Cartoon Network Friday Spotlight- Duck Dodgers- “Hooray for Hollywood Planet”
Losing Joe Alaskey, the best voice of Daffy Duck after Mel’s unfortunate passing, is a damn shame. If anything though, it seems to explain why he didn’t return to voice Daffy and the other Looney Tunes character’s he took on for The Looney Tunes Show, since his cancer probably was known to Warner around its development.
But instead of dwelling, let’s look at some of his best work, as Daffy, or Plucky from Tiny Toons. Duck Dodgers has got to be the best Looney Tunes spin-off series, a great combination of Tex Avery and Bob Clampett’s zany Daffy and Chuck Jones’ greedy, vindictive Daffy.
This is a favorite from season 1, a funny play on Hollywood in the character’s classic ironic glances and twists, and is able to hold your attention for a full 20 minutes. You should be able to find the first Duck Dodgers set for cheap, which has this and other fun episodes, so go and look if you can!
Here are some of Bugs’s most drastic changes among director units and time periods. I know I didn’t include all of them… there are a lot out there still. (The Clampett unit is the only one I can differentiate animators in most of the time, mostly between McKimson and Scribner.)
On February 3rd, 2016 - the voice actor Joe Alaskey passed away at the age of 63. While he was known for voicing the many lovable characters in the Warner Bros Animation Studios such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester the Cat, Foghorn Leghorn and Marvin the Martian- he also voiced Grandpa Pickles on Rugrats.
Thank you Mr. Alaskey for bringing life to these lovable characters (whom I consider my heroes) and playing a part in my passion. Rest in peace.
We grew up with his voice… Some saying he was the successor to Mel Blanc, with the continued voice for Bugs, Daffy, Sylvester and Tweety and boy was he fantastic. My most cherished memory of his voice is in Plucky Duck alone in the Tiny Toons series.
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Alaskey the first time during a Comic Con panel with him and a few other voice talents I looked up to. He read off a Fractured Fairy Tale in the impression of Edward Everett Horton.
Then again I met him while working on Loonatics Unleashed where he did the voice of Sylth Vester and Prince Tweetums, from what I remember of him, he was a very soft spoken person but the voices that came from him, a slew of memories just came back in your mind.
the majority of these were drawn by Robert McKimson, the most skilled draftsman at Warner Brothers. these drawings are great for people learning how to draw cartoons because they’re solid, well-constructed with strong poses & line of action.
here’s the model sheet to help with Bugs Bunny’s proportions (also drawn by Robert McKimson).
this rabbit below isn’t Bugs Bunny but it looks similar & will help as a step-by-step template for how to draw Bugs Bunny. start with the line of action, then the basic shapes, construction lines, etc.
if you’re having too much difficulty drawing Bugs Bunny to start off with, try drawing characters with simpler designs like Porky Pig or Daffy Duck.