Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Above: a PEANUTS Ford advertisement from the June 30-July 7, 1962 SATURDAY EVENING POST.
The PEANUTS specials were not the first time that that Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the gang were animated. You may have heard of their Ford ads, which pre-dated their first one, the Charlie Brown Christmas special, by 6 or 7 years.
I didn't know that there were special PEANUTS comic strips, like the one with Snoopy, above, that were part of the ad campaign. Seeing that strip, which I am assuming was drawn specifically for Ford, was a surprise and I wonder how many more are out there.
Here's a 1961 Ford Falcon TV commercial, with Linus and Pigpen:
It all started in 1959, when Charles Schulz' characters appeared in the opening to the Tennessee Ernie Ford who. They also did the commercials for the sponsor of the show, Ford Motors.
Posted by Mike Lynch at 8:14 AM