Vintage Saturday morning cartoon commercials.


If you grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s…somewhere between Scooby Doo and the Smurfs you must’ve come across these classic commercials.  The funny thing is it may have been new to you but it probably starting running years before  you even graduated from Sesame Street!

I don’t know about you but amongst friends, at least once or twice we had to count and find out….how many licks does it really take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?  I can’t remember.

I don’t know about you, but Woodsy Owl scared the crap out of me when i was a young tyke.  He had more than a few PSA’s that ran during his reign, which started in the 70’s and continued through the 80’s.  I grew out of him and Saturday morning cartoons by the late 80’s so I’m not sure how long he stuck around… but I hope I never get caught with him in a dark alley.

Since we’re on the pollution topic, let’s not forget the famous crying Indian.  This was a little before my time but I do remember seeing it on the tube in the early 80’s.

This dude has been around for a few generations and he’s still giving you the “only you” line.  Funny how much he sounds and resembles Michael Clarke Duncan.  In any case, I think I’d rather stay on his good side and not start forest fires.

I always thought this was local campaign but only recently did I realize that it was a national movement.  I guess I thought it was local because I remember Oceanic Cable partnering with McGruff the Crime dog.  You could always get help if you saw an Oceanic Cable truck.

Well that’s all I can think of for now. Sure there were many toy & McDonald’s commercials but these were the ones that transcended a few generations!  Know of any more?


One response to this post.

  1. you got some OLDIES! I don’t know all of them but I agree, that tootsie roll owl is still creepy. Let’s try to guess how many licks it takes – loser buys dinner! 😛


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