looks surprisingly similar to her.
  • Flem's Dad (voiced by William Ferrell) - usually seen wearing Summer Camp clothing; he made appearances in the episodes, "The Legend of Sailcat", "Going My Way?", "Lost at Sea".
  • Cousin Black Sheep (voiced by Tom Kenny) - Cow and Chicken's other cousin. He's the black sheep of the family. He's actually nice, but people accuse him of misdemeanors anyway, because he is a black sheep. Like Boneless Chicken and Cousin Sow, it is unknown which side of the family he is related to.
  • Snail Boy (voiced by Tom Kenny) - Cow and Chicken's other cousin. Mom and Dad's nephew. He is Cow and Chicken's maternal cousin through Mom's sister.
  • Cousin Sow (voiced by Pamela Adlon) - Cow and Chicken's evil cousin. Sow is Cow's favorite cousin. Sow's step parents sent her to live with Cow and Chicken as her last chance to clean up her act. Sow did bad things at school and Cow got the blame. Sow even dated Flem and Earl. Sow eventually got sent to Reform School and is never seen or mentioned again. It is also never said which side of the family Sow is related to. Since Sow mentions her stepparents working together, it is possible her parents are on good terms with each other.
  • Professor Longhorn Steer (voiced by Tom Kenny) Dad's brother who is a longhorn. Longhorn has lied to the family for years about being a college professor, until Cow & Chicken get to know him after a couple of lessons where he gets arrested. While he is an unsuccessful fraud at first, he becomes a successful professor teaching cattle how to stampede. He states that due to his unsuccessful life, he has never married and raised children, which causes envy between him and his more successful friends. Since his surname is Steer, this hints that Cow, Chicken, Mom, and Dad's surname could also be Steer.

Episodes

Humor

Cow and Chicken drew on several types of cartoon humor through its run. The series often made use of cartoon violence; Cow and Chicken were frequently placed in dangerous situations and the Red Guy was frequently pummeled and beaten (usually by Supercow). The series also made fun of the clichés of cartoons. For example, Cow has an alter-ego: Supercow, who is a superhero with different characteristics to her normal character (such as flight, and the ability to speak Spanish); and the Red Guy tries in vain to discover Supercow's secret identity so he can "die happy". Another cliché made fun of in the series is that the children's parents, who are called Mom and Dad by everyone, exist only from the waist down, and can be seen to stop at the waist (whenever their shadows appear, they are cut off at the waist). A picture even exists on the wall of the parents from the waist down. Also, Cow disguises herself as Dad simply by wearing Dad's pants. This makes fun of the idea of partially unseen characters and cartoons in which adults are seen only from the waist down (e.g. Muppet Babies). Also, many jokes of the series use adolescent humor, which made the show somewhat controversial.

Recurring jokes and gags

In some episodes, the missing upper bodies of Cow and Chicken's parents are used as a gag. For example in one episode ("No Smoking"), the cartoon "camera" accidentally zooms out too far, and shows Mom and Dad cut off at the waist. In another episode ("Cow and Chicken Reclining"), Cow and Chicken search through a closet by throwing out everything inside, and for a small moment, the upper (human) bodies of Mom and Dad are visible as part of a discarded science project by Cow (however, considering the absurdist nature of the show's humor, this may be a throwaway gag). They are also occasionally seen driving a car with their feet, writing and grabbing on to things with their toes, and dialling a phone by kicking the numbers. Mom and Dad's shadows are also shown as being cut off at the waist in several episodes like "Cow and Chicken Reclining". And the body of Mama can be seen cut clearly in one scene when she laughs sitting on a TV in episode "Which Came First?". Additionally, at the end of one episode, when Mom and Dad are driving, the camera backs up, showing that they indeed have no upper half. In one episode, Cow also disguises herself as Dad by wearing his pants, which nearly cover Cow's face.

Whenever the scene showed Cow and Chicken in the school cafeteria they always ordered "pork butts and taters."

When disguised, The Red Guy often is without pants or disguise names reflect this in puns or more literal references such as "Mr. Likenopants", "Officer Pantsoffski", "Mrs. Bare Derrière", "Ivan Panced", "Lance Sackless", "Ben Panced," "Rear Admiral Floyd", "Mr. Jeans Begone" and "Dr. Laxslax"; Supercow will refer to the Red Guy's incarnations as "El Diablo sin pantalones" (literally, "the Devil without pants").

Within the show, the characters often refer to everyone else as ladies, girls, gals, or men, regardless of their gender, as well as constantly peppering their speech with malapropisms and using sarcasm.

