the Martian - Cartoon alien who first
appeared in the animated Bugs Bunny cartoon Haredevil Hare
Marvin wanted to destroy the Earth with a weapon called the
Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator. Why? Because the Earth
blocked Marvin's view of the planet Venus.
When Marvin the Martian first arrived, he was known only as
Commander X-23. He sported a green Roman Centurion styled helmet,
green skirt, red tights and white sneakers. He also carried an
ACME disintegrator ray hand gun. His sidekick was Commander K-9,
the space dog who also wore a helmet and sneakers.
Marvin reported to commanding officer General EMC Squared and
traveled in an interplanetary spaceship called the Martian Maggot.
If Marvin ever needed reinforcements, he opened a container that
created instant Martians.
Scrutinizes the Earth
The Marvin the Martian
character appeared in the following Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies
cartoon productions: Haredevil Hare (1948); Hasty Hare (1952);
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century (1953); Hare-Way to the Stars
(1958); Mad as a Mars Hare (1963); Duck Dodgers and the Return of
the 24 1/2 Century (1980); Spaced Out Bunny (1980); Bug's Bunny's
Lunar Tunes (1991).
Marvin also appeared in the movies Marvin the Martian in the 3rd
Dimension (1996); and Space Jam (1996) and made cameos on
the TINY TOONS, ANIMANIACS and THE SIMPSONS cartoon series.
Over the years
Marvin's voices have been supplied by Mel Blanc (until 1989), then
Bob Bergen and Joe Alaskey.
TRIVIA NOTE: The original reference to
"Uranium PU-36" changed to Illudium PU-36 in subsequent cartoons.
Some people mistake the sound of "PU" for a "Q" and say "Q-36."
However, the weapon's name is derived from the letters "PU" which
coincidentally is the atomic symbol for Plutonium (named for the
planet Pluto). Marvin the Martian was created by legendary
animator, Chuck Jones.
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