Food of the Seventies, Funny Face Mix

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Choo-choo Cherry, Injun Orange (how politically incorrect, later replaced by Jolly Olly Orange), Loud Mouth Lime, Freckle Face Strawberry, Lefty Lemonade and Rootin Tootin Raspberry were Pilbury's attempts to capture some of Kool-Ade's market....Almost as rancid as the original, with greater potential for marketing related products to kids.
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Pabby - June 19, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember Funny Face Drink Mixes. There was Chinese Cherry (later changed to Choo-Choo Cherry), Freckle Face Strawberry, Goofy Grape, Injun Orange (later changed to Jolly Olly Orange), Loud Mouth Lime, Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry, Lefty Lemon, Captain Black Cherry, Loud Mouth Punch, Tart 'Lil Lemonade, and Rah-Rah Root Beer. They were available pre-sweetened when they were first sold, but a later version was sold that needed sugar added.
JEANNIE - February 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Anne - June 25, 2008 - Report this comment
It was tasty when it was the pre-sweetened because they were using cyclamates! That horrible cancer causing sweetener that actually didn't leave an ugly aftertaste! I had a "Goofy Grape" pillow! And the little shelf markers (my dad had the grocery store) had their pictures. I used them for bookmarks. I may even still have them somewhere.
DebraS - October 02, 2008 - Report this comment
This stuff goes way back and all I remember about it is that I had a plastic mug patterned after the strawberry flavor face. It was from a set of promotional items that you sent away for by mail. They can be found on e-bay as I write this.
Jeff - September 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I definitely loved this stuff over Kool-Aid or Wyler's. I think you got the list covered pretty much already. I do remember Loud Mouth eventually becoming a Punch flavor. They added a With-It Watermelon and Rudy Tutti-Frutti towards the end. Somewhere along the way I also remember a Chilly Cherry Cola in the early 70s.
Scott - February 12, 2012 - Report this comment
My sister and I saved points and sent away for a Funny Face drink stand. We filled many a summer days selling this on the street. Fantastic memories!
Rob Lambert - March 08, 2012 - Report this comment
A Saturday morning retrospect on Pillsbury FUNNY FACE drink mixes: They were delicious, and had a distinct flavor to rival Kool Aid. FUNNY FACE first hit the stores and television in late 1964. There were two original,though politically incorrect by today's standards, flavors: Chinese Cherry and Injun Orange. Public backlash forced Pillsbury to drop the ethnic references by mid-1965. I have videos of old Tennessee Tuxedo and Tom and Jerry (airdate 10/16/65) with early commercials, both with and without the ethnic references. Youtube has links with many FUNNY FACE commercials.
Neil in PA - April 01, 2012 - Report this comment
We had about four of the plastic mugs that depicted the characters representig the differet flavors. I remember they were painted and gradually the paint deteriorated. Funny Face tasted better in the mugs.
Sharry - February 18, 2014 - Report this comment
I drank Funny Face sometimes. But we were more of a Kool-Aid, Hi-C, Hawaiian Punch family.
Jim - November 30, 2014 - Report this comment
Anne, please let me know if you have any of shelf talkers (markers) available for sale! jrash at CSC dot com.
Rob Lambert - April 08, 2015 - Report this comment
From the back of a Goofy Grape mix packet: Offering the Funny Face drinking mugs. Here was the deal: To get one of the six for free, send Pillsbury 14 regular packet fronts, or seven pre-sweetened fronts. In essence, you had to spend 70 cents to get one mug, or $4.20 for a complete set. Offer expired November 30, 1970.
Rob Lambert - May 23, 2015 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault: A commercial in which Goofy Grape appears a bit hung over while talking with a live-action kid who asks, "Why do they call you Goofy Grape?" Aside from giving his usual laugh, Goofy Grape appears slightly agitated (like, don't bug me!). No other Funny Face characters appeared. Commercial aired on the "Mighty Heroes" cartoon show (3/25/67) on CBS-TV.BXJ
Jack Brady - January 19, 2016 - Report this comment
Go and view the Funny Face cartoons from Renegade Animation.... They are the best!!!!!
