With those holidays upon us, we'll be hearing from Mr. Ravenscroft
more than ever, so it was with only slight surprise that I saw and latched onto this clip (as discovered by Mr. Mark Evanier over at his useful blog) recently placed online of a 1952 Kellogg's breakfast cereals commercial. There's no question in my mind that the announcer is Ravenscroft, and he's most likely singing in the chorus as well. Oddly, there is no depiction of 'Sugar-Frosted Flakes' in the ad, which Evanier suspects may be due to the clips mis-dating, or simply that the cereal hadn't been introduced nationally yet. More information about Mr. Ravenscroft's TV commercial work can be perused here.
After early ads with voice artist Dallas McKennon (the voice of Gumby, among many others) as Tony the Tiger, Thurl Ravenscroft went on to play the character for 53 years until his death in 2005; quite a respectable run. As a lover of anything Thurl I couldn't resist posting this here, as WFMU and Ravenscroft have a history together at this point, and any new updates should be covered here. Eat up and enjoy!