History Creator / BobClampett

30th Nov '17 7:37:35 PM bt8257
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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Bob was [[EnforcedTrope forced to rely on this out of necessity in his early films]], mainly because he was saddled with a mandate that Porky Pig had to appear in all of his cartoons. He worked around the limits of Porky's StraightMan personality by either relying on Daffy Duck as comic relief or introducing more shaded or wild oneshot characters to usurp the focus from Porky in many of his shorts--after all, [[LoopholeAbuse it was never specified how]] ''[[LoopholeAbuse much]]'' [[LoopholeAbuse Porky had to be in a cartoon or that he even had to be the focus of the story.]] Once he inherited Tex Avery's unit in 1941, his cartoons moved on from this and paid much more attention to characterization, and became much more tightly paced and structured.
* InternalConsistency: Clampett's cartoons have surreal elements, but they're always consistent with ''how'' they go about being crazy by having their own internal logic that prioritizes engaging the audience with the weird world and surprising them (while still making some kind of sense in the context of the cartoon) instead of trying to rationalize the weirdness. His films often use their weird elements as a way to surprise the audience with a foreshadowed punchline later in the cartoon--for example, in ''The Bashful Buzzard'', it's established that Killer's brothers have [[SuperStrength ludicrous strength]] that allows them to carry things like a parade of elephants to their nest. Later in the cartoon, we see Killer get in a fight with a dragon, and his fate is uncertain at first. Later that night, it's revealed that not only did he survive the fight, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome he somehow]] ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome won]]'' and carried the massive dragon all the way back to his familys nest.

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Bob was [[EnforcedTrope forced to rely on this out of necessity in his early films]], mainly because he was saddled with a mandate that Porky Pig had to appear in all of his cartoons. He worked around the limits of Porky's StraightMan personality by either relying on Daffy Duck as comic relief or introducing more shaded or wild oneshot characters to usurp the focus from Porky in many of his shorts--after all, [[LoopholeAbuse it was never specified how]] ''[[LoopholeAbuse much]]'' [[LoopholeAbuse Porky had to be in a cartoon or that he even had to be the focus of the story.]] Once he inherited Tex Avery's unit in 1941, his cartoons moved on from this and paid much more attention to characterization, and became much more tightly paced and structured.
* InternalConsistency: Clampett's cartoons have surreal elements, but they're always consistent with ''how'' they go about being crazy by having their own internal logic that prioritizes engaging the audience with the weird world and surprising them (while still making some kind of sense in the context of the cartoon) instead of trying to rationalize the weirdness. His films often use their weird elements as a way to surprise the audience with a foreshadowed punchline later in the cartoon--for example, in ''The Bashful Buzzard'', it's established that Killer's brothers have [[SuperStrength ludicrous strength]] that allows them to carry things like a parade of elephants to their nest. Later in the cartoon, we see Killer get in a fight with a dragon, and his fate is uncertain at first. Later that night, it's revealed that not only did he survive the fight, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome he somehow]] ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome won]]'' and carried the massive dragon all the way back to his familys family's nest.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A lot of his cartoons (like a lot of cartoons of the era from Warner Bros.) won't be very funny unless you know about 1940s history and pop culture.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A lot of his cartoons (like WeUsedToBeFriends: Creator/ChuckJones and Creator/TexAvery, with whom Clampett already had a lot of cartoons of strained relationship, cut all ties with him in the era from Warner Bros.) won't late '70s when he gave an interview claiming to be the sole creator of Bugs Bunny. [[TearJerker It devastated him]]. According to animation historian Milton Gray, Avery at the very funny unless you know about 1940s history and pop culture.least started to regret the feud later on.
30th Nov '17 7:18:51 PM bt8257
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If it was Creator/TexAvery who realized that animation can do anything and Creator/ChuckJones who took subtle humor and stylization to new heights in animation, then it was Robert Emerson "Bob" Clampett ((May 8, 1913 May 2, 1984)) who injected animation with the good, old-fashioned rubber-hose style it had in the 1930s and gave it a wackier makeover. One of the most popular directors of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] series of cartoon shorts made by Creator/WarnerBros during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation (second only to Chuck Jones in popularity), Bob Clampett was nothing short of a mischief maker, being both a real life version of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, in addition to being a real life WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck (of the [[ScrewySquirrel early, screwy variety]]).

