On a Martian

“One who was quiet and soft-spoken, but whose actions were incredibly destructive and legitimately dangerous” (Chuck Jones’ description)

“A bowling ball wearing a spittoon” (Bugs Bunny’s description)

Home: Mars

Mission: To blow up the Earth because it blocks his view of Venus

Trying for more than two millennia

Wears a Roman soldier’s uniform, with old-fashioned basketball shoes

Created by Chuck Jones

Debuted July 24, 1948 in Haredevil Hare

Spacecraft: The Martian Maggot

Favorite Weapons: Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator and the ACME Disintegration Pistol

Commanding Officer: General E.M.C. Squared

Often accompanied by his dog “K-9”

Other Accomplices: Instant Martians (activated by adding drops of water) and his niece Marcia

Unnamed in the original, but called Commander of Flying Saucer X-2 in The Hasty Hair (1952)

According to Don Markstein’s Toonopedia, Marvin got his name in The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)

First voiced by Mel Blanc, who gave him a nasal-like voice, but later adopted an accent

Notable Quotes
Where’s the kaboom?
There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!”
Isn’t that lovely?
This makes me very angry, very angry indeed
Click for sounds quotes by Marvin

Consistently foiled by Bugs Bunny, but also battled Daffy Duck in Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (trailer below)

Also appeared in Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniascs, Space Jam, Futurama, Drawn Together, Looney Tunes Back in Action, A Looney Tunes Christmas, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, South Park, The Simpsons, Weird Science, ABC Evening News, MetLife commercial, video games (Mega Drive/Genesis, Super Nintendo, and PlayStation), and on the launch patch for the Spirit Mars Rover.

Enjoy Hasty Hare (1952)

52 thoughts on “On a Martian

  1. How fun. Another great character. I’ve never heard that bugs bunny description. I’ll never look at a bowling ball the same way again. Have a great weekend.


  2. Marvin!! I have a miniature of Marvin, one of those bits of whimsy scattered around the house. Marvin was one of my favorites when I was a child because I was pretty sure I must have come from another planet (I never did quite fit in). “Where’s the kaboom?” cracks me up every time. I don’t remember seeing Marvin in the Animaniac cartoons (I learned to love the Animaniacs with my youngest son). Thank you, Frank, for reminding me of Marvin. I’ll have to seek him out. He’s hiding around here somewhere…


  3. Another excellent cartoon post Frank! Marvin was definitely one of the more offbeat hapless WB characters destined to be foiled by Bugs, a sort of uber modern Elmer Fudd. Yet another wonderful Chuck Jones contribution. During the 2010 US Open Tennis tournament here in NYC, my friend, Milton, thought that Rafael Nadal’s tennis wardrobe was directly influenced by Marvin-style fashion:


  4. I quote Marvin more often than I do Nietzsche or Einstein, but then, I quote George W. more often too. Desperately trying to be taken seriously but, as Lame says, hapless and humorous. 🙂


  5. I don’t remember Marvin at all. That’s curious to me. But the 1952 Bugs Bunny was fun for many reasons. That’s the year I was born, so it seemed kind of a sentimental journey in a way, but I had forgotten how elaborate the opening credits for these cartoons was back in those days. The artists were given such credit and it also created a sense of anticipation for what was to come. I’m sure now those few seconds have been given over to commercials. This was delightful!


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