THE BEANY AND CECIL SHOW


Directed by: Jack Hannah, Dick Kinney
Written by Bob Clampett, Eddie Maxwell,
Al Bertino, Jack Bonestell, Dale Hale
Layout Artists: Terrell Stapp, Willie Ito, Jr.,
Toni Sgroi, Homer Jonas
Animation Supervisor: Art Scott
Animation: Lou Appet, Bud Hester, Bill Nunes, Al Stetter,
Frank Gonzales, Bill Southwood, Carl Bell, 
Backgrounds: Curt Perkins, Robert Abrams, Marie Reed
Executive Producer: A. C. R. Stone
Production Assistants: Dick Elliott, John Soh, Jeanne Thorpe,
Mike Sweeten
Music: Jack Roberts, Hoyt Curtin, Bob Clampett, Sody Clampett
Merrifield Music Co.
Location Recording Service
Ryder Sound Service
Pathe Laboratory
Voices:
Beany Boy: Jim MacGeorge
Cecil, the Sea-Sick Sea Serpent: Irv Shoemaker
Captain Huffenpuff: Jim MacGeorge
Dishonest John: Irv Shoemaker

 
 

Bob Clampett, the Warner Brothers director responsible for such classics as The Daffy Doc, Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, Corny Concerto and Porky in Wackyland, had always been interested in puppetry.  On February 28, 1949, 2 years after Clampett left Warner Brothers, his Time For Beany television puppet show first appeared. 

 
 
 
 

It originated from Paramount's KTLA-TV studios in Hollywood. The characters introduced on the first telecast included Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent; Captain Horatio K. Huffenpuff, the commander of the good ship "Leakin' Lena"; Huffenpuff's nephew Beany Boy; and the villainous Dishonest John.  The puppet show left the air in 1955, but the characters refused to die.

 
 
 

Bob Clampett and his wife, Sody, went on to develop Beany and Cecil, an animated version of the show, in 1959. The initial Beany and Cecil cartoons were released theatrically in foreign markets by United Artists, including Canada and Australia. 

 
 
 

While the Clampetts were making the theatrical films for U.A., they heard from a gag writer that Mattel was looking for a new animated show. Bob showed Mattel the initial Beany and Cecil films, but Mattel didn't buy them. ABC had convinced Mattel to use the old Casper films which ABC already had broadcast rights to. They premiered as Matty's Funday Funnies on ABC in October of 1959.

 
 
 

Beany and Cecil eventually made it to TV in January 1962. By then Mattel had tired of the old Casper films and were looking for new Matty's Funnies. They remembered Clampett and contracted with him for Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil. After three months the title was shortened to Beany and Cecil. On January 5, 1963 the series moved from prime time to Saturday mornings on ABC-TV, where it ran until 1967.

 
 
 


EPISODES

Number 1

  1. SPOTS OFF A LEOPARD
    Beany and Cecil go big game hunting for an illusive prey--Old Spot the Leopard.
  2. INVASION OF EARTH BY ROBOTS
    A family of Robots from Venus rocket to earth for a picnic complete with robot ants.
  3. CECIL MEETS THE SINGING DINOSOR
    The gang sails to No Bikini Atoll to capture a singing Dinosaur.

Number 2

  1. LITTLE ACE FROM OUTER SPACE
    A space mouse whose nose cone plunges into the sea is rescued by Cecil the Sea Sick Sea Serpent.
  2. SUPER CECIL
    In this satire on Super-Heroes Cecil in his Super suit outwits Dishonest John as the Billious Beetle.
  3. THE WILDMAN OF WILDSVILLE
    An unpredictable artist named Go Man Van Gogh splashes the entire jungle with color and finally paints himself into a corner.

 

Number 3

  1. DAVEY CRICKETT
    A pint sized Davey Crockett upsets Dishonest John's plans.
  2. STRANGE OBJECTS
    Beepin' Tom is introduced in his Rickety Rocket Ship and leads D.J. on a merry chase.
  3. THE CAPTURE OF TEAR-A-LONG THE DOTTED LION
    The gang journey's to Vitamin Pill Hill in search of a fabled feline health nut.

