The Blog Lagoon’s 31 Days of Halloween – Day 17: Cereal Killers and Monstrous Marshmallows

choculaThere’s something about colorful, cartoony, kid-friendly monsters that are just pleasing to the eye. It’s the reason I can’t flip past the Munsters. It’s the reason I think Rankin and Bass’s Mad Monster Party? should be a annual Halloween staple. It’s also the reason I couldn’t walk on by when I saw the General Mills monster cereals on sale at Target. (Where sugary kid cereals are concerned, they really are monstrously delicious.)

Today’s share is a big bowl fulla’ monster cereal audio fun. The zip file contains rips from three “flexidiscs” that were offered in “specially-marked boxes” of General Mills’ monster cereals back in the 70s. Flexidiscs were big when I was a kid, back when everyone had a record player and these three ridiculous little stories don’t disappoint. You can join Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Boo Berry on their adventures to Hollywood, outer space, and my favorite, a disco dance club contest(!). In addition, I’ve added a rip from a Family Channel Halloween promo CD from 2001 I picked up over at Universal Sounds of Horror. It features some decidedly lame Halloween pop, but Count Chocula and the monsters tie-in for an appearance .

Cover for "Cereal Killers" -- an upcoming (?) coffeetable book from Kreepsville Industries.

Cover for "Cereal Killers" -- an upcoming (?) coffee table book from Kreepsville Industries.

For more scary cereal fun, check out Kreepsville Industries’ Cereal Killer blog for a look at a collection of made-up horror-themed cereal boxes by wide array of popular animators and graphic artists. Evidently these will all be found in a coffee table book that’s been in the works since 2006 — but the blog hasn’t been updated since 2008 and I can find no evidence that the book was ever published, let alone completed. Anyone know the deal on that? Here’s my favorite.

Finally – a bit of trivia. There were two more General Mills monster cereals that were discontinued after a short run. Do you know what they were? Check the YouTube clips below to find out.



~ by Number5ive on October 17, 2009.

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