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Looney Tunes Taz

Updated on June 30, 2011

Looney Tunes Taz

Looney tunes Taz or the Tasmanian devil, is a now, very popular animated cartoon character who features in the looney tunes series of cartoons.

Today Taz is perhaps one of the more popular and most recognizable characters in the looney tunes cast and his bad mannered, spitting and drooling behaviour make him the likeable rascal type of character people have come to love.

Like a looney tunes Taz whirlwind, twist and turn, discover all about this loveable rascal and please enjoy our piece of Taz mania...

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Popular Taz

Taz or the Tasmanian devil is a Warner Brothers animated character from the cartoon series looney tunes. Taz only made an appearance in 5 shorts prior to the closing of Waner Brothers Animation in 1964, but various appearances on TV and some good marketing since then has helped the Taz character rise to new levels of popularity, especially during the 1990's which propelled him to become one of the most recognizable characters in cartoons of today.

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Looney Tunes Golden Collection

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Taz - Devil May Hare

We have Robert McKimson to thank, who created Taz and based him around the real Tasmanian devil, and although their appearances differ, the main way Taz and the Australian marsupial resemble each other is their behaviour, which is a bit crazed and also a voracious appetite. Again Taz's appearance did not look just like the real-life Australian marsupial, but he did have other characteristics that were devil-like, such as the fur on his head was horn shaped. His motions were whirling around in dust, referred to as a dust devil, which resembles a tornado, complete with the sound effect of numerous motors working together. Taz is always hungry and looking for food, he eats everything in his path! This is what most of his cartoons are based on.

This hunger for food served as the inspiration for the Devil May Hare short that McKimson did. It first came out in June '54, and the storyline of this is that Taz keeps stalking Bugs Bunny, but his attempts fail, partially due to him not being able to speak clearly and he winds up merely being a nuisance to Bugs.

Bugs is smart and brings in a female Tasmanian Devil whose appetite equals Taz's.

Taz's voice was done by the talented Mel Blanc and once in awhile Taz says something that can be understood such as the line What for you bury me in the cold, cold ground.

Taz does however, show he has the ability to read and write.

Taz Gets The Axe ?

Shortly after this short, Devil May Hare, appeared in the theatres it was axed by the head of Warner Brothers animation, producer Eddie Selzer, who told McKimson that his character, Taz, was overly obnoxious, but this was soon overturned when Jack Warner stepped in and asked what was going on, and informed Eddie that a huge amount of fan mail had come in "boxes and boxes" saying that people loved the character.

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection

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Taz - Ducking The Devil

McKimson directed four other Taz cartoons including Bedevilled Rabbit (April 13, 1957), Ducking the Devil (released on August 17,1957), Bill of Hare (on June 9, 1962), and Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare (released March 28, 1964). The final appearance for this Tasmanian Devil for the original group of Warner Brothers writers, voice actors, and directors was The Fright Before Christmas segment of the Bug's Bunny Looney Christmas Tales where Taz winds up consuming a whole sleigh filled with presents.

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    • therealstig86 profile image

      therealstig86 6 years ago

      I'm a massive Taz fan too, great lens and lensrolled to my Taz lens too!

    • puzzlerpaige profile image

      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      "Taz mania" that's a good one! Gotta love Taz even though I don't know what he says.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ah ... it doesn't get any better than Taz when talking about looney tunes, you know?

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Taz has always been a big hit on our house! Love him!

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great set of lenses and good niche to have found!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      My brother was a big cartoon fan. He loved all these characters. 5*

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Me too!!! My favourite! :)

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      raegal75 8 years ago

      My husband's favorite cartoon character is Taz - he's lovably fierce! :)

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      I love Taz! You've created quite a niche here.