The Good Fairy is displeased with this behavior, and she says she will give our boy Foo Foo three chances, and if he doesn't behave, she "will turn [him] into a goon." But what exactly does the threat of becoming a goon entail in this context? What exactly is a goon? Let us turn to the Oxford English Dictionary to find out.
The OED traces the etymology of "goon" to a comic strip character called "Alice the Goon," a giant Amazonian woman with hairy forearms and a flowered hat, featured in Popeye cartoons. It seems unlikely that this is what the Good Fairy is thinking of; wouldn't increased height and powerful forearms only render Foo Foo a more formidable enemy to the field mice?
The most common use of "goon" is to denote "a stolid, dull, or stupid person." But that seems pretty much like the status quo for Foo Foo, doesn't it? Bunny MENSA members probably don't count "bopping field mice on the head" among their hobbies. There is a definition for "goon" that means one who is "hired to terrorize workers," but again, whether the mice are in a union or not, that's pretty much what Foo Foo's already doing, isn't it?
So, if there is no real threat to Foo Foo here, is the Good Fairy suggesting not that he stop his behavior, but that he modify it to be more effective? Would a new verse have Bunny Foo Foo breaking their knees instead? If the mice are in a union, is the Good Fairy a racketeer? And are these the kinds of values we want to teach our children?
Hare today, goon tomorrow.
Little Bunny Foo Foo: Told And Sung By The Good Fairy