Levi’s Jeans Animated Ads from the 1980s

I believe that Levi’s advertising reached its peak with their series of animated commercials that they ran in the 1980s. You know the one with the guy making the Tarzan yell and the creature that kind of looks like a reptile creature in Samurai Armor. They were random and kind of trippy and I loved them. Here is an iteration of this legendary commercial series from 1984:

Of course the ads were also available in print. In this ad you could send away for a poster that could color yourself (awesome). You even get a good look at that lizard creature in this one, and it has a name, they call him a Kylddian Warlord. Which raises the question, what is a Kylddian Warlord? Is he related to the Grinch? Maybe his Japanese equivalent?



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8 thoughts on “Levi’s Jeans Animated Ads from the 1980s

  1. Nick poulton says:

    Trying to sort out an issue at the moment, was there a uk poster in the early 80s for Levis with a gothic looking chap stood on a train track poster saying “THER CAN ONLY BE ONE ORIGINAL.” please can any body out there help me….

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hey I am wondering where you found these Levi’s ads…I am looking for a commercial my Dad was in during the early 1980s would appreciate the help!

  3. Kristy says:

    I need to find a commercial!! my mom did a commercial for levi’s pantomime jeans I think between 1981-1983 that aired in canada. It would mean more than anything to her if I found a copy, so I’m trying my hardest to! Can anyone help me? Its a commercial with a girl looking in the mirror to check out herself then see’s a guy inside watching her and he “magically” transports a rose to her hand, then she walks away with another guy, looks back like sorry. Please someone help me find this !!!

  4. Andrea Turnbull says:

    Kristy – i have been looking for the same ad for levi’s pantomime jeans. i know the whole jingle off by heart but have never been able to find any reference to the jeans. Your post is the only reference i’ve ever found. it has to be out there somewhere!!

  5. Rick says:

    There was a Levi’s commercial, a pencil animation of a woman on a motorcycle trying to escape a sinister semi truck bent on running her over. It was quite dramatic as it chased her through the city. The art I thought was impeccable and at the end of the commercial she manages to dupe the evil semi truck into going over the end of an uncompleted bridge. I would love to see this again and was wondering if you might have a link to it possibly. Best Regards! :)

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