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Revision as of 20:57, 8 July 2011

Secondary character
Hyper-Chicken
Hyperchicken.jpg
ProfessionLawyer
RelativesTwelve Chicklings, children
Sister
Sister's Chicklings, nephews/nieces
First appearance"Brannigan, Begin Again" (2ACV02)
Episode
Voiced byMaurice LaMarche

The Hyper-Chicken, a simple Alien from a backwoods asteroid, is the most frequently seen lawyer in Futurama. He is a father and has often defended and accused members of Planet Express crew. Despite being incompetent, he often manages to win his cases and if he doesn't, he usually tells his clients to plead insanity. He seems to be a successful lawyer and handles large cases such as the destruction of DOOP's headquarters.

Defended and Accused

Defended

Accused

Production

The Hyper-Chicken is modelled on Jimmy Stewart's Academy Award-nominated portrayal of lawyer Paul Biegler in Anatomy of a Murder. Trying a murder case in a small town, Biegler wins over the sceptical jury by repeatedly comparing himself, "a simple country lawyer", to the high-powered prosecutor, Claude Dancer (George C. Scott). The "simple country lawyer" became a model for many following portrayals, notably the entire show Matlock.

It should be noted that another lawyer on the show, Old Man Waterfall, also is modelled on James Stewart.

Additional Info

Trivia

  • In a deleted scene, Amy once admitted to sleeping with Bender's lawyer. The scene may have been deleted because they remembered that this is his lawyer.
  • The Hyper-Chicken advertises on buses, the ads simply read "ACCIDENTES! (800)λλλ-λλλλ".
  • In a deleted scene on Into the Wild Green Yonder, Zapp Brannigan calls him 'Matcluck'.
  • He crashed his hover car in "Proposition Infinity" when he misread Bender's graffiti, his feathers were seen flying from the wreckage. Presumably he was merely badly injured, as he reappears in a crowd scene in "The Mutants Are Revolting".
  • The Hyper-Chicken has two things in common with Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn: they are both human-sized roosters with southern accents.

Quotes

    Hyper-Chicken: Now I may be just be a simple country Hyper-Chicken, but I know when we're finger licked.

    Hyper-Chicken: Now, Pramala, I know it's scary up there in that witness box but, t'ain't no need to fear me... [He crows loudly.] I'm sorry. I thought you was corn.

    Hyper-Chicken: Your Honors, freedom of speech entails to what comes out of a mouth, not what goes in...

    Judge Whitey: Counselor, what evidence do you offer for this new plea of insanity?
    Hyper-Chicken: Well, for one, they done hired me to represent them.
    Judge Whitey: Insanity plea is accepted.

    Hyper-Chicken: As the surveillance camera for the bank what all the judge was a-jawing about, could y'all tell us what you done seen the day of the crime?
    Camera: Well, let's see. My memory's a little fuzzy, but it went exactly like this: [It projects a black and white picture of Fry and Bender taking the money from Roberto. The court gasps.]
    Hyper-Chicken: Your Honor, I move that I be disbarred for introducing this evidence against my own clients.

    Hyper-Chicken: Free corn? That'll suit me just fine. [He crashes his car.]

Appearances

References

  1. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Robot Mistrial