A Joe Bev Live Tribute to Daws Butler

In July 2003 the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, invited members to discover the many talents of a person who became an icon in animation and inspired an entire generation of voice actors: Daws Butler.

Hosted by Butler protégé Joe Bevilacqua (a.k.a. Joe Bev), the event included special guests June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Witch Hazel, and Granny), Corey Burton (Justice League, Captain Hook), and Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson, Rugrats). The entire panel shared their stories of Daws and performed several of Daws’ workshop scripts live.

Also played at the event was the rare sound of Daws performing one of his own scripts. At the end, Corey Burton and Joe Bevilacqua signed copies of Scenes for Actors and Voices by Daws Butler.

ASIFA-Hollywood is a California-based nonprofit organization established over thirty-five years ago to promote and encourage the art and craft of animation.

Author Biography

Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev, is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist, but his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film, and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist. In 1971 his father bought him a cassette recorder, on which he created his first audio story, Willoughby and the Professor, acting all the voices himself at the age of twelve. In 1975 Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many other Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters, dubbed himself Bevilacqua’s personal mentor after hearing a 120-minute cassette of Willoughby improvisations. Since 1980 Bevilacqua has produced many award-winning radio programs for National Public Radio, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and others.

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Reader Biography

Daws Butler was the master of voice. His was the voice behind most of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quickdraw McGraw, Elroy Jetson, and a hundred others. He also originated the vocal character of Cap’n Crunch and other famous Jay Ward cartoon characters. His significant work with Stan Freberg in the 1950s on The Stan Freberg Show and multimillion-selling records such as “St. George and the Dragonet” are still held in reverence today. He also ran a voice acting workshop for many years. Among his many successful students are Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, and Corey Burton, from Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind.

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