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Bob Clampett
General information
Born: Robert Emerson Clampett
May 8, 1913
San Diego, California
Died: May 24, 1984 (aged 70)
Detroit, Michigan
Cause of death: Heart attack
Alternate names: Robert Clampett, Kilroy
Occupation(s): Animator, producer, director, puppeteer
Years active: 1931 - 1984
Spouse: Sody Clampett
Children: Robert, Jr., Ruth, and Cheri


Robert Emerson "Bob" Clampett (b. May 8, 1913-d. May 2, 1984) was an American director, producer, animator, and puppeteer, best known for his work with Warner Bros.' cartoon-series, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

Dispute

Despite his legacy, Bob has been appraised by his coworkers at Warner Brothers, many of whom called him a "shameless self-promoter who provoked the wrath of [his] former [coworkers in later years] for allegedly claiming credit for ideas which were not [his]." Chuck Jones particularly disliked Bob, and therefore made no mention of him in his 1979 compilation-film The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie, or his biography Chuck Amuck. In addition, voice-actor Mel Blanc accused Bob of being an "egotist who took credit for everything." Some of this antipathy may have been connected to Bob's "golden boy" status at the studio (his mother was said to be a close friend of producer Leon Schlesinger), which allowed him to ignore rules that everyone else was expected to follow.

Filmography

Main article: List of Bob Clampett cartoons

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