Expo 67 was the last great convergence of animation pioneers. All of the animation greats were invited including the great Warner directors, but also names from the PREVIOUS generation. Animation greats J.R. Bray, Otto Mesmer (Felix the Cat), Dave Fleischer (Betty Boop, Popeye), Walter Lantz (Woody Woodpecker), and Paul Terry (Mighty Mouse) all attended.
For Bob Clampett it was the very first time he was recognized at all for his contributions to animation and also the first time he was able to meet many of the people he had admired all the way back to his childhood. The photo above also captures something else very interesting. Bob Clampett always traveled with the Cecil puppet and the character came alive when Bob Clampett put Cecil on his hand. Clampett didnít play the Cecil character. It was more like Cecil was another side (and more gregarious to boot) of his own character.
More about Bob Clampett, Cecil and Expo 67 in future posts.