Ranger Rick And His Merry Band (partially found TV commercial based on magazine; 1970s)
Ranger Rick is a children's science and nature magazine created by the National Wildlife Federation. Published since 1967, every issue features a comic (formerly short story) series featuring the mascot, a raccoon called Ranger Rick, where he and his animal friends explore the world while encountering and finding solutions to environmental problems. There exists a partially found 2D animated TV commercial featuring the characters, which was partially uploaded on YouTube by the NWF.
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The commercial has been uploaded in two parts, meaning the middle and ending parts are lost. The first half involves the characters of the Ranger Rick (then called Ranger Rick's Nature Magazine) leaving the magazine and walking in the forest. The second half involves Ranger Rick teaching the animals an important message. It is unknown what year this commercial was released, but based on the logo on the cover of the magazine, this commercial was created around 1970 to 1972.
This commercial marked the first appearance of Ranger Rick in animation, and the first time in which he was provided a voice.
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When the NWF was contacted on Twitter on March 17, 2021 about details for the commercial, they claimed to have only a few archives from the 1970s. Hannah Schardt, the current senior editor of the magazine was later contacted about the existence of the commercial on June 9, 2021. She released an email in which she asked a former editor of the magazine about the commercial. He remembered the commercial but did not remember the details on the voice actors and the producers. The footage which the NWF uploaded on YouTube was also stated to be the only surviving footage of the commercial.
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