Time for Beany was an American television series, with puppets for characters, which aired locally in Los Angeles starting in 1949 and nationally (via kinescope) on the improvised Paramount Television Network from 1950 to 1955. It was created by animator Bob Clampett, who later reused its core characters in the animated Beany and Cecil series. The principal characters were Beany, a plucky young boy who wears a beanie; the brave but dimwitted Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent, who claimed to be 300 years old and 35 feet 3 inches tall; Beany's uncle, the pigheaded Captain Horatio Huffenpuff (whose name is a play on Horatio Hornblower), familiarly called Uncle Captain; Dishonest John, whose cape and handlebar mustache clearly identified him as the villain.
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Clampett integrated popular music into his "Time for Beany" puppet show....nightly! Famed organist Korla Pandit effortlessly blended so many musical cues in combination with Beany themes and story points that he could certainly have made a claim as an early innovator in music sampling. And of course "Raggmopp" which debuted the same year as "Time for Beany" was such a popular song on the show that it in effect became Cecil's theme song. See more
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