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Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil (Special Edition) (1999)

Stan Freberg , Walker Edmiston  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stan Freberg, Walker Edmiston
  • Format: Animated, Color, Black & White, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630560925X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • A dozen new transfers of Beany and Cecil cartoons, from original 35mm camera negatives
  • Time For Beany: Four full episodes not seen since their original airing 50 years ago
  • Audio tracks of actual story sessions
  • Never previously seen backstage footage and over 550 still images
  • The Lost Work archival material from several never previously released projects

Editorial Reviews

Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil (ABC, 1962-67) ranks among the most beloved cartoon shows of the baby-boom era, and adults and kids will enjoy the 12 shorts in this collection. The animation is extremely limited and the plots are often thin, but neither matter. People watch these cartoons for the strings of wincingly terrible puns, the lively vocal characterizations, and the comic villainy of (nya-ha-ha) Dishonest John. In these selections, Beany, Cecil, and Captain Huffenpuff encounter beatnik artist Go Man Van Go, So What and the Seven Whatnots, and the Singing "Dinasor" (who inhabits the No Bikini Atoll).

The animated Beany was based on Clampett's puppet series "Time for Beany," which began in 1949. The episodes and clips here suggest this program has aged less gracefully. Although it was both a critical and popular success in its day, black-and-white footage of hand puppets is unlikely to hold modern viewers' attention. Much of the disc (over three-and-a-half hours) is devoted to Clampett's long and distinguished film career, including intriguing tests for an animated version of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars novels and several never-realized programs, plus home movies, still photos, and an oral history. The material is interesting but viewers would probably prefer more cartoons. --Charles Solomon

Product Description

At last, a fitting tribute to one of the great cartoon teams: Beany, (the precocious boy wearing a propeller cap) and his best pal, Cecil (the seasick sea serpent), on their 50th anniversary in show business! This special edition is also a tribute to Beany and Cecil's creator, Bob Clampett. Formerly a veteran director at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio where he was the father of Tweety Bird and one of the fathers of Bugs Bunny, Clampett set off on his own in the late 1940s with the dream to create what he called "dimensional animation." The result was "Time for Beany." The wild success of the show spawned several other shows, including one about a superhero horse, "Thunderbolt the Wondercolt," and the first puppet variety show, "Willy the Wolf." Bob Clampett's "Beany and Cecil: The Special Edition" will entertain cartoon fans of all ages from the casual viewers that want their kids to see the show they grew up with to the hardcore fans that want to revel in the pop culture of their generation. Jam packed full of over three plus hours of entertainment, including over a dozen of the original "Beany and Cecil" cartoons, plus some of the earliest episodes from "Time for Beany" which have not been seen since their original airing over fifty years ago. New transfers have been made from the original 35mm camera negatives.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Help, Cecil, Help! October 3, 2001
It was with some trepidation I plugged this DVD into my player and hit the "play" button. Would my fond memories of Beany, Cecil, Dishonest John, Go-Man Van Go, and most of all, SnORky, be revived? Or would it just seem something enjoyed a long, long time ago that was no longer funny?
I should not have feared! This wonderful DVD presents a pile of stuff related to Beany and Cecil, including some of the original Beany and Cecil puppets which, for me, did seem a little dated.

Ya-ah-ah, have no fear because the animated cartoons 1) look great; B) sound great; III) are so cleverly written they are as entertaining at 46 as they were when I was 6! Most of my favorite episodes are here: SnORky, Go-Man Van Go, the Leopard Who Lost his Spots, etc. All I could ask for is pulease release the rest of the cartoons on DVD!
This DVD is entertaining for old and young alike, though the oldsters may have to explain some of the beat jokes to the youngsters. Or just turn and say, "don't bugs me, man, don't bugs me!"
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing discovery August 26, 2004
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The only reason I bought this was to fill the $25 minimum requirement for free shipping, and it was the only cartoon in the 3.99 selection. What a score!! I had no idea who Beany and Cecil were, but they had a 4-5 star customer rating, so I figured either my 5-year-old daughter or I would like it. We BOTH love it! I am not big on TV, but to have this old stuff, with all the added "lost stuff" 30's, 40's to the 70's stuff--what a lesson. I seldom take the time for commentary, but it's a history lesson on this DVD. It was also neat to show my daughter how people (me included) were at one point limited to black and white television, yet alone the debut methods of animation. What a true treat, with a funky twist --certainly makes me ashamed of today's cartoons.

This is one of those cartoons that fits many an audience, for reminiscing if nothing else. Blow $10 on it if you get the chance, esp if you're an B and C fan. This is great.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AH'M COMIN', BEANY BOY!!! August 14, 2004
Oh, Lord! What memories this brings back! Sitting in front of the Magnavox and eating Cap'n Crunch with my brother, as our parents were laughing out loud at the dreadful puns.

