Extras: Photo Galleries, Archival material, Behind-the-scenes footage, commentary track
As the main feature, the disc contains 12 full episodes from the animated series as well as countless interstitials that were used to glue the episodes together. The episodes are in remarkable shape, given their age. They are flawed with only minor presentation problems liek the occasional jumpy registration or speckles. The sound of these cartoons has been affected a little more, I’m afraid. While the general noise level of the audio tracks is surprisingly low, distortion and an inconsistent level of quality is clearly audible. Let me tell you however that these problems are never truly distracting from the cartoons themselves or would possibly make them less enjoyable.
Apart from the fact that they are highly entertaining, these cartoons exemplify the word ’pun’. Constantly playing with words, their combinations and ambiguities, these cartoons will make your sides split at any age. "Beany and Cecil" have a class and sophistication that makes them appealing to various age groups from children – who probably enjoy the cutesy characters, obvious rhymes and colors the most – all the way to adults who will thoroughly enjoy the puns and innuendo found in the material. At all times did Bob Clampett and his team of animators push the envelope of political correctness and social satire with these seemingly meaningless cartoons and continually dared censors with their attempts.
The disc also contains extensive photo galleries with over 550 still images as well as many audio snippets by Bob Clampett himself. Pieced together painstakingly from countless occasions and recordings, especially Clampett’s own words add immensely to the understanding of his materials, as he allows viewers to directly share his enthusiasm and shows, how this man used his imagination to inspire not only his colleagues, but also his viewing audiences. It comes through at any given moment just how much passion he put into his work and how thankful he was to have the opportunity to do what he was doing.
Image Entertainment’s release of "Beany and Cecil" is a true treasure chest of a DVD. Content rich and exceedingly interesting all the materials presented on this DVD are highly entertaining and educational.
Although the highlight of the disc is on the "Beany and Cecil" cartoons, another appropriate title for this DVD would have been "The Works Of Bob Clampett." For hours and hours you can go through material on this disc, always being reminded of the early days of television or your own childhood.
The fact that apart from this DVD there is probably no way to catch a decent looking "Beany and Cecil" cartoon anywhere only adds to the incredible value of this special edition. For all fans of animated films and cartoons, this disc is gem that you cannot afford to miss!