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Beaky the BuzzardBeaky Buzzard - A Mortimer Snerd like vulture seen in a number of Warner Brother cartoons. Beaky's main mission in life was to find something to eat which usually involved trying to catch the likes of Bugs Bunny. When Beaky fails to bring home an appropriate meal, he is chastised by his shrew of a mother and told he needed to become a "killer" (her nickname for her son).

Beaky's brothers were better hunters. They brought home large animals like elephants and cows to the family nest, but all poor Beaky could muster was a bumble bee. As he traveled home with his tiny prey he sang the lyrics "I'm Bring Home A Baby Bumble Bee."

Once when Beaky learned that lions only lived ten years, he found a lion celebrating his tenth year and then unsuccessfully sat around waiting for the lion to die.  Unfortunately, the lion lived past the age of ten and in the end, both of the characters found themselves on the moon.

In another cartoon, Beaky was found by a couple of British sparrows who adopt his abandoned egg and raise Beaky to survive in the wild after he emerges into the world.

Created by Bob Clampett (of Beany and Cecil fame) the  Beaky  Buzzard character debuted in the Merrie Melodies cartoon "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid." (1942) directed by Bob Clampett. Beaky later appeared in the Looney Tune cartoon "The Bashful Buzzard" (1945); the Loony Tune cartoon "The Lion's Busy" (1950) directed by Friz Freleng; and the Merrie Melodie cartoon "Strife with Father" (1950) directed by Robert McKimson.

Beaky also appeared in a series of  Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies comic books produced by Dell comics in the early 1940s where he was paired with Henery Hawk. In the 1990s, Beaky appeared in Steven Spielberg's Tiny Toon Adventures, where he mentors Concord Condor.

Vocals for the Beaky the Buzzard character were provided by Kent Rogers (who died in WWII), Eddie Bartell, Stan Freberg and Mel Blanc (in the 1950s).


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