Hey Gang, another twofer! Former Warner Brothers animator Warren Batchelder, and former Terrytoon animator George Bakes. Bakes was one of those great natural animators. He did a lot of commercial work, particularly for General Mills. The repetitive nature of those spots eventually caused him to walk away from a lucrative contract. “Take Lucky Charms for Example,” said George, “You change two words and you get a new commercial; I’ll make a blank, and blank away!”
Batchelder had worked as an assistant at WB for several years before being promoted to animator in the mid-fifties. Fortunately he turned out to be a good’n. After WB shut down he became one of the regulars at DePatie-Freleng.
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This is one of a handful of spots where Shep Menkin did Charlie the Tuna’s voice. Henry Corden is the voice of his pal. Warren Batchelder animated the spot except for the tag at the end, which was animated by Manny Gould.
Pink Panther Flakes
Noxious pink cornflakes from Post. At least the spots were actually made at DePatie-Freleng. This one was animated by Warren Batchelder, who worked on many of the real Pink Panther cartoons.
Burger Chef and Jeff
More Batch animation. Also from DFE. Paul Winchel is the Burger Chef here. In some of the other spots, Hal Smith plays him.
A pair of Hardees spots animated by George Bakes. Allen Swift and Bob McFadden are Speedy McGreedy and Gilbert Giddy-up.
Fruit Stripe Gum
More animation by George Bakes. Most of the spots in this campaign went along the same lines as this one…
They got that Bo Diddly thing working in this clever spot. More George. More fun.