Today is Mel Blanc’s 100th Birthday. Now you’re probably saying “who cares?” but being a hardcore geek of all things animated I’m compelled to pay some respect to the man. I think one of the reasons why I’m such a huge fan of Hank Azaria is that he reminds me of Blanc. He’s multi-talented, very funny, and can do over a hundred different voices without you really noticing it’s him. In “The Simpsons” his talent is incredible, and I think we owe it to Mel Blanc, a man who voiced some of the best cartoon characters of all time. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, the list just goes on. And the Looney Tunes franchise died when he did, sadly.
At least that’s what I deduce.
Blanc just changed my life. He’s the one who inspired me to want to become a voice actor, and I’ve done a damn fine job of it so far. I’ve got Beaky Buzzard and George and Ralph down pat. So anyway, I’m a big Blanc fan, and he deserves some noting for his 100th birthday if only for making us laugh so much and living on in some of the best comedy ever created.
I can go on about Looney Tunes, and if you look around Film Threat, so could many others. That’s all…! you know the rest.