How Mel Blanc Used Bugs Bunny to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

Mel Blanc surrounded with stuffed animals of Bugs Bunny that he did the voice for, 1983
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Before the famous voice actor Mel Blanc passed away in 1989, he wrote about a time when voicing a cartoon character came in very handy. Blanc was best known as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Coyote, The Roadrunner, and tons of other iconic Looney Tunes characters.

In his memoir, That’s Not All Folks, he claimed that he got out of a speeding ticket after being recognized by a police officer. He wrote, “Some years ago I was driving on Interstate 10 near Tucson when a policeman pulled me over. The car, a brand new Rolls-Royce, handled so smoothly that I hadn’t even realized I was speeding. The officer peered down at my license, then at my face. ‘Are you the Mel Blanc?’ he asked warily.”

Bugs Bunny (voice: Mel Blanc), 1979

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Blanc then responded that he indeed was Mel Blanc in the voice of Bugs Bunny and the officer changed his tune. Blanc continued in his memoir, “His face broke out in a grin. ‘Well, I guess I’m going to have to let you off with a warning.’ he said. ‘My kids would never forgive me if I gave a ticket to Bugs Bunny!'”

Mel Blanc, 1954-1955

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While it may not seem fair that celebrities can get out of things like speeding tickets due to their fame, it does seem harsh to give Bugs Bunny a ticket. Even more humorous, Bugs Bunny often uses humor to get out of sticky situations so Blanc certainly drew inspiration from the beloved cartoon character. If you’re interested in reading more of Blanc’s stories, get Blanc’s memoir on Amazon.

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