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Do you remember Chambourcy Hippopotamousse?

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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Come on, Dive In!!

Dunno why I just suddenly remembered about this, bit random really!

My sister and I used to have these when we were ickle, we both lurveeeed the strawberry one, wonder why they disappeared?
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Think I do, musnt of been that long ago it stopped being produced id say mid 90's
#2
I remember these, was a long time ago

Do they still do Um Bongo drinks??
#3
Yeah I used to love them, I think kids these days missed out on some awesome years
#4
#5
Friday, 16 May 2008
Come On. Dive In!
If you say those four words to anyone who was a kid in the UK in the Eighties, the chances are you’ll only have to wait a nanosecond before they'll come right back at you with “Ha! Chambourcy Hippopotamousse!”

But where did it come from and where did it go?

A wealth of information is available online about many other products and ads from the era — the old commercial for Um Bongo even gets a spiffy website all its own — but Hippopotamousse is one that slipped through the Net.

Apart from the occasional passing mention on the odd telly-nostalgia forum, the only reference is a brief note that the advert was screened at some animation awards show back in the day. No Wikipedia entries, no pics, no frantic bidding on eBay for mint-condition four-packs, no nuffin’.

Even YouTube draws a blank for a standalone video — all I could find is this commercial break recorded in 1988, where it starts at 1:40. (Warning: It's a shockingly blurry VHS transfer, I’m afraid, but it should be just about enough to jog your memory.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhoonE5WKV8

The idea of a Busby Berkeley schtick starring hippos in flouncy swimsuits, the script and that four-word strap line were the work of a notoriously flaky copywriter at Nestlé’s ad agency, who apparently not only left advertising but also fled the country not long after this commercial was aired, whereupon his name seems to have been redacted from all the records.

The visuals (skilfully tiptoeing around the idea's all-too-obvious plagiari. . . er, I mean loving tribute to the hippo ballerinas in Fantasia) were painstakingly crafted by the now-legendary American animator Eric Goldberg. He must have really needed the work back then, though, because the budget he was given was, quite frankly, a disgrace.

Still, his self-sacrifice seems to have paid off. A couple of years after adding Hippopotamousse to his showreel he was snapped up by Disney and went back to the States to animate the Robin Williams–voiced Genie character in Aladdin, co-direct Pocahontas and turn in the two most critically acclaimed sequences in Fantasia 2000.

He then nipped over to Warners for every animator's ultimate dream gig, getting to bring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and Tweety Pie back to life for Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

He's now back at the House of Mouse acting as an “all-purpose animation guru” and supervising the animation on Disney’s return to old-school hand-drawn features, The Princess and The Frog, which is due for release this summer.

The music for the Hippopotamousse commercial was old-school as well — written and arranged by Tony and Gaynor Sadler and played by a small chamber group at Metropolitan Studios (then still in Soho). Ah, and that I-know-I-know-don't-tell-me voice-over? Yes, it was indeed Don Warrington, who's still best known as Leonard Rossiter's foil in Rising Damp).

A follow-up commercial continuing the Thirties-musical theme was made a year later — with our hero begoggled and leather-helmeted, piloting a bi-plane, while female hippo wing-walkers did some appropriately hefty hoofing — but the sequel lacked the warmth and uncluttered charm of the original somehow.

As for the mousse itself, it was known in the trade as “Notalottamousse” (think three spoonfuls of sweet pink air and you've dived in, basically) and it disappeared quietly from the shelves after only a few years.

But for some reason the TV ad that launched it seared an indelible mark on the memories of a lot of the then-kids who saw it. So when’s the digitally remastered THX/Dolby Surround Blu-Ray boxset coming out, then, eh? Eh?

(Quoted from http://thesumpplug.blogspot.com/)
#6
Oh yeah, baby! I blummin loved these back in the days, sitting at my primary school lunch table eating ma pink mousse, life didn't get any better back then. :roll:
#7
Predikuesi


luv the old ads, getting old
#8
sometimes I wish I could have a "video" record of stuff from my childhood so I could just go back and experience all the good bits again.
#9
LaoTzu
sometimes I wish I could have a "video" record of stuff from my childhood so I could just go back and experience all the good bits again.


i got my little girl a "super ted" dvd a few months ago, she loves it
#10
charlie2
i got my little girl a "super ted" dvd a few months ago, she loves it


Go on admit it, you got it for you didn't you, cos YOU love it :p
#11
YEAH i did, i think enjoyed it just as much as she did, lol
#12
LaoTzu
Friday, 16 May 2008

But for some reason the TV ad that launched it seared an indelible mark on the memories of a lot of the then-kids who saw it. So when’s the digitally remastered THX/Dolby Surround Blu-Ray boxset coming out, then, eh? Eh?

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It's in Dolby TrueHD or Digital Plus!
#13
but moused of all mousic

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