My friend Bob Bergen is Warner Bros. go-to guy when they need to record Porky Pig – that’s him these days on The Looney Tunes Show, and previously on Duck Dodgers and in Looney Tunes Back In Action. He’s also one of the busiest voice actors in Hollywood with numerous credits at other studios, including a recurring role as “Luke Skywalker” on Robot Chicken!
Like all the best filmmakers and actors, Bob is a historian of the craft – having fallen in love with it at an early age. He sent me a few sound bites from his personal archive that he thought readers of Cartoon Research would appreciate. I think he’s right.
First up, Bob recorded this little snippet of LA Kids Show host Tom Hatten introducing Jack Mercer singing Popeye The Sailor Man live in 1979.
Next, this classic recording of 14-year old Bob Bergen cold-calling Mel Blanc – and Mel’s wonderful responses…
Bob met Daws Butler at an Asifa cel-sale back in the 1980s. I’ll let Bob tell you about this clip:
“This is when I first met Daws at The Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills at an ASIFA Show. Just shoved a recorder in his face and asked him to do some voices. He invited me to study with him which I did off and on until he passed away.”
Daws Butler, June Foray and Bill Scott rehearsing for a live reading of an old Bullwinkle script, same day as previous clip.
The full, live public performance of a Rocky & Bullwinkle script.
And finally, just for laughs, something Bob recorded as Porky grafted into a famous Mel Gibson phone message…