Smokey The Bear
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Smokey BearSmokey Bear is a fictional character created in 1944 by the Ad Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to public service messages and campaigns. The purpose of the long-popular Smokey Bear campaign is to spread awareness about the prevention of forest fires, often by using animated pictures and the now-famous slogan, “Only you can prevent forest fires!”
The idea for an anti-forest fire campaign actually began several years before Smokey’s debut, at the start of World War II. Forest fires were fast-becoming a major problem in the continental United States, and this created concerns among politicians as lumber was a major material used in the war efforts. Early campaigning posters actually depicted the Axis Alliance (those countries whom opposed the Allies in World War II – specifically Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan, and Nazi Germany) as encouraging forest fires. The idea that was conveyed here was simple, if not bold: if you don’t work to prevent forest fires, you’re actually helping the enemies win. The campaign was softened in 1942 with the release of Walt Disney’s motion-length animated feature, “Bambi.” To coincide with the film’s release, and to capitalize on the public sympathy for the Bambi character (who lost his mother due to hunting in the film), the U.S. Government licensed the Bambi character for use in the anti-forest fire campaign for a period of one year. The animated and softer campaign posters and message proved successful with the American people, but a new campaign had to be thought up to replace Bambi after the one-year contract expired.
This new campaign, launched on August 9th, 1944, was the birth of Smokey Bear. The initial poster did not yet have the famous slogan, but instead read, “Care Will Prevent 9 Out of 10 Forest Fires!” and depicted Smokey Bear pouring water on a an old campfire. This new animated poster proved equally, if not more successful, than the Bambi campaign, and by 1948, Smokey was depicted with his friends of the forest (not unlike Bambi’s poster) and stated: “Another 30 Million Acres Will Burn This Year ... Unless You Are Careful! Remember – Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!” This new message was much more direct, and put responsibility on the individual. The message then evolved through the decades and remained virtually unchanged – the image of Smokey eventually created into short commercial-length cartoons for television and drive-in movies, posters, and even Smokey Bear mascots whom would travel to schools and community centers teaching about the dangers of forest fires.
In the 1950’s, Smokey Bear appeared on his own radio show and had kids sing along with his own band, and he was also featured in comic strips. He was released as a plush doll for children in 1952, the same year that Congress passed The Smokey Bear Act, which removed Smokey Bear from public domain (free for anyone to use for whatever commercial purpose) and placed him, along with several copyright and trademark laws for Smokey, under the management of the Secretary of Agriculture. Smokey, whilst still popular today, reached his pop-culture climax in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s during which time he had a series of children’s books. Smokey also enjoyed Ad Council radio spots where he spoke with celebrities such as Art Linkletter and Bing Crosby about forest fire danger.
The message was updated only once, in April of 2001, with the new slogan, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!” The campaign seems to have worked throughout the years, as the Ad Council’s web site boasts that because of the Smokey Bear campaign, the number of acres lost each year due to careless wildfires had dropped from 22 million to 4 million.