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If it was Creator/TexAvery who realized that animation can do anything and Creator/ChuckJones who took subtle humor and stylization to new heights in animation, then it was Robert Emerson "Bob" Clampett ((May (May 8, 1913 May 2, 1984)) 1984) who injected animation with the good, old-fashioned rubber-hose style it had in the 1930s and gave it a wackier makeover. One of the most popular directors of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] series of cartoon shorts made by Creator/WarnerBros during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation (second only to Chuck Jones in popularity), Bob Clampett was nothing short of a mischief maker, being both a real life version of WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, in addition to being a real life WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck (of the [[ScrewySquirrel early, screwy variety]]).



* [[WesternAnimation/PorkyAndGabby Porky & Gabby]]: Allegedly directed by Creator/UbIwerks, but actually co-directed by Clampett and Creator/ChuckJones. First Looney Tunes short outsourced to the Iwerks studio.

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* [[WesternAnimation/PorkyAndGabby Porky & Gabby]]: WesternAnimation/PorkyAndGabby: Allegedly directed by Creator/UbIwerks, but actually co-directed by Clampett and Creator/ChuckJones. First Looney Tunes short outsourced to the Iwerks studio.



* [[WesternAnimation/PorkyAndDaffy Porky & Daffy]] 8-06: First teamup of WesternAnimation/PorkyPig and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck.

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* [[WesternAnimation/PorkyAndDaffy Porky & Daffy]] WesternAnimation/PorkyAndDaffy 8-06: First teamup of WesternAnimation/PorkyPig and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck.
18th Oct '17 8:39:49 PM Prinzenick
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* LoopholeAbuse: When he was directing black and white unit, he was mandated to have Porky Pig appear in all of his cartoons. Fortunately, it was never stated how ''much'' Porky had to appear or even that he had to be the focus of the cartoon. Clampett took full advantage of this--several cartoons [[OutOfFocus reduce Porky to a bit player role]], such as ''The Lone Stranger and Porky'', ''Meet John Doughboy'', ''We, The Animals Squeak'' and ''The Henpecked Duck'', while others have Porky share screentime with another character (i.e. Daffy Duck) or put the focus on a oneshot character instead.
18th Oct '17 8:32:44 PM Prinzenick
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* PungeonMaster: Clampett loved cheesy puns and frequently used them in his cartoons. His ''Beany and Cecil'' show relies heavily on puns in the dialogue.
18th Oct '17 8:27:27 PM Prinzenick
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* InternalConsistency: Clampett's cartoons have surreal elements, but they always consistent with ''how'' they go about being crazy by having their own internal logic that prioritizes engaging the audience with the weird world and surprising them instead of trying to rationalize the weirdness. His films often use their weird elements as a way to surprise the audience with a foreshadowed punchline later in the cartoon--for example, in ''The Bashful Buzzard'', it's established that Killer's brothers have [[SuperStrength ludicrous strength]] that allows them to carry things like a parade of elephants to their nest. Later in the cartoon, we see Killer get in a fight with a dragon, and his fate is uncertain at first. Later that night, it's revealed that not only did he survive the fight, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome he somehow]] ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome won]]'' and carried the massive dragon all the way back to his familys nest.

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* InternalConsistency: Clampett's cartoons have surreal elements, but they they're always consistent with ''how'' they go about being crazy by having their own internal logic that prioritizes engaging the audience with the weird world and surprising them (while still making some kind of sense in the context of the cartoon) instead of trying to rationalize the weirdness. His films often use their weird elements as a way to surprise the audience with a foreshadowed punchline later in the cartoon--for example, in ''The Bashful Buzzard'', it's established that Killer's brothers have [[SuperStrength ludicrous strength]] that allows them to carry things like a parade of elephants to their nest. Later in the cartoon, we see Killer get in a fight with a dragon, and his fate is uncertain at first. Later that night, it's revealed that not only did he survive the fight, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome he somehow]] ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome won]]'' and carried the massive dragon all the way back to his familys nest.
18th Oct '17 8:26:14 PM Prinzenick
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* InternalConsistency: Clampett's cartoons have surreal elements, but they always consistent with ''how'' they go about being crazy by having their own internal logic that prioritizes engaging the audience with the weird world and surprising them instead of trying to rationalize the weirdness. His films often use their weird elements as a way to surprise the audience with a foreshadowed punchline later in the cartoon--for example, in ''The Bashful Buzzard'', it's established that Killer's brothers have [[SuperStrength ludicrous strength]] that allows them to carry things like a parade of elephants to their nest. Later in the cartoon, we see Killer get in a fight with a dragon, and his fate is uncertain at first. Later that night, it's revealed that not only did he survive the fight, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome he somehow]] ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome won]]'' and carried the massive dragon all the way back to his familys nest.
18th Oct '17 7:56:54 PM Prinzenick
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* AnimationBump: Shorts directed by Clampett had some of the most fluid, well-drawn animation to ever come out of the Warner Bros. cartoon studio. Even his B&W cartoons had surprisingly good animation, considering he was saddled with shoestring budgets of $3,000 per cartoon, had the least skilled animators in the studio working under him and only had 4 weeks to slam together each one.

