Taz Tasmanian, better known as Taz the Tasmanian Devil, Tasmanian Devil or simply Taz, is one of the main antagonists in the Looney Tunes franchise, first appearing in the 1954 animated short Devil May Hare. He is a vicious and ravenous glutton who serves as a recurring enemy to Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
Portrayals[edit | edit source]
- He was voiced by the late Mel Blanc from 1954 to 1983.
- He was voiced by Jeff Bergman, Noel Blanc, and Maurice LaMarche in 1990.
- He was voiced by Jim Cummings from 1991.
- He was voiced by the late Greg Burson in 1992.
- He was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker in 1996.
- He was voiced by Frank Welker in 1998.
- He was voiced by Ian James Corlett from 2001 to 2006.
- He was voiced by Brendan Fraser in the 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
- He was voiced by the late Joe Alaskey in 2011.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Taz is a small brown Tasmanian Devil who used to live on the island of Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. He has fur on his head made to look like horns and several rows of sharp teeth, making him one of Bugs Bunny's more dangerous enemies.
History[edit | edit source]
Taz tends to growl, spit, and gibber rather than speak although he can talk, and travels by spinning around like a tornado. He has a seemingly endless appetite and will eat almost anything, which often leads to his defeat.
He is so popular despite his few appearances that he got his own TV series with only occasional appearances by the other Looney Tunes cast, and is one of the most recognizable characters.
In The Looney Tunes Show, Taz is a wild animal who was captured so he could be in a zoo. One of the people who captured him told the local zookeeper, Pete Puma, that if he values his life he should never ever unlock the cage. Pete agrees to this and soon after the man started driving away, Pete snatches the lock and runs after the man proclaiming that he forgot his lock. This leaves Taz to escape and he proceeds to Bugs and Daffy's house. When Bugs and Daffy go to see if he possibly belongs to Granny, Taz runs into Sylvester and Tweety and tries to eat them. They soon escape and Speedy helps Bugs train Taz to be a really better pet.
In the 2001 webtoon trilogy Planet of the Taz, his species was ruled by Dr. Zarius, a Tasmanian devil scientist.
Antagonistic Acts[edit | edit source]
In 5 Golden Age cartoons where he appeared, he tried to eat Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
In Looney Tunes: Back In Action, he tried to help Mr. Chairman and his minions to defeat D.J. Drake, Kate Houghton, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck and turn all the people into monkeys.
In Tiny Toon Adventures, he sometimes was outright cruel to Dizzy Devil.
In Looney Tunes Show, he tried to eat Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety several times. He also destroyed Bugs' and Daffy's house and made a rampage in Tasmanian Meltdown.