Remember when every normal, red-blooded American kid wanted to play baseball, and only the real weirdo’s wanted to draw pictures? Major league players like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were paid very handsomely to endorse products, but what about their cartoon counterparts? Are you kidding? Bugs Bunny didn’t get any extra carrots for his commercial activities, even when he put on a baseball hat and stepped out onto the pitcher’s mound. Anyways, here’s a selection of animated spots that invoke our national pastime. No, I don’t mean sitting around and watching television…
Directed by Paul Fennell, with narration by Art Gilmore.
Old Pro – Dingbat
Eddie Mayehoff returns as the voice of The Old Pro. This was the only Old Pro spot I’ve come across that was animated by Robert Cannon. Made by Playhouse Pictures in 1957.
Our cartoon mascot can play baseball really well. Our beer MUST taste good.
Bugs and Sam
Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam are stoked about the free baseball trading cards on the backs of Post cereals. Virgil Ross animates the opening sequence. The tag looks like it was animated by a hopeful assistant.
Another on for the Post trading cards. This maybe the first appearance of So-Hi. He has a different voice here, possibly Herb Duncan. Good thing they changed it later. Animation by George Bakes.
This is one of the few beer commercials I’ve seen where the patron at the bar appears to be blotto already. Animation by Michael Lah.
From Playhouse Pictures, 1989. Directed by Gerry Woolery. Storyboard and layouts by Scott Shaw, and animation by your truly. I don’t believe this spot ever aired. After we completed it, somebody panicked because we showed Rubble in drag. Baffling. It wasn’t as if he’d never put on a dress before…