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According to IMDB.com this counts as a show rather than an advertisement. However this show had tons of promos during it’s run in the mid 90s on TNT, so I actually found a good reason for this to be acceptable as an article for Advertisements Time Forgot. So let’s treat it like an advertisement as well as a show. Plus I bet you’ll likely to not meet many people who actually know the existence of this show. If you did remember watching this show under the age of 12, then you’re between the ages of 28-17. With that said, on to the article.
The Rudy & Gogo World Famous Cartoon Show as a programming block of cartoons and live action shorts or film during the mid 90s on TNT. This was back when TNT had their own cartoon line-up or in this case cartoons Ted Turner had TV rights to at the time. The hosts are two marionette puppets name “Rowdy” Rudy R. Moore & Jesse B. Weaver along with their pet goat name Gogo(who is a live action goat). Most of the times these characters are seen floating around screaming with colorful spiral in the background as if they had too many drugged mushrooms or something. Along with them either watching a clip of a cartoon or live action film. Or a combination of them interacting with the stock footage. Other times there be a cast of a dozen supporting characters including Boney Bonerton, Abe Lincoln, an Alien, Cowboy Sally, Rapping Sailorman, & Tuba Frog. They even had real life celebrities guest star in certain episodes like Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, Ed Lover and Doctor Dre from Yo! MTV Raps.
The shows had an unusual use of different titles like “Rudy and Gogo 2000”, “Rudy y Gogo”, and “Taterhole”. As well as marathon specials that were titled “Rudy and Gogo’s Thanksgiving Leftover Special”, “Rudy and Gogo’s Funtime Movie Parade”, & “Rudy and Gogo’s New Year’s Eve Flaming Cheese Ball”. The New Year’s Eve one featured the films The Blob, Queen of Outer Space, House on Haunted Hill, and Thunderbirds Are Go. This marathon special was known for first announcing Gogo’s announcement for the 1996 US presidential election. This lead to the creation of the campaign song “Gogo Para Presidente”. An ever popular song that continued to run on the show for the rest of its run on TNT. Besides the marathon specials, the use of stock footage was what made this show memorable.
Among the continuing use of stock footage, this show has a habit of using repeated footage of the Skeletons from a 1931 Warner Bros. cartoon called “Hittin’ The Trail For Hallelujah Land”(I like to thank Syrinx9 from IMDB for the info on that cartoon), which due to the ethnic stereotypes it landed itself in the “Censored 11” list(a list of cartoons that can’t be censored or be shown on TV). Mainly due to one of the characters being name “Uncle Tom”, the use of blackface characters, and showing Uncle Tom being superstitious upon encountering the skeletons. The footage of the skeletons are used for every time a character thinks something is haunted or is scared. The other running use of stock footage would have to be the “Skeleton at the door” gag. Which starts with showing a clip of a someone knocking on the door from the Tex Avery short “Who Murdered Who”, then one of the characters would say “Who is it?” Then shows a clip of the skeleton coming out of the door saying “A skeleton”. Then all of the characters yell at the site of a skeleton coming out of a door. I know both of these gags are skeleton related but the one that involves the door was my favorite one of all.
The last episodes of the show featured very little, if any, host segments and the series ended its run in August, 1997. In fall 1998, TNT stopped showing cartoons all together and the network started to change its image. Thus was the end of the era as TNT only cares about Drama shows and live actions movies that don’t fall into the B-Rated or Cult Classic genre. All of the cartoons that did air on TNT would air on Cartoon Network, but a lot of them are now easy to purchase on DVD. Cause Cartoon Network would only show old cartoons upon special occasions as they’re more focused on their newer properties. I can still remember when most of their programs were Hanna-Barbara related along with Warner Bros. related cartoons.
My last thoughts on this show, it was one of the best shows to ever be shown or advertised on TNT. It’s also something that wouldn’t likely to ever be returned, since some of the stuff that was used as stock footage or shown as the movie or short of the show are no longer own by Ted Turner or any representative of TNT. If enough money is invested to make a DVD Box Set collection possible, then everyone who missed out on seeing the show can get a glimpse of what TNT used to be like. In closing, I present to you some videos I managed to find off of youtube.