Rob lambert - January 20, 2016 - Report this comment
Jack: Hilarious! I saw the cartoon on YouTube. The watermelon and Goofy Grape getting squished. And Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry taking on a John Wayne persona. This is so un-Pillsbury-like. Also, more from the Saturday morning cartoon vault, a full episode of "Tennessee Tuxedo" over CBS (10/2/65) transitioning between the stereotypical (Injun Orange, Chinese Cherry) full commercial and a sponsor billboard with the new, less offensive characters (Jolly Ollie and Choo Choo). Johnny Whitaker ("Family Affair" and "Sigmund/Sea Monsters") appears in commercial. The girl is unidentified.
Rob Lambert - November 28, 2016 - Report this comment
Found a record album of the Funny Face gang titled, "Goofy Grape Sings (Awful)," from 1970. You needed two dollars and up to four empty mix packets to get this by mail. Even Lefty Lemonade does a baseball skit in this. Also, from the Saturday morning cartoon vault: A supermarket commercial, which the Funny Face packets laugh as a little boy walks by them. The boy tells the store manager, who scoffs at the thought. After the boy and his mother leave, the Funny Face packs laugh again, freaking out the manager. This aired on the "Mighty Heroes" cartoon show over CBS (11/19/66).
Rob Lambert - November 29, 2016 - Report this comment
After doing some checking, I found out that the Goofy Grape record I bought was a reissue. Pillsbury also offered it on cassette tape in 1970. The record, a seven-inch LP, was first offered in 1966, and for only 50 cents and one label. Mark 56, an off-brand label, pressed the record. An inner sleeve has the song lyrics printed. I paid $12 for my record, but the inner sleeve was gone. Record played OK.
Phoebe - February 25, 2017 - Report this comment
Rob, thanks for pointing out that commercial! We never had Funny Face drinks growing up (only had Kool-Aid), but I discovered that commercial on YouTube after you mentioned it. Johnny Whitaker was my very first crush growing up, which began after I saw him in Tom Sawyer when I was 7, and that crush grew ever bigger with Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. That and the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show are my all-time favorite Saturday Morning shows, and made sure never to miss either one, especially Sigmund! I also thought Scott Kolden (my older brother is also named Scott) was really cute, but he never had that place in my heart I had for Johnny. That following Christmas (1973) was possibly the most memorable one for me, when "Santa Claus" brought me Johnny for all practical purposes-- not literally, but I got a Sigmund board game, coloring book, lunch box, and Johnny's record album "Friends" (I noticed Johnny was wearing sandals on the album cover similar to a pair my then 11-year old brother had), as well as the Tom Sawyer album soundtrack! I also loved all the other Krofft shows, especially H.R. Pufnstuf. Thanks again Rob! :-)
Rob Lambert - February 26, 2017 - Report this comment
Phoebe: No problem. The 1965 Funny Face ad was probably Johnny's TV debut, before "Family Affair." Also, there are some other commercials out there that aired on "Bugaloos" and other Krofft shows. Ads for Screamin' Demon toys, McDonald Land, Wham-O toys and Kellogg cereals, during their original network run. For a fact, Kellogg was "H.R.Pufnstuf's" only sponsor in 1969-70. "Bugaloos" had multiple sponsors during its original NBC run in 1970-72, as did "Lidsville" (1971-73). ABC reran "Pufnstuf" in 1973-74. G.I.Joe was one sponsor.
Phoebe - March 06, 2017 - Report this comment
Rob: I was aware of that, especially since I've seen Johnny that young before. And yes, I do remember The Bugaloos and Lidsville, and loved them! Oh, and Land of the Lost too. I also really enjoyed the Krofft Supershow as well. But Sigmund was my all-time favorite of all the Krofft shows, and Pufnstuf was a close second favorite. By the way, I also did watch Family Affair when I was little, but I never had a crush until both Johnny and myself were older.
