Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hallmark Season

Ah, the 4th of July. Time for fireworks, barbeques, and Hallmark's annual unveiling of their new Christmas ornaments. 2008 brings three new Looney Tunes ornaments:

Taz - "Naughty or Nice?"



Tweety & Sylvester - "Twas the Night Before Christmas"



Bugs, Daffy & Elmer - "Tis the Season"



Each of them has a sound feature. You can actually hear the sound clips that each ornament plays on the Hallmark website. Be warned, the voice they got for Bugs & Daffy is possibly the worst I have ever heard. I know it's just a Hallmark ornament, but c'mon, why not at least lift the audio from original cartoon? Click here if you dare.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damn! Talk about cheap voice acting. Mel Blanc's voice is a thousand times better that the cheap imitation voices from the ornamant.

Thad said...

Sounds like me on a beer run.

ramapith said...

Warner Legal must be afraid that the cartoon soundtracks, or some element from them (music?) can't be reused outside the context of the cartoons themselves without incurring some kind of legal risk. Sure, this never bothered Warner before, but lack of precedent never bothered them either.

Nevertheless, none of this translates to a requirement that anything new be recorded by a guy whose Bugs and Taz are no better than mine. These really are the worst approximations of these voices I've ever heard, and Daffy isn't much better.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't they get Joe Alasky to play Bugs and Daffy?

Brandon said...

Wow, they didn't even get Billy West to voice Bugs, that's a shock. He must have been told he wouldn't get paid, and decided to say screw it.

Paul said...

ramapith - I think there is some precedent here, although not with Warner Brothers.

Remember the fate of King Louie?

Nic Kramer said...

Warner Legal must be afraid that the cartoon soundtracks, or some element from them (music?) can't be reused outside the context of the cartoons themselves without incurring some kind of legal risk. Sure, this never bothered Warner before, but lack of precedent never bothered them either.
I don't know. I recall Hallmark using sound clips from the classic Looney Tunes on some of their sound greeting cards last year.

yokota said...

Happy 4th july!!

Wile_E2005 said...

That's so sad, I can do a better Bugs Bunny voice!

J.E.Daniels said...

I came across the other 2 at Hallmark. Those voices are just as bad. I don't think they hired a professional voice actor for these. eech!

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