Number 4

  1. A TRIP TO THE SCHMOON
    The gang journeys to the Moon's Moon the Schmoon, where they encounter the Schmoon Goon.
  2. GRIME DOESN'T PAY
    The long arm of the law finally catches up with Dishonest John in this prison break satire.
  3. BEANY'S BUFFALO HUNT
    In this way out Western Buffalo Bull gives Ol' Injun Fighter Pop Gunn and the gang a run for their money.

 

 

 

 

 

Number 5

  1. THE MONSTROUS MONSTER
    Swordfish Jack the Knife and Cecil's other underwater friends rescue him from a Ships-kabob eating sea monster.
  2. TOMMY HAWK
    The gang venture into Indian territory where they meet mischievious Tommy Hawk.
  3. YO HO AND A BUBBLE OF GUM
    Captain Huffenpuff and his crew embark on a pirate adventure featuring the world's jolliest Jolly Roger.

Number 6

  1. THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINGOOD
    Greeny the Genie and Magic help Cecil overcome Dishonest John in his Sinbad suit.
  2. CECIL MEETS CECELIA
    Love comes to Cecil in the form of a lovely she serpent.
  3. THE CAPTURE OF THUNDERBOLT THE WONDERCOLT
    D.J. and the gang race to catch the worlds only flying horse.

Number 7

  1. THE RAT RACE FOR SPACE
    Little Ace returns in another space adventure.
  2. BEANY AND THE BOO BIRDS
    Cecil enters a haunted house in which he is pestered by a band of itty-bitty Boo Birds.
  3. BEANY AND CECIL MEET PING-PONG
    In this satire of King Kong, Ping Pong the Giant Ape is the object of the gangs island adventure.

Number 8

  1. THE GREATEST SCHMOE ON EARTH
    Beany and Cecil visit Clowny at the circus and have a run in with the mysterious Schmoe.
  2. BEANY AND CECIL MEET BILLY THE SQUID
    The good ship Leakin' Lena sails in search of the Dreaded Three Headed Threep and meets D.J. and a mechanized monster. The pilot for the series.
  3. THE CAPTURE OF THE DREADED THREE HEADED THREEP
    Beany and Cecil track the Threep to it's cave and discover an anything but normal Normal Norman.

Number 9

  1. BEANY AND THE JACKSTALK
    A satire on Jack and The Beanstalk as Beany and Cecil meet up with the Giant and the Yen Hen.
  2. THE HUMBUG
    Captain Huffenpuff arrives on a South Sea Island in search of a rare, humming Humbug.
  3. CUSTARD'S LAST STAND
    The gang journey west and meet Custard and help him fight off an indian attack which climaxes in a big custard pie throwing contest.

Number 10

  1. HERO BY TRADE
    Cecil is a private eye-ball who is given a treasure map and is sent to find a fortune in gold--fish.
  2. THE ILLEGAL EAGLE EGG
    Uncle Captain, Beany and Cecil scale Eagle peak to catch a rare bald eagle.
  3. CECIL GETS CARELESS
    Cecil receives a cute Mexican hairless puppy and has to try and retrieve him from a dog catcher D.J.

Number 11

  1. SLEEPING BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
    All your favorite Fairy Tale characters appear in this spoof with Cecil as Prince Chow Mein.
  2. NEVER EAT QUACKERS IN BED
    William Shakespeare Wolf tries to do just that to loveable little Graham Quacker, but is foiled.
  3. DISHONEST JOHN MEETS COWBOY STARR
    Cecil teams up with Little Homer and his starfish pal Twinkle Twinkle to diguise themselves as Cowboy Starr and shoot it out with D.J.

