Three Ads Too Good Not to Share #10: The TV Commercial Edition

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
It's been far too long since I've done one of these posts, because so often the process of finding three interesting ads is time consuming. So I thought I'd shake things up and make my life easier by posting commercials instead. My goal was too find three whacky TV spots from the 60s. Thanks to the magic of YouTube and the free flowing pharmaceuticals during that era, this didn't take long at all!

1. IHOP: You Want Some Acid With Your Pancakes?
I may have posted this bizarre commercial before, but it must be seen (and heard) to be believed. The balloons, the slow motion, and the trippy Chipmunks singing voice makes me wonder what the ad men who dreamed this up were smoking that day. But the truly horrifying part to me is the food itself--have you ever seen a salad that looked like this before? "Just for the fun of it"? I'll just have the pancakes, thanks. 

2. Cheer: Beam Me Up, Mommy
The Star Trek reference in this Cheer commercial is so obvious that I'm surprised no one was sued for ripping off Dr. Spock's look. I'm sure that most normal people would be positively freaked out if a spaceman from the future materialized in our home to discuss laundry detergent, but not our unfazed heroine mom here. She even manages to makes a joke: tem-pera-CHEER! Ha ha! 

3. Sunsweet Prunes: Fiber is Your Future Friend
Well Ray Bradbury, I'm awfully disappointed with you. According to this commercial, you predicted that by the year 2001 people would be traveling in nomadic tubes and watching wall sized television. Now it's the year 2011 and what do we have? PRUNES*. Thanks for nothing.

*I actually love prunes. And watch the ad; it's a riot.


  1. Love the Bradbury clip. Oh, and that would be Mr Spock, not Dr Spock. Dr Spock is a baby doctor, Mr Spock is 1st officer on the Enterprise.

  2. Ah, Matt, you can tell I was never a Trekkie. :) Thanks for the correction. I know who Dr. Spock was but I guess I always think the one on Star Trek was a "doctor" as well.

  3. I've made the "Dr vs Mr" Spock mistake on one or two occasions myself! (They both had funny ears...heehee...that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.)

  4. Have you seen the Quiznos commercial circa 2007? It features singing rodents - the idea of rodents, fur and food sickened me enough to get me off that chain forever.


  5. You found some quite amusing ads that really made my day. I also used to make the mistake about Spock which annoyed my brother because he is a big fan of that show. That IHOP ad definitely would have turned me off from going there. It's been a very long time since I've been to one. We only went there a few times when we were kids, I think that we liked the pancakes. I hate that the sign on the one near us no longer has it's full name.

    I hope that you have been well lately. I've really missed reading your posts and have alot of catching up to do. Glad to hear that the hurricane wasn't that bad in your area. We lost power for 4 days and the strange thing was that it was just our block!

  6. Jane - I've seen the Quiznos ad with the singing kittens, but I don't think I've seen the rat one. Yeah, not a very good marketing tactic if you want to get people to visit a restaurant.

    Lara Ann - it's great to hear from you and I hope you had a fabulous trip to watch the U.S. Open! Sorry to hear you lost power for 4 days after the storm--that stinks. Yeah, guys shouldn't blame women for not knowing who everyone on Star Trek was.


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