Rob lambert - March 07, 2017 - Report this comment
Yes, Phoebe. By the time "Sigmund" first was airing, I had pretty much outgrown those type of shows. My sister liked "Bugaloos" because they were British, except Marta Raye and Billy Barty, of course. I occasionally caught glimpses of later Krofft shows like "Lost Saucer" and "Far-Out Space Nuts." When "Krofft Supershow" was on, I was attracted to Carol Ann Seflinger, who played Susan on "Wonderbug." Not much else came of her after that.
Rob Lambert - May 09, 2017 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault: TV commercial offering set of five Funny Face drinking mugs and Goofy Grape pitcher. You needed two dollars and several empty mix packs to get these. Only Goofy Grape appears briefly. Rest is live people. This aired on "Tomfoolery" over NBC (9/19/70). Produced in Europe by Rankin-Bass, "Tomfoolery" combined animated comedy with culture in the form of riddles, (clean) limericks and jokes, based on children's literature. Forgettable characters like Enthusiastic Elephant and Umbrella Head failed to compete well against "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp" and "Sabrina/Groovie Ghoulies" on the rival networks. In January, 1971, NBC inserted "Woody Woodpecker" reruns in the 8A/CT slot (replacing "Tomfoolery"), as a lead-in for the "Bugaloos" at 8:30.
Rob Lambert - February 25, 2018 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, a TV spot offering sets of Funny Face ramp walker toys (Goofy Grape, Cherry, Raspberry and Orange). I believe $4 and several empty wrappers were required to get these. This aired on "Funky Phantom" over ABC (9/18/71). Series of comic adventures with three late teeners and a ghost from 1776. Among the voice talent was Micky Dolenz (Skip) and as April Stewart, Kristina Holland, who co-starred with Bill Bixby and James Komack on "Courtship of Eddie's Father."
Rob Lambert - April 30, 2018 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, the first in a series of commercials with the Funny Face gang interacting with live-action people. In a home, an exhausted dad eavesdrops on his kids as they converse with Goofy Grape (picture on a wrapper). As Dad enters kitchen, the kids act like nothing happened. Mom enters kitchen, asks Dad, "What's wrong, George?" Dad replies, "I need a vacation," then sticks an ice pack on his head. This aired on "Magilla Gorilla" over ABC (3/5/66). After two years in syndication, ABC picked up the "Magilla" show that January, airing until 1967. Filler cartoons were "Breezy and Sneezy" (polar bear and seal), plus "Yippee, Yappee, Yahooey" (three dogs guarding a king in Medieval times). Ideal Toys, Chex Cereals and Post Cereals were other sponsors.
Rob Lambert - June 12, 2018 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, a TV spot with 48oz Super Cans of Funny Face Mix, with Lefty Lemon. Inside, one of four iron-on patches. The brand was down to four, the odd one being Loud Mouth Fruit Punch. Lefty interacts with live-action kids. This aired on the "Brady Kids" cartoon over ABC (6/9/73). Season one had all six actors voice their cartoon figures. Season two had only three, as Barry Williams, Chris Knight and Maureen McCormick declined to record, despite being under contract to Lou Scheimer"s Filmation studios. Scheimer sued, but the kids' lawyer got a dismissal. Scheimer had his son and daughter voice Greg, Marcia and Peter. Actor Larry Storch voiced other characters, including wise-guy Chuck, a school rival of Greg's. Jane Webb voiced other female characters. Only five episodes were filmed in the second season. Recorded songs from season one were used.
Rob Lambert - June 13, 2018 - Report this comment
Pillsbury did some heavy cross-promoting in the mid 1970s. The Sunday Funnies section in the Chicago Daily News (April, 1975) had an ad offering a kids backpack with Goofy Grape and Poppin' Fresh, the doughboy, on it. It cost a dollar, plus the doughboy picture from a roll of Cut & Bake cookie batter, plus three empty Funny Face wrappers. Not much further down the road, Pillsbury would drop Funny Face altogether. The timing of the ad also coincided with the blusterous Richard J. Daley winning a fifth term as mayor of Chicago.

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