Keebler Elves animated series?

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  1. Cartoons90

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    Was there ever any sort of Keebler Elves animated series to anyone's knowledge? Seems like the characters were so loved within commercials that Keebler could have teamed up with Hanna-Barbera or a studio like that to put out a series which would have simultaneously resulted in even more success and viewers for the studio and a great deal more publicity for the cookie and cracker manufacturer. Did this ever come to be, or find itself at least spoken about as a possibility?
     
  2. Zorak Masaki

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    There has never been an animated series based off of a product mascot since the 60s (when there was a Sugar Bear cartoon). It would blur the lines between commercial and cartoon way too much.
     
  3. Silverstar

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    In the 60's there was Linus the Lionhearted, which was basically a 30-minute commercial for Post's then family of cereals. In 1969, the FCC made a ruling which forbade children's show characters from appearing in advertisements on the same program and ABC was forced to cancel the show. Today something like that would be considered the height of crass commercialism.
     
  4. Dr.Pepper

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    No there hasn't. I am pretty sure it is against the law to make a show for children that is based off an advertising mascot. The funny thing is that around 2003 I had a dream where there was a Keebler Elf series.
     
  5. Dantheman

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    Silverstar and DrPepper arer correct. That's why when the FCC changed the laws in the 1980s to allow for cartoons based on toylines (like He-Man, G.I. Joe, and Transformers), the toys for those shows couldn't be advertised during the commercials for those shows (That's why you never saw, say, a Transformers toy commercial during an ad break for Transformers), and why those shows had pro-social PSAs at the end (In G.I Joe's case, the "knowing the half the battle" stuff) so as to ward off criticism from parents' groups and educators, and claim they were more than half-hour commercials for toys.

    An animated show based off an ad character? To use a Simpsons example, that's kind of getting into Mattel and Mars Energy Choco-bots Hour territory, which is why there's regulations about that sort of thing, in that it's not allowed.
     
  6. Aquadementia

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    I think the world would have survived a Keebler Elf cartoon.
    We've had California Raisin specials, which weren't bad and a Zevo-3 cartoon that I never thought looked worth seeing.
    It's a crazy world where toys become cartoons; cartoons become toys; movies become breakfast cereals with toys in them

    I think it's a good rule keeping selling separate from a program. It's kind of sad if that's not enough commercialization for them. I think it's the backlash of getting accused of brainwashing children that offsets any positive advertizing benefits.

    I've never seen Linus the Lionhearted. It has an impressive cast of comedians that make me think it could have been pretty good.
     
  7. Zorak Masaki

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    Also, what would a Keebler Elves cartoon be about? There's not much of a plot you can build around elves making cookies.
     
  8. MrBabySpencer

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    Even if there was/is a Keebler Elves animated series, wouldn't it have just been Smurfs 2.0, If I remember the commercials correctly.
     
  9. Dantheman

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    Not to mention episode storylines would probably be constructed around new Keebler products, which is probably one reason why animated shows based on advertising mascots were no doubt squashed as an idea.
     
  10. RandomMe

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    If so, then a Keebler Elves cartoon would be a giant commercial.
     
  11. Zorak Masaki

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    Actually, in 1991 there was going to be a Chester Cheetah (Cheetos mascot) cartoon, but complaints from the likes of Peggy Charren and other angry parents put the kibosh on that before it aired.
     
  12. RandomMe

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    Because it was intended to be a "giant commercial"?
     
  13. dth1971

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    Did you forget to mention a 1969-1971 Hot Wheels animated cartoon series that gotten protested that it was a 30 minute commercial series to plug a Mattel toy?
     
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  14. hobbyfan

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    Don't ya mean a 30-minute commercial? In any case, yeah, that's when they started cracking down.
     
  15. Goldstar Neo

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    At different times, two of the alphabet networks considered producing variety shows hosted by the Taco Bell chihuahua and the Budweiser Lizards, but in the case of each, their companies passed on them because they didn't want the characters to become more popular than the products that they were schilling.

    ABC once planned to produce a sitcom starring the Bud Light "Whazzuuuuuup?" guys, but this likewise didn't happen.
     
  16. dth1971

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    Just fixed my mistake.
     
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    But was ABC's short lived "Cavemen" sitcom in 2007 based on the GEICO Cavemen commercials?
     
  18. Sonic_Eclipse

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    Yes. Yes it was.
     
  19. RandomMe

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    (read in Mike Jeavons's voice) But then they cancelled it because they realized that it was a giant commercial too many.
     
  20. Dr.Pepper

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    Not to mention it was racist, got bad ratings, and just plain sucked.
     

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