just procrastinating

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The guy who did Tony the Tiger's voice, "They're Great!" died today.
Thurl Ravenscroft of Fullerton, Calif., whose voice was known worldwide through his work in movies and television and at Disneyland, died Sunday of prostate cancer. He was 91.
He also did the voice that sings "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" in the classic Dr. Suess cartoon. Yep, that's him.

I wonder how you end up getting the Tony the Tiger gig? Some marketing guy in Battle Creek, Michigan, gets up and does a pitch.
"OK, so we got a large, friendly tiger who wears a bandana and hangs out with the kids at their homes and extolls the virtues of a what is basically a frosted corn flake. You got a voice for that?"
Speaking of that, I'm not sure how Tony got the Frosted Flakes part in the first place. I could see Toucan Sam doing well with the Froot Loops; he's a tropical bird that probably eats fruit and he has a colorful beak; and Snap, Crackle and Pop were born to play their parts. But Tony, how'd that come about? It's probably not healthy for a large tiger to be eating all that sweetened cereal.

And just to ramble a little more, I've been eating a lot of that newTiger Power cereal. I wonder if it is good for you? It tastes like it just might be.

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