Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hippety Hopper Collectibles Part 1

Here are a couple of Hippety Hopper collectibles. The record will be a separate post.

The first is a Hippety Hopper gumball clad. This came as a prize.

Here is a Carosello decanter.

Here is are two collectible figures. The second was made in Italy.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hippety Hopper: History Behind the Giant Boxing Mouse

There isn't much to tell about Hippety's history. Hippety Hopper, often spelled Hippity, was a boxing baby kangaroo that was often mistaken by Sylvester as a giant mouse. The premise was the same in most of the shorts. Sylvester would be looking for a mouse and would find Hippety thinking he was a giant mouse. No one else around him would see the kangaroo and they would think Sylvester is afraid of a small mouse.
Hippety appeared in 14 theatrical cartoons including a cameo with Bugs Bunny in Bushy Hare. Many memorable Looney Tunes moments came out of them including Sylvester Jr. and Benny (who is a parody of Of Mice and Men and called Sylvester George). Warren Foster came up with the idea of Hippety and liked it so much that he used it again. Bob McKimson designed Hippety with big ears and a mouse like snout. McKimson directed all the Hippety Hopper cartoons.
Hanna-Barbera used the premise quite a lot. It wasn't actually stealing because Warren Foster wrote for Hanna-Barbera. Many cartoons feature a boxing kangaroo. There was a Snagglepuss and a Pixie and Dixie where they fight against a baby kangaroo. The same premise and the same writer, Warren Foster.

These cartoons were shown a lot on TV. There was a record produced about Hippety in which he speaks. Mel Blanc plays him with an Australian Accent. In the opening of The Bugs Bunny Show, Hippety is the third character seen in the line of characters walking right behind Speedy Gonzales and in front of Yosemite Sam. Hippety also appeared in many comic books and merchandise which will be coming up on this blog.

Credits and Sources:
Devon Baxter
Thad Komorowski
Mark Kausler
Matt Hunter

Monday, November 12, 2018

Stan Lee and Bob Clampett

I've been very busy guys sorry. Hippety Hopper's history is going to be a two month part series. The first ever. Anyways. I'd like to make my own tribute to Stan Lee by sharing some great Stan Lee moments with other royalty.

Here is an interview with Bob Clampett and Stan Lee (Courtesy of Jerry Beck)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hippety Hopper

This is the next series for the month of November is Hippety Hopper: The story of the bouncing boxer that was. This is on Hippety Hopper of course. I will also be including reviews as well as collectibles, etc.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Rocky Memories Update

My book has come a long way. This book is a labor of love. One year ago, I began this book. Today I have nearly 40 interviews with animators, historians, friends, and voice artists. I also have archival interviews with June Foray, Bill Scott, and Chuck Jones. Also, I am going to have rare photos in my book. I am looking for a photo of June and a fan. If you have one please comment and I will contact you about it. (Note: You don't need to give your email. You will be spammed!)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

When Brer Rabbit Went to Screen, Hollywood Called Him Bugs Bunny

Here is a newspaper article from 1953. This isn't the first time Disney was creddited. My regular readers will remember the Bugs Bunny comic strip issue in North Carolina where a newspaper changed the credits for Bugs' comic strip to Warner Bros after the editors 12 year old son said that Disney isn't the owner of Bugs Bunny.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Top 20 in My Opinion---Golden Age Cartoon Voice Actors

A while back, Mark Evanier did a top 20 golden age of cartoon voice actors. I'd like to do the same thing except mine will be listed and will be ranked. These men and women must be from the golden age of animation or from early television animation. These men and women were voice actors most known for work from 1929-1970.

Before I begin the list, here are a few honorable mentions:
A. Sterling Holloway---The original voice of Winnie the Pooh
B. Hal Smith--Voiced Winnie the Pooh and Owl
C. Sid Raymond---Voice of many of the Harvey and Terrytoons characters
D.Jim Backus---The voice of Mr. Magoo.
E. Verna Felton-- The voice of many female Disney characters until she died.

Now on with the list!

20. Jackson Beck--
Jackson Beck was the voice of Bluto, King Leonardo, Buzzy the Crow, and many others. He was actually a voice actor in New York. He voiced many characters for Fleischer, Terrytoons, and Total Television.

