Food of the Seventies, Crispy Critters

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or was it Krispy Kritters? This was an oat cereal (much like Alpha Bits) formed in animal shapes. My dad used to put them in his shirt pocket and I would crawl up in his lap and reach into his pocket and eat them one bhy one until they were all gone when I was 3 & 4 years old. This was a great treat for me, and he got such a big kick outta me munching cereal out of his pocket, LOL
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Anne - June 25, 2008 - Report this comment
"The one and only cereal that comes in the shape of animals!" I also remember that they would periodically have one of the animals in a different color - pink elephants, orange moose.
Scott - August 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Jimmy Durante voice: "Hello my name is Krispy, how do ya do? Krispy Kritters cereal is entirely new. It's indubitably (indubitably) delicious!"
jolynn - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember the pink elephants!!! Otis isn't the only one who saw pink elephants, haha!!!
Kathy H - November 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have my Linus the Lion stuffed animal from Krispy Kritters that my mother got me by sending off box tops and $1(I think it was). I loved that cereal.
BeauxArtabazon - January 19, 2010 - Report this comment
My older brother loved this cereal. He still talks about it to this day.
Jonathan S - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I can't believe there are so many other people that know about this cereal! When I ask people my age about it they look at me like I'm crazy!
Dee - June 03, 2010 - Report this comment
There was a popular riddle at that time. It went like this: Know what you have after the fire burned up the zoo? Crispy critters!
Rob Lambert - March 16, 2012 - Report this comment
POST C RISPY CRITTERS was an excellent cereal. Of course, endorsed by the king of beats, Linus the Lionhearted. CRISPY CRITTERS preceded Linus's TV show by about a year (1963). After ABC Television cancelled the Linus show in 1969, Linus was replaced by generic animals. To my knowledge, CRISPY CRITTERS was discontinued in 1973.
Rob Lambert - March 30, 2012 - Report this comment
Some notes on mail-in premiums that could be had by buying CRISPY CRITTERS and other Post cereals with ties to the "Linus the Lionhearted" TV show. First, an LP record containing stories and songs by each character featured on "Linus." It was made available in mid-1965. You either had to send four dollars, or ten box tops to get one. Second, a Linus Animal Rummy card game. It was a deck of cards with Linus and other generic animals. The card game was made available in 1967, and cost 75 cents and two box tops.
glenn rodda - April 23, 2012 - Report this comment
i have a linus the llinon from crispy critters are they collectable or rare
Rob Lambert - April 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Responding to Glenn Rodda's question: There was a talking (pull-cord) Linus doll sold by Mattel from 1964 to 1966. If the voice box works, more than $200. If not, about $75 to $100 depending on condition. There also was a non-talking Linus doll which was a mail-in premium through Post cereals, generally available in 1965 or'66. Mint condition, about $125. Less depending on condition. They are tough to find.
Rob Lambert - April 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Some additional notes on Linus the Lionhearted stuffed toys. The non-talking Linus doll likely was only available during season two (1965-66) of the "Linus" show. None of my season one kinescopes have a commercial, nor the season three (when the series switched from CBS to ABC, and in reruns only) kinescopes that I have. Incidentally, CBS cancelled "Linus" because it was pummeled in the ratings...up against the "Beatles" cartoon show, in the 9:30 to 10 AM (CT, 10:30 to 11 ET) slot Saturday mornings. The Linus talking doll by Mattel was in stores for nearly two years.
Leslie Morgan - January 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I am looking to buy a Linus the Lion hearted, non talking stuffed toy, hopefully in excellent condition. He was my best buddy when I was five, and one of the main things I remember about my childhood.
Jennifer - June 04, 2013 - Report this comment
The theme song from this commercial still pops into my head at completely random times. And I never even tasted the cereal! "Hello my name is Krispy. How do you do?...."
Rob Lambert - June 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Jennifer may be referring to a newer cereal product. The most recent commercial jingle for Crispy Critters was from 1966, when orange, moose-shaped cereal bits were included. The jingle was titled, "Looking For Orange Moose," and was sung to the tune of, "Camptown Races." Afterward, poor Linus would get stampeded by the cereal animals!
Rob Lambert - August 03, 2013 - Report this comment
Found an inflatable Linus toy at an antique store recently. In early 1965, Post Cereals offered Linus, Lovable Truly, Sugar Bear and Rory Raccoon inflatables. Each doll cost two dollars and two box tops. They were fairly big, so worth the money back then. The Linus doll, with a broken seal, sold for ten bucks.

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