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* AnimationBump: Shorts directed by Clampett had some of the most fluid, well-drawn animation to ever come out of the Warner Bros. cartoon studio. Even his B&W cartoons had surprisingly good animation, considering he was saddled with shoestring budgets of $3,000 per cartoon, had the least skilled animators in the studio working under him and only had 4 weeks to slam together each one. Surprisingly, even his ''Beany & Cecil'' cartoons had above-average animation for a 1960's TV cartoon, despite relying on LimitedAnimation and (proportionally) having even ''lower'' budgets than his black and white Looney Tunes.
18th Oct '17 3:23:54 PM Prinzenick
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** While the prints of his cartoons on the ''Porky Pig 101'' DVD set have no interlacing or DVNR problems, four of the cartoons accidentally use the wrong opening music cues[[note]]''Get Rich Quick Porky'' has its opening cue from ''Confusions of a Nutsy Spy'', several cartoons (''The Lone Stranger and Porky'', ''Chicken Jitters'' and ''Naughty Neighbors'') use the opening theme from ''Porky's Tire Trouble''. This is especially egregious in ''Naughty Neighbors'', because not only is the music looped twice in a row, the misplaced cue completely ruins the opening gag, which was dependent on its [[MoodWhiplash music abruptly changing]] [[FakeOutOpening after the peaceful opening.]]

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** While the prints of his cartoons on the ''Porky Pig 101'' DVD set have no interlacing or DVNR problems, four of the cartoons accidentally use the wrong opening music cues[[note]]''Get Rich Quick Porky'' has its opening cue from ''Confusions of a Nutsy Spy'', several cartoons (''The Lone Stranger and Porky'', ''Chicken Jitters'' and ''Naughty Neighbors'') use the opening theme from ''Porky's Tire Trouble''. [[/note]] This is especially egregious in ''Naughty Neighbors'', because not only is the music looped twice in a row, the misplaced cue completely ruins the opening gag, which was dependent on its [[MoodWhiplash music abruptly changing]] [[FakeOutOpening after the peaceful opening.]]
18th Oct '17 3:22:37 PM Prinzenick
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* DigitalDestruction: Unfortunately, several of his cartoons have gotten hit with this on the DVD releases, some worse than others.
** ''A Corny Concerto'' and ''Book Revue'' both got hit with a nasty case of Digital Interlacing when it was included on Vol. 2 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, which made the picture super flickery and hard to watch. The issue with ''Book Revue'' was rectified for its inclusion on ''The Essential Daffy Duck'', same with ''Concerto'''s inclusion on the Platinum Collection Vol. 3 blu-ray.
** Several of his cartoons got hit with DVNR on the Golden Collections, most notably ''WesternAnimation/TheBigSnooze''. This was rectified for its inclusion on Vol. 3 of the Platinum Collection, though.
** While the prints of his cartoons on the ''Porky Pig 101'' DVD set have no interlacing or DVNR problems, four of the cartoons accidentally use the wrong opening music cues[[note]]''Get Rich Quick Porky'' has its opening cue from ''Confusions of a Nutsy Spy'', several cartoons (''The Lone Stranger and Porky'', ''Chicken Jitters'' and ''Naughty Neighbors'') use the opening theme from ''Porky's Tire Trouble''. This is especially egregious in ''Naughty Neighbors'', because not only is the music looped twice in a row, the misplaced cue completely ruins the opening gag, which was dependent on its [[MoodWhiplash music abruptly changing]] [[FakeOutOpening after the peaceful opening.]]
16th Oct '17 2:49:44 PM Prinzenick
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* StockFootage: Several of Clampett's cartoons occasionally reuse bits of animation from previous Looney Tunes shorts. ''Whats Cookin Doc?'' is especially liberal with this--the cartoon only has around two minutes of new animation, with the rest either being still photos or footage reused from ''A Star Is Born'' and ''Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt''.

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* StockFootage: Several of Clampett's cartoons occasionally reuse bits of animation from previous Looney Tunes shorts. Most of the examples only consist of brief and minor scenes, but ''Whats Cookin Doc?'' is especially liberal with this--the cartoon only has around two minutes of new animation, with the rest either being still photos or photos, footage reused from ''A Star Is Born'' (1937) and ''Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt''.Hunt'' (1941).
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