Mom and Dad will often say things to imply or outright say they are of the opposite gender. ("It's time you started off your day like a man. Just like Momma!")

The show often breaks the fourth wall. I Am Weasel exists as a cartoon in the fictional world of Cow and Chicken, however, this is contradicted in "I.R. In Wrong Cartoon" (a crossover between the two cartoons), when the Red Guy, disguised as a bearskin rug, says to Cow when she wants to take Weasel out of the TV to make him real, "He's just as real as you and I." In "The Laughing Puddle", when the entire population of Folsom has gone into the titular puddle, Chicken states, "Is anything in this cartoon ever going to make sense?" A few times throughout the series, some characters (usually the Red Guy) request for the cartoon to end.

Merchandise

Cow and Chicken: Season 1 DVD cover

DVD releases

Cow and Chicken: Season 1, a two-disc set featuring the complete first season which contains 13 complete episodes, was released by Madman Entertainment in Australia (Region 4 PAL) on September 12, 2007. There are currently no plans for a US release, however Warner Brothers has stated in an interview that they are "...in conversations with Cartoon Network" for DVD collections of various cartoons, among which is Cow and Chicken.[4]

Toys

Recently, according to AnimationInsider.net,[5] Cow and Chicken, among many other Cartoon Network shows from the 1990s, will be in a new toy line in the fall of 2007. Cartoon Network has not yet released any other information on the subject of Cow and Chicken specifically.

Cow, Chicken and The Red Guy have all been characters in the game Cartoon Network Racing. The game is for the PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS. The Playstation 2 Version also includes Flem and Earl as playable characters.

In the video game Fusionfall, two of the items you can get for your character are based on Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel. Cow and Chicken's cousin, Boneless Chicken can also be seen on a billboard in the game.

Censorship

Lesbian stereotyping

The episode titled "Buffalo Gals" was banned because of its innuendos implying that the Buffalo Gals were lesbians and its typecasting of lesbians.[6] Some of the innuendos and sexual content included the carpet calling card Cow uses to find The Buffalo Gals, Mom's line "It's the Buffalo Gals, a biker group that randomly breaks into people's houses and chews on their carpet," the name of one of the bikers being "Munch Kelly", and the Buffalo Gals playing softball and talking about "pitching" and "catching", slang terms for gay sex. At the very end of the episode, Red Guy tells Cow and Chicken "You know, there's a moral to this story, but it's a secret!" and then leaves while laughing hysterically. Cartoon Network had aired "Buffalo Gals" only once because it was banned, and since then it was replaced with the episode "Orthodontic Police".

"Oh, divot!"

The episode "Comet!" was edited after its first showing. On the part where Dad hits his golf ball too far, he originally shouts, "Oh, divot!". This language offended viewers, due to the fact that it sounded like "damn it", and almost led to cancellation. On reruns, this was edited by having the Dad shout, "Oh..." followed by a few seconds of silence and a repeat of Dad yelling, "Two!" The unedited episode could be seen on Cartoon Network Video August 26 to October 8 2007 and on Boomerang (TV channel). However, the "Oh, divot!" line remains intact on UK showings (as of July 2008).

See also

References

  1. ^ Emmy Awards Archive Database, using the year range as 1996-1998: http://www.emmys.tv/awards/awardsearch.php
  2. ^ a b "Animator Profile: David Feiss". cartoonnetworkla.com. Cartoon Network. http://www.cartoonnetworkla.com/english/watch/creator/dfeiss.html. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Cow and Chicken, and I Am Weasel - two animated cartoon series". h2g2. BBC. 2002-09-05. http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A767289. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  4. ^ Lacey, Gord (2006-06-07). "Home Theatre Forum Warner Bros Chat Transcript - Part 2". TVShowsonDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=5803. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  5. ^ Bynum, Aaron H. (2006-02-09). "CN Enterprises Announcements". AnimationInsider.net. http://www.animationinsider.net/article.php?articleID=1272. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Trivia for "Cow and Chicken"". The Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118289/trivia. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Cow and Chicken, is an Emmy Award-nominated American animated series, created by David Feiss. The series chronicles the adventures of a cow, named Cow, and her chicken brother, named Chicken. They are often tormented by The Red Guy, a usually naked devil-like character who poses as various characters to scam or hurt them.

