Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Happy 100th Birthday, Bob Clampett!

Pondering the recent passing of animation giant Ray Harryhausen, I forgot that today, May 8, 2013 is the centennial of Bob Clampett's birth.

Now, the project Bob may have been the most proud of was one he didn't get to complete: his plan for an animated feature based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter Of Mars. The excerpts seen here recall the Fleischer Superman series in style and approach. Perhaps animation experts Mark Kausler, Jerry Beck, Leonard Maltin and Mike Barrier know the specifics of why the project was shelved, and who Bob pitched it to.

We'll follow that "what might have been" clip with several choice morsels of animated mayhem, crazy classic cartoon delirium by Mr. B and the talented Termite Terrace boys!

(Sorry, not posting any Clampett WB cartoons from the infamous Censored 11 - the readership at Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog is paltry enough as it is!)

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