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marciasfantasy Store GREEN GIANT LIL SPROUT Jolly Green Giant - The trademark of the Green Giant Company which provides canned and frozen vegetables to the tables of the world. Inspired by Grimm's fairy tales, the Green Giant was designed to commemorate the introduction of a new kind of pea by the Minnesota Valley Canning Company of Le Sueur in 1925. Originally, a grumpy, grey gnome in a scruffy bearskin, the company turned their mascot green in the 1930s to symbolize its green vegetable products. Dressed in a leafy-green toga, the Giant's vocabulary is limited to "Ho, Ho, Ho, Green Giant!" (voiced by Herschel Bernardi/Died: 5-9-86).In 1973, the Green Giant got a little assistant called "Little Green Sprout" to help him tend the vegetables in his valley.In 1979 the citizens of Blue Earth, Minnesota paid homage to the Jolly Green Giant and dedicated a 55-foot statue in his honor. Voice-over actor Len Carlson provided the "Ho! HO! HO!" sounds to the 1980s commercials. In the year 2000, after 75 years, the Chicago-based Leo Burnett Ad Agency who had reinvented the JGG icon in 1935, lost the JGG account to the Saatchi & Saatchi agency headquartered in London. Leo Burnett created the Jolly Green Giant, Charlie Tuna for StarKist, Morris the Cat for 9-Lives, and the Keebler elves. Advertising Age magazine has ranked the JGG as the third most recognizable advertising character of the century's top 10 ad icons behind only Ronald McDonald and the Marlboro Man. TRIVIA NOTE: Keith Wegeman, an Olympic long-jump skier portrayed the Jolly Green Giant in a series of live action spots produced in the 1960s. His daughter is Katherine Kelly Lang who stars on the CBS daytime soap opera THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL as Brooke Logan Forrester, a beautiful, strong-willed young chemist from California's San Fernando Valley. Also, Little Sprout, the Jolly Green Giant's helper allegedly is working on a tell-all biography And, did you know that The USAF Sikorsky HH-3E helicopters were used extensively in Vietnam for combat and rescue missions. They earned the nickname "The Jolly Green Giant." Lil Sprout has been around since 1973 so does have very light rubs on a few leaves.... See my eCRATER store for more neat advertising items Please email me with any questions before looking.WELCOME to my store.....Be sure to check out my Bargain Boutique: New one of a kind bargains added every day. Get a Bargain!Thanks for looking!