Mr. Owl

Mr. Owl

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!” – an answer remembered by every former kid who ever had the pleasure of viewing this iconic commercial.

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.

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 in our comments section below.

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  1. NostalgiaTV says:

    Dear Eric,

    There were other vo actors..who performed the voices of “The Cow” and

    “The Fox”and “The Boy”in that animated “Tootsie Pop”candy tv plug..

    Paul Frees was the voice of the “Fox”,Peter Robbins(The original voice of

    “Charlie Brown”)was the voice of “The Boy” and a gentleman that I was

    lucky enough to meet before he left us..Mr.Frank Nelson was the voice

    of “The Cow”.

    Thanks For Sharing this rare piece of kids tv and tv commercial history,

    Kevin S.Butler Formerley”Nostalgia TV!”.

  2. NostalgiaTV says:

    Dear Eric,

    The voice of “Mr.Owl”that Paul Winchell uses here in this commercial.

    This is the same vo that he used for his tv puppet character”Snitchey The Snail”on the nationally syndicated version of”Winchell/Mahoney Time”.

  3. princessdiana says:

    lucky you. I never knew them. I loved those Tootsie pop commercials. I can’t wait untill The Black Cauldron comes to dvd in Sept.

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