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MARVIN THE MARTIAN is a character from Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
cartoons.

CONTENTS

* 1 Conception and creation

* 1.1 Voice actor portrayal

* 2 History

* 2.1 Appearances

* 3 In popular culture * 4 Film * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

CONCEPTION AND CREATION

After Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
had begun to outwit Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
– the creation of the senior director, Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng
– director Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
decided to create the opposite type of character, one who was quiet and soft-spoken, but whose actions were incredibly destructive and legitimately dangerous. Marvin the Martian
Martian
was the result, and made his debut in 1948's Haredevil Hare
Haredevil Hare
. Unlike the other Warner Bros. cartoon villains, Marvin can be actually evil at most points, and not just daft; although, like the others, he is also funny. Marvin is the quietest of the Warner Bros villains, and the most soft-spoken, and unlike most of the other villains, he is very clever and competent in general.

Marvin's design was based on a conception of the Roman god Mars
Mars
. "That was the uniform that Mars
Mars
wore — that helmet and skirt. We thought putting it on this ant -like creature might be funny. But since he had no mouth, we had to convey that he was speaking totally through his movements. It demanded a kind of expressive body mechanics."

Marvin was never named in the original shorts – he was called the COMMANDER OF FLYING SAUCER X-2 in The Hasty Hare in 1952 – but decades later, when the character attracted merchandising interest, the current name was selected.

VOICE ACTOR PORTRAYAL

* Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
(1948–1986) * Joe Alaskey ( Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures
, Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes, Another Froggy Evening , Marvin the Martian
Martian
In the Third Dimension , Tweety\'s High-Flying Adventure , Duck Dodgers
Duck Dodgers
, Looney Tunes: Stranger than Fiction, Bah Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas
Christmas
, various video games) * Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen
( Taz-Mania ) * Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche
( Animaniacs
Animaniacs
) * Bob Bergen ( Space Jam
Space Jam
) * Eric Goldberg (Superior Duck (Credited as Claude Raynes), Looney Tunes: Back in Action ) * Jeff Bergman (Pride of the Martians) * Neil Ross
Neil Ross
( Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
) * Samuel Vincent (Baby Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
) * Eric Bauza
Eric Bauza
(The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show , unfinished Marvin the Martian movie) * Damon Jones
Damon Jones
(singing voice in The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show , speaking voice in Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run )

HISTORY

Further information: List of Marvin the Martian
Martian
cartoons

Marvin hails from the planet Mars
Mars
, but is often found elsewhere. He is often accompanied by his dog "K-9 ", and sometimes by other creatures (one gag, first used in Hare-Way to the Stars (1958), being candy-sized "Instant Martians" that become full-size on addition of drops of water).

Marvin wears a Roman soldier's uniform, with basketball shoes. The style of these shoes resembles the Chuck Taylor All-Stars brand name, considered to be the "generic" or "standard" basketball sneaker. His head is a black sphere with only eyes for features. The curved crest of his helmet appears, with the push-broom -like upper section, to comically resemble an ancient Greek hoplite 's or a Roman centurion 's helmet. The appearance of the combination of Marvin's head and helmet allegedly led to Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
thinking he was a "bowling ball wearing a spittoon" in one short. Marvin speaks with a soft, nasally accent, and often speaks technobabble . The helmet and skirt that surround him are green and his suit is red (in a few of the original shorts, his suit was green). He is also known for his trademark quotes "Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!", "Isn't that lovely?", and "This makes me very angry, very angry indeed."

On numerous occasions, Marvin has tried to destroy the Earth
Earth
with his "Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator" (sometimes pronounced "Illudium Pu-36" or " Uranium
Uranium
Pu-36"). Marvin always laboriously over-pronounces the name of the device, which resembles a stick of dynamite , in order to avoid any possibility of confusing it with some other similar form of explosive technology. Marvin attempts to destroy the Earth
Earth
because, he reasons, "it obstructs my view of Venus "; he has been trying to destroy the Earth
Earth
for more than two millennia, suggesting that members of his species, and possibly Martian
Martian
creatures in general, have extremely long lifespans. The original reference to " Uranium
Uranium
Pu-36" changed to "Illudium PU-36" in subsequent cartoons. Marvin is consistently foiled by Bugs Bunny. He has battled for space territory, Planet X
Planet X
, with Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
, a.k.a. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
.

APPEARANCES

He has appeared in three animated shows on Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
— as a 3 year old toddler in Baby Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
, as a primary villain in the Duck Dodgers
Duck Dodgers
television series, and most recently in The Looney Tunes Show .

* In Baby Looney Tunes, he is shunned and ridiculed by the other babies (except for Taz ) for being "weird", as he is too shy to speak to them. They eventually befriend him upon seeing how helpful he is, and later sing songs including "Oh Where Has My Martian
Martian
Gone?" (Based on the children\'s song Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? ). * In Duck Dodgers, he works for the Martian
Martian
Queen Tyr'ahnee. This show reused his original name from The Hasty Hare (although the opening credits list him as Marvin playing Commander X-2, in the same way as Daffy is playing Duck Dodgers). * Marvin the Martian
Martian
appears in The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show episode "Reunion" and appeared in the "Merrie Melodies" short "I'm a Martian", voiced by Eric Bauza
Eric Bauza
. Here, he is described as a former classmate of Daffy's who has been plotting to destroy Earth
Earth
since graduation. The episode also has a flashback, in which it is revealed that the yellow headdress on the top of his helmet is actually his hair, showing that in high school (before he started wearing the helmet) he kept it down.

