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Bob Clampett
Robert Emerson "Bob" Clampett (May 8, 1913 – May 2, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes animated series from Warner Bros., and the television shows Time for Beany and Beany and Cecil. Clampett was born and raised not far from Hollywood, and early on expressed an interest in animation and puppetry. After leaving high school a few months shy of graduating in 1931, Clampett joined the team at Harman-Ising Productions and began working on the studio's newest short subjects, titled Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

Clampett was promoted to a directorial position in 1937 and during his fifteen years at the studio, directed 84 cartoons later deemed classic and also designed some of the studio's most famous characters, including Porky Pig and Tweety Bird. Among Clampett's most acclaimed films are Porky in Wackyland (1938), Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943) and The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946). Clampett left Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1946 and turned his attention to television, creating the famous puppet show Time for Beany in 1949. A later animated version of the series, titled Beany and Cecil, ran on ABC for five years beginning in 1962 and ending in 1967.

In his later years, Clampett toured college campuses and animation festivals as a lecturer on the history of animation. Clampett died of a heart attack in Detroit, Michigan on May 2, 1984. After his death, he was criticized by many of his peers at Warner Bros. with accusations of egotism and plagiarism, with many notable figures, including Chuck Jones and Mel Blanc, expressing a general dislike for Clampett. Despite this, his Warner cartoons have seen renewed praise in the decades since for their surrealistic qualities, energetic and outrageous animation, and irreverent humor.

Cartoons directed or co-directed by Bob Clampett

Warner Bros.
Year Title
1937 Porky's Badtime Story
Get Rich Quick Porky
Rover's Rival
Porky's Hero Agency
1938 Porky's Poppa
What Price Porky
Porky's Five and Ten
Injun Trouble
Porky's Party
Porky & Daffy
Porky in Wackyland
Porky's Naughty Nephew
Porky in Egypt
The Daffy Doc
1939 The Lone Stranger and Porky
Porky's Tire Trouble
Porky's Movie Mystery
Chicken Jitters
Kristopher Kolumbus, Jr.
Polar Pals
Scalp Trouble
Porky's Picnic
Wise Quacks
Jeepers Creepers
Naughty Neighbors
Pied Piper Porky
The Film Fan
1940 Porky's Last Stand
Africa Squeaks
Ali-Baba Bound
Pilgrim Porky
Slap-Happy Pappy
Porky's Poor Fish
The Chewin' Bruin
Patient Porky
Prehistoric Porky
The Sour Puss
The Timid Toreador (with Norm McCabe)
1941 Porky's Snooze Reel (with Norm McCabe)
Goofy Groceries
Farm Frolics
A Coy Decoy
Meet John Doughboy
We, the Animals Squeak!
The Henpecked Duck
The Bug Parade (with Tex Avery)
The Cagey Canary (with Tex Avery)
Wabbit Twouble
Porky's Pooch
1942 Aloha Hooey (with Tex Avery)
Crazy Cruise (with Tex Avery)
Horton Hatches the Egg
The Wacky Wabbit
Nutty News
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
Wacky Blackout
Eatin' on the Cuff
The Hep Cat
A Tale of Two Kitties
1943 Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
Tortoise Wins by a Hare
The Wise Quacking Duck
Tin Pan Alley Cats
A Corny Concerto
Falling Hare
An Itch in Time
1944 What's Cookin' Doc?
Tick Tock Tuckered
Russian Rhapsody
Hare Ribbin'
Birdy and the Beast
Buckaroo Bugs
The Old Grey Hare
1945 Draftee Daffy
A Gruesome Twosome
Wagon Heels
Bashful Buzzard
1946 Book Revue
Baby Bottleneck
Kitty Kornered
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
Bacall to Arms
The Big Snooze
Republic Pictures
Year Title
1947 It's a Grand Old Nag

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