The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil

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The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil
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Poor Bob Clampett...
Genre: Animation
Comedy
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 10 - October 29, 1988
Network(s): ABC
Created by: John Kricfalusi
Distributed by: ABC
Starring: Billy West
Jim MacGeorge
Maurice LaMarche
Mark Hildreth
Cree Summer
Laura Harris
Jane Mortifee
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 8 (3 unaired)
Previous show: Beany and Cecil (1962)


The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil was a very short-lived revival of Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil. It was produced in 1988 by DIC Animation City. Only eight episodes were produced, five which aired during its original run. This incarnation of the show was produced and directed by John Kricfalusi, who would later create Nickelodeon’s The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Plot

The revival of the classic Bob Clampett series about the adventures of a boy and a sea serpent and goes on adventures.

Bad Qualities

  1. Weird and disturbing gross-out material, which ruined the reputation of Beany and Cecil and Bob Clampett.
  2. There are some pop culture references that are unnecessary, such as Michael Jackson, along with his album, "Bad".
  3. Some stuff that are added is just random, like Pinocchio who is on a wrecked boat inside a whale.
  4. Dishonest John acts mean-spirited and immature, but then again, his name is Dishonest John.
  5. The ending of the theme song is misleading by saying it's "A Bob Clampett Cartoon" even thought Clampett wasn't involved with the project and died in 1984.

Good Qualities

  1. Beany and Cecil are still likable.
  2. It started Billy West's career, who later voiced Stimpy, and later Ren on Nickelodeon's The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  3. The designs are still good.
  4. Some jokes could be funny.

Reception

The more ABC strove to soften the show, the more Kricfalusi pushed for shocking and offensive material. The Clampett family were ultimately not very happy with the cartoon, but remained supportive of Kricfalusi. ABC cancelled the show after a handful of episodes as they found the humor not suitable for children's programming. As a result, ABC replaced it with The Flintstone Kids. It has a 6.4 rating on IMDb.

Trivia

  • The same font for the logo were later used in The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • This was the first cartoon that the late Chris Reccardi worked on in the animation industry.

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