Oregon Cartoon Institute

Treg Brown, The Man Who Hired Mel Blanc

In News on May 31, 2011 at 8:04 am

Mel Blanc had been trying, and failing, to get an audition at Warner Brothers for months. The man who had been denying him the chance finally died, and Treg Brown took his place. When Mel Blanc came in to check, yet again, to see if Warner Brothers needed his talents, Brown gave him a listen.

Treg Brown, like Blanc, was a musician. This wonderful documentary fleshes out how meticulous the sound design was on the cartoons coming out of Termite Terrace.

When Mel Blanc went to work for Leon Schlesinger, he joined a company of artists who were already pushing the envelope in terms of creativity and innovation. Sound designer Treg Brown and musical director Carl Stalling matched the visual intensity of directors Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Frank Tashlin, and Chuck Jones step for step. Mel Blanc had found a second home for his talents.

For more information about Mel Blanc, see the Archives of this website.

Another recommended method of deepening your knowledge is to attend Mel Blanc: The Portland Years, our upcoming lecture series.

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  1. Mel Blanc was hired by a Cornish-American.

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