Cecil Inspects a Little Animation History

Bob Clampett and Cecil the Sea Sick Sea Serpent viewing the animation exhibit at Expo 67 in Montreal Canada.

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.

2 thoughts on “Cecil Inspects a Little Animation History

  1. I love these photos of Bob with the Cecil puppet. I know you’ve got a LOT of them–please keep sharing. They bring back so many very nice memories for me and probably others too who grew up watching the puppet show & the cartoons!!

    From a very longtime Bob Clampett/B&C fan,


    • I think other site proprietors should take beanyandcecil.com as an model, very clean and excellent user friendly style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic! Great!

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