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Theme song

Chicken: Mama had a chicken!
Cow: Mama had a cow!
Cow & Chicken: [in unison] Dad was proud, and he didn't care how!
Theme song plays
Chicken: Cow!
Theme song plays some more
Cow: Chicken!
Theme song plays even more
Cow & Chicken: Cow and Chicken!
Even more!
The Red Guy starts laughing and flashes his butt a little

Season 1

"Field Trip to Folsom Prison Blues / Girls' Bathroom"

Cow: [gasps] That is a good way to lose a beak!
Chicken: Ah, shut your pie-hole! [gets hit with sign]

Chicken: I gotta be home by 8:00 or I'm in big trouble! Anyhow, Mom is making pork butts and taters. She only makes it on Tuesdays; it's my favorite!

"Supermodel Cow / Part Time Job"

Cow: That's it! I'll get a part-time job at the milk farm. I'll make money to buy Crabs the Warthog.
Chicken: You think they want your milk? It says the finest cows on Earth not Mars!

Chicken: Hey, Mr. Hiney! When do I get paid for this gig?
The Red Guy: Oh, you won't need any money where you're going, little fella..

"Alive! / Who Is Supercow?"

Dad: Will you be needing anything while we're away?
Boneless Chicken: Sure, how 'bout a spine for my limp and lifeless body?

Cow: Oh, Mom and Dad! I missed you both so much these long months of being marooned.
Dad: Sweetheart, we've only been gone half an hour for Chicken's parent-teacher conference.

"Confused / The Molting Fairy"

Cow: Mom always says not to go to the carnival naked.

The Red Guy: Got any scabs?! They could be worth gold.

"The Ugliest Weenie"

Cow: Didn't you remember mom always says we should never run into a burning school auditorium?
Chicken: It must've slipped my mind..

Red Guy: Oh, we're flat out of time. Stay tuned after the commercial break. And maybe we'll show you the rest of the play. Or maybe we'll fill the time up with even more commercials! [laughs]

"Orthodontic Police / Cow with Four Eyes"

The Red Guy: What are you people, a bunch of communists?

Teacher: Nothing is more important than straight teeth. Well, at least that's what the pantsless policeman said.

"Cow Instincts, Don't It? / Ballerina Cow"

Cow: I'm a big fat loser!
Chicken: I could have told you the big and fat part.

"Chicken's First Kiss / Squirt the Daisies"

Winney: Hi Chicken! I like your waddle. Do you clean it with special soap to make it so shiny?

Mom: Oh Chicken, you don't get cooties from being kissed.
Chicken: You don't?
Dad: No son, you get them from...toilet seats..

"Space Cow / The Legend of Sailcat"

Chicken: [to Cow] They'd never let you go in outer space. There's no room!

"Headhunting in Oregon / The King and Queen of Cheese"

Dad: We're going to Oregon to find some head hunters.

The Red Guy: Hello! It's me, Larry Lackapants, Arkansas Cheese master, soon to be the King & Queen of Cheese!

Season 2

"The Bad News Plastic Surgeons / The Exchange Stüdent"

Teacher: Everybody just shut your porktraps for a minute!

The Red Guy: Plastic surgery isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life.

The Red Guy: Oo I like your spirit. You’re hired. Oo by the way, who did your wattle?

The Red Guy: Which one of you weenies is our victum slash volunteer?

Cow: Nip and tuck, short and curl, my brother Chicken is not a girl!

Chicken: Couldn’t have done this without you, Dr. Hiney.
The Red Guy: Oh please call me Dr. Hiney.

Policeman: Hey, it says here you're a plastic pipe salesman from bend Oregon!

Chicken: He wasn’t even a New Mexican..

Cow: Mom! Dad! Photo-realistic beaver is teasing me again!

Cow

  • [After Chicken stamps a price tag on her labelled 19 cents] - My buns are only 19 cents??? (tearful) I'm soo CHEAP!!!
  • [Playing "My First Battleboat" game with Chicken] - A-aa! Ladies first!
  • [After Chicken removed all his feathers to trade them with the Feather Fairy] - Mom said "Never go to the carnival naked".
  • [in an skittish voice] - Cousin Sow, you are such a pig.

Supercow

  • Supercow! Al rescate! [translates as "Supercow to the Rescue!"]
  • Oye, Diablo! Eso lo vas a sentir!
  • Que me pasa? Yo soy supercow, defendedora de la justicia!

Chicken

  • "Ooh, mom! I needed that money to buy socks!" [points to his chicken-clawed feet]
  • "No, I do not choose to play no stupid cow-games!"
  • [After being put into detention for destroying the school] "Thanks a loads, Larry!"
  • "Not only am I not a boy, I'm not even a chicken!" [breaks into tears]
  • "Remind me to put myself up for adoption."
  • [Whilst playing "Immoral Wombat" video game] "Take that, you wussie wombat!"

