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The All New Branded in the 80s – Walter Kellog Cereal Detective

On this new episode of the Branded in the 80s podcast I’m going to attempt to solve a mystery, a cold case 30 years in the making.  It’s a twisted tale of deception, a famous advertising slogan, mistaken identities, and murder.  Welcome to Cereal, presented by Branded in the 80s. This story is an obscure, mostly forgotten and dark period in cereal history.  Breakfast cereal history.  It begins with a beloved 80s commercial jingle and it will eventually uncover the death of a third tier cereal mascot and the cover-up that has slipped under the radar of a generation.

Join me as I talk about a series of weird coincidences that led me to discovering that no less than 4 different Kelloggs cereals have been masquerading as separate products, but have in fact been the same flaky breakfast for almost 40 years.

For this episode’s shout out I wanted to point to a very cool project by my bud Chance Raspberry, one of the lead animators on The Simpsons, called Little Billy.

Little Billy is the ultimate 80s homage cartoon and the world’s first animated series about neurodiversity, special needs and the power of being different.  As a child Chance was the spazz, weirdo or strange kid, growing up in the 80s with special needs and cartoons were and escape and healing force for him.  Not only did watching healthy does of Saturday morning cartoons and afternoon syndication series give him an outlet for his Tourettes, it showed him a path to discover his true calling, illustration and animation.

Now Chance wants to bring life to his own animated stories and to bring some awareness to special needs kids along the way.  Chance has been animating the Little Billy special solo, which is an arduous process. He’s set up an Indiegogo campaign to help him launch a collection of Little Billy merch so he can get the ball rolling both with the project and to help raise awareness for Tourettes.  This is totally a project that I can get behind, both conceptually and actually as I just donated this past week!

Chance is over halfway to his funding goal and as of the episode he has about another five days to go. A portion of all the funds raised will go to the Tourette Association of American, while the rest will help fund the animated special and Little Billy merch.  Chance has set up a lot of fun pledge rewards like t-shirts, stickers, animation lessons and he just released a couple of new pledges that might be of specific interest to listeners of this show.

Up for grabs are some authentic original animation drawings and finished animation cels from the super rad 80s flick One Crazy Summer signed by animator Bill Kopp!  Those are incredibly rare pieces of cinema history, especially for John Cusack or Savage Steve Holland fans.  So if you dig 80s animation and want to support a great cause and fun project, check out Little Billy at LittleBilly.com  You can also connect with chance on twitter where he’s @chanceraspberry or on Instagram @chanceraz.

 

The Great Cartoon Lagoon Halloween Contest!

Alright Boils and Ghouls, do I ever have something exciting to share!  As I’ve mentioned on the site in the past, Manny Galán and Cartoon Lagoon Studios have been prepping their new show Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon, and it’s about to make its debut at the New York Comic Convention this coming weekend!

In celebration of the debut, and in the “vein” of the Halloween season, Manny has graciously donated a set of beautiful canvas prints of his artwork featuring Monster Cereal icons Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry.  Not only are these prints limited, but each has also been signed by Galán and the actual voices of the monsters themselves Larry Kenny (Count Chocula, as well as Lion-O from the Thundercats), Robb Pruitt (Franken Berry, as well as the voice of the Blue M&M), and Chris Phillips (Boo Berry, as well as the Nickelodeon “Face” from the 90s era interstitials.)

I also have a few copies of the Cartoon Lagoon DVD to give away as well!

So, what do you have to do in order to get your hands on these sugary sweet cereal monster prints and DVDs?  Well, I thought it would be fun to hold a good ‘ol fashioned scavenger hunt!  Just like Cornelius and his crew of the Manta Ray dive down deep into the depths of the Cartoon Lagoon looking for choice toons, to score these awesome prizes you’ll have to wade into the waters of the Cartoon Lagoon Studios website and blog looking for the answers to the seven important questions featured below!  To enter, send me an e-mail with the answers to as many of the following seven questions as you can find.  Make sure to include “Monster Cereal Prints Contest” in the subject line, as well as your name.  I’ll be accepting entries until Monday, October 15th, at Midnight.  Since this is a scavenger hunt, I’ll be selecting winners based first on the number of correct answers, and then in the order with which I received the responses.

