"The Scarlet Pumpernickel" (1950) Breakdown Thread

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Postby zavkram » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:56 am

Does anyone know the reason why Arthur Q. Bryan didn't voice Elmer in this one? Was he simply unavailable or were Warner Bros. trying to get Mel Blanc to do all the voices as some kind of a publicity stunt?

Whenever I saw this cartoon on TV as a kid, I could never understand why Elmer sounded different here than in the other cartoons that aired either before or after it.
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Postby Brandon Panther » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:17 pm

zavkram wrote:Does anyone know the reason why Arthur Q. Bryan didn't voice Elmer in this one? Was he simply unavailable or were Warner Bros. trying to get Mel Blanc to do all the voices as some kind of a publicity stunt?

Whenever I saw this cartoon on TV as a kid, I could never understand why Elmer sounded different here than in the other cartoons that aired either before or after it.

Bryan was busy on his own radio show, and Chuck Jones might have found it unnecessary to bring him in just to record one line.
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Postby Fibber Fox » Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:39 am

Brandon Panther wrote:Bryan was busy on his own radio show.


According to whom?

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Postby zavkram » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:31 am

Brandon Panther wrote:Bryan was busy on his own radio show, and Chuck Jones might have found it unnecessary to bring him in just to record one line.


Yes, but at the time that TSP was in production; were there any other cartoons featuring Fudd that would also have been in production?

If so, wouldn't it have been possible for Bryan to tack that one line onto the beginning or end of a recording session for another cartoon? If I understand correctly, the voice recording sessions were done in time-increments similar to (if not equal to) the music recording sessions taking place on a different soundstage. I could be mistaken, but it doesn't seem to me that Bryan (being as much of a professional as Mel Blanc) would have had to spend too much time recording that one line.

Blanc reportedly was busy with radio shows as well, but he seems to have had no trouble meeting his WB commitments. There must be a more plausible explanation...
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