Number 12:

  1. BEANY'S CAP COPTER
    Dishonest John tries to steal Beany's famous invention the Beany Cap Copter and get it to Washington D.C. to copyright it before it's rightful claimant.
  2. THE INDISCREET SQUEET
    An oil-caholic oil can character named the Squeet tries to drink up all the oil in sight till Cecil cures him.
  3. THE PHANTOM OF THE HORSE OPERA
    the Phantom, an invisible man riding an invisible horse gives the gang a merry chase.

Number 13:

  1. 20,000 LITTLE LEAGUERS UNDER THE SEA
    Lil' homer a baseball playing octopus plays all positions in a game versus D.J.
  2. MALICE IN BLUNDER-LAND
    Movie hopeful Cecil journey's to Jollywood in this satire on the Film Colony.
  3. BUFFALO BILLY
    A little buffalo boy and a frog named Slopalong Catskill spoils dishonest John's vacation in the Wild Wild West.

Number 14

  1. THE DIRTY BIRDY
    Uncle Captain's attempt to capture mud pie making Dirty Birdy exposes him to all kinds of dirty tricks.
  2. THE ATTACK OF THE MAN-EATER SKEETERS
    A mosquito named Cyranose De Bugs' r' Back leads the attack of the fleet of Man-Eater Skeeters on the good ship Leakin' Lena but are repulsed.
  3. DAVEY CRICKETT'S LEADING LADY BUG
    Movie makers journey to Eight-Nine-Tennessee to film Davey Crickett in which he finally wins his leading lady bug.

Number 15

  1. RIN-TIN-CAN
    A famous mechanical dog causes problems on a movie lot.
  2. VILD VAST VASTELAND
    The gang submarine to an underwater western town named second hand Dodge City where they encounter Marshall Villian and Slopalong Catskill.
  3. THE INVISIBLE MAN HAS BUTTER-FINGERS
    The Invisible Man operates a glove puppet which appears to be walking around by itself and causes considerable consternation.

Number 16

  1. HERE COMES THE SHMOE BOAT
    Traveling by Show Boat to below the Mason-Dixon line the gang encounter Dishonest John as a Southern Colonel who gives them no comfort.
  2. TAIN'T CRICKET, CRICKET
    This episode centers around a stockade and there is a battle between Davey Crickett, a bear and Dishonest John.
  3. CECIL ALWAYS SAVES THE DAY
    Dishonest John will never learn that crime just doesn't pay, cause Cecil the Sea Sick Sea Serpent always saves the day.

Number 17

  1. AIN'T I A LITTLE STINGER
    Dishonest John reappears in his Billious Beetle get-up and we again have an action filled air battle.
  2. THE WARRING 20'S
    A satire on the Hollywood gangster movies about the roaring 20's.
  3. BEANY AND CECIL MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN
    Captain Huffenpuff, Beany and Cecil drive to the haunted mansion of Alfraid Witchcock where we see Terror-Vision complete with commercials for Boris's Karlott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 18

  1. AIN'T THAT A CORK IN THE SNORKEL
    The gang sail on a new adventure on the Leakin' Lena to capture a strange sea creature that blows bubbles out the top of his head.
  2. MAKES A SEA SERPENT SORE
    Captain Huffenpuff, Beany and Cecil are lead on a merry chase by the little double bubble trouble-maker but the end up good friends.
  3. SO WHAT AND THE SEVEN WHATNOTS
    The gang visits Lost Wages for a vacation and becomes involved in a musical satire of the well known Snow White Story.

Number 19

  1. CECIL'S COMICAL STRIP
    Cecil swims forth to make his fortune as a comic strip artist but encounters a hard to please editor.
  2. BEANY'S RESID-JEWELS
    A Cat named Peking Tom thinks that Careless the Mexican Hairless is a mouse and attempts to catch him.
  3. WOT THE HECK
    The encounter between Tom and Careless carries over into this action packed chase which climaxes in a satire on a bull fight with the Mexican Hairless vicotrious.

