The weekend is nearly upon us, and I have not indulged my fondness for moose in quite some time. That is all the occasion I require to post
A bizarre love triangle constructed with simple tools: one moose, one ball, and the melancholy aria of the dog whose ball it once was . . . .
Because good things must come in threes, we round out our moosecapades with two food-related clips. Next up, a tasty dessert recipe from the late Jim Henson as the Swedish Chef:
And to conclude, an advertisement circa 1964 for Post Crispy Critters breakfast cereal -- "The one and only cereal that comes in shape of animals!" -- announcing the addition of Orange Moose to the sugar-spangled oat menagerie:
More information on Crispy Critters and the associated characters -- notably Linus the Lionhearted, voiced by Sheldon Leonard and star of his own Saturday morning cartoon show and associated comic book -- is available via Scott Shaw's Oddball Comics and at Topher's Breakfast Cereal Character Guide.
If I recall correctly, the Orange Moose were a sequel of sorts to the previously introduced Pink Elephants.
As a former consumer of Crispy Critters looking back forty-plus years later, two things about this ad particularly strike me:
- Apparently, there was a time when cereal makers believed they could hold their target audience's attention for a full 60 seconds. Almost nothing is advertised at that length today, let alone breakfast cereal.
- How difficult is it to sell cereal on the basis of a new color scheme when your ad is in black and white?