Mel and Noel actually lived the characters. Noel Blanc reminisces, “He [Mel] used to wake me up every morning with that Bugs Bunny voice of his and say, ‘Uh, What’s Up Noel?’ We used to sit on the porch and do the character voices for hours, entertaining the neighborhood kids. Dad was constantly having me audition my voices for friends – celebrities like Lucille Ball, Roy Rogers and Jack Benny. I used to answer the phone using a character voice to see if the caller could tell me from my father. In interviews, my father would always say that I was the only one that he felt could imitate his character voices accurately.”
Noel's professional love of animation began with family necessity; his father nearly succumbed to an automobile accident in the early '60's. Noel directed his father's recordings during Mel's convalescence from a sophisticated home studio. Another star was born when Noel himself voiced, recorded and released many of Warner's characters during this time, including Bugs, Tweety, Sylvester and Elmer.
Noel's industry career was also broadened with his involvement in American institutions like The Dick Van Dyke and The Danny Thomas Shows. After Noel's commission as an Army lieutenant, he formed Blanc Communications with his father, producing hundreds of commercials and television shows.
Noel has won 280 international broadcasting awards for his work. No one knew the making of cartoons would take on a life of its own, and bring such great joy to so many collectors today. Great American Ink is proud to work side-by-each with such a well-versed aficionado and collector of animation art, Noel Blanc.
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