Most of the old cartoon voice actors were not strictly cartoon voices. Many of them also appeared in some combination of radio, records, television and motion pictures. Still, as a cartoon fan it’s always a treat to see your favorite cartoon actors on camera, even those brief glimpses you get of them in the commercials. Commercials like these…
Mattel Tommy Burst Gun – Hal Smith
Though Hal Smith often appeared on camera, he was an exceptionally busy animation actor providing voices for Hanna-Barbera, Warner Brothers, DePatie-Freleng, Cambria, and Clokey Productions to name but a few. In this spot he can not only be seen (as the cartoonish thug who gets vanquished by the sponsor’s product) but also heard, as he is also providing the narration.
Chunky – Arnold Stang
Arnold Stang, famed foil for Milton Berle and as the voice of Herman the Mouse and Top Cat, made a number of these hilarious spots for Chunky chocolate candies.
American Motors Corporation – Sid Raymond
Actually, you get two Sid’s for the price of one! Sid Raymond, the voice of Katnip, Baby Huey and countless other denizens of the Paramount cartoon universe, and Sid Melton, best know as the zany carpenter Alf Monroe on Green Acres. Car fans will also enjoy the footage of the AMX prototype (Styled by AMC and constructed by Italian coachbuilder Vignale) that provided the inspiration for the production AMX of 1968.
Awake – Bob McFadden
The voice of 60’s New York animation, Bob “The Mummy” McFadden starred in cartoons from Paramount, Terrytoons, Hal Seeger, as well as King Feature’s Cool McCool show where he co-starred with Chuck McCann (also appearing in this post) not to mention an uncountable number of animated commercials. Here is a rare on-camera appearance by Bob.
Maxwell House Coffee – Chuck McCann
Beloved comedian and kid’s show host (and the original voice of Cocoa Puffs’ Sonny and Gramps,) Chuck McCann is ‘cuckoo’ for coffee in this mini epic.
Scott Towels – Mae Questel
Paramount cartoon star Mae Questel (Betty Boop and Olive Oyl among many others) appeared in this long running series of commercials as your loveable Aunt Bluebelle. The copy here is pretty routine stuff, but Mae gives a fun and appealing performance.
Marvin Miller, Storyteller
Not a commercial, but a television show designed to fit in 15 minute time slot. Prolific cartoon actor Mighty Marvin Miller (UPA, DePatie-Freleng, Filmation, and hundreds, if not thousands of animated commercials) tells a dramatic story. One camera, one actor, totally gripping.