Halloween is at an end. Have you had enough monsters yet? No? Good thing, for indeed that is the theme for today’s post. We present here a creepy compendium of commercialized creatures, some nice, some not so nice. Why are so many of these spots for breakfast cereal? What better way is there to start the day after a long night of being terrorized by the monsters under your bed?
Frankenberry and Count Chockula
An early example of the series directed by Bill Melendez and animated by Bill Littlejohn.
One of the spin-off monster cereals. Animated by Bob Taylor.
It was probably the rivalry of Quisp and Quake that inspired General Mills to create Frankenberry and Count Chockula. Other less successful rivalries followed (Sir Grapefellow vs. Baron Von Redberry anyone?) Featuring the voices of Daws Butler, Bill Scott, Bill Conrad, and Paul Frees. Gerard Baldwin and Phil Duncan are among the animators here. From Jay Ward Productions.
Over the years they tried a number of different gimmicks and adversaries in these Sugar Bear commercials. Here’s a typically weird one with him facing off against the hapless “Blob.”
Produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1973. Directed by Art Babbitt. Animation by Phil Duncan. With the voices of Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, and Lennie Weinrib.
After all that sugary cereal, we should have something more healthy. Animated by Fred Wolf. Paul Frees can be heard at the end.