Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 30

Mel Blanc was born on May 30, 1908

The Voice of Bugs Bunny is Born

I am fully convinced that many of our beloved animated friends would not be so enduring to us if it wasn’t for Mel Blanc, “the man with a thousand voices.” Born on this day in 1908, Blanc spent the bulk of his years giving voice to Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Conzales, the Tasmanian Devil, Barney Rubble (from The Flintstones), Mr. Spacely (The Jetsons), Woody Woodpecker and many others. Those characters have lived on since Blanc passed away in 1989, but they have never sounded quite the same since. However, in 2012, Warner Bros. took the audio recording of a 1950’s children’s album to help voice the Daffy Duck short, Daffy’s Rhapsody. It was as if he never left.

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