Crazylegs Crane was a dimwitted bird whose troubles stemmed from his own self-inflicted blundering. His lack of common sense was a perpetual source of shame and mortification to his son Crane Jr. The two made their home in a swamp, where Crazylegs spent a good deal of time pursuing a potential meal known as Dragonfly—a fire-breathing dragonfly fond of singing and rhyming. Although Crazylegs and Dragonfly were natural adversaries, on occasion they teamed up as friends.
Crazylegs Crane began as a recurring character in a number of theatrical shorts before gaining his own show. His first appearance came in the 1969 Tijuana Toads short titled “Go For Croak”. He made a guest appearance in five additional Tijuana Toads shorts, as well as three Blue Racer and one The Dogfather theatrical shorts. Crazylegs finally got his own series in 1978, airing on television as a segment on The All-New Pink Panther Show. DePatie-Freleng Enterprises produced a total of sixteen Crazylegs Crane episodes.