Today I’m taking a look at a series of wrappers released by Cadbury UK in the early-1970’s which featured characters from the classic children’s television show, The Wombles.
The first Wombles television show was produced by the BBC using stop-motion animation and aired from 1973 to 1975. The Wombles were a race of pointy-nosed creatures whose unusual-yet-noble purpose was to find litter and dispose of it properly. That, and to perform catchy musical numbers. Yes the 1970’s were a magical time.
Based on children’s books of the same name, The Wombles became something of a UK pop culture institution with countless media mentions and more than a few revivals over the past four decades.
Here’s a video clip of The Wombles appearing on the UK program Top of the Pops in 1974: [Check out the presenter as I believe he's holding a few Cadbury Creme Eggs in his hand.]
The heyday of The Wombles popularity was the 1970’s, which built upon the success of the television show and led to musical albums as well as a 1977 film and many licensed products including two series of Cadbury Dairy Milk bars.
From what I can tell there were two series of Wombles bars produced. I’m not certain how many wrappers there were across those two series, though I have thirteen different examples in my collection. Here they are:
The next six wrappers differentiate themselves as they feature six numbered “Womble Hints”:
Those are all of the different Wombles wrappers I have in my collection though I do have one interesting variation to show.
Much like Cadbury’s Monster Bar wrappers I wrote about in 2012, Cadbury’s New Zealand division released a set of The Wombles bars that featured the same wrapper designs used in the UK, but in their case in a smaller size. Here’s a comparison of a UK Wombles wrapper next to the smaller version released by Cadbury New Zealand:
Special note: From what I’ve read online, The Wombles are set to return to television in 2015 for a new CGI version of their program.
That’s everything I’ve got to share today on The Wombles and their 1970’s Cadbury chocolate wrappers. See you next time!