Over a decade prior to any of these, he guest-starred in a Tiny Toon Adventures segment titled " Duck Dodgers
Duck Dodgers
Jr.", where he was accompanied by an apprentice named Marcia the Martian
Martian
.

He was also in a Taz-Mania episode "The Man from M.A.R.S." and did a cameo in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries
The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries
("What's the Frequency, Kitty?").

Marvin also made appearances on Animaniacs
Animaniacs
, notably in the Mindy and Buttons short subject, "Cat on a Hot Steel Beam" (which also featured the cute kitten Pussyfoot ) and in "Star Warners", along with his dog K-9, and most recently in a MetLife
MetLife
commercial.

Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
also created a 2-minute filler piece featuring Marvin, entitled " Mars
Mars
Forever" by Fantastic Plastic Machine . It's a disco-style video combining clips of Marvin and Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
from their encounters in "Haredevil Hare", "Hare-Way to the Stars", as well as bits of " Duck Dodgers
Duck Dodgers
in the 24th-and-a-half Century" and "Rocket-bye Baby".

Marvin has also appeared in a number of video games. He served as the main antagonist in the Genesis video game Taz in Escape from Mars
Mars
, the Super NES game Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions , and the Game Boy game Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Collector: Alert! . He also appeared in Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time for the PlayStation where he was the boss of Dimension X, and in the final level of Sheep, Dog, \'n\' Wolf . He is also a recurring enemy in the Quantum Beep stages of Road Runner\'s Death Valley Rally for Super NES. He also was an enemy in Looney Tunes: Back in Action . He also is a playable character in Looney Tunes: Space Race and Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal . He also made a brief cameo in the 2003–2007 CN Fridays intro.

Marvin was also cast as the referee in Space Jam
Space Jam
(though he did not stay to referee the whole game due to Bupkus beating him up), and then later had a major villainous role in Looney Tunes: Back in Action where he was hired by the ACME chairman, Mr. Luther J. Chairman (Steve Martin ), to finish DJ ( Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser
) and the gang at Area 52. In the film's climax, he reappears to bring the Blue Monkey diamond to the ACME satellite, but is thwarted by Bugs (who he duels in a parody of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi
and Jango Fett
Jango Fett
in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones ) and Daffy (who arrives as Duck Dodgers
Duck Dodgers
to save Bugs after he is exhausted from the battle), resulting in Marvin trapped in a bubble floating through space.

Marvin appeared in the Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
version of A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
, Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas
Christmas
as an employee at Daffy Duck's "Lucky Duck Super Store". Marvin was homesick for his planet, Mars, and wanted to go back for Christmas
Christmas
(but also mentions that he's planning to destroy the Earth
Earth
as well). At first, Daffy doesn't let him take Christmas
Christmas
off, since he expects the employees to work on Christmas
Christmas
Day. After being visited by the abrasive yet well-intentioned Christmas
Christmas
ghosts, Daffy is redeemed, and as part of a surprise Christmas
Christmas
celebration, gives Marvin a rocket that will go faster than the speed of light, allowing him to make it to Mars
Mars
by yesterday.

Marvin is the main antagonist in Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run .

In nearly all of his appearances, Marvin is shown using a small pistol that fires either bubbles of pliable plastic or energy beams. He is also apparently immortal or long-lived, since he mentions doing over two thousand years of research to create the Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator, and he is seen in Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
, with Gossamer , a hairy red monster, as his assistant.

IN POPULAR CULTURE

The launch patch for the Spirit Mars
Mars
Rover , featuring Marvin the Martian.

