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->''"In thirty seconds of a Bob Clampett cartoon, there are more ideas, original drawings, sound ideas, than in 20 of anybody else's cartoons. They are amazing."''
-->--Creator/JohnKricfalusi, gushing about his mentor.

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]]).

Being inspired by the [[UncannyValley strange]] works [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs of]] artist Creator/SalvadorDali, as well as the other animation studios like Disney and [[MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer]] and even newspaper comic artists like Milt Gross, Clampett eventually began working at the Warner Bros. distributed animation unit of Leon Schlesinger, after failing to get a job at the Disney studios. (Disney ''had'' wanted to hire him, due to Clampett's excellent drawing skills, but they had all the animators they needed.) There, Clampett and his soon to be mentor, Fred "Tex" Avery, went to work in a crumbling wooden shack assigned to them, not far from the main Schlesinger lot. There, they discovered they were not alone -- specifically, said shack appeared to have an infestation of termites. Still, being comfy there, the duo blessed upon the place the affectionate nickname ''Termite Terrace'', which would soon become the unofficial name for the entire WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes animation studio as a whole.

In 1941, Avery left the studio...but Clampett, having learned quite a thing or two from him, began experimenting with his own style of animation -- a very wacky, surreal one which combined the early principles of rubberhose animation from UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, with the more modern, higher quality principles and art productions of a Disney short. The results were some of the finest cartoons ever made in general, let alone by the Warner Bros. animation unit.

After leaving Warner Bros. in 1945, Clampett started his own animation studio and created ''WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil''.

While for many years he was an esoteric director (his influenced downplayed in favor of the other directors, and his smaller output compared to them) but his cartoons have gained a surprisingly large fanbase in recent years, receiving praise and admiration from professionals like [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Milt Gray]], [[UsefulNotes/NoteworthyDisneyStaff Eric Goldberg]] and Creator/JohnKricfalusi (the latter being his protege and biggest fan, is heavily influenced by him, and is also partly responsible for getting Clampett's shorts back into the limelight). As such, a large number of his cartoons have gained acclaim, with 21 shorts getting not only onto Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes list, but also five of them making it as winners (with five more as runner-ups) on The50GreatestCartoons list.
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!1937: All entries are Porky Pig shorts.

* When's Your Birthday?: 1937 live action Warner Bros. film. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KGSxF8nnLQk#! Has a brief animated segment]] that is attributed to be Bob Clampett's directorial debut.
* [[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.
* WesternAnimation/PorkysSuperService: Same as above. Second Iwerks Looney Tune.
* WesternAnimation/PorkysBadtimeStory 7-24: A Porky Pig and Gabby Goat cartoon. Third of the four WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes outsourced to the Ub Iwerks studio. Clampett's official directorial debut.
* WesternAnimation/GetRichQuickPorky 8-28: Final Iwerks outsourced Looney Tune.
* WesternAnimation/RoversRival 10-09
* WesternAnimation/PorkysHeroAgency 12-04

!1938: All entries are Porky Pig shorts.

* WesternAnimation/PorkysPoppa 1-15
* WesternAnimation/WhatPricePorky 2-26
* WesternAnimation/PorkysFiveAndTen 4-16
* [[WesternAnimation/InjunTrouble1938 Injun Trouble]] 5-21: This short would later be remade in color as "Wagon Heels". Curiously, the cartoon was aired on Cartoon Network in a digitally colorized form despite the Native American stereotyping and the fact that the precense of a color remake made it superflous to air it, but the airings always trimmed out a small gag from it. This short should also not be confused with the 1969 Robert McKimson cartoon of the same name, which was the last Looney Tunes ever made.
* WesternAnimation/PorkysParty 6-25
* [[WesternAnimation/PorkyAndDaffy Porky & Daffy]] 8-06: First teamup of WesternAnimation/PorkyPig and WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck.
* WesternAnimation/PorkyInWackyland 9-24: One of The50GreatestCartoons, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/PorkysNaughtyNephew 10-15
* WesternAnimation/PorkyInEgypt 11-05
* WesternAnimation/TheDaffyDoc 11-26: A Daffy and Porky teamup, although Porky is a victim to him. Both Clampett and Chuck Jones grew to hate this short due to the backlash they got for using an Iron Lung as a gag prop when Polio deaths were on the rise.

!1939: All entries are Porky Pig shorts.

