A classic television cartoon series produced and directed by former Looney Tunes
director Bob Clampett
, Beany and Cecil
covers the escapades of an adventurous boy named Beany, and his friend, a sea-sick serpent named Cecil, as they get into all sorts of trouble across the world with Beany's treasure-hunting Uncle Huffenpuff and their enemy, Dishonest John.
The show was relatively short lived (only 26 episodes on ABC
, all broadcast in 1962) but has gained a healthy cult following over the years. The Clampett family has also released the entire series on two DVD collections, packed with plenty of supplementary material, including an ultra-rare short Clampett made for Republic Pictures!
Beany and Cecil also has one other quirk which almost never happens in media. The listed copyright
owner of the cartoons is not some corporate entity or animation company, but Bob Clampett
personally. Individuals almost never get to own the rights to their creations because they're employees and thus it's a work for hire or they often incorporate their own company and have it own their work for tax reasons.
A revival of the series was attempted in the late 1980s by Bob's family and John Kricfalusi
, but promptly crumbled following creative differences between Kricfalusi and the editors, with ABC accusing Kricfalusi of inserting unapproved material, and promptly fired him. The series was quickly cancelled after only 5 episodes had aired.
Recently, the Clampett family has set up a new website
for the series, as well as a Youtube Channel
and Facebook page
. They are also releasing an updated version of the first DVD collection.
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