Mel Blanc

Bugs Bunny and the Tortoise

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Bugs Bunny has appropriated the star role in just about any story involving rabbits, with the exception of the role of Brer Rabbit, which Bugs no doubt would find politically incorrect. Having him play the hare that ineptly loses the race to the tortoise by taking a nap is surely a bit of miscasting as well, as Bugs would never be stupid enough to act like this. But if one is willing to overlook this philosophical oversight, the recorded version of this saga with Mel Blanc doing all the voices is one of the high points of this series of children's records. The series exploited its stars and possibly even ripped off the intended audience by always combining the first-class productions starring Blanc with much less enjoyable flip sides featuring characters who would be lucky to survive a season as a painting on the wall of a daycare center. Here we have Bozo, who calls himself a clown despite the obvious lack of two central requirements of such an occupation: a sense of humor and a personality. Yet sending this dud into space is a good idea, as it gives the sound effects department and voicemeister Pinto Colvig the chance to freak out. It is just too bad his spaceship didn't crash land on that planet where they breed those monsters featured in the Aliens series.

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