9Lives is the name of a brand of cat food, owned by Del Monte Foods. It is best known for its mascot, Morris the Cat.
Morris the Cat is the advertising mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, appearing on its packaging and in many of its television commercials. A large red tabby tom, he is “the world’s most finicky cat”, and prefers only 9Lives brand, making this preference clear by means of humorously sardonic voice-over comments when offered other brands.
Although generally recognised for his work on He-Man, John Erwin has many years of voice acting to his credit, and has provided voice work for many productions ranging from television adverts to live action movies ever since the 1960s.
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company announced on March 30, 2007 a precautionary measure to voluntarily withdraw its 5.3 ounce Mighty Dog brand pouch products that were produced by Menu Foods, Inc. from December 3, 2006 through March 14, 2007. This withdrawal was in response to the recall initiated earlier by Menu Foods, a contract manufacturer that does limited business with Purina as well as with other pet food manufacturers. At that time, only Mighty Dog 5.3 ounce pouch products are being withdrawn by Nestlé Purina; however, on March 31, 2007, the recall was expanded to “all sizes and varieties of its Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes.” To date, nearly 60 million containers of pet food sold under 100 different brand labels have been recalled.
Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by one critic as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months and then taken outside and run over with a car.”
Waits has steadfastly refused to allow the use of his songs in commercials and has joked about other artists who do. (“If Michael Jackson wants to work for Pepsi, why doesn’t he just get himself a suit and an office in their headquarters and be done with it.”) He has filed several lawsuits against advertisers who used his material without permission. He has been quoted, “Apparently the highest compliment our culture grants artists nowadays is to be in an ad – ideally naked and purring on the hood of a new car,” he said in a statement, referring to Mercury-Lincoln’s “Cougar” automobile. “I have adamantly and repeatedly refused this dubious honor.”
The Purina name was principally associated with the animal feed business, which included feed for livestock and household pets. The predominant brand for each animal was generally referred to as “Chow”; hence there was “Purina Horse Chow”, “Purina Dog Chow”, “Purina Cat Chow”, and even “Purina Monkey Chow,” “Purina Rabbit Chow” and “Purina Pig Chow”.
[Charles Atlas’s] Dynamic tension [system] turned him from a 97-pound weakling to an 180-pound man who was able to pull a 72 ton locomotive 112 feet along the tracks. Atlas began advertising his dynamic tension program in comic books. His ad became iconic, presenting a scenario in which a boy is threatened on the beach by a sand-kicking bully while his date watches. Humiliated, he goes home and, after kicking a chair and gambling a four cent stamp, subscribes to Atlas’ dynamic tension program. Much later, the the boy, now muscular, goes to the beach again and beats up the bully, becoming the “hero of the beach”. Girls marvel at how big his muscles are, and the ad states: “The insult that Made a Man out of Mac”.
Marvin Kaplan (born January 24, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York) is a character actor and voice artist.