Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Penner had a brief but meteoric career and radio in the 1930s, briefly achieving fame with a series of catch phrases such as “Wanna buy a duck?” and “You naahh-sty man!” One of the earliest roles of Mel Blanc on national radio was as the voice of Goo-Goo, the duck that figured in the first catch-phrase above.
Egghead, the forerunner of Elmer Fudd, was based in part on Joe Penner, using some of his mannerisms, most notably in Daffy Duck and Egghead (Avery, 1938). The little brother rabbit Elmer in My Green Fedora (Freleng, 1935) laughs like Penner. Vocal actor Dave Weber seems to have provided Penner-like voices for a number of WB cartoons in the 1930s.