Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hey Kids! Time For Some Classic 60's Cartoons!

How About Two Episodes Of Beany And Cecil!
I can honestly say that although I have heard of the show Beany And Cecil through the years, I didn't remember ever seeing it.  When I saw that there were two episodes posted at Archive.Org I thought I would see what it was about since it is considered by many to be a classic.  Well, it turns out that by watching it my memory was refreshed only in that I can remember that as a kid I used to always say the phrase used by Dishonest John, the shows villian.  What was this unforgettable phrase that remained embedded in my memory while the rest of the show was forgotten?  It was "Nyah ah ah!"  To get the full effect, you'll have to watch these two episodes from Archive.Org, which I am embedding here.  One episode is from 1962 and the other is from 1965.  They come complete with commercials and it is the commercials that make the 1965 episode really stand out.  The show, which was shown on ABC, spends it's advertising time with ads for ABC's new fall season.  This was the year in which shows like F Troop, Gidget, The FBI, and others premiered.  And to top everything off, these cartoons are actually still pretty funny.  So sit back, grab a bowl of Cheerios, and enjoy Beany And Cecil.

Beany And Cecil 1962

Beany And Cecil 1965

You can get Beany And Cecil At Amazon, but supplies are extremely limited as it is out of print. Click on this link to take a look:

This description of the DVD comes from the Amazon.Com editorial staff:

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.

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