Warning: This edition of Classic Animated Advertising will be extremely rude. If you are disgusted by discussions of the porcelain receptacle found in most American lavatories as well as its appurtenances, we suggest you skip this week’s post. On the other hand, you may be one of the few who find the subject to be wildly exciting.
It may seem quaint by today’s standards… after all we have grown accustomed to seeing mama bear pick bits of toilet paper from baby bear’s bottom… but there was a time when you weren’t supposed to mention toilets on the air. What a challenge for the studio charged with selling bathroom tissues and toilet bowl cleaners! Here’s a few examples of how the advertisers skirted around the issue… or should I say, tissue?
A dance to beautiful spring flowers and pastel colored bath tissues. Voiceover by Marvin Miller.
How are the people able to remove the rolls from the package without opening it? And why isn’t the wrapper all floppy when they do? In any case it’s a very strange idea for a commercial, even for a toilet paper commercial. Allen Swift is the crook.
Charmin Town Crier
Charmin is even softer than it was in the last commercial. Lionel Wilson is the town crier.
Produced by Playhouse Pictures in 1958. Animated by Herman Cohen.
Not animation, but a glove puppet from the Jim Henson company.
Having pretty paper in your bathroom isn’t enough. The toilet must be cleaned out every once in a while. From the New York branch of UPA. Designed by Cliff Roberts and directed by Gene Deitch. Allen Swift is the little man with the plastic handle.
What good is having a toilet if you can’t use it? This jaw-dropping two minute epic will show you how to have regular bowel movements. Kellogg’s All-Bran is the best thing since prunes!