First, let me point out to Ken that not only are you NOT getting old already (and I am older than he is by nearly the average age of an American Idol contestant), but with his personality, I feel safe in predicting that you never really will. Also, I can safely predict that no matter how much you may try to shield Dylan and the soon-to-be-Maebe by restricting their television viewing and buying Educational and/or Christian DVDs, they AND YOU once again will be exposed to breakfast cereal commercials and you will discover that they have NOT changed at all, except for being better animated, thanks to computers and South Korean indentured animators. Toucan Sam is still getting his nose into everything, the Trix Rabbit is still unable to make a clean getaway and Sonny is more hyper than ever (a strong argument AGAINST sugary cereals).
There is one other more recent General Mills cereal ad I should bring to your attention, for Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It uses an animated human character named Wendell (no relation) in a baker's outfit who, in the commercials running for the last several years, interacts with live-action people, asking grown-ups "what's so special about Cinnamon Toast Crunch" while a group of kids laugh mockingly when the grown-up invariably gets it wrong. The correct answer is: "It's the cinnamon sugar swirls in every bite!" All things considered, I'm surprised they haven't approached YOU to be a grown-up in one of their commercials. Don't do it.
Then there are the commercials for cereals not made by the Big 2. Like Quaker's Cap'n Crunch (originally animated by the legendary Jay Ward and voiced by the legedary Daws Butler). In his current incarnation, he seems to be inviting kids aboard his 'magic ship' to enjoy his cereal in a manner not unlike the creepy guy offering kids candy if they get in his van. Very questionable. And the Post Pebbles cereals are still using pre-existing characters Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, and Barney still consistantly succeeds in stealing and eating Fred's cereal (no Trix Rabbit syndrome here) leaving Fred yelling angrily. I am sincerely concerned about what would happen to Barney if Fred catches him.
I must say that I am in agreement with Herbal-T and Dave Barry about the sexism inherant in cereal advertising. It should be duly noted that when "kids" appear in a commercial, it is either one boy and one girl or two boys and one girl, never one boy and two girls. This may date back to the dark ages (the 1950s) when it was considered solely the Mother's duty to tell the kids to eat their breakfast while it was the Father's duty to read the newspaper at the kitchen table. As a result, advertisers went to great lengths to make their spokescharacters as un-Mom-like as possible. As far as Dad, well, nobody knows what he's like behind that newspaper. It is either (a) a mystery or (b) an injustice that the male domination still exists, although I had heard that some test marketing was done and both Toucan Sally and Trixie Rabbit tested very poorly. And an attempt to have Betty Rubble steal the cereal from Wilma Flintstone went so badly, Betty was removed from Flintstones vitamins.
And just don't ask about the commercials for Pop Tarts. They are too weird.