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
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.
Years later, a half-hour cartoon series TAZ-MANIA/FOX/1991-94 starred a par-tAy-oriented
teenage Tasmanian Devil called Taz first seen on TINY TOON ADVENTURES. His
conservative father spoke like Bing Crosby.
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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