Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Classic Tootsie Pops Commerical Extended Version

It may come as much of a surprise to you as it has to me, but there is an extended version of the classic Tootsie Pops commercial from the 70s and 80s! 

Even the current generation is familiar with the little boy looking to various talking animals (??) for the answer to "how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop." In most versions, he seeks the answer from Mr. Turtle first, then to Mr. Owl, who provides his answer (3). However, in the extended version, there are two other animals from whom the boy seeks the wisdom of the Tootsie Pop!

See below to experience the boy's journey to the truth with Mr. Cow and Mr. Fox. The voice of Mr. Fox is provided by none other than V/O legend Paul Frees!

Not only are there two additional characters, but the dialog between the boy and Messrs. Turtle and Owl are different from the traditional shorter version. I won't type it all out here, so here's the traditional commercial that most of us know and love for comparison.

Perhaps I'm the only person to be blown away by the differences between two versions of a nearly 50-year-old commercial--but I suspect I'm not!


Caffeinated Joe said...

I actually remember the longer version. It is great. Love Frees as the Fox, he reminds me of Peter Lorre here.

Phillyradiogeek said...

He totally does! Lorre was a frequent impression of Frees'.

The voice of the boy is often mistaken for Peter Robbins, the voice of the first Charlie Brown, but it's actually Buddy Foster, older brother of Jodie Foster. Buddy is apparently estranged from the rest of his family for unknown nefarious reasons!

Caffeinated Joe said...

That is a weird bit trivia!

Tom said...

I remember when they shortened that commercial from the longer version. It angered me.

Philip said...

While we're talking Trivia, the announcer at the end I'm pretty sure is Herschel Bernardi

Phillyradiogeek said...

Philip: you are correct! Each of the voice performers are well established actors.


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