Archive for June, 2010

More UPA

Posted: June 22, 2010 in Animation, UPA

Stage Door Magoo

Magoo’s Puddle Jumper

Christopher Crumpet’s Playmate


Posted: June 22, 2010 in Animation, UPA

Here are some UPA cartoons that have been uploaded to Youtube and Daily Motion. I wish that Sony and Classic Media would just organise to get these out onto DVD.

When Magoo Flew

Gerald McBoing Boing Symphony

The Unicorn In The Garden

The Magic Fluke

Hotsy Footsy

Punchy De Leon

Ragtime Bear

The 80s

Posted: June 19, 2010 in Advertising

You know you lived in Australia (especially Melbourne) in the 80s when you can remember…


Wobbies World

…in QLD they may have Dreamworld, Sea World and Movie World but in Melbourne we had this. How sad!

The Cadbury ad with the Professor putting the egg in the bottle…


Franco Cozzo…

The Gobbledock… Mmmm Chippies…

Stan Who… Stan Cash…

And of course Copperart…

What a crappy/glorious time to be alive…

Here’s an Aussie animated commercial for Fanta that played in the cinemas in the early 70s.

I can’t pinpoint the exact date this was made but it does feature John Farnham and the animation does seem to be more than inspired by Yellow Submarine which was made in 1968. Obviously the execs were trippin’ when they made this commercial.

There was a follow up commercial which I gather was shown on TV (considering it’s in B&W)

A while ago I wrote about the Freddo The Frog cartoon that was shown on the old Tarax Show in the early 60s and how this was our first ever made for TV animation program. I wondered why we haven’t done so much to preserve this piece of our history and why fragments of the cartoon hadn’t shown up on Youtube.

Anyway here’s an animated commercial from the same period as the cartoon was made. I assume that the actual cartoon was like the ad and made by the same people.

Cadbury Dairy Milk

Posted: June 19, 2010 in Advertising

An interesting ad for Cadbury’s from the earliest days of Australian TV.

The ad presents a few talking points that I can see. Did we all really speak like the voice over guy in the ad does? Is there a reason he’s trying to sound so British? Was our animation industry really so awful back in the 50s that this was the best we could do? Is Cadbury’s only meant for people who can afford to buy a Jaguar XK 120 convertible?

Batman may have the greatest rogues gallery in all of comicdom but there are also a few duds too. The Eraser comes to mind as does Crazy Quilt and the Ten Eyed Man, but I think Kiteman takes the cake.

I wonder whether there is a Kiteman origin story.

Big M

Posted: June 18, 2010 in Misc Thoughts

Over at the official Big M flavoured milk website they are running a competition to bring back one of their long forgotten flavours. Currently Eggflip is narrowly beating both Honeycomb and Blue Heaven whist my two favourite blasts from the past, Jaffa and Choc Berry are a long way behind.

I’m actually surprised that Eggflip is not further in front at the moment considering that it now has its own Facebook group and the fact that it was around for quite a long time compared to the others. I think that the other flavours were all available just once for a limited time, but Eggflip would appear every summer for a number of years.

According to the always accurate Wikipedia there have been other flavours of Big M too. I remember Choc Mint, Vanilla and Choc-Malt but not Lime, Choc Pineapple, Creme Caramel or Choc-Licorice Bullet. Perhaps these are flavours that were experimented with in the early years of Big M?

I would say that my one vice has always been Iced Coffee Big M. I am almost addicted to it. The other day Priscilla mistakenly bought a Golden Circle Iced Coffee which was a big mistake as it tasted like vomit. (This is not an exaggeration either!)


Posted: June 18, 2010 in Toys

Making my recent posts on the Six Million Dollar Man action figures and the Evel Knievel action figure got me thinking about how much better toys were when I was a kid to the ones that are being sold today. Really how many kids really want an Edward Cullen Barbie Pink Edition doll? (It’s not even a Ken) I don’t think the usual Barbie customers would be clamouring for the effeminate vampire, although their Mums probably do. Still we all know that Steve Austin and Evel Knievel could kick his sparkly arse, especially if this product description from Amazon is to be believed.

“Edward is a solid white plastic Ken type doll with sticky, spiky brown red hair and glitter spray over his head and chest.”

I find that this is the real problem with toys these days. Mattel has a monopoly on the toy business and spend a great deal of their time and money on creating toys for collectors with deep pockets rather than for kids. Mattel has bought out many of their competitors over the last two decades and as a result the quality of toys has become really degraded.

Sure some of the toys we had as kids have come back into fashion, such as Transformers, but they don’t seem to be of the same quality as the ones we had. Even worse is when American characters such as Spider-man are given the manga/anime treatment which makes them look really odd.

Another problem is that many of the really good toys never reach Australian stores. Australian retailers seem to be intent on importing the cheapest and nastiest toys while the really good ones never make it here. They must think that Australian consumers are stupid and do not have access to the internet and sites such as Ebay, Amazon and Wal-Mart.

While American toys have become horrible there are a couple of European toys that I do like and can be found if you shop around. Schleich’s animals are very good even though they are a little bit expensive. Schleich also make Smurfs which I can remember from the 80s and should make a comeback when the new movie comes out.

There are other quality toys from independent companies but these are now only for adult collectors with deep pockets, not kids. If you want Corgi diecast cars, Scalextric slot cars or Hornby train sets you can no longer get them from Toys R Us but instead have to go to specialist stores.


Posted: June 15, 2010 in Misc Thoughts

Is pretty good commercial, no… No it ain’t.

From the people who brough you this.