Ah, it’s Christmas time once again and that means wonderful Christmas Commercials! Maybe it’s me, but it seems like Christmas Commercials today just don’t have the same effect as they did back in the 80s. Then again, I was a kid back then, so Christmas in general had a different meaning. Back then it was all about GETTING the toys, now that I’m grown with three little ones, it’s about GIVING the toys. But today I have a commercial for a cereal that has been around for a long time. Actually, I believe that this commercial was on TV just a few years ago. It’s for Fruity Pebbles Cereal.
The Post Fruity and Cocoa Pebble commercials have always been fun. With Barney always trying to trick Fred out of his Pebbles, I never understood why Barney just didn’t go get his own box at the store. But with this commercial, we start with Fred trimming his tree, with carolers singing outside. Taking a break to check out his tree, Fred pours a large bowl of Fruity Pebbles. What the heck is with all the Fruit on the tree? I know the commercial is for Fruity Pebbles, but my goodness! If this was for Cocoa Pebbles, would he have chocolate bars on the tree? Anyway, who happens to arrive in time for this bowl of Fruity Pebbles? Why Santa Clause! Seems a little early in the evening, don’t you think?
But as Santa is eating his well deserved bowl of Fruity Pebbles, who is working on tricking Fred out of his Pebbles? That’s right, Barney is at the top of the chimney, decked out in his Santa gear, ready to make his entrance. Where is the real Santa’s sleigh? You’d think that would be a tip off to Barney. Oh well, Barney makes his entrance and finds Santa eating “my pebbles!” Fred get’s upset and Santa has to remind him that it is the season for giving and Barney finally gets some Pebbles Cereal. Santa then fly’s away as Barney and Fred enjoy a bowl of Fruity Pebbles.
I love this commercial. Maybe it’s because it came out when I was younger, and everything associated with Christmas was magical, or I think it’s just a great commercial.