They look for clues, solve mysteries and fight crime. No, I don’t mean those nutty teenagers and their talking dog. I’m talkin’ about the detectives, spies, and private eyes that once occupied large chunks of the airwaves. What would make a man want to risk his life battling bad guys just to sell you cereal or motor oil additives? It must be those cool clothes.
Let’s take a gander at a few animated gumshoes right now…
One of a series of spots for Bardahl from the Ray Patin studio.
I don’t know anything about this unusual but strangely compelling (and inexpensive) spot. I don’t even remember the seeing the product anywhere.
Home Safety PSA
This unique spot was animated by Bill Littlejohn. The eyeball heads used to weird me out as a youngster.
Designed by the brilliant Rowland B. Wilson and animated by Jack Schnerk. Lennie Weinrib and Mel Blanc are Colmes and Plotzen. From Phil Kimmelman’s studio.
The Cheerios Kid as a Spy? Too bad they didn’t give him a number like James Bond. They could’ve used Cheerios for the 0’s. The animation looks like the work of Emery Hawkins. You’ll hear Paul Frees at the beginning.
From Terrytoons. Featuring the voices of Everett Sloan and Dayton Allen. Deputy Dawg must’ve called for reinforcements on his two-way wrist radio.