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Dancing Cossacks - 1975 National Party Commercial (Full Length) – 1975 Promotional Animation

Dancing Cossacks - 1975 National Party

Commercial (Full Length) – 1975 Promotional Animation

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One of the most controversial political ads to emerge from New Zealand, this 1975 spot only played twice on local TV, but helped bring National a landslide win. National leader Rob Muldoon’s chief target was the Labour Government’s superannuation scheme, which the ad notoriously associated with communism, via a troupe of dancing Cossacks. Created by ad agency Colenso, the concept was animated by Hanna-Barbera in Australia. After being elected, Muldoon brought in a replacement superannuation scheme.

 

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Michael Wall

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Robert Muldoon

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And you know what that's called, don't you?
– The narration that introduces the dancing Cossacks