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That's Not All Folks! Paperback – November 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reprint edition (November 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446390895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446390897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It came and in better shape than I anticipated!!
Christian McDaniel
Wonderful reminiscences and laughs a-plenty throughout the book!
Michael OConnor
Very insightful concerning early Radio programs, cartoons etc.
Richard J. Denningham

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jerry McDaniel on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
The one thing that has always amazed me about voice actors is how easy they make what they do look. i've been a fan of Mel's forever. the first time i saw him was on a rerun of "The Jack Benny Program" playing Jack's violin instructor, Professor LeBlanc. i then learned that he was the voice of Warner Brothers cartoons.

I HAD to see it for myself (i didn't believe my uncle's claims) and so one day i caught a Joan Lunden show on Lifetime called "Mother's Day" and out walked Mel in a Bugs Bunny shirt...and he was doing Bugs, Daffy, Foghorn, Porky, Tweety, Sylvester...and i was knocked backwards!

From that point forward i started to become a fan of voice actors, primarily the ones that didn't use their natural voice too much, such as Mel, Daws Butler, Don Messick, Paul Winchell, June Foray, Paul Frees, Bill Scott, Stan Freberg, etc.)...but i don't mind the ones who use their own voices, most of the time, because they're so distinct (John Stephenson, Casey Kasem, Gary Owens, Lorenzo Music, etc.)

With this book, "That's NOT All Folks!", we read the Mel Blanc story from his birth to 1988 (he passed away in 1989). we're informed of how he was raised in a melting pot and he started to mimic different dialects. he indirectly states that he's not a dialectition (one who specializes in dialects) because most of his dialects have his natural voice sprinkled through them...and so you might call his dialects "Americanized dialects".

another chapter worth discussing is his in depth story involving his near-fatal car wreck in 1961. all the events that took place after impact have been recounted to him by doctors, friends, and family because Mel was in a coma for nearly a year and that's how this information was gathered!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on June 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Though the man left us in 1989, Mel Blanc will forever live on in the characters he voiced. This book provides biographical information as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the activities of the Warner Brothers studio. Readers will learn how the individual voices were created and will even see photos of Mel "portraying" the character as he talks. One of the biggest secrets of all was that he disliked carrots. He'd chew on them while recording Bug's lines, but the recording would have to stop while Mel spit out the remains into a wastebasket.
If you're a true fan of Bugs, Elmer, Porky, Daffy, Sylvester, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, and all the rest, pick up a copy of _Chuck Amuck_ when you're finished here. You'll discover more about Warner Brothers from cartoonist Chuck Jones in that volume. And if you can, scarf around and find _Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: a complete illustrated guide to the Warner Brothers cartoons_ by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald. It's a fully-indexed episode-by-episode encyclopedia with cast notes and plot summaries. Keep it next to your TV.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like millions of Americans I owe Mel Blanc a debt of gratitude. For decades, whether voicing Bugs Bunny in a classic Warner Brothers cartoon, performing on the Burns & Allan radio show or announcing the train for 'Anaheim, Azusa and Cuc-amonga' on the Jack Benny TV show, Mel Blanc brought laughter and joy into my life.

Mel tells his story in this charming, straightforward and FUNNY autobiography. While Blanc was primarily known for voicing so many cartoon characters, he was featured on many classic radio shows of the 30s and 40s and was a member of Jack Benny's TV family. He takes us through his life in a breezy, informative fashion, sharing anecdotes about the many talented people he worked with. Wonderful reminiscences and laughs a-plenty throughout the book!

Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William A. Howes on April 26, 2012
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One of my favorite pieces which I have on my wall is a color photo Mel Blanc used to send out to fans with his autograph, showing him sitting at his desk, with the characters he gave voice to perched on his shoulder and in pockets and on the desktop in front of him -- Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn, and others.

When he died a few years ago, he was buried under a stone which read "That's All Folks!" but luckily, among his many works, he left this delightful 1988 autobiography which I dscovered on Amazon.com, subtitled "My life in the Golden Age of cartoons and radio."

Mel Blanc started at the bottom, looking for work at local radio stations and landing a few jobs here and there until Warner Brothers hired him for some gigs providing voices to cartoons.

He became the voice first of the redesigned Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny who went through a redesign of his own, Elmer Fudd, who wasn't as bright as Porky Pig but at least could be an adversary for Bugs unlike Porky who was too sweet a guy, and Daffy Duck, a perfect opponent for Bugs, both intelligent and pugnacious. The greatest Bugs opponent was a late-comer, Yosemite Sam, all violence and animosity.

Once he was well on his way as Warners' Man of a Thousand Voices, he asked for a raise, which his cheap employer wasn't likely to go for, or for a credit. A credit in a cartoon? But at least it didn't cost anything so Blanc got his credit and people noticed. He started getting hired for radio and later TV shows. He started out doing bits on Jack Benny's show and wound up on many more shows, including the Abbott and Costello Show, and headlined his own radio show briefly.
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