Vintage TV: Hoppity Hooper

When I moved into this house, these two tiny magnets were stuck to the side of the medicine chest:

Hoppity Hooper magnets

I wondered for a moment about where these bow-tied frogs came from, but then got back to moving in. They’re still stuck to the medicine chest.

A few of my YouTube subscriptions regularly deliver vintage cartoons to me. One day, the mystery of the cravatted amphibian was solved when this was posted:

The frog magnets are Hoppity Hooper! In case you can’t make it out in the fuzzy video, here’s a still:

Hoppity Hooper

Wait. Who?

I’d never heard of him. And that’s saying something, because I love cartoons and have watched tons of them. Apparently, Hoppity’s the most overlooked creation of Jay Ward, who much more famously created Rocky and Bullwinkle. As a matter of fact, many of the side cartoons from the Rocky and Bullwinkle shows came to Hoppity Hooper’s show, too, including Peabody’s Improbable History, Fractured Fairy Tales, and Mr. Know-It-All.

If I had to guess, I’d say the magnets came out of a box of cereal. I used to have an entire set of similar, but larger, magnets I got from Freakies cereal in 1974. Anyone who was school-aged in 1974 knows what I’m talking about. Too bad I didn’t get my magnets off the fridge before it became my ex-wife’s fridge.


3 responses to “Vintage TV: Hoppity Hooper”

  1. tina Avatar

    very interesting! he looks familiar to me, maybe i watched that show a few times when i was young.

  2. Dani Avatar

    Unrelated to vintage TV but related to vintage cereal toys… we were giving Ben’s room a thorough cleaning yesterday when I came across my old Cap’n Crunch Treasure Kit. It didn’t actually come in the cereal box; I sent off for it – back in the early ’70s.

  3. Jim Avatar

    I kept for a long time a deck of cards with pictures and facts about each U.S. President that I got by sending in box tops from Frosted Mini-Wheats. Must have gotten them in the late 70s, because the last President card was of Jimmy Carter.

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