Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Unsung of the Screen: Mel Blanc (Post Three)

In March of 1937, Mel joined Leon Schlesinger Productions, the production company that would produce cartoons to be distributed by Warner Brothers. The first cartoon Mel worked on was Picador Porky as the voice of a drunken bull. Then, he would replace Joe Dougherty as Porky Pig in a cartoon called Porky's Duck Hunt. This cartoon also marked the debut of Daffy Duck, whom Mel would also voice. Ironically, Joe Dougherty was replaced as Porky Pig because he had a stuttering problem, but when Mel took over the role, he kept the stutter for comedic effect. 

Pretty soon, more characters were added to The Looney Tunes and Mel voiced the majority of them--Porky, Daffy, Tweety Bird, Pepe Le Pew, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Longhorn, and many more. However, his most popular voice work was of course, Bugs Bunny. 

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