Beany and Cecil OPC of William Shakespeare Wolf
– Cartoon: Beany and Cecil
– Episode: “Harecules & The Golden Fleecing”
– Creator/Director: Bob Clampett
– Character(s): William Shakespeare Wolf
– Hand-Inked, Hand-Painted Production Cel
– Image Size: 10.5” x 12.5”
Originally Clampett had planned to have an array of calamities and villains for the show, but came to realize that he needed to condense it into one character that audiences would love to hate. A play on words of a popular used car salesman named Honest John, he was appropriately newly named Dishonest John or D.J. for short and his design was closely based on Clampett’s first boss at Harman Ising studio in 1931, Larry Martin.
Compromised of some of the most memorable characters is animation history, “Beany and Cecil” has been a stalwart in television programming for fifty years. Created by the venerable animator, director and producer Bob Clampett, “Beany and Cecil” first came to American audiences as a puppet show on KTLA. After garnering many awards, including three Emmys “Beany and Cecil” grew into an animated series that played on the ABC network and to this day, continues to enjoy worldwide appeal and recognition.
Offered for the first time in twenty years, are actual hand inked and painted production cels taken from the Beany and Cecil cartoons produced in the early 1960’s. The backgrounds are fine art giclee reproductions from the originals. This is a rare opportunity to capture actual imagery taken from one of the most beloved independently made series in cartoon history, created by a true master of the animation genre.