Friday, April 22, 2011
Cartoon Icons of American TV: Beany and Cecil
Beany and Cecil is an animated cartoon series created by director Bob Clampett who initially worked for Warner Brothers. Credited with other TV classics such as The Daffy Doc, Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, Corny Concerto, and Porky in Wackyland, Clampett had always been interested in puppetry, so on February 28, 1949, two years after leaving Warner Brothers, his “Time For Beany” television puppet show first appeared in Matty’s Funday Funnies. Originating from Paramount’s KTLA-TV studios in Hollywood, CA, the characters introduced on the first telecast included Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent, Captain Horatio K. Huffenpuff (commander of the good ship "Leakin’ Lena"), Huffenpuff’s nephew Beany Boy, and the dastardly, Dishonest John. Read more . . .