Chanticleer is the tritagonist in Rock-A-Doodle. He was voiced by the late Glen Campbell.
Chanticleer's voice, look and personality is based on rock-legend, Elvis Presley. He is very cool, kind and friendly romantic rooster and talented singer who cares deeply for his friends, even if the others believe that he was a fraud.
Role in Film
Chanticleer is first seen on the farm, dancing and singing the opening song "Sun Do Shine", with the other animals joining in, as it is done every day. During an instrumental break, he asks Patou about his doing: trying to tie his shoes. Four hens look at him flirtatiously.
One morning, the Grand Duke of Owls sends a stranger to fight with Chanticleer, who wins the fight. Unfortunately, the sun briefly came up without any crowing, Which broke Chanticleer's heart & made him sad that he didn't get to crow on time. much to the other animals' anger, They make fun of him for this, so he, without any reason to crow, leaves the farm. Suddenly, the rain falls and the sun goes back down. He replaces his own farm life with life in the city as a performer. After his first performance singing the title song, "Rock-a-Doodle", he rides in Pinky's helicopter, lamenting his loneliness and farm life.
He continues to perform on stage (looking like Elvis while singing the title song), especially when one night, his number "Treasure Hunting Fever" is depicted as an underwater scene, and Edmond and his new friends deliver a note. Suddenly, a pheasant named Goldie comes to perform with him under Pinky's order. Now, although Goldie was supposed to pretend to fall in love with Chanticleer, actually she meant it and sings "Kiss and Coo" with him.
Much later, he is acting in a film with Goldie, and then he looks again at the note Edmond and the farm animals had given him. He asks Goldie why she didn't tell him about it in the first place, and Pinky interrupts by telling him she wasn't supposed to and was to entertain him. After Goldie informs him that Piny has captured his friends, Chanticleer attacks Pinky and is seized by Pinky's guards and as Chanticleer refuses to work for Pinky any longer, Pinky blackmails him with the lives of his friends into continuing his career. Much later, Chanticleer and Goldie escape, but later, he is knocked unconscious by Patou. He is then taken home and his spirit is eventually regained, so he crows to make the sun rise and shrink the Grand Duke.
Now, he marries Goldie, who moves into the farm, and has two chicks with her as Edmond (human again) is brought to the farm.
- Depending on whether he is on the farm or in the city, he wears shoes or goes barefoot.
- Chanticleer is one of the few Don Bluth Characters to be voiced by a Hollywood Squares panelist, namely Glen Campbell, who was in the Peter Marshall and John Davidson Editions.