Winky Dink

(ended 1957)


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  • An incredible idea in marketing to children in the 1950's. Interactive cartoons. Have mom buy the kit consisting of a plastic sheet and erasable crayons. You were supposed to put the plastic on the tube and draw on the tube.moreless

    I was about five when this show aired. The idea was radical: For example: Wiinky Dink would be chased by the robbers. He is trapped at the edge of a canyon! The kid viewer would put a sheet of plastic on the tube and draw a bridge! Winky Dink and friends would cross over, and would tell you to erase the bridge to keep the bad guys away!!

    Only my mom would not buy the little kit of markers and plastic for me -- and I caught hell for drawing right on the TV screen.

    My mom would not let me watch it again. Ever. I think this must have happened in lots of households.

    Ah Winky Dink, you made such an impression on me and I only got to watch you once.moreless
  • Winkey Dink was a ground-breaking children's animated television show from the very early days of television. The program directly involved viewers. Although the animation was simple, the show was captivating to young children.moreless

    This was a show decades ahead of its time. Aimed at young children, this was the first interactive television program. Viewers' parents would send away for a piece of clear plastic which stuck to the tv screen. When the bad buys threatened Winkey Dink, the young viewers could use their crayons to follow the dots on the screen and draw something (a car, an airplane, etc.) that would rescue their hero. The animation was very simplistic – stick figures – but at the time, the idea very of television was new, and viewers didn't demand high-end animation. On Winky Dink, there was as much excitment, action, pathos and dramatic tension as a two-year old to five-year old could stand.moreless