Once again it’s no-theme day here at Cartoon Research, and we have a dazzling array of loose ends and leftovers for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to run into the kitchen for a beer when the bits of TV program come on between the commercials…
The Return of Bert and Harry
The earliest Bert and Harry Piel spots were directed by Gene Deitch first at UPA, and then when Gene went to Terrytoons, Bert and Harry went with him. We have here three later spots from the Kim-Gifford studio. Deitch had written that TV viewers enjoyed the spots as entertainment but shunned the beer. In the third spot, Harry is angry about that very fact! Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding are Bert and Harry.
Mel Blanc voices the insect-like germs that inhabit this commercial.
Between the time that the MGM studio was winding down, and Hanna-Barbera was staffing up, several of the Metro animators had a short stint the Walt Disney studio. Since they were not considered “real” Disney animators, they mainly worked in the television department. Here’s a Fresh-Up Freddie spot mostly animated by Mike Lah. Funny stuff! It was probably to everyone’s mutual relief when the MGM guys went to H&B. Paul Frees is the voice of Freddie.
Which brand of bread should you buy? The one with the happiest cartoon baker. Animated by Tom Golden.
Rod Scribner was one of the regulars at Playhouse Pictures. It was there that he animated these spots for MJB Coffee. From 1958.
Plymouth Road Runner
It’s 1969, and your favorite cartoon studio is dying in slow motion. Another Plymouth commercial directed by Robert McKimson.