Here’s an animated Christmas commercial for Toys “R” Us, with Geoffrey the Giraffe and his family gathered ’round the fireplace before heading off to the area Toys “R” Us store to sample all the toys being offered – all to a special holiday-themed arrangement of “The World’s Biggest Toy Store…The Biggest Selection” jingle.
This particular (and memorable) ad had aired at least since 1976, but in this form (with a notice towards the end of extended hours – to midnight Monday through Saturday and 10pm on Sunday) was (C) 1981 Toys “R” Us, Inc.
This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, December 18th 1981 during the 4:30pm to 5:30pm timeframe.
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