Monday, May 18, 2015

Muppet Monday

I've said that I love Muppet commercials so many times that it's lost all meaning. But I really do love Muppet commercials, so here are some more: a few Purina Dog Chow commercials from 1962/1963 starring my favorite Muppet, Rowlf (newly built by Don Sahlin--the first Muppet he fabricated!), and Baskerville the Hound (also built by Sahlin). These two were specially created for these commercials, but Rowlf would go on to greater stardom as Jimmy Dean's sidekick and one of the main Muppet stars from The Muppet Show onward. Baskerville... would appear on The Muppet Show sometimes. Look, they're not all breakouts, but they're all part of the family.

There were seven commercials ultimately produced; this clip has two of the sixty-second spots, with an interlude of two 10-second product IDs.

A little Henson history: Purina (or another advertiser) once offered Jim $100,000 to own Rowlf outright as an ad mascot. His agent, Bernie Brillstein, was thrilled at the offer, but Jim immediately refused and warned him "never sell anything I own."

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