Learn How To Do Porky Pig’s Stutter—In Thirty Seconds

In thirty seconds, voice actor Bob Bergen eloquently breaks down one of the most difficult to replicate classic cartoon voices: the stutter of Porky Pig. It’s a clip from the recent documentary I Know That Voice.

Bergen knew Mel Blanc, who perfected the voice of Porky that was originated by Joe Dougherty, so I wonder if Blanc ever actually explained it like this to Bergen, or if this is the result of Bergen’s own research. Either way, it’s an illuminating look at the peculiarities of the voice actor’s craft.

(via io9)


  • Tim

    That “clips” page on BB’s site is super cool!

  • Pedro Nakama

    Sniff, sniff…. and I remember when he was a tour guide at Universal Studios.

  • Tony

    Technically, Mel Blanc didn’t originate the voice. It was actor Joe Doughtery, whose stutter was genuine and, thus, hard to control. So Mel took over and created the cadence that Bergen just demonstrated.

    • AmidAmidi

      You’re absolutely correct, Tony. Total brainfart on my part. The post has been fixed.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Bob Bergen does a fantastic Porky Pig. He makes it look so easy.

  • Roberto Severino

    That’s so cool that he can do it so easily. Incredible stuff.

  • Steven Matarazzo

    Very cool! :) I just noticed this documentary (I Know That Voice) is available to watch for free in the U.S. if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Just watched it tonight, very enjoyable! I ordered the DVD since I hear the extras are great. Too bad their website and Facebook page don’t seem to be updated and still list the film as a ‘pre-order’.