Beany and Cecil is an animated television series created by Bob Clampett for the American Broadcasting Company. It was an animated reboot of the live-action television puppet show Time for Beany, which Clampett produced for Paramount Pictures company and its Paramount Television Network beginning 1949. The series was broadcast first as part of the series Matty's Funday Funnies during 1959, later renamed Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil, and finally Beany and Cecil in the USA. Another reboot to the puppet show was produced during 1988.
Although a children's show, it incorporated satirical references to current events and personalities that adults found entertaining, and the show also attracted adult viewers. Some of the plots and remarks were recognisable as lampoons of current political issues.
Along with The Jetsons and The Flintstones, it was one of the first three color television series by the ABC television network (the initial season, though, was originally shown in black and white, as ABC was unable to broadcast color programs until September 1962).
Why It Rocks[edit | edit source]
- It was Bob Clampett's first cartoon, since his last Warner Bros. cartoon in 1946.
- Great voice acting, with the show's creator Bob Clampett voices Cecil.
- It was the first time, that a live-action puppet show was rebooted... as an animated cartoon.
- The slapstick humor was perfectly similar to the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons that Bob Clampett created, from 1937 to 1946.
- The character designs was almost influence by the puppet show.
- Catchy theme song.
- Superb animation was set for the early-1960s standards.
- "A Bob Clampett cartooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon!"
- Some episodes are the best parodies, including an episode which was spoofing Disneyland.
- Dishonest John's villainous personality was funnier than the puppet show.
- It was one of ABC-TV's very first three programs to be aired on color.
- This animated reboot had UPA-esque slapstick and Tex Avery-style gags.
Bad Qualities[edit | edit source]
- Beany's voice was too older for a little boy.