Help, Cecil, Help!
Eric B. Norris | Santa Clara, California USA | 10/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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!""
A MUST for Animation Fans...and those who remember...
STEVEN F. SCHARFF | 01/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
AH'M COMIN', BEANY BOY!!!
STEVEN F. SCHARFF | Henderson, NV United States | 08/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!'
Thank God Beany & Cecil can be seen again
Robert Moore | Chicago, IL USA | 11/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."