Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004
Voice actor who had a popular following in the 1950s with a witty and satirical radio program, one of the last truly great radio shows. Freberg made numerous records, including a biting satire of the notorious “Red-baiter” senator Joseph McCarthy.
At Warner Brothers, Freberg had three continuing roles, that of Baby Bear -- also known as Junior or Junyer Bear, the mouse Hubie opposite Mel Blanc’s Bertie, and one of the Goofy Gophers, again opposite Blanc.
It is the author’s opinion that Freberg played the Gopher with the fruitier, lower-pitched voice. The gopher with the higher-pitched voice sounds almost identical to the little skunk who taunts Yosemite Sam in Bugs Bunny Rides Again (Freleng, 1948), leading me to believe that both characters were voiced by Blanc.
Freberg also voiced Pete Puma, reprising the role for a theatrical release in 1997.