I was bound to do this for an article eventually and I’m sure you all predicted I would cause when forgotten advertisements comes to our minds we’re likely to think of California Raisins as one of them. If you remember seeing these guys on TV when they were new, then you’re between the ages of 28-75. For me I remembered a little bit of these guys, except I wasn’t born yet when these characters were created, so I only know the advertisements that aired in the early 90s. Since I was born in the late 80s, I only have memories of what the 90s was like. Anyways on to the topic which is all about the raisins themselves and how it made a big impact in our society.
The California Raisins made their debut back in 1986, when the California Raisin Advisory Board came up with an idea of a commercial thanks to a suggestion from Seth Werner who comments that they’ve done everything except dancing raisins singing “I heard it through the Grapevine”. Since they failed to make the sales of raisins improve with the attempt to have raisins as a product placement in Back to the Future Part 1, they decided to go with this approach. Sadly Pepsi & Burger King had more exposure than raisins in that movie, where the only product placement raisins had was the part that shows Red the Bum sleeping on a bus bench advertising raisins. They spent $50 grand on reassurance that raisins will play a plot element in the film like how Reese’s Pieces did in E.T. Unfortunately, Bob Gale & Robert Zemeckis didn’t see the raisins being that important so they excluded the scene which Marty Mcfly is seen eating raisins from a bowl and only kept the bus bench scene. The Raisin company was out raged that the filmmakers didn’t focus on the raisins and threaten them to sue. But the raisin company only received half of what they spent on the advertising and they just decided to not take action on the issue. So after that incident they pitched the dancing raisin idea to Will Vinton’s company(that’s right the same company that created The Noid) to create the commercial using their talented staff of stop motion animators to create a group of singing dancing raisins and thus a legend was born. To the Raisin Advisory Board, the commercial was a surprise hit and made it possible for more commercials to be made from the Will Vinton company. The California Raisins have given raisins a whole new image and influence more people to eat them. The characters had personality, talent, and style that ended up being one of the reasons people loved them so much. They were admired by millions of people, they were treated like an actual rock band.
Various celebrates have been associated with the Raisins themselves. To name a few, the Will Vinton company managed to get other famous singers to appear in the commercials to boost up the popularity of the raisins. Like Ray Charles who appears as a stop motion puppet complete with shades and a piano for him to play “I heard through the grapevine”, the same was done for Michael Jackson except the first part had him as a raisin then as a stop motion puppet. This was back when he looked normal, and before he started to look more “different” in his later years. Ironically he also appeared as a Will Vinton stop motion puppet in his film Moon Walker(I haven’t finished watching it, so no comment on the film at this time). Like Alvin & the Chipmunks, the Raisins landed on record deals where they ended up being on four soundtrack albums between the years 1987-1988. “I Heard it through the Grapevine” landed on the Billboard Hot 100. Besides the Raisins becoming Grammy worthy candidates, it was the animated specials and TV shows people would remember them the most.
The first of the made for TV animations of the Raisins appeared in was a 1987 X-Mas TV special called “Claymation Christmas Celebration” made by the Will Vinton Company which won an Emmy. In November 1988, another TV special was made called “Meet the Raisins!”, which was also made by the Will Vinton Company and was nominated for an Emmy. After two TV special, the raisins starred in their own Saturday Morning cartoon series called “The California Raisins Show”. Rather than the stop motion animation used for these characters, they were instead animated by the Murakami-Wolf-Swenson company (makers of the original Ninja Turtles & 11 episodes of 80s Alvin) with tradition cel animation(way before 2-D animation was done digitally). The cartoon lasted for 13 episodes and featured the voice talents of Brian Cummings(Sokolov from Snake Eater), Jim Cummings(Bonkers), & Cam Clarke(Liquid Snake himself!).
