CLASSIC ANIMATED ADVERTISING
January 25, 2014 posted by Mike Kazaleh

Leftover Commercial Round-Up

When Jerry and I put together these commercial posts, there’s always some stuff that ends up getting left out for one reason or another. This week we swept up a few of the leftovers, cleaned them off, and assembled them here for your viewing pleasure.

Bold Man

Animated by Ed Love, we didn’t discover this oddball spot until the day after we did the post about Ed Love. Lichtenstein irony meets the Marvel Superhero show with a little sexism and sixties suburban values thrown in. It’s unusual to see a typical square-jawed hero done in Ed’s flexible animation style.



Desoto Abstract

We weren’t able to transfer this one in time to put it into our Groucho Marx/ Desoto Post, but here it is now. Made in 1955 by Playhouse Pictures.



Mum Deodorant

Another Paul Fennell production animated by Carlo Vinci. We cut this one out of the reel when we were doing the candy post, but weren’t sure what to do with it. Now we know.



Sugus Candy

We found this spot after we had already done the candy post. From Pintoff Productions with vocals by Allen Swift.



Quik Bunny

This early Quik Bunny spot was left out the Bill Littlejohn post. Bill did so many commercials that we could spotlight his work from now until the sun goes dim without repeating anything.



Navy- College Musicians

Produced by Playhouse Pictures in 1957. Directed and animated by Bobe Cannon. We almost included this in the Bobe Cannon post, and then again in the public service post. The ubiquitous Paul Frees can be heard here.



Reynolds Foil

A leftover from the MGM post. Animated by the Grant Simmons half of the GrantRay studio. A cute little Gene Hazelton-type girl talks about how Reynolds foil keeps your cigarettes fresh and wonderful. Of course you realize that Reynolds was also a major producer of cigarettes.

13 Comments

  • Great collection of ads – thanks for including them!

    Did the De Soto ad actually air like that – with the unmatted animation at timecode 02:13:54:04 (the interior shot where only the white element of the animation is visible)?

    • Looks like a bad matting process of trying to superimpose the animation over the live-action through superimposition (the same technique used in title work).

  • ‘Scuse me, but I don’t believe there is any connection with Reynolds Aluminum (which made–and still makes–Reynolds Wrap) and the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

    Reference to earlier posts: My father always referred to aluminum foil as “Kaiser foil”. But then, considering the state of his education (don’t ask!), it shouldn’t surprise anybody!

    • ‘Scuse me, but I don’t believe there is any connection with Reynolds Aluminum (which made–and still makes–Reynolds Wrap) and the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

      I’m sure that confuses us all. Going on Wiki I see the Reynolds Wrap company was founded by a nephew of the R. J. Reynolds so I can see how the confusion happened.

      Reference to earlier posts: My father always referred to aluminum foil as “Kaiser foil”. But then, considering the state of his education (don’t ask!), it shouldn’t surprise anybody!

      At least your dad had an excuse to use a “genericised trademark” to describe the said product despite it no longer existing.

  • Here is one from 1991 I was asked to repair. The technology used in Argentina to do the telecine actually makes it look older.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rHHEKj8DEc

    • Not bad. I suppose if you had to do it perfectly you would be having to go look for the original film prints or tapes themselves and worked from there in doing decent transfers of said material.

    • nicely done, Jorge!

      off topic … my friend this link with me today; wouldn’t y’all love to see these animated?!!

      http://creatfeatforever.blogspot.com/2014/01/jocular-tales-of-anthropomorphism_25.html

  • ….not only did bill littlejohn do the animation on the nestle’s quick commercial but i know for a fact that cullen (blaine) houghtaling directed it….

  • I’ve been trying to see if anybody remembers the Reginald Redcoat commercials for a Pop-Tart knockoff from the middle ’70s? Yet another villainous cartoon mascot is always trying to steal the breakfast of the two good patriot kiddies. True Bicentennial kitsch!

  • Ed Love’s Boldman points to his work on DC’s SuperFriends and Challenge of the SuperFriends, which he animated.

    • Animating rugged, square-jawed men was nothing new to Ed Love at the time he worked on the Boldman TV ad. As I recall, he did animation on at least a couple of episodes of “Johnny Quest”. And if you take a close look, Boldman does bear somewhat of a resemblance to Race Bannon.

  • ….does anybody have a copy of or remember the sun maid raisin kid?….can’t find that commercial anywhere….i think they did more than one….he had a prairie dog sidekick and a great jingle to back it up….not sure who did the animation but it was really well done….it was circa 1966…anyone?

  • I think the Reginald Redcoat ad was actually an ad by Kellogg’s, but not for Pop-Tarts.
    It was actually for Frosted Mini-Wheats, and was centered on a Yankee Doodle-type
    character.

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