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Beans
Background information
Species: cat
Gender: male
Debut appearance: I Haven't Got a Hat
Created by: Friz Freleng
Portrayed by: Billy Bletcher
Tommy Bond
Will Ryan
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Beans the Cat is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series of cartoons from 1935-1936. Beans was the third Looney Tunes cartoon character star after Bosko and Buddy. 

When the cartoon animators/directors Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising left Leon Schlesinger's studios in 1933, they took their main creation, Bosko, with them. Schlesinger had to rebuild his animation studio for Warner Bros. without so much as a marketable character to draw audiences. In Bosko's absence, the less-entertaining Buddy was introduced.

In 1935, animator Friz Freleng attempted to jumpstart the studio with his Merrie Melodies cartoon I Haven't Got a Hat. Its cast consisted of cute animal characters with funny names; e.g., Ham and Ex, Porky and Beans, Oliver Owl, and Little Kitty. Schlesinger hoped that some would catch on with audiences and become bankable stars.

The short was a success. Warners retired Buddy and began to push Beans the Cat as their next cartoon star. In 1935, Beans starred in his first solo Looney Tunes film, A Cartoonist's Nightmare, followed by Hollywood Capers. Beans then began appearing with characters from the cast of I Haven't Got a Hat, most frequently Porky Pig. However, after a number of Porky and Beans outings, it became clear that the character audiences were talking about was Beans's stuttering sidekick, Porky Pig, rather than Beans himself. Beans was voiced by Billy Bletcher and sometimes, Tommy Bond. Later, he was voiced by Will Ryan.

In April of 1936, Beans starred in Westward Whoa, his last cartoon short with the rest of the I Haven't Got A Hat ensemble. This cartoon would be the last appearance for most of these characters. For the rest of this decade, all Looney Tunes starred Porky Pig and his sidekicks, including Gabby Goat and later Daffy Duck.

Trivia

  • Beans has only appeared in 9 regular Looney Tunes shorts to-date.
  • Beans could be modeled after Waffles, a feline from the Van Beuren Studio, as both characters are black-furred cats in overalls.

Filmography

Title Release date
I Haven't Got a Hat March 2, 1935
The Country Mouse (cameo with Porky Pig) July 13, 1935
A Cartoonist's Nightmare September 14, 1935
Hollywood Capers October 19, 1935
Gold Diggers of '49 (with Porky Pig) November 2, 1935
Plane Dippy (cameo) January 4, 1936
Alpine Antics January 18, 1936
The Phantom Ship February 1, 1936
Boom Boom (with Porky Pig) February 29, 1936
The Fire Alarm (with Ham and Ex) March 2, 1936
Westward Whoa (with Porky Pig) April 25, 1936
Space Jam (cameo) November 10, 1996

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