Snap, Crackle and Pop

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Snap (left), Crackle, and Pop as they appear today.

Snap, Crackle, and Pop are the cartoon mascots of Kellogg's crisped-rice breakfast cereal Rice Krispies, known in Australia as Rice Bubbles.

History[edit]

An older version of the three mascots

The gnomic elves[1] characters were originally designed by illustrator Vernon Grant in the early 1930s. The names are an onomatopoeia and were derived from a Rice Krispies radio ad:

Listen to the fairy song of health, the merry chorus sung by Kellogg's Rice Krispies as they merrily snap, crackle and pop in a bowl of milk. If you've never heard food talking, now is your chance.

The first character appeared on the product's packaging in 1933, Grant added two more and named the trio Snap, Crackle and Pop.[1] Snap is usually portrayed with a chef's toque on his head; Crackle often is shown wearing a red (or striped) tomte's tuque or "sleeping cap," and Pop often wears a drum major's shako (sometimes Pop is seen also with a chef's toque, or an odd combination of both a shako and a toque).[1] Corporate promotional material describes their personalities as resembling brothers. Snap is the oldest and a problem solver, Crackle is an unsure "middle child" and Pop is a mischievous youngster.[1]

From their original design as elderly gnomes[2] with large noses, ears and hats, Snap, Crackle, and Pop were reimagined with younger and more proportional features in 1949. Some time after 1955, their gnome-ish oversized ears became more proportional yet pointed, as seen in common portrayals of elves. They first appeared as animated characters in the 1960s, targeted toward such children's shows as The Howdy Doody Show.[1] The voices of the original gnomes[1] were provided by Daws Butler, Paul Winchell and Don Messick. More recent voices have included Chris Evans, Keith Chegwin, Chad Doreck, Eddie Deezen, Thom Adcox-Hernandez and Dino Andrade. As of 2009, the three gnomes[1] ] are voiced by Andy Hirsch (Snap), Danny Cooksey (Crackle) and Mark Ballou (Pop).[citation needed]

The trio were used in conservation messages during World War II and briefly re-imagined as superheroes in the early 1990s, but later returned to their original elf-like form. Likewise, there was briefly a fourth gnome [1] in the 1950s named Pow who represented the explosive nutritional value of Rice Krispies.[3]

Leo Burnett Worldwide assigned Chicago-based cartoonist Don Margolis to do Snap, Crackle and Pop for the Rice Krispies boxes as well as other applications.[citation needed] Davidson Marketing also used him for their Rice Krispies assignments. Don did the three gnomes[1] until the end of 1998.

Physics[edit]

"Snap", "Crackle", and "Pop" are terms sometimes facetiously used for the fourth, fifth, and sixth derivatives of position.[4] The first through third derivatives are well known. The first derivative of position with respect to time is velocity, the second is acceleration and the third is jerk. The fourth derivative of position is more formally known as Jounce. There is no formal designation for the fifth and sixth derivatives of position.

Names in other markets[edit]

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