6 Looney Tunes characters that Mel Blanc somehow only voiced once

These characters still proved memorable even if they were one and done.

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It's safe to say Bugs, Daffy, Porky and so many other Looney Tunes characters would not have become the cultural icons they have without the incredible voice talents of Mel Blanc. But he didn't become "the man of 1000 voices" by just performing the lead roles. He also contributed countless side characters, animal noises and whatever else was needed to bring the silent animations to life.

Here are few memorable Mel Blanc characters who only appeared in one classic cartoon. They show off his ability to do accents, however exaggerated, and even hint at how he developed voices used for more well-known characters.

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1. The Scotsman from "My Bunny Lies Over the Sea"

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The Scotsman in this classic cartoon, who Bugs calls "MacRory," is somewhat of a Scottish Yosemite Sam. His accent is just as blustery and exaggerated and he has bright red hair. Mel Blanc's voice as MacRory is only outdone by the intonation he uses when Bugs pretends to be an old Scottish man chastising MacRory for shooting rabbits on his "prrroperrrteee." It's unfortunate the MacRory character only appeared in one theatrical short.

2. The Quail from "The Crackpot Quail"

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This short hails from the early days of Looney Tunes before there were many defined popular characters. The animators were trying out different combinations of the "cat and mouse" formula and landed on a hunting dog and a quail. The dog's slow drawl is provided by the short's director, Tex Avery, while Mel Blanc voiced the titular bird. Blanc's performance is notable because it's a combination of the Bugs Bunny voice he was still refining (the quail calls the dog "Doc") and a high-pitched bird voice he would later use for Tweety.

3. The Gremlin from "Falling Hare"

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This short is most notable for being one of just a few where Bugs Bunny is on the receiving end of most of the gags. A tiny yellow gremlin shows up in a WWII airfield and puts Bugs through a series of harrowing ordeals. Mel Blanc's voice for the gremlin is both cute and mischievous with a shaky vibrato that is just the right kind of weird for this wacky creature.

4. The Evil Scientist from "Hair-Raising Hare"

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This beloved cartoon features one of Mel Blanc's celebrity impressions. The evil scientist who lures Bugs into his castle as food for a sneaker-wearing monster is based on frequent horror and noir actor Peter Lorre. Blanc's soft-spoken yet creepy impersonation is instantly recognizable to fans of Lorre's work in films like The Maltese Falcon and The Beast with Five Fingers (think Thing from The Addams Family except scary). The similar short "Water, Water Every Hare" starred a scientist based on Boris Karloff but that voice was performed by actor John T. Smith.

5. Christopher Columbus from "Hare We Go"

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This cartoon tells the Looney Tunes version of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas. Mel Blanc voices Columbus with an exaggerated Italian accent saying things like "Who's-a da wise-a guy?" and using random food names ("pasta fazool!") as exclamations. Another actor in this short is Bea Benaderet, who would later voice Betty Rubble and play Kate Bradley in Petticoat Junction, doing her best sultry Mae West impression for the voice of Queen Isabella.

6. The Possum family from "Sleepy Time Possum"

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This Robert McKimson-directed short follows a family of possums — all three of which are voiced hilariously by Mel Blanc. Ma Possum tries to get Junior Possum to "peel them taters" but all he wants to do is hang upside-down and sleep. Each member of the family has a strong hillbilly accent with Pa Possum sounding almost exactly like Festus from Gunsmoke. It's a fun cartoon with not one, not two but three great performances from the man of 1000 voices.

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Bro69 35 months ago
What a voice talent Mel Blanc was. I saw him in live action in a Christmas rerun of The Jack Benny Program years ago. Very funny. People don’t know he was a regular on that tv series
ACcountryFan 36 months ago
Both "Sleepy Time Possum" and "Hare We Go" were directed by the under-rated but super talented Robert McKimson. Some of those characters listed were created as foils for Bugs Bunny to break up the formula of the Bugs/Elmer cartoons. Most of the animation directors, according to producer David DePatie, didn't like the Elmer Fudd character. Friz Freleng even created his own character, Yosemite Sam, as a foe to match wits with Bugs because he felt Bugs come across as a bully to Elmer and that Sam would be more of a challenge. Chuck Jones used the Elmer Fudd character off and on. Friz, like Chuck, would use Elmer if the situation called for it as would Robert McKimson but as the '50s went on Friz, Chuck, and Robert deliberately attempted to cast various established and new characters opposite Bugs Bunny rather than relying on the 'hunter after the rabbit' scenario. Robert McKimson, for example, created the Tasmanian Devil as an antagonist to use against Bugs Bunny. Tex Avery's quail character morphed into Bugs Bunny. "The Crack-Pot Quail", it's official title, had the same characterization as Bugs Bunny in "A Wild Hare". Tex Avery directed both cartoons but yet nobody recalls the quail, obviously, but Bugs Bunny beginning with "A Wild Hare" became a super-star in the animation business for Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc would eventually receive on-screen credit beginning with the mid 1940s cartoons and the screen credit elevated his name into public awareness and he was the official voice of the Warner Brothers cartoons for 50+ years.
BobInBG78 36 months ago
I always assumed the voice of Dodsworth the cat was an imitation but later found it was really the man himself-Sheldon Leonard!
Andybandit 36 months ago
It is nice how Mel did all different voices. I remember he did Barney Rubble and Bugs Bunny. I never saw these cartoons before.
Mukusthebadd1 Andybandit 36 months ago
Get DVD's. You won't miss anything taken out.
Corey 36 months ago
Mel Blanc used the Peter Lorre voice twice. One is the evil scientist and in Racketeer Rabbit. The one with Edward G Robinson.
geatornez82 Corey 36 months ago
"It's curtains for you, Rocky!"
"Oh, they're adorable!"
FoMoCo 36 months ago
I would love to see the cartoon "Super 6" series on MeTV.
Invidinvasion 36 months ago
All very good toonage! My childhood Saturday Morning 2 hour timeslot of 'The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show'...paired with a big bowl of super sugary Quaker Quisp 👽Cereal or GM KABOOM! 😊🤡..HEAVEN!
harlow1313 36 months ago
dig the Peter Lorre bit. Those creeper peepers are those of a sociopath.
cperrynaples 36 months ago
You proably couldn't do 5 today because of the stereotypes! My big memory was the arguement over the shape of the world! "It's a-round like a meatball!" "It's flat like a pancake!" "It's a-round like my head!" [WHACK!] "it's flat like your head!"
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Corey cperrynaples 36 months ago
The Christopher Columbus toon was not in original banned cartoons. It is probably not shown today due to the controversy today with Columbus.
LoveMETV22 cperrynaples 36 months ago
I think some places observe his holiday as indigenous peoples day instead.
lynngdance cperrynaples 36 months ago
You are invited to my Connecting The Dots Quiz! Saturday 05/29/2021 at The Giant Gomer Pyle quiz! (Since it’s been like a century since I did a quiz, there will be two questions this time so it’ll be extra fun 😁 (hopefully 😜)
lynngdance lynngdance 36 months ago
It will be starting at 8:00 PM, forgot to say that LOL
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