Capitol Critters is an animated television series about the lives of mice, rats, and roaches who reside in the basement and walls of the White House in Washington, D.C. The series was produced by Steven Bochco Productions and Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television for the ABC Television Network, which aired seven out of the show’s 13 episodes from January 31, 1992 to April 17, 1992. Cartoon Network began airing all 13 episodes in 1995.
The series was part of a spate of attempts by major networks to develop prime time animated shows to compete with the surprise success of Fox’s The Simpsons (also produced by 20th Century Fox Television), alongside CBS’s Fish Police and Family Dog. All three were canceled in their first season as they were not successful. Click here to watch the intro »
Boglins were rubbery hand puppets that resembled small monsters, goblins and aquatic creatures. The Boglins were part of the “monster creatures” craze during the late nineteen eighties, which included Ghoulies, Critters, Ghostbusters, and Gremlins. Generally, the Boglin puppet was aimed at small children (boys in particular) from eight to eleven, as they were popularly used for frightening others, but have become valuable collectibles in recent years. Their purpose can be summed up fairly accurately with their commercial slogan: “If you take us home, we’ll kiss your Aunt Martha, we’ll eat your peas, and we hope you know lots of girls.”
They were characterized by their unique packaging (a cardboard box with a plastic “cage” entrance) and by movable eyes and mouth. Boglins were manufactured by a number of companies including Action GT and Ideal and distributed by Mattel. They became very popular in both the United Kingdom and USA, and their popularity is believed to have reached its peak thanks to a deal with Kellogg’s in 1989, to use them in promotions contained in, and on, boxes of Rice Krispies cereal, including rubber stampers, stamp collections, cut-out masks and an exclusive set of Mini Boglins.
Boglins were also characterised by their varying “genus” and unique form, which entailed a pair of arms, no legs, and a flatish body. The cult status of Boglins in the past has been so great that they have made appearances in other media. Click here to watch the commercial »
Fruit Roll-Ups is a brand of fruit snack that debuted in grocery stores across the United States in 1983. Research for the product began in 1975. Fruit Roll-Ups are manufactured by General Mills and distributed under the Betty Crocker brand in the United States. The snack is a flat, pectin-based fruit-flavored candy, wrapped around a piece of cellophane for easier removal. Often the consumer must unwrap the cellophane an extra revolution in order to remove the snack due to its tendency to stick to itself. Fruit Roll-Ups is similar to Fruit by the Foot (also a General Mills Snack) in that both snacks are packaged similarly (i.e., rolled around a material so the product does not stick to itself); however, the two snacks differ with respect to taste, texture, and consistency. In the United States, retail Fruit Roll-Ups are sold in boxes of 10. Click here to watch a commercial from 1994 »
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