Tony the tiger was (and still is, I believe) a very well known and often seen mascot for Frosted Flakes Cereal. Firstly, a bit about the cereal.
There would seem to be some doubts as to the date of Tony the Tiger’s debut. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Cats says that the Kellogg’s tiger made his debut in 1955. While this website http://fafnir.phyast.pitt.edu/tony/history.html states that Tony began his career in 1952. Perhaps he did begin his career in 1952 but was first seen in 1955 as the full-time mascot of Frosted Flakes. Initially Tony shared package labels with Katy the Kangaroo but Tony was more popular and Katy was phased out after the first year (this implies Tony went full-time in 1953). Also in 1953 Tony was featured in the August issue of Life Magazine.
Tony the Tiger was a typical tiger colour and pattern except for the blue nose and he would step out of a cereal packet (box) and would then stand at a tiny 7 inches tall. Eventually, he became the strapping and dynamic cartoon cat that we know, at an impressive 6 feet 6 inches tall.
Tony’s most memorable catch phrase (tag line) is, “They’re grrreat!”. Some other tag lines have been:
Tony’s clothing is limited to a red neckerchief, which has his name on the bottom. Tony Jr. was first known as “boy” and “son” and was introduced in early commercials before becoming the mascot of Kellogg’s Frosted Rice cereal.
Before he quietened down to family life in the 1970s, during the 1960s, Tony was involved in some wild commercials in which, for example he:
Tony was designed by the children’s book illustrator Martin Provensen. A great asset was the voice provided by Thurel Ravenscroft until he died in 2005. Apparently, Tony was created by Advertising executive Leo Burnett.
|1953||Featured Life Magazine|
|1958||Tony appeared with Hanna Barbera characters, Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss and others|
|1970s||Had a family and began to he “humanised”|
|1975||Tony the Tiger’s son Tony Jr. was given a starring role as the mascot for a new product, Frosted Rice|
|Sine 1981||Tony’s face on Kellogg’s hot air balloon|
|1985||New shaped balloon launched|
|2005||Thurel Ravenscroft died and the voice was taken over by Lee Marshall who signed a 10 year contract with Kellogg in 2006.|
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The above video features the old version of Tony the Tiger and of course the rich, deep voice of Thurel Ravenscroft. Here is a picture of Thurel:
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Photos of Thurel Ravenscroft and Frosted Flakes box – these pictures are published under fair use copyright law. I adopt the arguments in respect of both images of the Wikipedia author on this page
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