Monday, August 18, 2014

Toonfomercial: Fred Flintstone for Welch's Grapeade (1967)

TV Toy Memories serves up this long missing ad for Welch's Grapeade. Fred Flintstone (Alan Reed) & Barney Rubble (Mel Blanc) are finishing a round of golf, when Fred decides to get some refreshment. Not sure if it's Blanc or Don Messick as the salesman. The video begins with a clip from Space Ghost, from what I can tell.

Unfortunately, Welch's doesn't make this anymore.


magicdog said...

I don't recall hearing of any grapeade - though Welch's was still a well known brand. I myself always loved the Gouz (rhymes with cows!) pina colada drink. Haven't seen THAT since I left NY.

That's definitely Mel Blanc doing the voice of the soda jerk.

I noticed that other commercials the Flintstones did back then had the real image of the product superimposed over the cartoon - couldn't the animators just animate the brand name item into the toon?

SaturdayMorningFan said...

That probably would have cost more money.

hobbyfan said...

Magicdog: Thanks for clarifying on the soda jerk.

SaturdayMorningFan: Have to agree that it probably would've cost more coin to fully animate the brand name of the product, though I'd think they would save money by animating it instead of superimposing the actual image, which today we'd call photoshopping.