Donald "Don" Messick (September 7 1926 – October 24 1997) was an American voice actor, one of the most prolific voice actors of the second half of the 20th century.
Messick, a native of Buffalo, New York, was most famous as the voice of several Hanna-Barbera characters, including Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Boo-Boo Bear, Muttley from Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines, Bamm-Bamm Rubble in The Flintstones, The Jetsons’ dog Astro,and Jonny Quest’s father Dr. Benton Quest.
Messick first wanted to be a ventriloquist, and even for a time supported himself as one. His big break came in the mid-1940s. At MGM, Tex Avery was doing the Droopy Dog cartoons. The regular voice actor, radio actor Bill Thompson, was not available. Daws Butler, who voiced characters for MGM, suggested that Avery seek out Messick. And so, Messick was called on to voice Droopy. Later, in the mid-1950s, when Bill Thompson parted ways with MGM, Messick took over the role of Droopy.
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Tom and Jerry: The Movie is a 1993 animated feature film, the first feature to star Turner Entertainment's cat-and-mouse team Tom and Jerry, and the only Tom and Jerry feature to be released theatrically worldwide, although Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry was theatrically released in select cities of the US by Kidtoon Films.
The film is a departure from the typical Tom and Jerry cartoons: Tom and Jerry have a new look in this film, giving spoken dialogue lines they didn't have in the cartoons. The duo works together to help an orphan girl in trouble, and the film contains numerous musical numbers. The film was received poorly by critics and viewers alike.
Richard Kind provided the voice of Thomas "Tom" Jasper Cat, and Dana Hill provided the voice of Gerald "Jerry" Mouse. Tom & Jerry creator Joe Barbera sevred as creative consultant for the picture, his partner Bill Hanna was absent from the project. The film was directed by Phil Roman, produced by Film Roman for Turner...,
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf is a 1988 telefilm produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, directed by Ray Patterson, written by Jim Ryan and distributed by Great American Broadcasting. It stars the voices of Casey Kasem, Don Messick, and Hamilton Camp.
The third full-length film to feature the Scooby-Doo characters, and was the last to be released as part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series of telefilms, which included and two other Scooby-Doo films, Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers and Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School.
All three Scooby entries in the Superstars 10 series feature Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy-Doo alone involved with stories that feature real ghosts and monsters, similar to the early 1980s version of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf also features the only appearance of Googie, Shaggy's blonde girlfriend.
Every year, all of the classic Hollywood monsters such as Frankenstein's monster, The Mummy, and Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde, gather...
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers is a 1987 telefilm produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and starring characters from their Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo . The film stars the voices of Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Sorrell Booke, and Rob Paulsen, and was written by Jim Ryan and directed by Paul Sommer and Carl Urbano.
The first full-length film to feature the Scooby-Doo characters, it was released as part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series of telefilms, which included two other Scooby-Doo films, Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School and Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf. All three Scooby entries in the Superstars 10 series feature Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and Scrappy-Doo alone involved with stories that feature real ghosts and monsters, similar to the early 1980s version of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo.
Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers centers around Shaggy's inheritance of a southern mansion from his recently departed Uncle Beaureguard. No sooner do he, Scooby-Doo, and...
The Flight of Dragons is a 1982 animated movie produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. and very loosely based on the speculative natural history book of the same name by Peter Dickinson and the novel The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. Released direct to video in 1982, it was finally aired as an ABC 'Movie of the Week' in 1986. Opening theme sung by Don McLean.Peter Dickinson (voiced by John Ritter) is a poor, dreaming scientist/inventor who is transported into the failing world of magic. He meets three wizards, two dragons, and the beautiful Princess Melisande (voiced by Alexandra Stoddart), who is a Wizard's foster-daughter. The green wizard Carolinus (voiced by Harry Morgan), his brothers Lo Tae Shao (voiced by Don Messick), and the blue wizard Solarius explain that the world of magic is dying. To save it, they must join together to create the 'Last Realm of Magic' -- a protected place where magic will live on after humans stop believing. The red wizard Ommadon ...,
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! is a 1964 animated feature released by Columbia Pictures, the first feature produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.The animated musical film was produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with a story by Hanna, Barbera, and former Warner Bros. Cartoons storyman Warren Foster. When the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio closed in May 1963, several of its animators, including Gerry Chiniquy, Friz Freleng and Ken Harris, joined Hanna-Barbera to work on this film. After its mildly successful 1964 release, Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! found extended life as a popular summer matinee feature.The film stars Hanna-Barbera character Yogi Bear (voice of Daws Butler) and his pal Boo-Boo (voice of Don Messick). Tired of Yogi's "pick-a-nick" basket stealing shenanigans, Jellystone National Park's Ranger Smith (also voiced by Messick) has Yogi shipped off to the San Diego Zoo. Yogi escapes being sent away, unknown to Yogi's girlfriend Cindy, who goes looking for him...
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