Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gary Motors Sales Rambler Ad – Nov. 24, 1954

Here's something that might have caught the attention of someone perusing car ads in the Lorain Journal back in the mid-1950s: an ad for Gary Motor Sales featuring beloved Disney character Jiminy Cricket promoting the 1955 Ramblers. It ran in the Lorain Journal on November 24, 1954.

It all makes sense when you realize that Walt Disney himself served as a pitchman for the Nash Rambler in TV commercials back in 1954. (You can read more about it here.)

What's really interesting (to animation fanatics like myself) is that Walt Disney's interest in making TV commercials with his beloved characters led him to engage his designer Tom Oreb to create modern, stylized versions of them. The results are quite unusual in some cases.

Here's a stylish Nash Rambler commercial featuring the characters from Song of the South: Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear.


And here are two more Nash Rambler commercials with a (gasp) redesigned, pointy-nosed Mickey Mouse. Pluto Pup, Minnie Mouse and (gasp again) two mousey offsprings of unknown parentage are in there too.



If you'd like to see more of Tom Oreb's redesigns of classic Disney characters, click here to visit the Cartoon Brew website.
Courtesy Cartoonbrew.com

3 comments:

Owen Dabek said...

Dan, Those mousey offspring are probably Mickey's Nephews Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse. They've been a part of the Mickey Mouse Family since the 30s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Mouse_family#Amelia_Fieldmouse

Dan Brady said...

HI Owen! Thanks for pointing that out! I had no idea they had actual biographies in the Disney universe. I vaguely remembered them from a Golden Book where Mickey took them Christmas shopping. I guess in view of the severe character redesigns, I assumed Disney had decided to create the ultimate nuclear rodent family.

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