One wonders how many questions the wise Mr. Owl fielded over the year from the various critters in the forest. As it stands, he will always be remembered for that one particularly iconic question, posed to him by a young boy, who innocently asked, “Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” Of course, our fine-feathered friend succumbs to temptation, forgoes science in favor of flavor, and after chomping through the dense candy shell to get to his chocolaty prey, proclaims “three!”
Paul Winchell is the man behind Mr. Owl’s scholarly voice. You’ve likely heard him in many things, thanks to a prolific career that includes Tigger from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Fleegle from The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, Dick Dastardly from Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines and Wacky Races, and Gargamel from The Smurfs. Let’s take a look at some of his wonderful work:
The Tootsie Pop commercial first aired in 1970 and has continued to run sporadically for decades. It continues to spur debate over the number of licks necessary, and the bespectacled owl remains a beloved mascot to millions. As we pay tribute to this iconic commercial and its beloved Mr. Owl, we invite you to share your thoughts and memories with all of us at Retroland.