Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices

Mel Blanc was quite the guy, and some people in this documentary say he is one of the greatest actors of all time.

I always respected Mel for what he did, he was certainly a most talented voice actor, but after watching this my respect is even greater because he did a lot more than make silly voices, and he was in real life a very decent, extremely hard working, and humble chap.

The documentary started off with a car accident which nearly killed Mel. He was in hospital with several broken bones and was in a coma. He was not responding so his neurosurgeon tried to get through to him. From Wikipedia:

Blanc was asked, “How are you feeling today, Bugs Bunny?” After a slight pause, Blanc answered, in a weak voice, “Eh… just fine, Doc. How are you?”[5] The doctor then asked Tweety if he was there, too. “I tot I taw a puddy tat,” was the reply.

There are plenty of interviews with him, as well as footage of him at work, as well as interviews with people such as Billy West (Ren and Stimpy(, Hank Azaria, Terry Gilliam, Friz Freling, William Hanna, and even Kirk Douglas who seemed to a good friend of Mel’s.

He died in 1989, but was still working right up to his death which was due to heart disease according to Wikipedia. But in the documentary his son gave a different reason for his death in an interview, so I am not sure what is going on there.

I didn’t realise until watching this that he was the voice of Barney Rubble. He also made the sound of the Monkeymobile running out of petrol, and was Twiki’s voice in Buck Rogers.

A very interesting watch. And Mel is now on the MBMS Page of Fame.

Date watched: January 30th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 29

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