The California Raisins were no more sometime in the mid 90s. They made one final comeback in 2001 for Hardee’s Cinnamon n’ Raisin biscuits, and after that the iconic characters were gone once more. The California Raisins have made a big difference in America’s culture as they prove you can make a boring product sell well if you have a really good mascot to support the product. Even though the Raisins are no longer advertised for the raisin companies, the character still appear on the California Raisin Company’s official website. While the characters have a place at the Smithsonian an accomplishment that’s very worthy even for a group of commercial characters. The merchandise on the Raisins are a popular item in various collector’s stores and auctions. I’ve gathered several commercials and the 2002 episode of Unwrapped with former Double Dare Game Show Host and common guest from the Weinerville Show Marc Summers! Tune in next week for a special article on the TV promos of the Rudy & Gogo World Famous Cartoon Show.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284709/ – The TV show
Let’s talk about another Domino’s mascot, only this guy is partly forgotten and partly well-known unlike the reputation Dr. Cravin had. And the mascot I’m referring to is The Noid. The only Domino’s mascot who has received popularity, satires, parodies, and video game deals. The Noid first appeared in 1986, he was created by Phil Kneesi and voiced by Pons Maar a famous puppeteer who previous portrayed two dinosaurs in his career including Roy Hess from the Dinosaurs & Theodore Rex himself. The commercials were created by Group 243, an advertising agency for Dominos while the animation was made possible by the Will Vinton company before it was changed to Laika Inc. after Will Vinton lost control of his company in 2002. The creative team for the TV campaign consisted of Ernie Perich (creative director), Gary Bastien (art director), Dave Larson (producer), & Matthew Thornton (producer). The Noid was a villainous red suit character with rabbit ears who is known for being the reason why pizza would get cold or get smashed. He’s constantly seen succeeding in destroying non-Dominos pizza and would do the same toward the Dominos brand. Throughout all of the commercials he would constantly try to ruin anonymous deliveries of Domino’s pizza. However his attempts would back fire when the announcer tells the viewers that Domino’s guarantees good quality pizza because they “Avoid the Noid”(which was the slogan for the character) and unlike other pizza brands their pizza is immune towards damage and tempurture(or so they claimed).
The Noid soon became a popular icon with the flow of merchandise for kids or die-hard commercial fans. He’s appeared as a toy figure, a shirt, as well as two product placement video games. The first called “Avoid the Noid” made back in 1989 for the Commodore 64 & MS-DOS. While the other was called “Yo Noid” made back in 1990 for the NES. The Noid would no longer be seen destroying pizzas some time in the early 90s. This created a boycott after it was discovered that Dominos dropped the character without saying why. The boycott in bring the Noid back was unsuccessful and the character ended up being a thing of the past. To be honest I never remember seeing the Noid as a kid, I didn’t know his existence until the year 2000 where my sixth grade science teacher has a collection of Noid napkins for some reason. The character wasn’t entirely forgotten as he’s made cameos in a hand full of cartoons and sitcoms particularly the two episodes of the Simpsons where he appears as a parade balloon and in person.
The only controversy on the character involved an incident in January 31, 1989. Where Kenneth Lamar Noid thought these advertisements were an attack towards him due to his last name being Noid. So he went to a Domino’s in Atlanta, Georgia and held two employees hostage with a gun for 5 hours. His demands were a pizza, $100,000; a getaway helicopter, and a copy of The Widow’s Son. He eventually surrender to the police, where the police chief at the time filed him as paranoid in the police report. Mr. Noid(as in the lunatic not the one who destroyed pizzas) was about to be charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, extortion, and possession of a firearm. However he was found not guilty due to the whole thing being an act of insanity. It’s unknown if Mr. Noid was placed in an asylum or not. I am sure that he’s banned from entering any Domino’s establishment for the rest of his life, cause there’s no way in hell Domino’s would allow someone like that to ruin their image. Plus I’m surprised Mr. Noid didn’t try to sue them, but even if he did Domino’s would be the ones winning the case and not him. Much similar to how Uri Geller famous for bending spoons with his mind tried to sue Nintendo over claims that they made a Pokemon out of him which was Kadabra who is known for carrying a bent spoon. That case was drop when Nintendo told Uri they didn’t name any Pokemon off of any existing person to their knowledge. Despite what Uri claimed, he should have learn that you should never sue a company for claiming that they created a character who happens to be a psychic with a bent spoon. Then again some people are so stupid they think they’ll win in court over claims they made up just to get some money.
