DVD Review: Beany & Cecil Vol. 2

Bob Clampett was a genius.

And if you need further proof, the long-awaited Beany and Cecil: The Special Edition Vol. 2 dispenses it in spades. I just received my copy of this DVD and I cannot praise it highly enough. If you are a Clampett junkie like me, you’ve been Jonesing for this (no pun intended) for at least ten years (when the equally incredible Vol. 1 was first released).

First off, let me state that the Beany and Cecil cartoons are personal favorites of mine. They are among the funniest, and best, TV cartoons ever made – and still hold up great today. There are eleven beautifully restored B&C cartoons here, all from 35mm master elements, looking better than I ever recall them. A 12th cartoon included is a rarely seen alternate version of Beanyland (which was featured on Vol. 1). I’d normally pick a few to highlight, but they are all terrific cartoons–Cecil Meets Cecilia, Davey Cricket, Strange Objects, Ben Hare, etc. These alone would be worth the retail price. But they only represent about 1/5 of the disc’s programming.

The rest of the content is Bonus Material – so much so, I can’t even list it all. The biggest thrills for me: Storyboards (and a cut scene) from Bob’s 1947 Republic cartoon It’s a Grand Old Nag, two more Time For Beany kinescopes, more audio recordings of Bob discussing his influences and even reading a Milt Gross story! There’s also a reel of home movie footage, of Bob walking around New York City in 1945, filming Times Square billboards – including an Otto Messmer/Douglas Leigh animated billboard! A complete list of the disc’s contents is posted here.

Beany and Cecil the Special Edition Volume 2 officially goes on sale September 8th. However, you can buy Volume 2 right now, along with the long out-of-print Volume 1, from the Beany and Cecil web site. A limited supply of Volume 1 was found unopened in the family’s warehouse and they are being offered, one per customer, to anyone who buys a copy of Volume 2. Volumes 1 & 2 (purchased together) sell for $54.95 + Shipping. Do this today – you won’t be sorry.


  • Christopher Cook

    I have vol. 1 and have pre-ordered vol. 2. Can’t wait to get vol. 2! Glad to see “Strange Objects” on it with Beepin’ Tom (the little alien whose word ballons are rebuses).

  • http://tsutpen.blogspot.com s.w.a.c.

    Wow, a Volume 1! I think I just made somebody’s Christmas…

  • uncle wayne

    I, too, highly “endorse this product!” B&C was the Ren & Stimpy, the hottest (& most adult) toon property back in 1961. Its lightening-paced humor is NOT lost today!! I can’t wait!

    (Plus my girlfriend’s name is Cecilia!!)

  • AaronSch

    I’m thrilled that I checked out Cartoon Brew this morning. I parted with the first volume of “Beany and Cecil” a couple of years ago and have regretted it ever since. What a pleasant surprise to find that both are being made available at much less than you would pay via eBay for just the first volume—if you could even find a copy. Thanks Jerry.

  • Brian Kidd

    I was lucky enough to have pre-ordered the first disc when it was released. It remains one of the most informative and cool DVDs ever issued. I can’t wait for Vol. 2!

  • Peter

    This is my problem with these releases … I want more of the cartoons! The bonus features are fun, to be sure, but they shouldn’t really be the majority of the content.

  • Steve Gattuso

    I already have volume 1, and how it brings back such childhood memories. Some of the sound effects alone would be enough to make me laugh.

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Bob Clampett was a genius.

    Amen.

  • http://ramapithblog.blogspot.com David Gerstein

    They had TWO characters named after the phrase “Peeping Tom”?

  • http://klangley.blogspot.com Kevin Langley

    Sounds great. Even if it was a tenth as good as the first volume it would be worth the price. Can’t wait to see the storyboard from “Grand ‘Ol Nag”

  • http://trosper-ignatz-gentlegiant.blogspot.com/ Diana

    Delighted to see this. I routinely use the description of the Thoat from the John Carter footage on the first disc, followed by the model sheet and the actual footage, as a character design exercise in my storyboarding class. I was lucky enough to see Clampett present this material and more at the Minneapolis Comic Con in the late 70s ( year?).
    Like so many of us, I grew up (if you can call it that) with these, and they stand the test of time.
    So eager for Vol. 2!

  • http://kipwblog.blogspot.com Kip W

    Great news! We bought Volume 1 before we had a DVD player. I’ve already started working this into the budget.

  • http://www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    Their order form doesn’t accept credit cards with expiration dates in 2012. I hope they fix that soon.

  • Adam

    Yeh Steve I had I problem ordering too.I want those volume 1 & 2 DVDs so badly :(

  • http://smomotion.com :: smo ::

    i already have volume 1 but i ordered the combo pack anyway!!!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!!!!

  • http://classicshowbiz.blogspot.com Kliph

    Is this all contained on just one disc again? I was amazed that volume 1 had so much on a single disc. I wonder why other DVD releases can’t contain as much on just one disc.

  • Peter

    Hooray for Beanie and Cecil!

  • http://www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    They fixed the problem with the expiration dates. Just ordered my set. Yay!

  • jsketches

    I want it!

    My pop introduced a young me to this cartoon when he found a bargain bin VHS of it (also Little Lulu and Baby Huey, but B&C turned out being my favorite). Best fever dreams, ever.

  • Michael Polvani

    AAAAAaaawwww…….YEAH!!!!!!

    Love it. Luuh-uh-uh-uhh—vitt!!!

  • Vegaswolfie

    Boy! Just got my Beany and Cecil set today in the mail, just took three days, now that is fast. See you all later… got to watch my Beany and Cecil, 50-years later.

  • http://smomotion.com :: smo ::

    i was just watching the charlie horse special feature, it’s awesome! love the pencil test along side the boards and the full picture. i wish more cartoon dvds did that! i’d love to see more pencil tests and charts!

  • Justin Spurlin

    I’m watching this DVD now. The alternate version of “Beanyland” is especially interesting. Most of the satire on Disneyland has been muted or removed. I’d be curious to know if Disney objected to the original cartoon.