* WesternAnimation/TheLoneStrangerAndPorky 1-07
* WesternAnimation/PorkysTireTrouble 2-18
* WesternAnimation/PorkysMovieMystery 3-11
* WesternAnimation/ChickenJitters 4-01
* WesternAnimation/KristopherKolumbusJr 5-13
* WesternAnimation/PolarPals 6-03
* WesternAnimation/ScalpTrouble 6-24: A Porky and Daffy team-up.
* WesternAnimation/PorkysPicnic 7-15
* WesternAnimation/WiseQuacks 8-05
* WesternAnimation/PorkysHotel 9-02
* WesternAnimation/JeepersCreepers 9-23
* WesternAnimation/NaughtyNeighbors 10-07: Proto-Bugs cameo
* WesternAnimation/PiedPiperPorky 11-04
* WesternAnimation/TheFilmFan 12-16

!1940: All entries are Porky Pig shorts.

* WesternAnimation/PorkysLastStand 1-06
* WesternAnimation/AfricaSqueaks 1-27
* WesternAnimation/AliBabaBound 2-10
* WesternAnimation/PilgrimPorky 3-16
* WesternAnimation/SlapHappyPappy 4-13
* WesternAnimation/PorkysPoorFish 4-27
* WesternAnimation/TheChewinBruin 6-08
* WesternAnimation/PatientPorky 8-24
* WesternAnimation/PrehistoricPorky 10-12
* WesternAnimation/TheSourPuss 11-02
* WesternAnimation/TheTimidToreador 12-21: Directorial debut of Norm [=McCabe=], who co-directed this short with Bob.

!! 1941

* WesternAnimation/PorkysSnoozeReel 1-11: Co-directed by Norm [=McCabe=].
* WesternAnimation/GoofyGroceries 3-29: Clampett's first Merrie Melodies short, and first oneshot cartoon. Uses the staple "Things come to life in a store" formula. First Clampett cartoon in color.
* WesternAnimation/FarmFrolics 5-10: Second [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] outing.
* WesternAnimation/ACoyDecoy 6-07: A Porky Pig and Daffy Duck short.
* WesternAnimation/MeetJohnDoughboy 7-05: A WartimeCartoon parodying then state of the art war weaponry. Porky Pig appears as the narrator.
* WesternAnimation/WeTheAnimalsSqueak 8-09: A Porky Pig short.
* WesternAnimation/TheHenpeckedDuck 8-30: A WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck short.
* WesternAnimation/TheBugParade 10-11: Initially directed by Creator/TexAvery, but Clampett finished it.
* WesternAnimatin/TheCageyCanary 11-22: Initially directed by Avery, finished by Clampett.
* WesternAnimation/WabbitTwouble 12-20: Clampett's first WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon. Originally planned by Tex Avery, but finished by Clampett. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/PorkysPooch 12-27: Debut of Charlie Dog (or a prototype of him in any instance). Starring Porky Pig.

!! 1942

* WesternAnimation/AlohaHooey 1-31: Started by Avery, finished by Clampett.
* WesternAnimation/CrazyCruise 3-14: Started by Avery, finished by Clampett.
* Literature/HortonHatchesTheEgg 4-11: An adaptation of the classic Creator/DrSeuss story, with Clampett's humor injected into it.
* WesternAnimation/TheWackyWabbit 5-02: Second Clampett Bugs Bunny short.
* WesternAnimation/NuttyNews 5-23
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyGetsTheBoid 7-11: Third Bugs Bunny short he directed. Debut of Killer / Beaky the Buzzard. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes, and runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list.
* WesternAnimation/WackyBlackout 7-11: A oneshot WartimeCartoon, parodying wartime instructional films.
* [[WesternAnimation/EatinOnTheCuff Eatin' on the Cuff (or The Moth Who Came To Supper)]] 8-22: Features usage of the RogerRabbitEffect. Clampett's final black and white cartoon. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/TheHepCat 10-03: First Looney Tunes short in color. A oneshot cartoon. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/ATaleOfTwoKitties 11-21: Debut of [[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Tweety Bird]]. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* WesternAnimation/AnyBondsToday

!! 1943

* WesternAnimation/CoalBlackAndDeSebbenDwarfs 1-16: One of The50GreatestCartoons and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes--and one of the WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven. A jazzy, deranged parody of Disney's Snow White.
* WesternAnimation/TortoiseWinsByAHare 2-20: A follow up to the Creator/TexAvery short "Tortoise Beats Hare". One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/TheWiseQuackingDuck 5-01: A WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck short.
* WesternAnimation/TinPanAlleyCats 7-17: One of the WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. Features StockFootage of "WesternAnimation/PorkyInWackyland," but in color.
* WesternAnimation/ACornyConcerto 9-25: One of The50GreatestCartoons and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. A parody of Disney's Disney/{{Fantasia}}.
* WesternAnimation/FallingHare 10-30: A WartimeCartoon, featuring a famous encounter WesternAnimation/BugsBunny has with a gremlin. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes,
* WesternAnimation/AnItchInTime 12-04: An Elmer Fudd short, featuring a mischievous flea irritating his dog. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/FightingTools: One of two ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' shorts that he directed.