Back in May 2011, the Noid has made a comeback on Domino’s Facebook page. A stuff toy of him was promoted for a one topping pizza deal towards the end of the month of May. During the Noid’s 25th birthday a new product placement game called “The Noid’s Super Pizza Shootout”, the first new Noid video game in 21 years! I think it’s good that this character was given another chance from Domino’s who are giving the Noid the appreciation he deserves. I managed to find every single Noid commercial known so far. So enjoy watching them, and be sure to check out my 25th article next week on the California Raisins!
I notice I haven’t done any video game advertisement articles yet, so let’s discuss one that advertises both soda and a video game at the same time. In this case Pac-Man and 7Up paired together in a way you never seen Pac-Man before. This 7Up Pac Man commercial was made during the craze of when Pac Man first arrive on American shores back in October 1980. This commercial was made back in 1982 when there were only four different Pac-Man games which were Pac-Man Original, Ms. Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, & Pac-Man Plus. The commercial starts off with a camera panning an actual arcade cabinet of the game and we see a gamer starting to play the game after drinking a bottle of 7Up. Instead of the same old game, we see Pac-Man colored red instead of yellow and drinks 7Up to eat the ghost’s clothes instead of eating power pellets. Instead of pretzels and cherries in the maze, it’s lemons, limes, ice cream cones, tacos, & pizza slices for Pac-Man to eat. Which sounds like tastier snacks to go with all those pac-dots he always eats which Dr. Zoidberg claims that the dots tastes like stale marshmallows. The commercial concludes with Pac-Man and the four ghost all drinking a bottle of 7Up and then a title card appears with a slogan that says “The difference is clear”. Which was the slogan for 7Up at the time this commercial was new.
Let’s discuss the content of this commercial. The game design to resemble a parody game is a different approach for Pac-Man compared to everything else he appeared in for commercials. The 7Up theme made this look like an advertisement of a product placement game rather than the game itself. Ironically 7Up did make their own product placement games which were the 7Up Spot games, which I mentioned in the previous 7Up article some time ago. Though in my opinion an actually 7Up theme Pac-Man game does sound cool and would make an excellent product placement game. Since Namco has over the years came up with alternate game plays for Pac-Man to be in. Cause it be boring if Pac-Man is doing the same thing over and over again for 30 years straight. I have played various pac-Man games over the years including the cross-over games where Pac-Man and other Namco own games team up. But I know I haven’t played all of them as of yet. I know the existence of the cartoon version made by Hanna-Barbara, except I never seen an episode of that series excluding seeing the Holiday special which aired on Cartoon Network numberous times. I don’t ever remember seeing the cartoon series on TV, cause it was made before my time and it was never shown on reruns from my knowledge of TV cartoon watching.
My comments on this commercial, it’s a cool idea for its time and it’s unlikely you’ll talk to many people who knew Pac-Man was associated with a soda product. I think the guy who created the 7up Spots might of gotta the inspiration of this commercial for the Spots themselves. It’s just it’s too much of coincidence when Pac-Man almost resembles the 7Up Spot in this commercial. Besides Pac-Man being red to resemble the spot on the 7Up logo, I notice the ghosts don’t have the same colors as they did in the games. The only ghosts to appear in their original colors are Blinky, Inky, & Clyde. While Pinky is blue instead of pink. Course this was a common thing to happen in video game commercials where the creators of the commercials aren’t given any blue prints on how the characters should look. I’ll eventually do another article on a commercial that just advertises the video game, but for now enjoy the commercial which is a true time capsule on how interesting the 80’s were.