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October 6, 2010
I am amazed that there weren't more Quisp and Quake commercials up here. Having already posted the 1st Cap'n Crunch commercial, their mighty predecessor, I had to add the 1st Quisp and Quake commercial. I'm feeling lazy, so I will just clip the history from Wiki:
"Quisp and a similarly marketed cereal Quake were originally released in 1,965 in the United States by The Quaker Oats Company and generally advertised together (during the same commercial) as products competing against each other. The very successful ads were cartoons created by Jay Ward of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame, and used some of the same voices, including Daws Butler as the voice of Quisp (an alien) and William Conrad as the voice of Quake (a miner).
The commercials often asked children to choose which cereal was better and would compete over taste or premiums. The competition reached its peak in 1,972, when a series of commercials asked children to vote for which cereal should remain on the shelves. Quake had a makeover in 1,969, changing his miner hat for a cowboy hat, but that was not enough. Quisp was the winner and Quake was immediately discontinued. Quake as a cereal was gone, but the character Quake soon reappeared as a sidekick of an orange kangaroo named Simon in an orange-flavored cereal called Quangaroos. In 1,976, Quaker Oats ran another contest, this time asking children to choose between Quisp and Quangaroos. Quisp won again and Quangaroos was discontinued."