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The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

November 24th, 2009

Some new goodness from The Muppets, just for you. Happy Tuesday!

-Bailee DesRocher

Need some post celebration relief? Maybe Speedy can help!

January 1st, 2009

Happy new year! If you had a crazy night of celebration, maybe Speedy can help. Radio Actor, Dick Beals was the voice of Speedy Alka-Seltzer on the Alka-Seltzer commercials. Speedy Alka-Seltzer was originally known as Sparky, but the name was changed by a sales manager, Perry L. Shupert, to reflect that year’s promotional theme, “Speedy Relief”.

The Speedy Alka-Seltzer character was created at the Wade Ad Agency in 1951. The original working model was 6 inches tall and sculpted by Duke Russell. It appeared in more than 200 commercials over a 10 year period from 1954-1964.

I really like these types of ad campaigns.  Today’s mascots can all trace their roots back to Speedy and his peers.

-Floyd Bishop

Eartha Kitt 1927-2008

December 30th, 2008

Legendary actress, singer, and voice over artist Eartha Kitt has passed away. Her animation credits include The Emproer’s New Groove, American Dad, The Emporer’s New School, My Life As A Teenage Robot, and many more.

She had quite a singing career as well, including her 1953 hit “Santa Baby”.

In my opinion, she was the best on screen Catwoman to date.

Eartha Kitt was 81.

-Floyd Bishop    

Daws Butler

November 17th, 2008

You may not know the name, but you most likely know his voice. I found this great segment over at Spike.

With so many celebrity voices in cartoons lately (I’m looking at you, Miley Cyrus) it’s nice to look back to a time when it was the norm to have real voice actors do the voices for cartoons. At that time, celebrities were pretty much only used for guest star roles or brief cameos.

-Floyd Bishop

Don “The Voice” LaFontaine passes away

September 2nd, 2008

You may not recognize the name, but you know his voice. Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Don LaFontaine has passed away due to complications from a collapsed lung. He was 68.

-Floyd Bishop

Th-th-th-that’s Audio, Folks!

July 6th, 2008


Mel Blanc radio shows are available for downloading on this page of The Internet Archive. The scripts are extremely corny, but it’s worth it to hear dozens upon dozens of voices coming out of the mouth of one of the all-time amazing audio artistes.

After making an impact playing various characters on Jack Benny’s radio show (including the voice of Benny’s car, Maxwell) Mel was given his own program and The Mel Blanc Show ran from September 3, 1946 to June 24, 1947. Blanc didn’t play all the supporting characters, as guest voices included Jim Backus (later the voice of Mr. Magoo) and Bea Benaderet (later the voice of Betty Rubble on The Flintstones).

Mel starred as the owner of a Fix-It Shop (yes, such things did once exist!) A typical episode would find Mel facing some sort of relationship complication with his girlfriend Betty (Mary Jane Croft, who appeared as Betty Ramsey on I Love Lucy). But it [Read more…]

Tom Kenny!

June 21st, 2007


Here’s that Tom Kenny interview in The Onion.

…’People do lose their minds with kids. Also, [they] don’t give children, who are really smart and funny and whimsical naturally, credit for being able to tell cartoon comedic behavior for what it is, whether it’s a kick in the butt or a funny pimp-slap to the face. When they do these studies, “By the time they’re 6, children see over 30,000 violent acts on television.” They’re counting Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny around as if it was Reservoir Dogs. No, that’s apples and oranges.’…