This DVD is full (FULL!) of material! Clips of rare material, photos of the many fans of the show (including more than a few celebs!), and commentary tracks by people who worked with Clampett, even back in the days of his live TV puppet show on the West coast!

My only complaint is that the entire series run wasn't included. Please, for people such as I who yearn to see this material again, please re-issue the series onto DVD!

"...and now here's Beany and Cecil iiiiinnnnn...a Bob Clampett car-toooo-OOOOOONNNN!'

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God Beany & Cecil can be seen again November 1, 2003
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As my daughter was growing up, I wanted her to see all the things that I loved as a kid, and it was enormously frustrating that Beany & Cecil cartoons were almost impossible for me to find. Perhaps the show was broadcast in other areas of the United States, but I couldn't find the show on cable and couldn't find any video compilations. At any rate, this DVD corrects the situation by making a number of classic Beany and Cecil cartoons available again.
The Beany and Cecil cartoons were minimally animated, with few frames per second, little movement, and little background detail. Moreover, each episode was laced with one excruciatingly bad pun after another (ever since first seeing these episodes as a kind, whenever I hear of any atoll, I instantly think of the No Bikini Atoll). So what makes them so much fun? First, they knew many of the jokes were bad, but they kept throwing them at you, and in such a great spirit, that you couldn't resist the fun. Second, the voice-overs on the show were just great. Stan Freberg, one of the greats of the business, did a lot of the voices, including Cecil and the show's villain Dishonest John (who could ever forget that laugh!). Many of the other characters were voiced by various people over the course of time (Beany, for instance, was done by both Daws Butler and Mel Blanc). But whoever was involved, the voice talent was first rate. Third, the humor, though frequently intentionally bad, was nonetheless acute, and anyone watching the show will be consistently amazed by the wit and comedy. The one thing that I wonder about is the topicality of much of the humor. Will kids today know who Gina Lollobrigida is to get the joke about the low low bridge? Or do they know who Dinah Shore was for the singing dinosaur? I suspect that they will miss a lot that previous generations got, but I also suspect that it won't matter. Dishonest John's laugh and schemes are timeless.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Animation Fans...and those who remember... January 20, 2000
By A Customer
This is a treasure; I remember the Beany and Cecil theme like it was yesterday. "A Bob Clampett Cartoo-OOOOOOOooooon!" This outstanding DVD contains footage of TIME FOR BEANY, a legendary live-action children's show from early L.A. TV that was a favorite of Albert Einstein and Frank Zappa. Many stills and audio clips are included; be aware that there are sounds during the "slide presentations" which may startle you. The best segments are indeed the cartoons, including the wonderful "Beanyland", in which our heroes rocket to the moon and establish a theme park strangely resembling you-know-what. The humor is not profane, but will definitely be appreciated by intelligent adults, while kids will fall in love with the characters, particularly Cecil, The Sea Sick Sea Serpent. An absolutely wonderful disc, one of my favorites, and an instant classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this collection. Makes me feel like a kid again to watch the old cartoons from my youth.
Published 23 hours ago by jf
5.0 out of 5 stars My youth revisited
Loved this series as a child and am so happy to find both dvds. They were great for kids and wonderfully written puns for adults.
Published 4 months ago by paula arango
3.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever suffered from too much of a good thing?
Okay, they're all still around, with all the silly puns, double entendres, metaphorically marvelous plots and zany antics that I loved them for as a kid. Read more
Published 13 months ago by HouseDrummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful mixture of whimsy and slapstick for kids and adults
Okay, after getting the second B&C DVD, never having seen the show as a child, I was hooked. I had to break the piggy bank to get this! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Andre M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Robot ants, Spot the Leopard and the wild man...
What more can one ask for with this dvd, but maybe the entire series of Beany & Cecil cartoons, which hopefully will be made available before I pass away. Very good. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ashley Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
the package came in the mail in great shape and the dvd played well. Great memories of watching cartoons from when i was young.
Published 18 months ago by Joan Lenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Childhood Memory
Amazingly clever, multi-layered cartoon from the early 60's. Lots of color, action, and cuteness for the kids. Lots of gags and giggles for the adults. (Shh! Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by kirchan57
4.0 out of 5 stars Beanie and Cecil
This was a used dvd I purchased, which was in good shape. I don't have any negative information on this dvd or the company I purchased it from.
Published on February 28, 2011 by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? It is Beany and Cecil
For anyone who grew up with Beany and Cecil, this is a must have. Not only do you get the cartoons but you get the actual TV show from back in the 50's. Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by Vicki Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bob Clam-pett car-tooooooo-OOOOOOOOON!
Buy it and enjoy the days of the New Frontier. Look back at an America that was then looking forward.

Lots of good 'toons and delightful gags. Read more
Published on November 19, 2010 by Mach Mahn
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