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Beany and Cecil: The Special Edition (1999)

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16 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil: The Special Edition  »

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A wonderful trip down memory lane. I'd forgotten just how good it was
7 October 2004 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

When I saw this available at Netflix, I put it to the top of my queue. All I remembered about Beany & Cecil were the title characters and that I had loved the show when I was about 5 years old. When I popped it into the player to watch with my two young girls and saw the intro, a whole flood of forgotten memories were awakened. It's weird, but hearing Cecil sing "a Bob Clam-pett Car-toooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnn!" was intensely pleasurable. Even though I hadn't heard that in decades, I remembered it instantly. Ditto for the villain, Dishonest John (Nyaa-ah-ah!)

The cartoons themselves were wonderful. They've been compared to Bullwinkle because their pop culture references (early 60's) and puns and jokes appealed to adults, but the cartoons are sweeter and sillier than Bullwinkle, but also more surreal. I particularly enjoyed all the Beatnik references when B&C when looking for Go Man Van Gogh, a beatniky wild man on the Hungry I-land.

My kids really liked them (and began singing "a Bob Clam-pett Car-toooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnn" around the house, so rent or buy this if you have young kids. But if you're in the 45-55 year old group, get it for the pure nostalgia overload.


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