Col. Sanders, Taco Bell Dog & Pizza Hut Delivery Girl with Star Wars
I’ve mentioned these commercials a few times before, and if you were craving to know what the hell I’m talking about threat no more. For I finally decided to do an article on this rare series of commercials that had three different representatives from three different establishments. Which were Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, & KFC; a pizza delivery company, a taco company, and a chicken company worked together back in the late 90s something that was never done before for either of the three mentioned establishments and has never been done again since 1999. Why did these companies worked together for these series of commercials? I’m glad you asked it was because all three of them sell Pepsi drink products and since Pepsi was doing ads for Star Wars Episode 1 so did the eatery establishments themselves. So these commercials were made and I’ll tell you these were the best Star Wars Episode 1 commercials to ever watch on TV.
I’ll exclude my warnings about posting neglected comments on Episode 1 since all of you know I love the movie and loathe people who look at the pet peeves of the movie and not see the great quality The Phantom Menace had to offer. So let’s discuss the content of these commercials. The first commercial starts with the voice of Queen Amidala channeling her distress call telepathically to a statue of Col. Sanders at the Col Sanders Museum. She tells the statue that planet Naboo is being invaded and needs help fighting off the Trade Federation that’s occupying the planet. Then the statue of Colonel Sanders comes to life and immediately jogs to his white custom convertible with a chicken hood ornament. After we see the deceased Colonel come back to life, we then see a Pizza Hut delivery woman receiving the same message(and it appears she’s the only one who can hear the Queen) and starts to dash to her jeep and drives off to a leveled parking lot where she parks her jeep. She then leaps off of the leveled parking lot and lands right in the Colonel’s car. They drove to a Mexican night club to pick up one last companion. Which was none other than the Taco Bell Dog! Once they were together the Colonel’s car jumps into light speed as if it has the same mechanism as the light speed jumps on the space ships of the Star Wars universe. The commercial concludes with the ad for Episode 1 and showing the logos for the three companies that are promoting the movie. The other commercials involved the three characters doing a spoof of the original poster for Episode 4 the New Hope and fighting off Battle Droids on the fields of Naboo. Along with promoting the kids meal toys, game medallions, and a chance to win a million bucks.
My comments on the commercials, they were really well made and I love how the three different fast food establishments agreed to use each of their mascots just for this occasion. Course during the 90s, there were hardly any KFC commercials, but since the Colonel is very iconic he has no trouble being recognized by the public. While the Taco Bell Dog was still popular at the time these commercials were made. Since I already did an article on him last week, I felt it be appropriate to talk about these commercials in a separate article rather than include them with the standalone Taco Bell Dog commercials. The one thing that baffled me was the Pizza Hut Delivery Girl in these commercials wasn’t an actual mascot compared to the other two. I mean yes, Pizza Hut has had it’s fair share of commercials using delivery people but I don’t ever recall seeing this woman used for any such commercials. I was surprised that Pizza Hut didn’t use Pizza Head for these commercials cause he’s more of a mascot than the Delivery Girl we see here. But since it be a real drag to have Pizza Head be carried around by the Colonel or the Dog around in these commercials, I guess that’s the reason why Pizza Hut decided to use an anonymous delivery woman for these commercials. At least Pizza Head did got to promote Star Wars when he was still used as a mascot for Pizza Hut. Like Marphalump, these mascots weren’t used again for the promotion of Episodes 2 & 3. But despite that they were only used for just this movie’s promotion, I still regard these commercials to be memorible and a must see for any Star Wars fan.
Anyways those were my thoughts on the commercials. To wrap this article up I provided every single KFC/Taco Bell/Pizza Hut related commercial I could find. For next week I decided to do an article on a long forgotten series of Carl’s Jr. commercials. Noticing I haven’t done one yet, I’ll gladly do one for next. Until then enjoy the commercials below.
Posted on January 18, 2012, in Advertise of the Week and tagged col sanders, KFC, pizza hut, pizza hut delivery, star wars, star wars episode 1, taco bell, taco bell dog, taco company, the phantom menace. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.