Thursday, September 23, 2010

Very Close Friends

This was one of my favorite toylines when I was kid.
I wish I could find one of the cool commercials they had for these ramp walkers in the 1960s.
Toylines used to combine characters from different studios and put them all together in one commercial.
So you had all these buddies for different cartoon studios all walking down a plank.
So you would see Donald and Mickey cuddling up in single file behind spooning Fred and Barney behind snuggling Woody and Walrus. The commercial alone would make your head explode with excitement.
It forced me to want every one of these romantic couples for my own loose planks.

I guess they even made generic characters but I don't remember them.

I looked down my nose at any toys that weren't based on real cartoon characters. I thought it was cheating. I apply the same rule to coloring books.




I also liked SUFFOCATION TOYS

18 comments:

RooniMan said...

Say "NO" to man coloring books.

Heres some studies of the Top Cat toy from long ago...

Shawn Dickinson said...

I'd buy a toy like that of Mike and Eddie.

Roberto Severino said...

Those toy look so cool. I wish I had grown up with these as a kid, but instead, plushy, stuffed animals and "realistic" coloring books were the norm for me.

Do you recommend copying from any of those toys? I hope you post some more of these.

J C Roberts said...

Wow, I'm jealous of the kids that got to color in a guy cradling his bizzare human/ape baby.

And when did Wilma start playing pro football? She should be able to provide enough counter-weight that Fred can get all the drive-in bronto ribs he wants without tipping over the car anymore.

EalaDubh said...

Yikes, Ed Benedict would have been TRAUMATISED by that Top Cat and Benny walker.

Andr├ęs Sanhueza said...

These and a lot of old HB toys are used as bumpers in Boomerang.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSyFIZ_UQJA

There are others, although some toys were made-up in CGI.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRyoBx-CoXs

JohnK said...

Yeah, I know but the original commercials are much more fun.

Elana Pritchard said...

Those walking toys are so cool! Why don't they still make them?

Maybe they're too friendly. Toys aren't so friendly these days. Well, I guess Lego guys are.

Isaak said...

Do you think there is a niche for Accountant coloring book?

Is's a best seller in my focus groups, but they still say there needs to be sassiness and tude.

Seriously, did you look on Youtube for the commercials? The original film has to exist.

HemlockMan said...

I never saw those toys until they were on--what?--Boomerang ads? And then I thought they were something put together in the studio. I don't recall seeing them marketed in my neck of the woods when I was a kid.

Kristen McCabe said...

bahahaaa! The generic guy giving it to the goose while grabbing it's neck is my favorite. It's so wrong.

bergsten said...

Why's that guy humping a goose?

David C. Matthews said...

Yeah, I can see why people would think that's a guy with that goose. But that "guy" is supposed to be Mother Goose... our family had a Mother Goose storybook when I was a kidlet, and the cover painting had her dressed very much like that, hat and all. But that's supposed to be an old lady.

Pete Emslie said...

That's not a guy - that's Mother Goose! Don't mess with her, because she sure is one bad mutha......

And just look at those two members of the Tea Party carrying on like that! I ask you - what's America coming to?!

Pokey said...

JohnK.: Please, PLEASE, don't scare us with that Bill Burrud MAN book..[I'm 49 going on 50, and I used to watch that animal show of his though..]

Zorrilla said...

A site about ramp walkers:
link

This one is especially gay

mr paal said...

Come on - who doesn't want a man to colour? Especially a man who has apparently kidnapped a very hairy baby Lion-o thundercat.

Hey, i know you don't like anything less than 50 years' old :) so how about classic painters? Do you like or study any? Today i've been looking at El Greco, who strikes me as a forward-thinking caricaturist with some broad relevance to cartooning:

El Greco

Uncle But said...

Btw, those two soldiers spooning are modelled after the good soldier Svejk as illustrated by Joseph Lada.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Soldier_%C5%A0vejk