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Crispy Critters

Crispy Critters From: Post
Introduced in 1962

  • Crispy Critter's mascot, Linus the Lionhearted, was the first advertising character ever to appear as a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. The balloon was featured in the parade from 1964 to 1969.

In the early 60's, the original version of this cereal was promoted as "The one and only cereal that comes in the shape of animals". The sugar frosted oat cereal pieces resembled miniature animal crackers and came in the shapes of camels, rabbits, rhinos and other animals. Later renditions of cereal saw the addition of pink elephant pieces, orange moose pieces and purple "grape ape" pieces.

The cereal faded from the market in the late 60's, but was briefly reintroduced by Post in 1987. The reformulated cereal still had animal-shaped pieces but was now promoted as being the "low sugar cereal with lots of crunch."

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Linus The Lionhearted
Linus The Lionhearted
Shortly after this character became the cereal box representative for Crispy Critters (circa 1962), he took the title role in the CBS kids' series "Linus The Lionhearted". The show which premiered in 1964 featured several of the Post cereal box character of the time, including Sugar Bear and So-Hi, the Chinese boy. The program ended in 1969 when the FCC ruled that the show amounted to a 30-minute informercial for Post cereals and violated their dictate that characters on children's shows must not appear in commercial messages during the show.

Orange Moose
Orange Moose
Orange Moose become part of the Crispy Critters cereal team around 1962-63 when the cereal added orange flavored pieces shaped vaguely like a moose. The character had more than a passing resemblance to Bullwinkle J. Moose, the animated star of "Rocky and His Friends" (1959-1961)" and "The Bullwinkle Show" (1961 - 1964).

The puppet character, Crispy, appeared when Crispy Critters was reintroduced by Post in 1987. The character had the vocal mannerisms of Jimmy Durante and was known for saying "indubitably delicious" and "Ah-cha-cha-cha". The friendly, furry appearance of the character - along with the fact he had antennae sticking out of his head and a huge nose - has led some to speculate that the character may have been the model for the puppet in the television series ALF, or visa versa.

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Title: Crispy Critters Flip-Overs Box

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Uploaded: 11/20/2010

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Title: Crispy Critters Pink Elephant Toy

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Title: 1987 Crispy Critters Advertisement

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Uploaded: 10/26/2010

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Title: Crispy Critter Magic Paint Set

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Comments About This Cereal
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Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)

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By Sabrina

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

This is still my favorite cereal. I crave it and I was just born in 1987. We used to eat this cereal all the time! Post, please bring this cereal back. I will buy it continuously! Please?!?

Comment submitted: 11/12/2014 (#18015)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy Yumarama (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

We occasionally ate this cereal for a few years back in the 60's when it was just the animals, then when they added the pink elephants. Don't recall orange moose at all. I do have a taste memory of the oaty flavor.

Comment submitted: 11/3/2014 (#17948)

By Miguel

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Bring it back. I loved this cereal.

Comment submitted: 10/19/2014 (#17871)

By Erin

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I loved this cereal when I was little. I wish they would bring it back.

Comment submitted: 7/27/2014 (#17416)

By Old Guy (1952)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Bring it BACK! I saw all the cereals since the beginning of TV commercials... well, almost. Crispy Critters had the best commercial I've ever seen.

Comment submitted: 6/30/2014 (#17270)


Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Loved this cereal with pink elephants! Wish they would make it again.

Comment submitted: 6/8/2014 (#17154)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy Mojo1957 (Team Breakfast Member)

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

Original 1960s Crispy Critters ranks a close second to Rice Krinkles as the best cereal of all time in my book. "ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! with Linus the Lionhearted!" Kellogg's Concentrate is my #3.

Comment submitted: 4/1/2014 (#16564)

By Ernie

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I seem to remember eating and enjoying this cereal in the 1970s. It would be nice to see Crispy Critters on store shelves today.

Comment submitted: 11/5/2013 (#15262)

By bluecat

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I loved this cereal growing up. I was happy when it was brought back in the 80's. I would buy it today if it were brought back again.

Comment submitted: 9/4/2013 (#13744)

By Rene6

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

This was my favorite cereal growing up. I would definitely buy it if it were brought back.

Comment submitted: 5/9/2013 (#11987)

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