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Animated Ads

British animation won great success as an entertainer, but it has long had a lucrative second career in sales

In cinemas and on TV, animated adverts have frequently outshone the main attraction. In the early days of the cinema, animated ads were often relative epics, with five-minute comic encounters leading to a pack-shot punchline. The arrival of commercial television in 1955 brought the animated ad down to bite-size, but if anything they packed an even harder punch. Advertisers found that animation could soften the edges of a hard sell approach, and bring cartoon brand characters to life.

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Love on the Range
Love on the Range
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Love on the Range

Advert19396 mins

An animated Western mock-opera “Silly Billy Romance” about Horlicks? Bring it on!

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Your Shopping Guide

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Lingerie, wallpaper, garages - there's something on offer for everyone in these lo-fi local cinema ads from Darlington

Air to Wear
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Air to Wear

Advert19572 mins

As full of holes as his Aertex shirt, Uncle Jeff’s tall tales are captured in crayon in this animated cinema ad

Molar Mischief
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Advert19462 mins

Look out, germs at work! These loveable molar mischief making puppets really dig tooth decay

Ovaltine - Train
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Ovaltine - Train

Advert19851 mins

Ovaltina will pick you up! With an electronic 80s synth and a catchy theme tune, Ovaltina parachutes in to save the day

Dolly Put the Kettle On
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Advert19472 mins

A spurned doll turns knife-wielding femme fatale when she doesn't get her teddy bear, in this cartoon cinema ad for tea

Cadbury's Star Bar
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Advert19790 mins

An animated spaceman finds a Star Bar which gives him an energy boost. "Next time you're having an energy crisis..".

Mousewife's Choice
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Advert19482 mins

An animated mousewife finding a way to ease her washing day woes may not be very progressive, but it's delightfully sweet

Fable of the Fabrics
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Advert19426 mins

"Gee, old age!" Malicious Father Time doesn't stand a chance against a cartoon cupid armed with a big box of washing powder.

South Sea Sweethearts
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Advert19386 mins

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Silver Lining
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Bread today and jam tomorrow? Cheerful puppet cartoon with a catchy song sweetens the pill of post-war austerity.

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Lyons Maid Lolly Gobble Choc Bomb

Advert19740 mins

Animated advert for the much loved strawberry ice lolly with chocolate and sugar balls and a chocolate bar inside.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19563 mins

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The Right Spirit
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Animation & Artists Moving Image19319 mins

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Flu-ing Squad
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Advert19512 mins

Anthropomorphic houses pop pills to defeat colds in this cartoon cinema commercial

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Mr.........Goes Motoring
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Advert19377 mins

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Brooke Bond D: Tea Party
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Advert19771 mins

If your afternoon tea sessions with the vicar's wife need enlivening, take the animated advice of this cultured cup and saucer

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Advert19463 mins

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Branston Pickle: Advertising Agency
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Branston Pickle: Advertising Agency

Advert19570 mins

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Advert19750 mins

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Boy Who Wanted to Make Pictures
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Boy Who Wanted to Make Pictures

Advert19244 mins

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Shippam's Guide to Opera
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Shippam's Guide to Opera

Animation & Artists Moving Image19552 mins

What makes a more fitting pairing than meat paste and opera?

Babycham: Tennis!!
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Babycham: Tennis!!

Advert19571 mins

After your strenuous workout at the tennis club, you need a Babycham

Change for the Better
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Advert19492 mins

An aging bobby learns about the Co-op divvy in this gorgeous puppet animation narrated by Stanley Holloway

Aladdin and the Junior Genie
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Aladdin and the Junior Genie

Advert19425 mins

Washing day keeping you from a spin on your flying carpet? This quality cinema ad features a young apprentice genie learning a helpful solution

Fun on the Farm
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Advert19355 mins

Stop-motion cinema ad for Bourn-vita

Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard
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Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard

Advert19416 mins

A cartoon fantasy brings fabric patterns to life in a literal soap opera - yet even here the reality of Home Front life creeps in

Guinness - Raf Flying Toucans
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Guinness - Raf Flying Toucans

Advert19551 mins

An RAF squadron are alerted to an attack. Flying toucans raid the officers mess and fly off with glasses of Guinness.

Bee Wise!
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Bee Wise!

Advert19465 mins

A pun-filled cartoon cinema advert offering a look inside the bee hive. Will you guess what it's trying to sell?

Guinness at the Albert Hall
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Advert19621 mins

A conductor rearranges the members of a choir then momentarily stops to drink some Guinness before resuming his task.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19584 mins

A cartoon Caribbean mini-musical scripted by a Nobel Prize winner and accompanied by a Trinidadian guitar legend

The Red Box Fantasy
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Advert19353 mins

A colourful cavalcade of cancer sticks, in this 1930s cinema ad

Cinema Adverts for Humber, Raleigh and Rudge Bicycles
Cinema Adverts for Humber, Raleigh and Rudge Bicycles
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Advert19382 mins

A fun selection of vintage animated adverts promoting some of Britain's leading bicycle brands.