Kerb Drill - Batman - Adam West

Check Out 1967’s Kerb Drill UK PSA Featuring Batman!

In this absolutely fantastic day and age when the internet makes nearly everything known. It is indeed a joy to be able to stumble upon little nuggets of pop culture goodness you haven’t seen before. Case in point this 1967 public service announcement. On the subject of road safety and presented by none other than the Caped Crusader. Yes, indeed, the one and only Adam West in Kerb Drill!

Kerb Drill - Adam West - Batcamera

I have to admit that I am digging that Batcamera the Caped Crusader is sporting.

At the time of Kerb Drill’s release, the TV series had probably just finished it’s second season. I suppose the World was still riding high on the Bat-mania from after the ’66 series became so immensely popular. As well as Batman: The Movie having been released in the UK in December of 1966. It is no wonder that they recruited Adam West to speak to the kids about road safety. This public service announcement is similar to the Green Cross Code PSA’s that David Prowse would do in 1975.
Kerb Drill - David Prowse - Green Cross Man

Within the brief minute long PSA, Batman kindly explains that has taken a quick holiday from Gotham City. To not only visit London of course but crime fighting as well. Although the Caped Crusader wants children to know that there is one danger they can never ignore. That deadly daily danger of so much vehicular traffic! Obviously Batman explains the importance of the Kerb Drill, demonstrating it with the help of some young fans.

Not only is the UK PSA rather charming and delightful, it was also considered to be lost. It was in fact uncovered by the Birmingham based Kaleidoscope organization. A group dedicated to tracking down lost UK television rarities such as this public service announcement. Which they believe has never been seen by the World until it was presented last month.

Ready to travel back to 1967 with Batman and learn all about the Kerb Drill?

[Via] I Am Birmingham

ET Special Olympics PSA

ET Special Olympics PSA

When E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial hit theaters, it was a big deal. E.T. was everywhere after that. He did commercial for lots of products, including a very memorable Atari commercial. One that I always remembered was this ET Special Olympics PSA.

In it, E.T. is simply watching a child work hard on mastering the high jump. Even though the kid fails time and again, E.T. patiently watches. E.T. even pays the kid a visit to let the kid know that he believes in him. Eventually through hard work and perseverance, the kid manages to make the jump. When he does it, his parents are their to praise him, but this kid knows who really cares about him, E.T.

When I first saw this ad back in the 1980s, I was naturally attracted to it because of E.T. At some point something occurred to me that made it extra fun in my book. E.T. can make things fly. He did it with the bikes. Why didn’t he do it with this kid? Yes, I know why. He wants the kid to win by his own means. Still, this PSA would have been much more memorable if this kid suddenly started glowing and leapt twenty feet into the air. Sure, not as lesson oriented, but a hundred times more memorable.

Watch the ET Special Olympics PSA

Bugs Bunny

Do You Recall This 1982 Bugs Bunny PSA Commercial?

You know, most people would say that Bugs Bunny was a pretty smart rabbit. Even though his quasi original appearance and some characteristics can be found in 1938’s Porky’s Hare Hunt. It was a more zany as well as madcap rabbit on display – acting almost like Daffy Duck.
Bugs Bunny - Porky Pig

It wasn’t however until the 1940 theatrical short entitled A Wild Hare that Bugs Bunny really made the scene. Even then he wasn’t know as Bugs, but he was still voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, although he initially wasn’t credited.

So began Bugs Bunny’s meteoric rise to stardom. Over the past 77 years our favorite wisecracking hare has certainly changed. For example the character evolved into a role as sort of the straight man. Case in point when he was teamed up with Daffy Duck in 1956’s A Star is Bored!

Being a beloved icon for so many children and as well as their parents. It was of course only natural that Bugs Bunny be tapped as a spokesman for this public service announcement for the Shriners Hospital. In this 1982 PSA he warns children in addition to adults about ways to make the kitchen safer.

That is most certainly a fantastic looking kitchen.


While there are in fact a few bits that could be considered scary images as you see, none of them cross the line into truly frightening. The boiling pot I will have to admit does creep me out a little though.

The advice from 1982 is just as important today so take a minute and listen to Bugs Bunny!

Bugs Bunny wasn’t the only Looney Tunes character to help out with PSA ads. Check out this 1990 version featuring Tweety Bird!

Superman Anti-Smoking PSA

Superman Anti-Smoking PSA

If a Superman Anti-Smoking PSA couldn’t convince you to not try smoking as a kid, I am not sure what could. These ads are not familiar to me. I never saw them when I was growing, but I believe they were created in the UK. At least that is what I would guess from the accents. One things for sure, these kids aren’t from New Jersey. I, like many people, discovered them when they started being posted on the internet.

According to online sources, the Superman Anti-Smoking PSAs were created specifically for the Health Education Council and their anti-smoking campaign. They were animated by Eric Goldberg for the Richard Williams Studio. Goldberg is an American animator who has worked for both Warner Bros and Disney. At Disney he worked on Aladdin, Hercules, Pocahontas and much more.

Superman would appear with the villainous Nick O’Teen in multiple print and broadcast PSAs. The print ads included a form you could send in to get more info about not smoking. The print ads are okay, but these animated PSAs really shine. You can find out more about the Superman Anti-Smoking Print Ads which were written about right here on the site by Hayden Yale.

What makes them great? Well, the animation is solid and Nick O’Teen is a surprisingly creepy villain. The voice acting on Superman leaves something to be desired. At times he almost sounds Russian and all the time he sounds like someone trying to do an American accent. For some reason, hearing this faux accent on Superman makes me very happy.

My favorite PSA is the first one you will see in the video below. It is very much like all the PSAs, but has some nice touches that make it great. For one, Superman appears to kill Nick O’Teen. He picks him up and I assume like so many problems he has to face, simply throws it into the Sun. A solution to problems I wish I had access to.

Then Superman discusses how he knows cigarettes are bad for people. He is using his X-ray vision to look inside of us. While doing so he sees our cancer ravaged lungs and is disturbed.

This makes me wonder about something I am sure many Superman fans have wondered about. How often does he use his X-ray vision? More importantly what is the effect of using this vision on the poor people he has sworn to protect?

I was never much a of a reader of the Superman comic, but I would guess that Superman’s X-ray vision is only X-ray in name alone. Something people understand just by name. The power itself, which really couldn’t work the way X-rays work since it requires film and stuff, is something a lot more complicated.

Still, I do love that he mentions the power and that Superman is always watching us. Not just on the outside, but the inside as well.

Watch this wonderful collection of Superman Anti-Smoking PSAs