Throwback Thursday – Mel Blanc: The Man of 1000 Voices

Between this blog and my previous one, Professor Damian’s Public Domain Treasure Chest, I’ve been writing about movies for quite a while now. Because of that, there are a lot of posts that have simply gotten lost to the mists of time. So, I figured I’d use the idea of “Throwback Thursday” to spotlight some of those older posts, re-presenting them pretty much exactly as they first appeared except for updating links where necessary or possible, and doing just a bit of re-formatting to help them fit better into the style of this blog. Hope you enjoy these looks back.

Since we took a look at The Story Lady for this week’s OTR Tuesday, this seemed like a good time to revisit one of the great documentaries about the man whose company was behind that production, Mr. Mel Blanc. This was first posted in 2013.

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The Voices In His Head – Mel Blanc: The Man of 1000 Voices

Mel Blanc is a man who entertained millions of people both during his lifetime and after, and though his name is well known in certain circles, for most people he did so largely anonymously. Fortunately, the documentary Mel Blanc: The Man of 1000 Voices goes a long way towards bringing this wonderfully talented man, who provided the voices for most of the characters of the Warner Brothers cartoons (you know, characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig, and literally countless others), out of the recording studio and giving him the spotlight he so richly deserved.

For those unfamiliar with the man, or who don’t understand just how important he is in popular culture, here’s a short clip of him being interviewed on the David Letterman show in 1981:

Watching that, seeing how seamlessly he is able to move from voice to voice, from character to character, he makes someone much more renowned like Robin Williams seem like a manic piker. Anyway, for those fascinated by the man, his characters, or even simply the history of animation, this documentary is well worth watching, as it gives a great sense of the man who not only gave thousands of characters a voice, but really, gave them life.

 

 

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Hope you enjoyed this blast from the past.

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