!! 1944

* [[WesternAnimation/WhatsCookinDoc What's Cookin' Doc?]] 1-08: A Bugs Bunny short, featuring StockFootage from "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt."
* WesternAnimation/TickTockTuckered 4-08: [[ShotForShotRemake Shot for Shot Color Remake]] of "Porky's Badtime Story", but with Daffy Duck replacing Gabby Goat.
* WesternAnimation/RussianRhapsody 5-20: A WartimeCartoon, with UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler having an airplane encounter with a colony of singing gremlins. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/HareRibbin 6-24: A Bugs Bunny short. Notable for having an infamous alternate ending, in which Bugs murders the dog that was chasing him. This footage was restored for Vol. 5 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection series as the "director's cut" of the cartoon.
* WesternAnimation/BirdyAndTheBeast 8-19: Second appearance of Tweety Bird, and the first one where he is named.
* WesternAnimation/BuckarooBugs 8-26: The only short where Bugs Bunny is flat out portrayed as a villain, [[TheTrickster for the given value of a villain.]]
* WesternAnimation/TheOldGreyHare 10-28: One of the strangest Bugs shorts ever made. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes, and runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* WesternAnimation/BoobyTraps: Second of two ''WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu'' shorts that he directed.

!! 1945

* WesternAnimation/DrafteeDaffy 1-27: A Daffy Duck WartimeCartoon. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/AGruesomeTwosome 6-09: Third appearance of Tweety Bird. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/WagonHeels 7-28: Color remake of "Injun Trouble."
* WesternAnimation/TheBashfulBuzzard 9-05: Second appearance of Beaky Buzzard.
* WesternAnimation/TokyoWoes: A ''Mr. Hook'' cartoon that was only shown to military audiences.

!! 1946

* WesternAnimation/BookRevue: 1-05: One of The50GreatestCartoons and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes. A ruthless parody of the "Things come to life in a store" genre of cartoons, and is cited as the short that put the [[GenreKiller final nail of the coffin]] of the already passe genre of cartoon.
* WesternAnimation/BabyBottleneck 3-16: A Porky and Daffy cartoon. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/KittyKornered 6-08: A Porky Pig cartoon, featuring a prototype of Sylvester. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes, and runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* WesternAnimation/TheGreatPiggyBankRobbery 7-20: A Daffy Duck short, and No. 16 of The50GreatestCartoons, and one of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.
* WesternAnimation/BacallToArms: 8-03: A oneshot short started by Clampett, but finished by Art Davis (both uncredited).
* WesternAnimation/TheBigSnooze 10-05: Last released Clampett cartoon. A Bugs Bunny short. One of Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes, and runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list.

!! 1947

* WesternAnimation/TheGoofyGophers 1-25: Planned by Clampett, but finished by Art Davis.
* WesternAnimation/ItsAGrandOldNag: Last theatrical cartoon Clampett produced, independently produced for Republic Pictures. For years it was lost until it resurfaced, along with storyboards and a pencil test, on Vol. 2 of the ''WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil'' DVD sets. See it [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/brewtv/grandoldnag-8686.html here,]] with commentary by historians [[Blog/CartoonBrew Jerry Beck]] and Mark Kausler.
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!! Tropes in the work of Bob Clampett:

