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Remembering George Kennedy, Douglas Slocombe and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in February

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Joe Alaskey (1952-2016) - Voice Actor. He took over voicing Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck when Mel Blanc died and can be heard as those characters and more in the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action, as well as many TV and video game works. He also voiced Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (hear him below), President Nixon in Forrest Gump and Grandpa Lou Pickles in the Rugrats movies. His other film credits include Spaced Invaders...

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Daniel Gerson, ‘Big Hero 6’ Screenwriter, Dies at 49

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Daniel Gerson, ‘Big Hero 6’ Screenwriter, Dies at 49
Big Hero 6” screenwriter Daniel Gerson died on Saturday after battling brain cancer. He was 49. According to a New York Times obituary, Gerson died peacefully in his Los Angeles home. Before tackling the 2015 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Film, Gerson co-wrote Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University.” Also Read: Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63 Gerson, a New York native, started his career as a staff writer for the former NBC sitcom, “Something So Right,” and went on to write for several other series in the late ’90s before transitioning to writing feature films.
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Looney Tunes, Tiny Toon Adventures: Voice Actor Joe Alaskey Dies at 63

Voice actor Joe Alaskey died February 3, 2016, at the age of 63. Reports indicate the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Grandpa Lou Pickles, Marvin the Martian and more, died from cancer.

Alaskey lent his voice to characters from many many TV series, including Rugrats and sequel All Grown Up, Loonatics Unleashed, and as Daffy Duck on Duck Dodgers, for which he won an Emmy in 2004. Alaskey also narrated the Investigation Discovery TV series, Murder Comes to Town.

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Joe Alaskey, Voice Of Bugs Bunny And Donald Duck, Dies At 63

Voice actor Joe Alaskey, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird and others, has died after a battle with cancer. Alaskey had taken over these roles after Mel Blanc’s death in 1989, winning himself an Emmy award in 2004 for his work as Daffy Duck in Duck Dodgers. Other notable roles of Alaskey […]

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Dave Mirra, BMX Pro and Host of MTV's Challenge, Dead of Apparent Suicide

Dave Mirra, BMX Pro and Host of MTV's Challenge, Dead of Apparent Suicide
Dave Mirra, an X Games champion who hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge from 2001 to 2002, was found dead in his truck in Greenville, N.C., on Thursday.

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The 41-year-old biker died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to TMZ Sports, though police are still looking into his death.

In addition to his work on MTV, Mirra was the subject of a series of video games, including Playstation’s Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX. He also made special appearances on Punk’d — in which
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Joe Alaskey, voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, dies aged 63

Emmy-winning voice actor also played Richard Nixon in Forrest Gump, and various cartoon stars since the late 1980s including Tweety and Sylvester the Cat

Joe Alaskey, the voice behind notable cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, died of cancer on Wednesday. He was 63.

The voice actor, who was born in upstate New York, started out as a standup impressionist. He worked with voice actor June Foray on a Boston radio morning show called Effective Radio with Bill.

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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dead at 63

Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dead at 63
Joe Alaskey, an actor who provided the voices of some of TV’s best-known animated characters, has died of cancer, our sister site Variety reports. He was 63.

Alaskey voiced Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in the 2000s. (Mel Blanc provided the original voices.) Alaskey also brought life to Duck Dodgers‘ title character, a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2004.

His many other gigs included voicing Tiny Toon Adventures‘ Plucky Duck, Rugrats‘ Grandpa Pickles and Forrest Gump‘s Richard Nixon.

At the time of his death, Alaskey served as narrator for Investigation Discovery’s Murder Comes to Town.
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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63

Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63
Joe Alaskey, who voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweetyand Sylvester the Cat, among other legendary cartoon characters, died on Wednesday of cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 63.

Alaskey’s spokesperson, K.P. Lynne, shared the news on the actor’s Facebook page, writing, “Never doubt that Joe loved each and every one of you. Your comments and posts always made his day and brought joy to his heart and life.”

Alaskey replaced Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck after his death in 1989, assuming the Warner Bros. characters during the 2000s, including in the film “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.” He has also given voice to other Looney Tunes animated heroes, including Tweety and Sylvester. He served as the primary voice for Plucky Duck on “Tiny Toon Adventures” and Yosemite Sam on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

Alaskey won a Daytime Emmy Award for voicing
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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Dies at 63

"Looney Tunes" fans, today we raise a carrot for Joe Alaskey, modern voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester the Cat, and other cartoon favorites. According to Entertainment Weekly, Alaskey died of cancer at age 63. Sufferin' succotash indeed.

When Mel Blanc passed away, Alaskey was one of the voice actors to take on his iconic characters. In the 2003 movie "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," Alaskey voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Beaky Buzzard, and Mama Bear. In the 2000 animated movie "Tweety's High-Flying Adventure," Alaskey voiced Tweety, Sylvester, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Henery Hawk, and Colonel Rimfire. Phew!

In addition to Warner Bros. characters, Alaskey also voiced Grandpa Lou Pickles in the "Rugrats" movies and video games, and on the TV series from 1997-2004. You may also recall his voice as Droopy in the "Tom and Jerry" movies, Stinkie in "Caspter," Yosemite Sam in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit,
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Joe Alaskey Dies: Latter-Day Voice Of Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck During Long Career Was 63

Joe Alaskey, a successor to Mel Blanc who for years voiced iconic cartoon characters such as the modern Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and others from the classic Warner Bros cartoons, has died. The news was confirmed by his family on Alaskey’s Facebook page. He was 63. Alaskey’s prolific decades-long career included voicing Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, inheriting the role after David Doyle’s death in 1997. He also voiced the character again in the Rugra…
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Joe Alaskey Dies: Latter-Day Voice Of Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck During Long Career Was 63

Joe Alaskey Dies: Latter-Day Voice Of Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck During Long Career Was 63
Joe Alaskey, a successor to Mel Blanc who for years voiced iconic cartoon characters such as the modern Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and others from the classic Warner Bros cartoons, has died. The news was confirmed by his family on Alaskey’s Facebook page. He was 63. Alaskey’s prolific decades-long career included voicing Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, inheriting the role after David Doyle’s death in 1997. He also voiced the character again in the Rugra…
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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Passes Away at 63

Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Passes Away at 63
Sad news for animation fans. Joe Alaskey, the modern voice for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, has passed away at the age of 63. His family confirmed the news earlier this week. The actor and voiceover artist succumbed to cancer.

