Milk, It Does the Body Good

If you were growing up in the late 80s, you know these commercials well.  They played all the time during after school programming.  Actually, these are some of my favorite commercials from the 80s.

I use to watch these commercials and hope that this would happen to me.  Either I’d grow up like the boys and be “big and strong” or be the handsome guy that the gorgeous girl had hanging off her arm.

When I was younger, I was a runt.  I was small and didn’t hit my growth spurt until Junior year of High School and I remember in Middle School, watching these commercials and then heading to the fridge to get a glass of milk.  Yea, didn’t work to well.  Even when I hit my growth spurt, my metabolism was so high that I could go to McDonalds, get a Super-Sized meal and still lose weight.  Those were the days.  But that doesn’t mean that these commercials weren’t awesome.  For me at least, they did what they wanted to do, get kids to drink more milk.  Not only that, they were very memorable and still with me today.  I miss these kind of commercials.

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Pizza Hut Commercial from TMNT Movie

When I first came upon this commercial for Pizza Hut, I was searching for the Pizza Hut commercial when you could buy the TMNT Coming Out of Our Shell’s Cassette tape, but fount this wonderful commercial.  I remember when the VHS of TMNT came out and I first watched it.  I was sick with Bronchitis and my mom rented this for me after I came out of the doctor’s office.  I ended up watching it three times before my parents came home that night and I was hooked.

But I also remember this commercial from it.  Watching it now, it’s quite magical really.  It is not so much an advertisement for Pizza Hut, as it is a commercial setting the mood as to why you would want to go to Pizza Hut.  It really is a great mood setting commercial.  The little league baseball, the wonderful guitars strumming the melody to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and the young kid in the outfield, not paying attention and becoming the hero of the game.  Really wonderful and takes me right back.  Amazingly, you don’t even know it’s for Pizza Hut until the last ten seconds of the commercial, but what is great about this, is it relaxes you and in turn makes you feel relaxed about Pizza Hut.  Really, it is a stroke of genius.

I put this commercial on loop and listened to it a few times while I wrote this, and I found myself with a warm smile on my face as I finish this article, remember this and taking me back.  That is a wonderful commercial to me!

Yes, I found the TMNT Coming Out of our Shell’s commercial, but alas, that is now for another time…

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S’mores Crunch Cereal – Yea, they actually made it

One of the great things about YouTube is when you first browse to it, they sometime show, in the Recommended Section, some great videos.  Was visiting tonight and in there was a commercial for S’mores Crunch Cereal.  At first I didn’t remember this cereal, but after a few seconds of watching this commercial, the memories flooded back to me!

The amazing this about this commercial is what brought back my memories of this cereal.  It wasn’t anything in particular with the commercial, but the cereal’s box.  It is a very plain box, a graham cracker brown color with a very generic looking picture, but the simply smiling graham cracker, chocolate bit and marshmallow on the stick is what did it.  For some reason, I can remember being mesmerized by that.

From what I remember of the cereal is that it wasn’t all that great, and that is probably why it didn’t last very long.  It was like a chocolate flavored Golden Grahams with marshmallows in it, but it’s hard to perfect Golden Grahams even with marshmallows, and this coming from a guy that use to eat all the cereal bits before even touching the marshmallows when younger.

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Move Over Bacon, There’s something better…Sizzlean!

I honestly don’t remember this commercial.  I remember the product, but not this, or any other commercial.  If that is the case, why review this commercial?  I remember some time ago, or at least I think I do, someone asking for this commercial.  Whoever you were, I can’t find your email, but if you are still visiting…this is for you!

There is nothing spectacular about this commercial.  It is a very standard informational commercial.  It explains it is like bacon, but healthier.  I myself never tried it, but from what I remember from the 80s, anything that claimed to be like something, only heathier, was usually pretty discusting.

It does have it’s corny catch phrase.  “Move over bacon, there’s something leaner.”  Not really spectacular.  Actually, I think it is rather lame, and I usually love these kind of things.

Well, below is the commercial from 1985.

In researching this add, I found one from 1978.  This one had actually had a jingle in it!  Kinda of lame, but I found this commercial much more entertaining than the previous one.  It caught my attention and kept it better.  This is why a good jingle, or even an average one as the case may be, can do a commercial well!

I Feel Like Chicken Tonight!

When ad agencies create adds, their goal is to make a commercial that is catchy and memorable.  The use of jingles is to keep it in your head and remind you of the product.  You really don’t see this art too much anymore, and when you do, the products are usually annoying.  But back in the 80’s and early 90’s, they were awesome!  One of the best commercials was for Chicken Tonight.

Chicken Tonight was created back in the early 90s and their commercial for it is one of the most memorable from that time period.  Anyone alive and watching tv will know this jingle imediately!  With someone singing “I feel like Chicken Tonight, like Chicken Tonight” and people flapping their arms like chicken, this commercial goes down as both favorite and dreaded commercal at the same time.

I have only great memories, because I just love the jingle.  It takes me back to the early 90s and all the wonderful memories of that time.  But I have talked to many people who absolutely hate this commercial.  I can see what they mean, it is kinda corny, but to me, that makes it great!  You don’t get these kind of commercials on a national scale anymore that work this well.

So, do you love it or hate it?  Leave a comment!

And All the Cheese Goes Blub Blub Blub, Ellio’s Pizza!

In advertising, you have to hook the customer and give them something to remember and hook that to you product, all in 30 seconds or less.  Commercials that do this can be remembered for a long time!  Time to Make the Donuts, Mikey Likes It, Oscar Mayer Balogna to name a few.  What they all had was a line, a hook, that was so ingrained in the commercial, the product, that when you heard the hook, you thought of the product, and many times, saw the product and remembered the hook.

In 1989, Elios Pizza came out with a commercial that is one of my favorite from growing up.  A “Hip” young boy is talking about his favorite pizza and how his older brother has to make it for him.  There is no catchy jingle, and the little boy though cute, isn’t very memorable.  What makes this commercial is one of the best hooks in all of commercials.

And all the cheese goes, blub blub blub.

Kids in school would quote this endlessly.  Myself with my friends would quote this all the time.  Too this day, I can’t think of Ellio’s Pizza and not think of the little boy going “Blub blub blub”.  Who cares if the pizza is square, and if his brother has to make it…”blub blub blub”  Yea, stupid and almost generic, but awesome none the same.  Watch this commercial and tell me that you will not think “blub blub blub” from this moment on whenever you see Ellio’s Pizza from now on and I’ll call you a liar!  I still to this day, much to the annoyance of my wife.  Now just have to get my kids on to it, and my life will be complete.

Hershey Kisses Happy Holidays Commercial!

Such a simple commercial, yet it brings so much pleasure to so many people. This is the Hershey Kiss Christmas commercial where the Kisses play in bell-choir fashion “We Wish you a Merry Christmas.”

This commercial has been around since either the late 80s or early 90s. I’m not sure exactly when, but it feels like this has been around forever! It’s really hard to write about this commercial because it is so short and simple. The best thing about this commercial is that it’s been on for so long that I have so many memories associated with this commercial.

When I was younger, my Christmas was about getting, getting and more getting. I would scope out the catalogs for what I really wanted and this would take weeks! Now days, I have more fun watching my kids open their presents then getting them. This past weekend, I saw this commercial for the first time this year and saw it with my oldest daughter. She loved it, and it feels good to know that my children will hopefully grow up with this commercial and gather some wonderful memories like I did.

I hope everyone who reads this blog a very Happy Holidays. See you next week.