Number 20

  1. DRAGON TRAIN
    Driven by Pop Gunn on a trip that spoofs many well known highlights of the old west.
  2. TEN FEET TALL AND WET
    Captain Huffenpuff plans to build a swimming pool for Beany Boy but Dishonest John over-hears.
  3. DIRTY POOL
    The making of the swimming pool almost turns out to be a disaster but has a happy ending with all the gang's friends lined up to use the pool.

 

Number 21

  1. THUMB FUN
    A satire on the shrinking man type movie gives the illusion that there is a Teeny Weeny Beany and Cecil.
  2. LIVING DOLL
    Dishonest John's use of hand puppet Cecil up out of the water confuses everyone for a time but right prevails.
  3. BEANYLAND
    The gang rocket to the moon where they build an Amusement Park named Beanyland. Dishonest John tries to spoil the fun.

Number 22

  1. BEANY BLOWS HIS TOP
    Beany's girl friend Baby Ruthy joins him in his adventure.
  2. BEANY FLIPS HIS LID
    Beany's Beany Cap Copter helps save the day when it propels it's propeller and brings Cecil to the rescue.
  3. THE FLEASTONE KOP KAPER
    Famous canines such as Dog Fairbanks and Wm. S. Redheart are satirized in this parody of early Hollywood film fun.

Number 23

  1. THE MAD ISLE OF MADHATTAN
    Cecil journeys to Mad-Mad-Madison Avenue to sell an idea for a new television show. But Dishonest John steals his idea and ends up hopelessly enmeshed in red tape.
  2. THE HAMMY AWARDS
    Cecil and D.J. are up for the coveted Hammy award. Dishonest John tries to stuff the ballot box but is foiled by Little Price Water-Mouse.
  3. HARECULES AT THE GOLDEN FLEECING
    Wm. Shakespeare Wolf wants to have Harecules for dinner but is thwarted by the Guided Muscle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 24

  1. CHEERY CHEERY BEANY
    The gang attempt to pass through shark infested waters carrying a boat load of beans to the starving inhabitants of the Hungry I-land.
  2. NYA HA HA
    That dirty guy Dishonest John resorts to dirty tricks to try to win the Granny Award, but the Robot Ants carry off the award.
  3. THE SINGING SWINGING SEA SERPENT
    The gang search for the World's Largest Diamond in this satire on baseball featuring the Spits-Burp Pirates.

Number 25

  1. THERE GOES A GOOD SQUID
    Dishonest John returns in his mechanical octopus but finds that crime doesn't pay, at least not like it used to.
  2. BEN HARE
    An original musical in which little Hare-cules is prepared for the great race by his father in this satire on the Tortoise and the Hare.
  3. HARE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW
    Speedy Turtle has the race well in hand until Hare-cules unleashes his Guided Muscle.

Number 26

  1. OIL'S WELL THAT END'S WELL
    A sea adventure in which Cecil ends up striking oil.
  2. THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A SEA SICK SEA SERPENT
    An original musical following Snorky from the dawn of history to the Loch Ness Monster mystery.
  3. D.J. THE D.J.
    Cecil writes a song called "Rag Mop" and tries to record it with comical consequences.


Robert Clampett
May 8, 1913 - May 4, 1984

Bob Clampett passed away of a heart attack on May 4, 1984. He was in Detroit, Michigan promoting RCA-Columbia's home video release of the Beany and Cecil cartoons. 

Four years after Bob Clampett's death, ABC and DIC Entertainment (Inspector Gadget) announced plans for a Beany and Cecil revival series. The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil, produced and directed for DIC by John Kricfalusi (Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, Ren and Stimpy), ran on ABC-TV from September 10, 1988 through October 15, 1988. The show was a victim of Kricfalusi's creativity clashing with ABC's insistence upon interfering with the stories.

 


After Bobís passing, his widow Sody carried on his legacy. In addition to producing the new Beany and Cecil episodes, she established Bob Clampett Animation Art, oversaw the international distribution of his work and managed the Creative Center Studio on Seward Street in Hollywood. Sadly, she passed away from complications of Alzheimerís disease on June 20th, 2014.


Sody Clampett, Ron Kurer, Cheri Clampett


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