Bob Clampett

Animator, Director, Producer
One of the most prominent figures in the golden era of Warner Bros. animation, Bob Clampett made innumerable contributions to the landscape of the American cartoon. Raised in Hollywood, Clampett's love of art and film ... Read more »
Born: 05/07/1913 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

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The Old Grey Hare 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

What's Up, Doc?: A Salute to Bugs Bunny 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Animation Director

What's Up, Doc?: A Salute to Bugs Bunny 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Beany & Cecil 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Porky Pig in Hollywood 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Uncensored Cartoons 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Tick Tock Tuckered 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Horton Hatches the Egg 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hep Cat 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years (TV Show)

Segment Director

Biography

One of the most prominent figures in the golden era of Warner Bros. animation, Bob Clampett made innumerable contributions to the landscape of the American cartoon. Raised in Hollywood, Clampett's love of art and film soon led him to WB, where he began as an in-betweener on the studio's "Merrie Melodies" series under producer Leon Schlesinger in 1931. During his tenure, he quickly rose in the ranks, due in part to such creations as Porky Pig and key contributions to iconic characters like Daffy Duck. Later claims as to his role in creating the star character of Bugs Bunny were vociferously refuted by former co-workers like Chuck Jones and voice actor Mel Blanc, who viewed Clampett as an egotist and shameless self-promoter. Regardless, the significance of such Clampett masterpieces as the shorts "Porky in Wackyland" (1938), "The Hep Cat" (1942) and "A Tale of Two Kitties" (1942) - the latter of which introduced the character of Tweety Bird - were undeniable. After leaving Warner Bros. in 1946, Clampett went on to create his own signature property with the massively popular televised puppet show "Time for Beany" (PTN, 1950-55), which was later turned into a cartoon series "Beany and Cecil" (ABC, 1962). The foremost purveyor of the surreal and hyper-kinetic style with which Warner Bros. animation became so closely identified, Clampett's contributions - while possibly exaggerated to a degree by the man himself - would remain timeless.

EDUCATION

Otis Art School

Los Angeles , California 1930

Milestones

1988

"Beany and Cecil" returned to ABC's Saturday morning lineup for the first two months of the season

1988

A new version of "Beany & Cecil" returned to ABC's Saturday morning lineup for the first two months of the season; co-produced by Bob Clampett Productions; directed by John Kricfalusi (who would later create "Ren & Stimpy")

1984

Suffered heart attack in Detroit while on media tour promoting the video release of "Beany and Cecil"; died the next day (May 2nd)

1975

Featured prominently in "Bugs Bunny Superstar", a modestly produced compilation film; Clampett-directed cartoons comprised four of the nine shorts included in the feature; also featured as a narrator and interview subject; provided his home movies of Warn

1962

Having moved from ABC's Sunday afternoon lineup (where it had debuted in October 1959) to primetime in 1960, the children's series "Matty's Funday Funnies" dropped its original cartoon stars and was retitled "Matty's Funday Funnies with Beany and Cecil";

1961

Under the auspices of his own Bob Clampett Productions, produced and directed "The Beany and Cecil Show", a syndicated cartoon series derived from the hit puppet show

1953

"Time for Beany" expanded to half hour

1952

Directed the animated prologue of Arch Oboler's "Bwana Devil", the first 3-D feature; prologue introduced the process using his TV characters Beany and Cecil; sequence subsequently cut in Great Britain and "flat" re-release prints in the US

1949

Created, wrote and directed "Time for Beany", a 15-minute daily live TV puppet show, for KTTV in Los Angeles; provided the voice of Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent; series subsequently syndicated nationally

1946

Left Warners at the peak of his powers; joined the ill-fated Screen Gems group, the cartoon division of Columbia Pictures; as "creative consultant", worked primarily in the story department

1941

Introduced the little bird who would soon become known as Tweety in "A Tale of Two Kitties"

1941

Directed the first color "Looney Tunes" entry, "The Hep Cat"

1938

Supervised his first cartoon with Daffy Duck, "Porky and Daffy"

1938

Supervised his breakthrough short, "Porky in Wackyland"

1937

Promoted to director to replace the departing Ub Iwerks

1937

Supervised his first cartoon with Porky Pig (possibly begun by Iwerks), "Porky's Bad Time Story"

1937

Aided by the contribution of the studio's new star voice actor Mel Blanc, redesigned and revitalized the character of Porky Pig

1937

First direction for producer Schlesinger, helmed animated sequence of RKO's Joe E. Brown comedy vehicle, "When's Your Birthday?"

1936

Animated (with Charles aka "Chuck" Jones) "Gold Diggers of '49" under the supervision of Fred "Tex" Avery formerly of the Walter Lantz studio; this landmark cartoon short marked Avery's debut for the studio

1933

Retained by producer Leon Schlesinger after the departure of Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising

1931

Animated secondary characters in "Lady Play Your Mandolin", the first "Merrie Melodies" cartoon

1931

Joined the Harman-Ising Studio at Warner Bros. as an animator and later a gagman

1931

Worked in the Warner Brothers animation department

1926

While a student, produced, scripted, acted in and edited "The Golf Widow", a live-action comedy short

Produced TV commercials for such clients as Ford, Maybelline and Underwood Food Products

Produced other children's TV shows including "Thunderbolt and Wondercolt", "Top o' the Morning" and "Wm. Shakespeare Wolf"

Wrote and served as a puppeteer on "The Buffalo Billy Show

Donated some of his work to become part of the permanent collection at the Cinemateque Francaise

"The Beany and Cecil Show" aired on ABC daytime

Designed and marketed the first Mickey Mouse doll for Walt Disney

Became the primary director of Porky Pig cartoons

Worked as a producer at Republic Studios

Appeared on college lecture circuit and at animation conventions

While a student, sold cartoons to LOS ANGELES TIMES

Honored at New York's Museum of Cartoon Art

Signed a contract to draw cartoons for King Features

Bonus Trivia

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A songwriter, Clampett had his own musical publishing company.

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"Time for Beaney" won three Emmy Awards as Outstanding Children's Show in 1949, 1950 and 1952.

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