Posted by: wolferiver | October 31, 2008

Enchanting Animations

Back in the day, up until the mid 20th century, before Anheuser-Busch and Miller came to own all the breweries in the country, there used to be a plethora of small regional breweries.  No, they weren’t microbreweries, but regular breweries that sold their beer at all the local supermarkets and taverns.  They advertised locally, too. 

Here are some charming advertisements that ran in the early sixties for Piels, a brewery based in Brooklyn and Staten Island.  (Read about them, and then click on the bottom picture to see them.  Quicktime required.)

I think these ads are perfectly animated and voiced, showing the best qualities of what can be achieved using animated cartoon as a medium.  In their day, these ads were highly successful for the brewery, and even watching them now makes me wish I could taste me some of that Piels beer.

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