19. Dick Beals--
Dick Beals did all sorts of Little boy voices throughout his life. He was the voice of Speedy Alka-Seltzer. He also played Ralph Phillips.

18. Pinto Colvig---
Pinto Colvig is most known as the voice of Goofy. He also voiced Pluto. He was in the two first animated features ever: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Gulliver's Travels.

17. Hans Conried---

Hans Conried is known for playing very evil characters. He voiced Snidley Whiplash in the Dudley Do-Right cartoons. He also was a regular Disney voice actor as the voice of Captain Hook.

16. Howard Morris---

While he is most known as Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show, Howard Morris also played a whole slew of cartoon roles as well. For Hanna-Barbera, he played Jet Screamer, Atom Ant, and Mr. Pebbles. He was also the voice of Beetle Bailey.

15. Alan Reed---

Alan Reed was the voice of Fred Flintstone. While he did other characters as well, he will always be known as the voice of Fred Flintstone. He invented that voice and there is no other person who I can picture playing Fred perfectly. No offense to Henry Corden whose voice was too Jackie Gleason like.

14. Gary Owens---
Gary Owens was in thousands of cartoons. He really is a character actor using his voice as Space Ghost and Roger Ramjet.

13. Paul Winchell---
Paul Winchell is more known for being a puppeter. He also voiced many cartoon characters. He voiced Tigger of the Winnie the Pooh franchise. He also voiced Dick Dastardly and Gargamel for Hanna Barbera.

12. Stan Freberg---
Stan Freberg is a comedy legend. The first thing he did was voice in Warner Bros Cartoons. He played Cecil on Time For Beany. He also voiced many characters for Warner Bros such as Pete Puma, Junior Bear, and all of the voices in the Three Little Bops short.

11. Clarence Nash---
Clarence Nash is the voice of Donald Duck. He is known for voicing Donald and is the only person we think of when we think of Donald's voice.

10. Jean Vander Pyl---
Jean Vander Pyl voiced a ton of women in Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Some of them include Rosie the Robot, Pebbles Flintstone, and Winsome Witch. Her most well known role though is of Wilma Flintstone on The Flintstones.

9. Jack Mercer---
Jack Mercer may not have been Popeye's first voice actor, but he certainly was his best. Jack Mercer voiced many New York cartoon characters including Popeye and Felix the Cat. He also wrote for the Fleischer Studios which is how he became Popeye after Red Pepper Sam was fired.

8. Janet Waldo---
Janet Waldo not only voiced teenagers but she even sounded like one. Janet Waldo was the voice of Judy Jetson, Penelope Pitstop, and hundreds of others.

7. Bill Scott---
Bill Scott was just a writer for Jay Ward Productions. When he asked Jay, "Who is going to play Bullwinkle" Jay responded "Oh, I thought you were". Bill Scott also voiced Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle, and Mr. Peabody.

6. Mae Questel---
Mae Questel was probably the first female voice actress ever. She was the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl. She even looked like Betty Boop.

5. Paul Frees---
Paul Frees was one of many voice actors in Hollywood. He was a regular at many studios. He is most well known for his voices for Jay Ward as Boris Badenov and Inspector Fenwick. He also played characters for animated commericals, Hanna-Barbera, and Rankin/Bass.

4. Don Messick---
Don Messick voiced a ton of characters at Hanna-Barbera. He voiced Scooby-Doo, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith, Bandit, Scrappy Doo, and Dixie.

3. Daws Butler---
Daws Butler (along with Don Messick) voiced probably over 2/3's of Hanna-Barbera's characters. He voiced Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw Mcgraw, Wally Gator, Augie Doggie, Snagglepuss, Elroy Jetson, and many other characters for Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward. He also taught many of the best voice actors in the industry today such as Corey Burton and Nancy Cartwright.

2. June Foray---
June Foray is the greatest woman in animation history. That's why I'm writing a book about her. It's not that I'm biased, it's that I'm right!

Also Rocky Memories Update: New to my book include archival interviews of Bill Scott and June herself! Also Noel Blanc is in my book now!

1. Mel Blanc---
Who else did you expect to win this list? Mel Blanc is #1 on everyone's list! As the voice of most of the Looney Tunes characters and many of the Hanna-Barbera characters, he is truly the Man of A Thousand Voices.