Note: On January 31, 1997 Ralcorp Holdings sold their branded ready-to-eat cereal
BatmanRalston Batman Cereal
Ralston Batman Returns Cereal
|Batman Cereal was introduced around the 1989 movie featuring Michael Keaton. The cereal was in the shape of the Batman logo. |
Batman Returns Cereal was issued in 1992 with the release of "Batman Returns" movie sequel, also starring Michael Keaton. Batman Returns Cereal was comprised of crunchy chocolate chex with bat marshmallows.
Casper the Friendly GhostRalston Sugar Chex
|Casper is a friend to all, and has no interest in scaring anyone. He was the spooks-character for Sugar Chex toasted corn cereal circa 1971. Casper also appeared on boxes of General Mills Frankenberry and Count Chocula in October 1998.|
Grins and Smiles and
Cecil (1975) was the machine that made the "Grins and Smiles and Giggles and Laughs Cereal". Grins was the guy in the brown suit, Smiles in the green suit, Giggles was the lady with the clipboard and Laughs was the guy in the blue suit with glasses. They all told jokes in an attempt to make Cecil laugh so he would spit out boxes of the cereal. "It takes funny people to make funny cereal."
"But if Cecil's funny bone hasn't been tickled, then you're reading the back of an empty box..." These characters were designed by Stan Mack. Dean Yeagle did the animation.
Cookie JarvisRalston Chocolate Chip Cookie Crisp
Ralston Vanilla Cookie Crisp
Ralston Oatmeal Cookie Crisp
General Mills Cookie Crisp Double Chocolate
|Cookie Jarvis (1970's) was the Cookie Crisp cereal magician. He was the first spokes-character for Cookie Crisp. Oatmeal Cookie Crisp was a short-lived cereal, circa 1979-1980.|
|"I've come from afar|
to change your dish
into a cookie jar!
|"I hope you'll favor|
and vanilla wafer flavor."
Ralston Cookie Crisp
|There were originally three characters. Cookie Crook wears a red hat with a chocolate chip cookie design and is otherwise dressed as your stereotypical burglar. He and his dog, Chip the Cookie Hound, try to steal Cookie Crisp, and were always caught by the Cookie Cop, named Officer Krum. |
|After General Mills bought Cookie Crisp from Ralston in 1997, they subsequently killed off the cookie crook and Officer Krum. Of note, it was General Mills and Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising (Gen Mills ad agency) that named the cookie cop "Officer Krum" in one commercial they did in 1998. Ralston didn't give him a name.|
Chip, the Cookie Crisp hound, survived. Chip has a signature howl, "Coooooooookie Crisp".
Howler General Mills Cookie Crisp
|In late 2003/early 2004 Chip, the Cookie Hound, got busy in Europe training his cousin "Howler", the wolf. He, too, loves his "coooo! oookie crisp" (but he howls it with a British accent). Howler made his debut in the U.S.A. in mid-2005 and was later renamed Chip the Wolf.|
Panel of ExpertsRalston Dinky Donuts
|The Dinky Donuts Panel of Experts (1981) were the distinguished group that approved this "Glazed Style" donut cereal.|
DinkyRalston Dinky Donuts
|Dinky (name may not be correct) was a middle-aged, overweight, space traveler who wore a red and white spacesuit, complete with a propeller. He traveled in a donut-shaped spaceship in search of donuts.|
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The always cool TMNT team of Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo had their own cereal made of "crunchy sweetened ninja nets, with ninja turtle marshmallows," in 1989. There were at least four different boxes.
Gremlins and GizmoRalston Gremlins Cereal
|Gremlins (1984) are the cute little furry critters (see cereal box) which spawn nasty siblings (shown at left) if fed after midnight. We don't know what happens if you eat this cereal after midnight. Gizmo is the cute creature shown on the cereal box. Based on the 1984 movie by Warner Bros.|
Fred the BakerRalston Dunkin Donuts Cereal
|Fred the Baker (1988) offered two varieties of Dunkin Donuts Cereal...glazed, and chocolate.|
|Ralston Cracker Jack Cereal|
|Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo (the famous twosome of Cracker Jack fame) were given their own cereal in the 1980's.|
Interesting Facts: Cracker Jack's were introduced in 1893. Sailor Jack and Bingo have appeared on boxes since 1918. Since 1912, more than 17 billion toys have been included as prizes in Cracker Jack packages. Every year, more than 100 million toy prizes, 3,500 tons of popcorn, 540 tons of molasses, and 750 tons of peanuts are used in producing boxes of Cracker Jack.
Hot WheelsRalston Hot Wheels Cereal (1990)
|This cereal, filled with frosted oat "mag wheels" and marshmallow cars, included a free Hot Wheels car inside each box. (Okay, this isn't technically an animated character, but it sure is cool, isn't it?)|
Checkerboard SquarecrowRalston Corn Chex
|"Let's Be Friends," was the Checkerboard Squarecrow (1966/1967) mantra. Another Squarecrow phrase is "Would I kid a kid?"|
Dumb DoraShredded Ralston
|Dumb Dora (1940) appeared as a comic strip character.|
Bill and TedRalston Bill and Ted's Excellent Cereal
|Bill and Ted, from the 1989 movie "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" featuring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. Dudes! The cereal was made up of cinnamon oat squares and colored marshmallow music notes. It was basically cinnamon-flavored Lucky Charms.|
|Nerds (1985) were crazy little dudes. The "tiny tangy crunchy sweetened cereal" itself was supposed to be like the candy. One side of the box was a bag of orange puffed nerds and the other side was cherry. There was also a strawberry/grape combination as well. "Which side are you going to eat first?"|
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