Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices (2008)

Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices is a good documentary on the man, Mel Blanc [born as Melvin Jerome Blank in 1908 in San Francisco, California–died in 1989 in Los Angeles, California], who was the voice of many of the famous cartoon characters—including Bugs Bunny, Duffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig, and Sylvester the Cat, among many others—that we have come to know and love for their entertaining value and the humor they evoke. He made the characters come alive. It was in Portland, Oregon, where his family moved to when he was six that he developed an interest in voices and in accents: “Among the first people he befriended were the elderly Jewish couple who ran the local grocery; they spoke Yiddish, and the boy became fascinated with the strange dialect and its intonations. He learned to imitate it. It was, by his own admission, the first voice he ever performed, Katie Schneider writes in Tablet (“The Voice;” July 14, 2011).
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