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I Hanker for a Hunk of Cheese

Is he a lemon?  Is he a tennis ball?  What exactly *is* Timer?!

So, the other day Courtney and I were watching a little Schoolhouse Rock and I suddenly remembered another Saturday morning educational diversion – Time for Timer.*

You may remember Timer from ABC’s Health and Nutrition Commercials. He hankered for a hunk of cheese, he made orange juice ice-cube popsicles, he suggested healthy snacks of carrot sticks. What a pal!

And while we’re at it, does anyone remember the Teeny Little Super Guy? As I recall it, he was a little cartoon guy on the side of a juice glass.

Ok. Back to work now. No, really.

* So, I only remembered that the little yellow, blobby guy existed. Courtney actually remembered his name. Now that’s a lot of trivia knowledge!

{ 18 } Comments

  1. Courtney | December 30, 2003 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I’ll admit that Timer never really led me to think that healthy snacks were better tasting, but the hunk o’ cheese song has always stuck in my mind.

    I even tried ice-cube popcicles a couple months ago, but I learned the hard way that Crystal Light doesn’t make near the quality of popscicles that OJ and Kool-Aid make.

  2. Kelly | December 30, 2003 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I also remember Timer making something else and saying, “Look! You made a wagon wheel!” It was another healthy snack. But to save my life, I don’t know what it was.

  3. M | December 30, 2003 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    I think that’s in the segment where he’s hankering for the hunk of cheese!

  4. Elena | January 2, 2004 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Ok, I was talking to my sister the other day and somehow we started singing the Teeny Little SuperGuy song. Does anybody remember how that went??

  5. Walton Simons | January 18, 2004 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Ladies and Gentlemen… the Teeny Little Super Guy.

    Teeny Little Super Guy

    Pops right up before your eyes

    He’s no bigger than your thumb…

    “Snap your fingers, here I come, now stop me if you’ve heard this one…”

    Don’t look in the sky, don’t look in the sea, he’s inside of you and me…

    “Did I ever tell you about the time…?”

    You can’t tell a hero by his size he’s just a Teeny Little Super Guy…

    “Oh yeah…”

  6. Miranda | January 18, 2004 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Awesome!

  7. Yancy | March 3, 2004 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    ?I hanker for a hunk-a
    A slab or slice or chunk-a
    I hanker for a hunk-a
    CHEESE!?

  8. Yancy | March 3, 2004 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m so hungry I can eat a wagon wheel!

    : When my get-up-and-go
    : has got up and went,
    : I hanker fer a hunk o’ cheese.

    : If yer headin’ for a showdown,
    : and yer feelin’ kinda lowdown,
    : then hanker fer a hunk o’ cheese!

    : If yer ten gallon hat
    : is feelin’ five gallons flat
    : then hanker fer a hunk o’ cheese.

    : It’s a real winner,
    : and yet won’t spoil my dinner
    : I hanker fer a hunk o’ cheese

    : I hanker fer a hunk o’
    : A slab a slice a chunk o’

    : I hanker fer a hunk o’ cheese.

    : Look a wagon wheel!

  9. Miranda | March 3, 2004 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Excellent! Thanks, Yancy!

  10. jeff | March 5, 2004 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    does anybody know where i can get a video of this?
    me (32) and my 38 yr. old co-worker were just discussing this yesterday! we couldn’t remember the words, but have them now!

  11. shelc | April 21, 2004 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    The last one was close

    I’m so hungry I can eat a wagon wheel!

    : When my get-up-and-go
    : has got up and went,
    : I hanker fer a hunk a’ cheese.

    : If yer headin’ for a showdown,
    : and yer feelin’ kinda lowdown,
    : and really kinda weak in the knees!

    : If yer ten gallon hat
    : is feelin’ five gallons flat
    : then hanker fer a hunk a’ cheese.

    : I hanker for a hunk a’,
    : A slab, a slice a chunk a’,
    : A real mean kind of winner,
    : And yet won’t spoil my dinner!
    : I hanker for a hunk A CHEESE!!

    YAHOO!

  12. Brian Covington | June 14, 2004 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    From ABC Commercials transcripts:

    Bang, bang, bang!
    Oh! Howdy Partner! Time for Timer!
    Do you ever get that hungry feeling after school?
    Boy, I do! I’m so hungry, I could eat a wagon wheel!

    When I’m slow on the draw and I need something to chaw,
    I hanker for a hunk of cheese!
    When my ten gallon hat’s a-feelin’ five gallons flat
    I’ve got something planned, which is
    Little cheese sandwiches! Come on!

    Here’s a great little snack to tide you over till dinner!
    If you want something that’s delicious and nutritious, cheese is a super snack! Look! A wagon wheel!

    When my get up and go has got up and went,
    I hanker for a hunk of cheese!
    When I’m dancin’ the hoedown and my boots kinda slow down,
    Or anytime I’m week in the knees,
    I hanker for a hunk of,
    A slab, a slice, a chunk of,
    A snack that is a winner,
    And yet won’t spoil my dinner!
    I hanker for a hunk of cheese! Ya-hoo!

  13. Jenn Dolari | July 7, 2004 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Don’t drown your food.
    In Mayo or ketchup or goo!

  14. shawn | August 23, 2004 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Sadly, I remember two versions. In one, Timer has a southern accent, in the other not so much.

  15. Shelia W. | October 4, 2006 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks, my husband and I were wondering what were the words and now we know. I miss those ads.

  16. David E. | November 13, 2006 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    http://www.angelfire.com/retro/gartwo/

    The cartoon shorts can be found here.

  17. Kevin | January 18, 2007 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    When he says “Look, a wagon wheel” I’m pretty sure he had just put a piece of cheese between two round crackers and rolled it away. Great ad- but most people I mention it to don’t seem to remember it and give me funny looks. Like I could make up something this goofy.

  18. Emmy | March 9, 2007 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Ask and ye shall receive!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZA2A2zoz-A

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