There will be one grand prize featuring all three signed Monster Cereal prints and Vol. 1 of Cartoon Lagoon on DVD.  Two runners up will receive a copy of Cartoon Lagoon Vol. 1 on DVD.  Here’s the list of questions you’ll need to answer (all the answers are on the Cartoon Lagoon blog), and good hunting!

1). How many “K’s” does Wet Willy pipe onto Axel’s birthday cake, and how many was he supposed to pipe?  Hint, you can check out this Storyboard of that sequence here.

2). What is the brand name of Captain Cornelius’s cereal box (that he’s stashed since the 70s) and what type of creature is the mascot?  (Hint, check the September 18th 2012 entry on the Cartoon Lagoon blog.)

3). In the Interview with Axel, Axel mentions a strange currency that the crew is paid in. What is that currency?  (Hint, read the interview here.)

4). What five classic cartoons are shown in the Cartoon Lagoon Trailer?

5). In an interview with Wet Willy Jones, who does he name as his favorite cartoon character?  (Hint, read the interview here.)

6). What Brand of soft drink is stocked aboard the Manta Ray?  (Hint, check the September 6th 2012 entry on the Cartoon Lagoon blog.)

7). In An Interview with the Captain, what does Cornelius say is the worst part about living in a submarine (Hint, read the interview here.)

But wait, while you’re at it, why not double your chances of winning these great signed Monster Cereal prints?!?  If you’re feeling the creative juices flowing, head on over to Strange Kids Club for a second chance to win these Manny Galán prints by coming up with your own unique Monster Cereal icon and submitting it to the site.  Details can be found at Strange Kids Club.com, or click on the logo below.  Now how cool is that?

Cereal Killers Trading Cards and a Contest!

**Update** Alright, I picked three names at random from a hat (well, empty coffee mug) and the lucky winners are: Laura I., Jeremy T H., Khris L.  Congrats guys and gals (I’ve notified you through the FB messaging system for your snail mail address) and thanks to everyone else for entering!

So I came home yesterday and found a package waiting for me at the door, and upon cracking it open I was excited to see this…

These came courtesy of a contest in the premiere issue of the Strange Kids Club Comix Anthology, and I couldn’t wait to dig into the individual boxes to get a glimpse at the loot.  These Cereal Killer trading cards are pretty darn cool and they follow in the tradition of Topps Wacky Packs and Garbage Pail Kids.  The brainchild of artist Joe Simko, this set of spoofs perfectly blends a childhood love of sugary cereal with a score of monsters and horror movie icons.  These sets come with three mini cereal boxes, each containing 20 cards, a special prize and a gross piece of eyeball gum.  As for the special prizes you can expect to find black-light stickers, magnets, gold foil cards, and if you’re lucky an original sketch card from Joe himself.

One of the cool aspects of the set is the social networking built into trying to complete a set.  Wax Eye has set up a thread for trading doubles over at the Wacky Packages forum.  Sure you can buy additional packages, but it’s kind of cool to get back to what it was like in elementary school trading with classmates trying to complete the latest series of Garbage Pail Kids.

In the spirit of this, I’ve decided to hold a mini contest to get my doubles out into the world.  I’m offering up three prizes, a stack of 20 cards, a stack of 10 cards, and one of the super cool black-light stickers.  To get your grubby hands on these all you have to do is head on over to the Branded Facebook Page and leave a comment in the Discussions tab on the left (you can also click on the cards below).  I’ll be picking three winners at random this Friday, May 20th at 3:00pm est.  Good luck, and go check out Joe Simko’s Cereal Killers trading cards!