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Mel Blanc had a favorite cartoon short and was partial to one particular Looney Tune's character

The man of a thousand voices shared his most beloved animated cartoon and the voice he enjoyed most.

By Cheryl E PrestonPublished about a month ago 3 min read
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Mel Blanc was partial to one cartoon and character

Mel Blanc was the man with 1000 voices behind some of the most beloved cartoon characters ever. Bugs Bunny, Wile Coyote, Tweety Bird, Elmer Fudd, Woody Woodpecker, Foghorn Leghorn, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Barney Rubble, The Tasmanian Devil, Heathcliff, and Mr. Spacely are but a few. According to MeTV, the most famous voice artist of all time had one character and animated short he enjoyed above all others.

Blanc's all-time favorite cartoon was Birds Anonymous, a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies animated short released on August 10, 1957. It was written by Warren Foster, directed by Friz Freleng, and starred Tweety Bird and Sylvester the Cat. Blanc admitted that Sylvester was the easiest one of the many voices he performed.

Sylvester in Birds Anonymous

In this animated short, Clarence the Cat tries to help Sylvester stop craving birds. They attend a meeting of "Birds Anonymous" ("B.A."), a support group for cats who decide to help one another overcome their bird addictions. Sylvester listens to the success stories of other felines and declares, "Birds is strictly for the birds!"

When he returns home, Sylvester finds temptation is everywhere. He sees a TV chef preparing a turkey that makes his mouth water, He hears a radio disc jockey mention bird-themed songs like The Red Red Robin. The Tuxedo Cat becomes frustrated and tries to handcuff himself to an iron radiator so he won't be near Tweety. The little bird, however, decides to taunt him, asking, " Mr. Puddy Tat, Don't you like me anymore?"

Sylvester's struggle becomes too much for him, and at one point, and he cries out, "I've gotta have a bird! Yes, yes, I'm weak. I know I'm weak, but I don't care! I can't help it! After all, I *am* a pussycat. Those last six words are favorites for my oldest son and me. We have had many laughs about Sylvester, acknowledging that he only does what is within his nature.

Birds Anonymous is an award-winner

This Looney Tunes cartoon, beloved by Mel Blanc won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1958. Birds Anonymous won the Blue Ribbon reissues in 1964. The 1958 Oscar went to Eddie Selzer, the head of Warner Brothers Studios. When he died, Selzer's wife passed the statuette on to Blanc who considered this an honor as this was his favorite cartoon and character to do voices for.

Birds Anonymous is in the third act of the 1981 classic The Looney Looney Loon Bugs Bunny Movie, uncut and restored, on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection, and the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection. You can also click here, and watch the short on Super Cartoons.

Tweety

Sylvester the Cat is a favorite Looney Tunes character because of his resilience. No matter how often he fails, he continues developing new ways to catch Tweety Bird, even to his peril. Spike the dog and Granny only deter him for a minute, and the Puddy Tat returns to his antics. Wikipedia sums up Birds Anonymous and Mel Blanc's love for the cartoon with the following.

Shannon K. Garrity writes, "Mel Blanc's amazing vocal performances — it was reputedly the Warner Bros. short of which he was proudest — rank high among the many joys of this lovingly crafted, hilariously self-aware cartoon. Freleng and his team went all out to give Birds Anonymous a film noir look, with dramatic camera angles drawn by layout artist Hawley Pratt and moody backgrounds by Boris Gorelick... Above all, Birds Anoymous satirizes Warner Bros. cartoons themselves. The structure of the standard Sylvester and Tweety cartoon — and all chase cartoons — is threatened by Sylvester's resolution to walk away from the conflict and be a better cat. In the Looney Tunes world, of course, this can't be allowed.

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Cheryl E Preston

Cheryl is a widow who enjoys writing about current events, soap spoilers and baby boomer nostalgia. Tips are greatly appreciated.

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  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    I loved that voice of so many cartoons!! My dad had an old projector and would show us that original Mickey one on the train!😍

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