Mom and Dad

  • Dad: "You know, Mama? It's times like these that make me proud to be a man!"
Mom: "Me, too!"
[This can also go the other way, with Mom saying "It's times like these that make me proud to be a woman!" With Dad saying "Me, too!"]
  • Dad: "If you something bad were to happen to your sister... we'd be pretty mad!"

The Red Guy

  • "Oh!"
  • "Hello! It's me, [insert name/occupation]!"
    • "Hello! It's me, the warden!"
    • "Hello! It's me, the naked guy!"
    • "Hello! It's me, Rear-admiral Floyd!"
    • "Hello! It's me, Lance Sackless!"
    • "Hello! It's me, the Red Guy!"
    • "Hello! It's me, the director, Ivan Panced! COULD YOU TELL!"
  • "Hello! It's me the Devil, I stand for all that is bad...[laughs] also I'm butt-naked [laughs]emphasis on butt.
  • "I love evilness, I hate goodness, and I love my big fat ass and MY nudity, right Cerberus?"
  • "Pardon me, Mr. Cow, but I don't speak Spanish."
  • [An excuse he gives after loudly screaming at another character] Oh, sorry. I thought you was my grandma.
  • "Now I can die happy!"
  • [After being beeten by Supercow for locking the whole world in a "Free Trailer"] "Oh, joy! Oh, glory! Someone's finally playing with the Red Guy!"
  • "Hello ladies!"
  • "I'm hurt!/I'm hurt worse!" [screams or groans]
  • "And your point is?" [when reacting to criticism against him].
  • "Hello, naked guy stuck to post here! I'm getting really annoyed here."
  • "AAH! I'm mentally challenged!"
  • "Any chance we can talk this over, Supercow?"
  • "Now don't tell me you didn't see that coming!"
  • [After Chicken was flattened by a steamroller in a video game, Red plays with a vibration fork] "Ooh, my favorite tone! B Flat!"
  • [Pointing a telescope to his own butt] "Dear sweet grandma!! What's this?? [Realises it] Full moon tonight, work it baby."
  • [Plotting something] "Things are running a bit too smoothly...and I'm gonna mess it up! And it will only take a quarter!" What a deal.
  • [As an eye doctor] "This won't hurt...for very long."
  • [As a fake teacher in plastic surgery] "Please, call me doctor Hiney Bottom!"
  • "Walk this way!" [does buttwalking and Chicken tries to mimic him]
  • [After having himself blown up and about to drop in a waterfall]: "Now, that wasn't so bad...this is bad!"
  • Red Guy [as Dead Ghost]: "I'm going to punish this naughty chicken by washing his mouth out with soup!"
'Chicken: "Don't you mean 'wash my mouth out with soap?"
Red Guy: "Soap? Oh! Even better!"
  • Mom [lowering the door glass of the car]: Where do you go, stranger?
Red Guy [with a question in the voice]: Home.
Mom : What a coincidence. That's just where we all going! [the same dialogue is repeated in the end of the episode between Flem and Red]
  • Red Guy: And, viola.
Mom: Erm, I think that's voila.
Red guy: Excuse me, but who's the doctor here?
Mom: Err, you are?
Red Guy: Ooh, that's right! NOW SHUT UP!
  • Dad [As the Red Guy, as Dr. Bottoms, is milking Cow]: Uh, Doctor what is the point of this experiment?
Red Guy: Well, I'm thirsty, and your daughter's a cow. DO THE MATH!
Red Guy [To the audience, after Flem's dad is unable to explain how Flem and Earl forgot where they were]: Of course Flem's dad couldn't explain what happened. Because HE'S AN IDIOT! Oh just look at those shorts!
Red Guy [As the Warden, face-to-face with another of his alter-egos, Lance Sackless]: Oh hello! It's me, the Warden! I have the feeling that this is the beginning OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP!!

Boneless Chicken

  • Mom: "Where would we be without you, Boneless Chicken?"
Boneless: Where?! Well, you could be stuck in a creek without a paddle or burning your bridges before they're axed. Who can say, really?"
  • [After hearing people laugh when he spoke] "No, really! That wasn't a joke!"

Random Citizens

  • Drugs Testing Woman: "You won't be wrestling today, yesterday, or three years ago!!"
  • Teacher: SHUT YER PIE HOLES!
  • Man at Crying Club: ...and then my grandma BEAT UP MY CAT!

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Simple English

Cow and Chicken is an American animated series, created by David Feiss. The series shows the surreal adventures of a cow, named Cow, and her chicken brother, named Chicken. They are often antagonized by "The Red Guy", who poses as various characters to scam or hurt them.









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