From "The Monkees Get Out More Dirt" (1967)
Look at the size difference between Julie and Davy Jones! Avatar without the special effects.
55 minutes ago
I just returned from recording a new picture: BARBARY COAST BUNNY. I used a new actor, name of Daws Butler, in the role of the heavy. He’s a very clever guy, hard working, intelligent and refreshing. He’s the one who worked with Stan Freberg on all those records, they wrote and acted in them together.
I must say that I learned a great deal from him. He gave a splendid and new angle to this character, a sort of Marlon Brandoish mushy-mouthed delivery that seemed very funny to me. In Streetcar Named Desire Brando was a troglodyte but with his speech dotted with completely incongruous delicacies. This effort to attain elegance was what gave the character its odd twist, like an orangutan in an evening gown. So we rewrote the dialogue a little to fit this new conception and, as I say, it came off beautifully.
Another thing I noticed is that Mel Blanc, who was there to record the rabbit, was well aware that he has some competition from Daws. He really worked today. I have never seen him evidence more interest in his work. I think I shall hire a sort of stand-by talent on recording days if this is what the goad of rivalry does for Mel. Like others, I suppose, he is likely to get a trifle smug occasionally. All in all, a good day.
I am on the backstretch of another story I think you will like. The one about the year when Mars approached so close to the earth that it affected a cosmic mix-up and a Martian baby was diverted to the earth while the Earth baby went by mistake to Mars. At any rate a pleasant average young married couple find themselves with an odd lightish green highly intellectual baby with a disconcerting knack of talking to bees. Before the babies are traded back we have quite a time for ourselves. I’m using a wholly new drawing technique for me, like the enclosed drawings, they’re rough but I think you can get the idea.