Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wouldn't It Be Fun

if cereal companies sponsored cartoons again?

17 comments:

RooniMan said...

Yes it would. Oh, how awesome it would be if they did that again.

Roberto Severino said...

I seriously wonder if someone at General Mills is reading this blog. Maybe they'll let you animate one of their TV commercials for them. You seem to know the characters very well. The way you drew those gag drawings is simply brilliant, by the way.

Either that, or just pitch it to them directly. They need to see your genius and how much money that could bring.

Pat said...

They did...go here...http://www.sillyrabbit.com/rabbitropolis/

James Sutton said...

I found the older Trix rabbit design to be cute and funny.

New one just says DURR

JohnK said...

what's DURR?

384Sprites said...

Nice! Funny you say that... I have original production art for Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, and DonkeyKong cereals. Never thought anyone would ever appreciate them. They have this old school feel to them that I like... had them for years would be sweet to sell them.

Jorge said...

Durr is something "retarted" people say or do.

That toboggan track is terrific! Hey, John, you should put together a list of the top ten cartoon music and sound effect tracks of all time. I have all these ideas for cartoons and screwball comedies and like to listen to cartoon music for inspiration.

If you did a good top 10 list, I bet you could get to the front page of Reddit, easily. You're the cartoon expert!

You could use this as a starting off point:

http://secretfunspot.blogspot.com/2006/11/ren-stimpy-production-music.html

http://secretfunspot.blogspot.com/2008/06/ren-stimpy-production-musicpart-two.html

Didn't you use some space age pop and exotica in Ren & Stimpy, too?

zmerrill said...

Unfortunately, FCC won't allow direct sponsorship for standard broadcast. For cable and satellite, that could work. Then you'd get watchdogs complaining the cartoon is "brainwashing children into buying their products." But I guess the Internet could do that now, unless you prove me wrong from your experience.

John Paul Cassidy said...

Peggy Charren is to children's television what Frederic Wertham was to comics.

Scrawnycartoons said...

I always thought commercials and shorts were the only place studios would pay to have full animation anymore (besides ungodly animated features), Don't tell me we don't even have commercials anymore!

But at least we have your cartoons to gawk at!

Craig said...

That's the same thing that got rid of live kid-show hosts. When Chuck McCann or Soupy Sales wasn't allowed to say ". . . BROUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR FRIENDS AT KELLOGGS" the stations found it easier to just program corporate cartoons, thus killing the symbiotic relationship between host/audience and sugared-up breakfast munch.

Alex Firer said...

How about sneaker companies? http://www.avclub.com/articles/fcc-weighs-complaint-about-skechers-cartoon-on-the,45496/

Yowp said...

John Paul, Peggy Charren wasn't the problem. The problem was the television industry listened to her.
Executive people in broadcasting live by ratings numbers. They live in absolute fear they'll lose even one viewer to a competitor. So they kiss up to noisy special interests that threaten to take/scare away their viewers.
It's not about quality or entertainment. It's all about numbers because numbers alone equal profits.

Paul Penna said...

@Yowp: There was also an ongoing cultural shift that gave these people clout. Just 30 years before, self-righteous busybodies were still objects of scorn and satire. Think Elmira Gulch in The Wizard of Oz, or similar characters in Our Gang comedies, or Charles Middleton and Nora Cecil as child welfare officers in Laurel & Hardy's Pack Up Your Troubles. During the intervening years we'd stopped laughing at these people and started taking them seriously, and giving them power.

Luke said...

What if creative people were to be put in charge of studios and networks? What if people actualy QUIT listening to such people.


But the important question to be answered here is, we may have studios worry less about who their audience would be.

talkingtj said...

toys used t be such innocent fun, what happened? couldnt make it to your house this summer to raid your toy chest-next summer!

Oscar Grillo said...

I used to make commercials with this character. Here is one: http://www.klacto.com/Trix.html
The collective creative indecisiveness of the agency made horribe the experience of working in them. The only good thing was that I tried to pay homage to Tom Terrific and I think I got away with it.

Eric Goldberg used make a lot of them from his London studio. They were wonderfully well animated