Thursday, October 15, 2015

Toonformercial: Little Orphan Annie sells hairspray (1969)

Muttley16 blesses us with this rarely seen commercial, which reportedly was produced by Hanna-Barbera.

Harold Gray's comic strip heroine, Little Orphan Annie made her cartoon debut, which unfortunately would be her only one until an appearance in the 1972 ABC Saturday Superstar Movie episode, "Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter". After that, Annie has been, regrettably, ignored by animation houses.

Why is that? Well, it might be that Gray and his successors always drew Annie and her supporting cast without irises in their eyes. Today, that would lead the uninitiated to assume that Annie is/was blind.

Here, Annie and her dog, Sandy, shill for Alberto Balsam hairspray.

Now, there's a retromercial that TV Land missed!

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