* 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.
* AuthorAppeal: Bob was a big movie buff, a huge fan of jazz music, and absolutely ''loved'' comic books and newspaper and magazine comics, particularly those of cartoonists Milt Gross, Bil Holman and George Litchty. You can find the influence of these in virtually all of his cartoons, but most notably in ''The Great Piggy Bank Robbery'', which was a big love letter by Bob to both comics like ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' and film noir movies. He was also a big fan of Creator/FleischerStudios, and basically made ''Porky in Wackyland'' as a tribute to their surreal style of cartoon animation.
* CatchPhrase: Clampett often ended his cartoons with a funny vocal sound effect (usually rendered as "Bee-woop!") that he performed himself. This would end up becoming a StockSoundEffect occasionally used by other directors, such as Creator/FrizFreleng.
* CreatorCameo:
** Clampett occasionally inserted caricatures of himself into his cartoons, such as a statue in ''WesternAnimation/PorkysHeroAgency'', his head being part of a MotionBlur gag in ''Porky and Daffy'' ([[FreezeFrameBonus you need to still frame it to see it clearly]]) on a wanted poster in ''The Lone Stranger and Porky'', and as a gremlin in ''WesternAnimation/RussianRhapsody''.
** Clampett would also insert caricatures of his staff into some his cartoons (and also name drop or make puns of them in backgrounds as little in-jokes). The picket line of statues in ''Porky's Hero Agency'' and the tourists in ''Porky in Egypt'' are made up of many of these. Animators John Carey and Ernest Gee also make a freeze frame cameo in ''Porky and Daffy''. Business manager Ray Katz also makes a cameo on a wanted poster in ''The Lone Stranger and Porky''. Assistant Henry Binder and animators Cal Dalton and Ken Harris cameo in ''Nutty News''. Many of the gremlins in ''Russian Rhapsody'' are based on the Looney Tunes staff.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Clampett gave his animators far more leeway in [[OffModel deviating from the model sheets]] and animating in their individual styles than his contemporaries. As a result, his cartoons are some of the easiest to pick out individual artist styles from.
* DerangedAnimation:
** A trademark of Clampett's, even when compared to the works of Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer. It's very easy to see why Creator/JohnKricfalusi -- and a lot of other animation show runners and directors who brought DerangedAnimation back to kids' cartoons in the 1990s (particularly those who worked on ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'') love the man.
** Two of his animators specialized in this type of animation Rod Scribner and Manny Gould, Clampett said in one interview that these two understood his style the most.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His black and white cartoons have a fairly different drawing and animation style from the cartoons he made once he inherited Tex Avery's unit in 1941, and due to a studio mandate, Porky Pig was the star (but not always the focus) of almost all of his b&w cartoons.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Clampett's alleged unprofessional antics and tendency to steal credit for work earned him a fair few enemies with Termite Terrace. Creator/ChuckJones and Creator/MelBlanc especially spoke derogatory of him. Creator/TexAvery and Creator/FrizFreleng were also known to dislike him, but both kept it privately (Jones and Avery disowned him in the late 70s after Clampett claimed he was the sole creator of Bugs Bunny in an interview). Even those who had a fond opinion of him such as Creator/FrankTashlin and Creator/RobertMcKimson made no denial that few (if any) of the stories about him were true.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Even more than his colleagues, Clampett absolutely ''reveled'' in this.
--> '''Creator/RobertMcKimson''': There was one thing that Clampett always did do. He always wanted to try to get by with something. It was an oddball quirk that really made a lot of his cartoons very funny; but it could get him in trouble. He'd do things that would hurt; some guy would fall into a meatgrinder, or something like that, and somebody'd come along and grind him up. These are things that can hurt while you see them. (...) One thing that Clampett was always trying to do was get something that was a little sexy in a cartoon, and some of them went a little overboard. We had to just chop them, because you couldn't put things like that in a cartoon.
* 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.
* JumpCut: Bob's cartoons at their peak had very sophisticated film cutting and timing. Some of his fastest scenes, like the scene in ''A Tale of Two Kitties'' where Catsello is falling towards a pinchfork and the camera cutting back and forth between his reactions and the fork, barely last a few frames on screen.
* OffModel: Clampett was very stylistically liberal and allowed his animators to draw the characters how they saw fit, arguably creating the whole "Less 'on model,' more 'in character'" style of cartoon animation.
* PassingTheTorch: Creator/JohnKricfalusi famously borrowed a LOT from Clampett's style in his own cartoons, as he was John's mentor for several years.
* ScrewySquirrel: Clampett preferred to work with this archetype. His interpretations of Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny are notable for being wackier, sillier and more sociopathic than anyone else's.
* SeenItAllSuicide: A frequent gag in many Looney Tunes cartoons, but especially Clampett's. Notable examples include ''Horton Hatches the Egg'', ''An Itch in Time'', and ''The Sour Puss''. A variant also occurs in ''Tortoise Wins by a Hare'' (the gangsters shoot themselves after Bugs reveals he's the rabbit).
* StealingTheCredit: [[http://www.michaelbarrier.com/Interviews/McKimson/McKimson.html According to]] Creator/RobertMcKimson:
--> '''Michael Barrier''': Were there any of the Clampett cartoons that were in large proportion yours, because you handled the timing...\\
'''[=McKimson=]''': Well, so many of them were; I couldn't tell you which ones. But I do know that is one reason I had no qualms about going into direction, because I was doing the same thing with Clampett, on maybe three out of every five pictures.
* 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, footage reused from ''A Star Is Born'' (1937) and ''Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt'' (1941).
* {{Surrealism}}: Many of Bob's cartoons employ surrealistic elements. While his mentor Tex Avery and contemporary Frank Tashlin tinkered with parodies and Chuck Jones tinkered with postmodernism, Bob's films tended to be fun little cartoon worlds that had all sorts of crazy, impossible things happening, yet the characters believed in what was going on, and the cartoons still operated on their own [[InternalConsistency silly internal logic]], with only mild hints of irony (but plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor) popping up. ''WesternAnimation/PorkyInWackyland'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatPiggyBankRobbery'' are probably the most oft-cited examples of him using this, if just because of how weird they are all around.
* 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.
* WorldOfHam: It'd be easier to list off characters who ''aren't'' over the top and extroverted in Clampett's cartoons.
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