Tasmanian Devil - Tasmanian Devil - A small
whirling monster with a voracious appetite featured in six Warner Brothers
cartoons from 1954-1979. The Tasmanian Devil debuted in the cartoon short
Devil May Hare (1954) opposite Bugs Bunny, and later with Daffy Duck in
Ducking the Devil (1957).
Created by Bob McKimson, the Tasmanian Devil (voice of Mel Blanc)
communicated via slobbering growls, and indecipherable gibberish. . Its cyclonic motions ripped through trees, rocks and
anything else that got in its way, while it searched the countryside for food.
Its favorite food is rabbit, namely, Bugs Bunny.
The Tasmanian Devil resurfaced in 1990 as Dizzy Devil on TINY TOON ADVENTURES
and then on the half-hour cartoon series TAZ-MANIA/FOX/1991-94 that starred a party animal
teenage Tasmanian Devil called Taz (voice of Jim Cummings).
Taz's family included his
conservative father, Hugh who spoke like Bing Crosby; Jean, his mother; and
Molly, his sister. To earn money, Taz worked as a bellhop at the Hotel Tasmania.
TRIVIA NOTE: The real Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus
harrisi) is about 2 feet long with a large head and weak hindquarters. Its ears
turns red when agitated. This ferocious marsupial was often hunted down because
of all the damage caused to livestock and poultry.
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