Bugs Bunny Voice Actor Jeff Bergman on Tiny Toons, House Jam

Jeff Bergman will quickly be again as Bugs Bunny in Max’s Tiny Toons Looniversity. Whereas selling his upcoming documentary Looney Legends in Dialog, the voice actor mentioned taking part in the Looney Tunes icon for the previous few a long time, together with Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Bergman’s life modified when he occurred upon a chat with the legendary Mel Blanc, the unique voice of Bugs Bunny and a thousand different cartoon voices; now, he’s working with Blanc’s son, Noel Blanc, on the Looney Legends documentary. “I feel I used to be just a little misplaced in school. I wasn’t certain, like: ‘Am I going to be a standup comic or do I wish to do TV?’ ‘Do I wish to be in movie?’ I didn’t actually take into consideration animation. I didn’t know that was was doable,” Bergman shared. “So when Mel Blanc was showing at my school and I simply occurred to see that, [I thought], ‘Perhaps that’ll be form of cool, he does voices.’ I don’t know what bought into me, however a couple of months later, I used to be obsessively engaged on animated characters. That was a watershed second for me, that was a giant shift. I used to be 20 on the time after which 9 years later, then I’d be doing it.”

Bergman might be voicing Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester, and Yosemite Sam in Tiny Toons Looniversity.
Screenshot: Max

Bergman’s first venture as Bugs Bunny was Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures in 1990; he was hand-picked by the director, who produced the present by way of Amblin, and the Blanc household to take over after Mel Blanc’s loss of life in 1989. The present is rebooting as Tiny Toons Looniversity, and Bergman might be reprising his breakout function as Bugs.

He’s now one of many veteran voices that carries the Bugs Bunny mantle, so this can be a actually full-circle second for him. He’ll proceed to be the mentor bunny to the toons, together with Buster Bunny (now voiced by latest Bugs Bunny for The Looney Tunes Cartoons, Eric Bauza). Bergman admitted he was stunned at how the love for the animated has endured through the years. “After we first did the present, you don’t know if something is ever going to occur or if it’s ever going to go anyplace—is anyone going to love it? So at the moment, it was Bugs Bunny’s fiftieth birthday, it was simply the job. I do know actors oftentimes say that, nevertheless it’s true. You simply don’t know,” he mentioned. “So right here we’re 33-34 years later, nearly. And now they’re going to carry the present again once more. And after I heard the theme music, [I thought], ‘Oh my God, that’s going to be superb.’ The storylines are very completely different. Director [Erin Gibson] is fantastic, she’s superior and she or he’s written for the present. So I feel it’s for extra this technology immediately, and there’s points and issues that can come up that children will have the ability to relate to on this period. It’s a special present, nevertheless it was very good the best way they wrote it. I’m excited to see it.”

We needed to carry up how House Jam: A New Legacy has seen a resurgence in popular culture discourse attributable to its plot predictions coming true. The movie facilities round a villain—AI Al-G Rhythm (voiced by Don Cheadle)—threatening to delete iconic WB content material just like the Looney Tunes and investing in expertise like LeBron James to return in and get their likeness scanned into any main Warner Bros. property (they have been forward of Black Mirror on that one). The basketball star resists, however he (and his son) get trapped within the WB serververse by the AI large unhealthy in a combat for his little one that nicely, prompts one other House Jam basketball sport—with each the child and Looney Tunes’ existences at stake.

LeBron James and Bugs Bunny

Picture: WB Footage

With the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes combating eerily related threats, we requested Bergman if that’s one thing he was aware of whereas making the movie or if it stunned him when it started to return true. “Yeah, I imply, there’s that factor with all of the predictions that The Simpsons made, ‘Donald Trump goes to be president’,” he mentioned because it dawned on him how spot on House Jam 2 was. “That’s humorous—I personally didn’t give it some thought, however I ponder if the director [Malcolm D. Lee] did. That’s humorous, however I didn’t give it some thought [and] it’s at our doorstep now. We’re all pondering, ‘Oh my God, are all of us going to get replaced with all the pieces?’ I do give it some thought, that perhaps we may have all been just a little bit extra proactive and and considered that in hindsight.” 

Keep tuned right here at io9 for extra updates on Looney Legends in Dialog. Tiny Toons Looniversity arrives this fall on Cartoon Community and Max.

 


This interview was performed throughout the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. With out the labor of the writers and actors presently on strike, the initiatives being coated right here wouldn’t exist.


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