Back in the days when TV shows were sponsored, it wasn’t uncommon (in fact it was expected) for the stars to plug products on the program. In Previous posts we have featured commercials with cartoon versions of Groucho Marx, and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Toady we have some more animated spots featuring your favorite real-life TV stars.
From Shamus Culhane Production. Starring Eddie Cantor and the whole Cantor clan! Designed by John McLeish.
With Bing Crosby. Ah, there’s nothing like vitamins!
Featuring the very exciting Nelson family. At least their likenesses.
Not only do you get an animated Roy Rogers, you get an animated Trigger, too.
With Danny Thomas. This is probably from UPA.
Cain’s Potato Chips
Okay, this is the odd one out here. There’s a talking drawing of the Cisco Kid, but the voice isn’t Duncan Renaldo’s. Not even close. This is one of the first spots to come from Playhouse Pictures. There is no production number, but it’s likely from 1952. In these early Playhouse spots, producer Ade Woolery got the artists to pick up work on a freelance basis. Mostly moonlighting people from UPA. The little girl at the opening is animated by Phil Monroe. The Kid himself? Well, just the mouth moves so it’s hard to say. However it does look like Rudy Larriva’s lip-sync.