Wednesday, October 05, 2016

AT LAST! THE LONG LOST MONSTER VITAMINS COMMERCIAL STARRING VINCENT PRICE

Come a little closer madam—I want you to watch this 30 second commercial for Monster Vitamins!



The credits for this commercial.
Advertising Agency - SSC&B. Art Direction by Warren Godfrey. Written by Nancy Richmond

Wow! Now that was neato cool!!! I've been wanting to see this "lost" commercial forever and I'm thrilled for the opportunity to share this amazing artifact relating to TV, "kids food" and monsters. Anyone remember seeing this when it first aired in 1974? Of course I remember taking my Monster Vitamins every morning with breakfast, but unfortunately I have no memory of this commercial.


I've blogged about Monster Vitamins a few times before and hoped the TV commercial would eventually surface. Thanks to Clio award winning art director Warren Godfrey, my wish finally came true. In Warren's archives, he found an U-matic tape featuring a collection of his commercials including the Monster Vitamins commercial. I can't thank Warren enough for his time and generosity for sharing the MV commercial with all of us! (Click here to read my original blog post featuring Warren.)

Print ad from early 1975

Wait! There's one more Monster Vitamins treat! Inside the current issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine—you can read a Monster Vitamins article written by David Weiner, who's father Joel Weiner helped create Monster Vitamins (along with PALS) for Bristol-Myers.


Be sure to pick up a copy of Famous Monsters #288, the Forry Ackerman centennial tribute issue on newsstands now.



One last thing, as there seems to always be something else hiding in the shadows related to Monster Vitamins. The animation cel below is from my collection and a handful of these surfaced several years ago.


I'd always assumed this was the animated sequence from the Vincent Price commercial. Now after finally watching the VP commercial I now know that this animation sequence is...zoinks...from another commercial. Okay neato readers, let's go and find this second "lost" Monster Vitamins commercial!!


Big thanks to Warren Godfrey and David Weiner for their help shedding some more light on these crazy little Monster Vitamins!

3 comments:

Tom said...

Great commercial. Thanks for uncovering it! I would *still* take monster vitamins!

That's Believable said...

Thank you very much for posting this wonderful commercial! I certainly remember it, and was lucky enough to have a mom who bought these without even being asked to do so. You brought back some frighteningly fun memories — thank you again!

Caffeinated Joe said...

I miss Vincent Price. :(