this and "Bugs Bunny Superstar" tell you what everyone should know about this animation genius
One of the other people reviewing the mini-documentaries created for the Looney Tunes DVDs said that the mini-documentaries improved significantly on Volume 2, and I gotta agree. Whereas the ones on Volume 1 mostly featured really basic stuff intended for newbies, Volume 2 looks into stuff that even we hardcore fans might not know. "Behind the Tunes: Man from Wackyland - The Art of Bob Clampett" is a case in point. He may not be in the 21st century as famous as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng, but - as they note - he put the "looney" in Looney Tunes. His cartoons were a veritable pastiche of contortion, phantasmagoria, popular culture...and that's just the start. "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery" is probably the seminal example. I had never totally realized that Clampett was the one to create situations in which Bugs could be the loser.
Anyway, it's too bad that Clampett left Warner Bros. when he did. He could have made some impressive cartoons over the years. But his work lives on. And this featurette does a good job focusing on him. You should also watch "Bugs Bunny Superstar" for more info.
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