Joe Alaskey was a successor to iconic Looney Tunes voice artist Mel Blanc, who passed away in 1989. Alaskey inherited the roles of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and countless other Warner Bros. animated characters, going to work to recreate their personalities starting in the 2000s. His most notable turn as these iconic and beloved characters came in the 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back In Action.

Over the past few years, Joe Alaskey also gave new voice to such beloved icons of animation as Sylvester and Tweety. He served as the primary voice of Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures. In 1988, he voiced the role of Yosemite Sam in the blockbuster hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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Joe Alaskey, Rugrats and Looney Tunes Fixture Who Voiced Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies

Joe Alaskey, Rugrats and Looney Tunes Fixture Who Voiced Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies
Joe Alaskey, the voice actor behind iconic Looney Toons cartoon characters like Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, has died after a battle with cancer, his spokesperson confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. He was 63.

Alaskey, who succeeded Mel Blanc in voicing characters like Marvin the Martian in 2001, most notably took on Bugs Bunny and gang for 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action feature film. Prior to that, the actor brought Rugrats' Grandpa Lou Pickles to life from 1997–2004, and Sylvester the Cat in The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries from 1995–99.

In addition, Alaskey could be heard as Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures and
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Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck Voice Artist Joe Alaskey Dies

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Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck Voice Artist Joe Alaskey Dies
Joe Alaskey, the voice actor behind iconic Looney Toons cartoon characters like Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, has died after a battle with cancer, his spokesperson confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. He was 63. Alaskey, who succeeded Mel Blanc in voicing characters like Marvin the Martian in 2001, most notably took on Bugs Bunny and gang for 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action feature film. Prior to that, the actor brought Rugrats' Grandpa Lou Pickles to life from 1997–2004, and Sylvester the Cat in The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries from 1995–99. In addition, Alaskey could be heard as Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures and
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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63

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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63
Joe Alaskey, the man who voiced cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, has died of cancer. He was 63. The actor died peacefully in his home on Feb. 3, according to a statement obtained by TheWrap. Alaskey began his career as a stand-up comedian and broadcaster. His big break came when he replaced Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck after his death in 1989. “Looney Tunes” fans also remember the actor for voicing Tweety and Sylvester the Cat. Also Read: Crackhead Bob, Howard Stern Wack Packer, Dies at 56 In addition to his work on several “Looney
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Looney Tunes Voice Actor Joe Alaskey Dies at 63

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Looney Tunes Voice Actor Joe Alaskey Dies at 63
According to his spokesperson, prolific voice actor and impressionist Joe Alaskey died of cancer Wednesday night at the age of 63. In addition to being one of several actors who performed the roles of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Tweety Bird throughout the ’90s, Alaskey voiced a host of familiar characters, including Pluck Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures, Richard Nixon in Forrest Gump, Yosemite Sam in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, following the death of original voice actor David Doyle. A Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, Alaskey also lent his voice to video games like Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Dark Seduction, and Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest. Here he is doing a set on Letterman in 1986:
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Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck -- Voice Actor Dead

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Joe Alaskey, who voiced legendary cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester the Cat has died. Alaskey's family members announced the news of the NY native's death Wednesday night. Alaskey voiced other Looney Tunes characters as well, including Marvin the Martian and Foghorn Leghorn. Joe -- who was a successor of voice actor Mel Blanc at Warner Brothers -- voiced many of his famous characters from 1990-1995. Alaskey did some non-Warner Bros' work too,
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Firestarter, Casper, The People Under the Stairs are Coming to Blu-ray

What do a pyrokinetic girl, a lonely ghost, and a group of cannibalistic children have in common? They’re all getting the Blu-ray treatment from Universal this September.

Blu-ray.com reports that Firestarter, Casper, and The People Under the Stairs are all slated for a September 2nd Blu-ray release, but only one of the films is coming with substantial bonus features:

Firestarter Release Details (via Blu-ray.com):

Firestarter chronicles the extraordinary life of Charlene “Charlie” McGee. Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, “The Shop,” that wants her destroyed?

The Blu-ray edition of Firestarter is presented in 1080p with a DTS-hd Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. An UltraViolet Digital HD digital copy of the film is included, but there are no other special features.
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[DVD Review] Tiny Toon Adventures: Season 1: Volume 2

Like many things in life (and perhaps even more in entertainment), Tiny Toon Adventures can only be fully understood when considered with what came before and after it. For example, how much more irritating were the Ewoks when you realized that they were paving the way for Jar Jar Binks? Can you watch Jack Nicholson’s original interpretation of the Joker without thinking of Heath Ledger’s more recent portrayal? All the same, Tiny Toons can really only be seen in retrospect as the link between the Muppet Babies of the late 1980s and the subsequent, far more engaging Animaniacs, which premiered in 1993. It should be evaluated on its own terms, but it can’t really be thought of or remembered any other way.

Tiny Toon Adventures takes place (for the most part) at Acme Looniversity, where younger counterparts of nearly all of the original Looney Tunes characters learn how
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