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Bob Clampett remembered

Writer Chris Lukather has just posted a nice interview with Ruth Clampett which contains some new insights into her father – the legendary animator/director Bob Clampett. Bob, of course, created the Emmy award winning characters Beany and Cecil, as well as being one of the great Warner Bros. cartoon directors of the 30s and 40s, guiding Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig through some of their greatest cartoons, as well as creating Tweety, The Do-Do, Beaky Buzzard among many many others.

In the interview Ruth also discusses her former role supervising Warner Bros. animation art for the Studio Stores (remember those?) and her hopes to see an art book and biography of father Bob. Yes, Ruth – I’ll happily instruct Brew readers to buy such a book the moment it exists! In the meantime check out Lukather’s literary blog, The Writing Disorder for more memories and info.

  • Brian O

    Book? That would be tops on my list.
    I’d contribute to a crowd funding effort if that’s what it takes.

  • Pedro Nakama

    That must be the infamous Rag-mop in the photo.

  • Matty Mattel

    Wow, that’s a delightful interview. Thanks for sharing.

  • mike fontanelli

    Bob Clampett always looks like Superman to me. Talent-wise and influence-wise, he certainly was all that. I never met the man, cuss the luck, but Ruth is a lovely person and a joy to work with.

  • My favorite Bob Clampett memory was a Black Awards Show I attended in the Bay Area back in the late seventies. Bob was nice enough to appear as a presenter and was introduced as the director of “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs.” The mostly AfricanAmerican audience gave the Warner Bros director a standing ovation.

  • Dave

    I would like to ask Ruth why the “Looney Tunes Treasury” book was put out before an art Book about her father. I liked the idea of the “Looney Tunes Treasury” book,

    but it did not really offer that much vintage art. I went on a book hunt to find and purchase it a when it came out. When I found it at my local book store I was a bit disappointed and thought I should just stick with my copy of “that’s all folks”.

    If an art book was released with vintage art that has not been printed in previous animation books and some nice interviews/ stories, that would be the deserved tribute Bob Clampett fans have been waiting for.