Creator / Daws Butler

Daws Butler (1916–1988) was one of the most prolific—and beloved—voice actors from the early days of television animation. Besides his work for Hanna-Barbera (where he was the TV equivalent of Mel Blanc), he did character voices during The Golden Age of Animation for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (you might recognize him as the voice of the Wolf in Red Hot Riding Hood and the many clones of it, like Swing Shift Cinderella and Wild and Wolfy), Jay Ward Productions, Warner Bros., Walter Lantz and De Patie Freleng Enterprises. Signature characters include Wally Gator, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw and Elroy Jetson. The earlier part of Butler's career found him working as an impressionist on radio, stage, and the last days of vaudeville, and included several collaborations with Stan Freberg (including handling puppeteering duties with him in Time for Beany, the live-action predecessor of Beany and Cecil, and featuring in and co-writing The Stan Freberg Show) and even being in the dub of Godzilla Raids Again.

In his later years, Butler trained numerous voice actors out of his home in Beverly Hills (which you can see some of here)...
  • Bob Bergen (one of many voice actors cast to replace Mel Blanc in modern-day incarnations of the Looney Tunes cartoons, from the movies like Space Jam and Looney Tunes: Back in Action to commercials that have Looney Tunes characters in them to the newer animated shorts and any modern half-hour TV show featuring the characters)
  • Corey Burton
  • Nancy Cartwright (the voice actress behind several Simpsons charactersnote  and the voice of bratty troublemaker Melissa Screetch on the short-lived DreamWorks series Toonsylvania)
  • Bill Farmer (the current voice of Goofy)
  • Linda Gary (voiced Teela, Evil-Lyn, the Sorceress, and many other characters for Filmation, as well as Dame Barbara on Smurfs)
  • Mona Marshall (the voice of Sheila Broflovski and Linda Stotch and one of Mary Kay Bergman's many replacement voices following her suicide in 1999)