Mel Blanc once got out of a parking ticket because he was Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny saved Blanc from a hefty fine.

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While celebrities certainly aren't too keen about being mobbed by fans or peppered with invasive questions by reporters, no one can deny that there's a certain set of perks that come along with being famous. When you're a celebrity, there are simply certain doors that are open to you, opportunities, and little joys that are afforded to you, simply because of the joy that you bring to the public.

This isn't limited to the ultra-famous stars of live-action television, either. As a voice actor, Mel Blanc had achieved a level of fame previously unheard of by other voice actors. Blanc provided the voice to so many iconic cartoon characters of the past that viewers and fans alike couldn't help but love him because they associated him so deeply with the joys of their childhood.

Strangely enough, much like Bugs Bunny, who manages to cleverly and comedically maneuver his way out of dire circumstances at every turn, Blanc was fortunate enough to seemingly bear that same ability.

According to Blanc's memoir, That's Not All Folks!, the voice actor claimed that once, Bugs Bunny even got him out of a parking ticket.

Blanc recalled, "Some years ago I was driving on Interstate 10 near Tucson when a policeman pulled me over. The car, a brand new Rolls-Royce, handled so smoothly that I hadn't even realized I was speeding."

He continued, "The officer peered down at my license, then at my face. 'Are you the Mel Blanc?' he asked warily." In reply, Blanc answered the officer in the voice of Bugs Bunny, and the tension between the two immediately dissipated.

"His face broke out in a grin. 'Well, I guess I'm going to have to let you off with a warning.' he said. 'My kids would never forgive me if I gave a ticket to Bugs Bunny!'"

The moral of the story is, that when confronted with a speeding ticket, you should probably try to show off your best Looney Tunes impression.

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12 Comments

djw1120 1 month ago
People forget that Bugs did NOT get out of every problem he got into.
When the people at "Mission Control" sent him to the Moon - with a full load of carrots (of course) - he met "Marvin the Martian" who wanted to blow up the Earth and Bugs stopped him from blowing up the Earth.
The end result was instead of Marvin blowing up the Earth, he blew up the Moon and Bugs' last words were "Get me out of here!!!"
The_Great_Gazoo 1 month ago
He ought to have told the cop that he should never have made that left turn at Albuquerque.
Or the cop asking Mel about the wrong turn in Bugs accent
CaptainDunsel 1 month ago
This reminds me of a bit that George Carlin used to do about the hazards of being a comedian. He said that when you get pulled over by a police office, be sure never to say anything funny. Because if the cop says, "What are you, a comedian?!" you gotta say "Yes."
justjeff 1 month ago
"...Bugs Bunny even got him out of a parking ticket." How often do people get pulled over for **speeding** on Interstate 10 and get PARKING tickets??? MeTV writers, you are in a class of your own... and need to be left back a year or two... 😒
frances3agape justjeff 1 month ago
Didn't catch that discrepancy
Surely there were 2 separate incidents
Coldnorth justjeff 1 month ago
I didn’t even pick up on that. Although I can’t sleep again and it’s 3:34am
WordsmithWorks 1 month ago
If I was a police office and pulled Mel Blanc over, I definitely wouldn't have given him a ticket. Especially if he started using his Bugs Bunny voice, or any other of his iconic characters. If it happened today (RIP Mr. Blanc), I would ask him to record my voice mail message.
WordsmithWorks 1 month ago
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djw1120 daDoctah 1 month ago
If he had answered the police officer in Speedy's voice the probably have been deported as being in the country illegally. Or if the officer didn't speak Spanish, he would have arrested him and asked for an interpreter at the police station, and then had him deported from the US.
Coldnorth daDoctah 1 month ago
What about the characters who wore no pants.
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