* Marvin's likeness appears in miniature on the Spirit rover
Spirit rover
on Mars as well as on the mission launch patch. * Marvin appears in the South Park
South Park
episode "Imaginationland Episode III ". Here, he marches among myriad other evil fictional characters to battle against the surviving good characters along with an evil-eyed Gossamer and a possibly rabid Wile E. Coyote . * Marvin appears in two Drawn Together
Drawn Together
episodes: "Charlotte\'s Web of Lies ", where he is seen in Ling-Ling 's Anger Management group with Hulk , Skeletor
Skeletor
, and Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
; and " Toot Goes Bollywood ", where he is seen naked, except for his helmet, paying Foxxy Love 20 "earth dollars". * He appears in the FBI lineup with other TV aliens in "The Springfield Files ", an episode of The Simpsons
The Simpsons
, wearing a purple helmet and skirt. He also appears in the episode Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing where he was shown in a fighting video game. * He appeared in 1993 Nike commercial as the antagonist who had stolen all of the Earth's supply of Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
Air Jordan sneakers, and both Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
and Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
defeat him and his instant Martians to reclaim the shoes. * In a deleted scene on the Futurama
Futurama
episode " That Darn Katz! ", Marvin is seen as a student in Mars
Mars
University. * Marvin makes a cameo appearance in the feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit , set in 1947, even though his first cartoon appearance was during the following year. * Marvin also makes a cameo appearance in episode 14 of the cartoon series Animaniacs
Animaniacs
when Buttons reaches the moon. * Marvin appears in a background shot during the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind , shown on a television in lead character Roy Neary's living room. The segment shown is from the feature cartoon, Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
. * The Q-36 explosive space modulator is referenced in several songs, including T-Pain
T-Pain
's "Time Machine," as well as Ludacris
Ludacris
' "Mouthing Off." * In the pilot episode of the TV series Weird Science , Lisa comments that she would have a lot more power had Wyatt installed a "Neutronian space modulator" before her creation. * NHL Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
Goalie Patrick Lalime 's goaltender mask features Marvin the Martian
Martian
on the front. * In the Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
episode "Star Warners", Marvin was briefly shown on a date with Minerva Mink . K-9 is sleeping next to them. * Marvin briefly appears in Diane Duane 's 2010 novel A Wizard of Mars
Mars
, when one of the main characters gets caught in a spell that brings their stereotypes of Mars
Mars
into existence. * According to Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
, he is waiting for George Lucas
George Lucas
to admit that Marvin's design was the influence for Darth Vader
Darth Vader
from Lucas' Star Wars
Star Wars
. * Marvin appeared in a MAD News segment, letting his sink run water on Mars. * Reach Records artist PRo referenced Marvin the Martian
Martian
and the space modulator in his song "Mission to Mars" from His 2011 album "Dying to Live". * In the Young Justice episode "Secrets," Miss Martian
Martian
takes on the form of a gigantic Marvin the Martian
Martian
to scare a teenager (coincidentally, also named Marvin ) who is committing a War of the Worlds -style prank. * During the University of Southern California
University of Southern California
-Stanford University football game, the Drum Major
Drum Major
of the visiting Stanford Marching Band dressed as Marvin the Martian
Martian
as a parody on the USC Spirit of Troy Trojan Marching Band 's Drum major. * In 2009 Bi-Mart Membership stores in Oregon sold University of Oregon vs. University of Southern California
University of Southern California
buttons featuring Marvin the Martian
Martian
as the Trojan "Mascot." * In a MetLife
MetLife
commercial that aired during the 2012 Super Bowl , Marvin made a cameo in the ad. * In Peter David's 1991 Star Trek
Star Trek
novel The Rift, the Calligarians have a device called "The Illidium Pew-36 Explosive Space Modulator," a direct reference to Marvin's Earth-shattering device. * A figurine of Marvin appears on the space shuttle in the film Gravity . * Marvin appears in the 1995 film Clueless when Travis tells Tai that he wants to cover his skateboard with pictures of Marvin, and she says she can draw him. * Phish
Phish
guitarist Trey Anastasio
Trey Anastasio
frequently wore a Marvin the Martian
Martian
T-shirt onstage between 1993 and 1997. * Marvin served as the mascot for the USCGC Hornbeam (WLB-394) , a 180-foot United States Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
buoy tender .

FILM

On July 29, 2008, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
and Alcon Entertainment announced plans for a live action /computer-animated film starring Mike Myers as the voice of Marvin and Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
as Santa Claus
Santa Claus
. The film would have involved Marvin trying to destroy the Earth
Earth
during Christmas
Christmas
by becoming a competitor of Santa Claus
Santa Claus
' but being prevented from destroying the Earth
Earth
when Santa wraps him inside a gift box. Alcon compared the project to other films such as Racing Stripes and My Dog Skip . It was initially scheduled for an October 7, 2011 release, but the movie was later taken off the schedule and no word on it has been heard since. Test footage of the film (which featured Eric Bauza voicing Marvin) and the Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
vehicle Hong Kong Phooey was leaked on December 28, 2012.

SEE ALSO

* Haredevil Hare
Haredevil Hare
* The Hasty Hare * Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
* Hare-Way to the Stars * Mad as a Mars
Mars
Hare * Marcia the Martian
Martian

REFERENCES

* ^ Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
1: 1/1 (April 1, 1994), Canada: DC Comics * ^ Korkis, Jim. "The Return of Duck Dodgers". Outré. 1 (7): 25. * ^ Differences of opinion exist regarding the correct pronunciation; Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
rendered the modulator's name as Q-36 in print in Chuck Amuck : The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist (New York: Farrar Straus ISBN 0-374-12348-9 ), p. 213. * ^ Adamson, Joe (1990). Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare. Henry Holt. ISBN 0-8050-1855-7 * ^ * ^ "I can do Marvin the Martian
Martian
- Clueless quotes". Subzin.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017. * ^ "Photogrpahic image" (PJPG). Welcometonow.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2017-08-24. * ^ McNary, Dave (July 29, 2008). "WB to develop \'Marvin the Martian\'". Variety . Retrieved July 30, 2008. * ^ "\'Hong Kong Phooey\' Movie Test Footage Revealed; \'Marvin The Martian\' As Well (VIDEO)". Huffington Post
Huffington Post
. December 28, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2012.

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