Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
(né Leslie Townes Hope, 1903- fl. 1997)
One of the best-known and longest-running radio and television comedians, Hope had a very popular radio show in the 1930s and 1940s with a truly diverse cast, spawning a number of catch-phrases and many memorable characters. (See also entries for Jerry Colonna and Brenda and Cobina.)
Hope himself made relatively few appearances in WB cartoons. In Malibu Beach Party (Freleng, 1940) Hope is seen coming up the walk to the Benny beach house, and in Hollywood Canine Canteen (McKimson, 1946) Hope and a Colonna caricature doing the Professor Colonna routine from the radio show.
Hope has been a much more popular target for contemporary WB animators, particularly in the Animaniacs program, and to a certain extent in Taz-Mania opposite a Bing Crosby-like character, a foil in many of the “Road to...” pictures the two made together for Paramount.