Monday, June 4, 2007

Great horny toads!

One of the hardest Looney Tune voices to get right since the death of Mel Blanc has been Yosemite Sam. Blanc himself admitted it was hard even on him. There were some cartoons made in the very early 1960's, after Mel's near-fatal car accident, where Sam didn't even yell (most notably "Shishkabugs" (1962), in which Sam never yells once!)

Joe Alaskey voiced Sam's brief appearance in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988), and various others have voiced him since Blanc's death a year later.

Still, Alaskey's is probably the best post-Blanc interpretation I've ever heard. Although this terrible Flash-animated cartoon is hardly a classic, you can hear Alaskey's Sam in action, and it's actually quite good! Also take a listen to Billy West's Elmer Fudd!

4 comments:

Michael J. Ruocco said...

I agree, Joe Alaskey is probably has the best Yosemite Sam interpretation I've heard. He does a pretty good Daffy & Sylvester, too.

Actually in this video, I don't think that Billy West is doing Elmer. It sounds more like Tom Kenny.

Mike Russo said...

Everyone gets Sam wrong because they're under this impression that all Sam does is yell, all the time.

Freleng's and Blanc's Same did a heck of a lot more than jump around screaming "Great horny toads!" each time he appeared.

PCUnfunny said...

Yes that is definetly Tom Kenny doing Sam,not Billy West. Sam is definetly a hard voice to do because he requires all the power in your vocal cords, Mel hated doing Sam. Joe Alaskey dose a good job in gerenalbut I find his Bugs and Daffy a bit too conservative, especially his Bugs.

PCUnfunny said...

Sorry I meant that was Tom Kenny doing Fudd, not Sam.

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