Monthly Archives: January 2013
The 90s, it was a golden era for Nickelodeon. The same can be said about the Disney Channel and Fox Kids. The reason being is that it was the decade when Nick finally got their own cartoons for their channel as oppose to airing Canadian, British, & certain Japanese cartoons. After the beginning of the 2000’s the number of good cartoons decline on that channel. I do admit I enjoyed SpongeBob which is one of the fewest good shows on the channel right now, but the rest drew no interest to me. I got nothing against kids who watch the shows today but it’s always cool that some of them become interested in knowing what aired on Nick before they were born. Which I hope this article will draw interest to those who like to know what Nick was like in the 90’s and those who were around during that era like I was to relive that part of childhood.
Fruit Roll-Ups as well as it’s counterparts Gushers & Fruit By the Foot had an abundance of commercials during the 90’s around the same time as the golden era of Nickelodeon. Now and days these products still sell in the market but without any commercials to go with them. If you were yearning for me to do an article on any of the old Fruit Roll Ups Factory commercial yearn no further. For those who don’t know what the Fruit Roll Ups Factory is, I give you a brief history on it. It was a series of commercials that focused on a new idea for a Fruit Roll Ups product, each commercial always takes place in a massive factory that is usually run by kids. There’s so many different kinds of commercials on that factory but today we’re only going to focus on one single commercial which is the Nicktoons edition of Fruit Roll Ups.
The commercial opens up with the announcer stating: “The quest for the new Fruit Roll Ups continues”. In which the camera zooms into a sliding factory door with Fruit Roll Ups Factory displayed on it. We then see Ren appear in pushs an on/off switch to on. He announces to his friend Stimpy with “Finally Stimpy, it is ours!” As he monologues we see Stimpy watching Ren from a distance along with Ickis & Krumm from “Real Monsters”, Rocko from “Rocko’s Modern Life” & Doug from “Doug”. Ren continues with “Don’t you know what that means?” “The creation of my very own stinky sweat socks!” Doug, Stimpy, & Rocko are all paired together with Doug finding the whole plan to be ludicrous and says “He’s gone mad!” while Stimpy shouts out to Ren: “No Ren!”. Ren now strap to a restraint table with his legs lifted to a large vacuum like device while wearing his socks as he plans to have the socks suck into the vacuum he shouts “Yes! Yes! Yes!” While Stimpy accidentally bumps a switch to the vacuum which was originally on normal suck to the third level suck. Ren not liking that Stimpy mess up with the mechanism to the vacuum and Ren shouts “Look what you done!” The vacuum sucks up more than just the socks as it sucks up Stimpy, Rocko, Doug, Ickis, & Krumm, along with Ren crying out “My plan’s ruined!” As they all travel through a suction pipe Ren called them all “Idiots!” Then an assembly line of Nicktoon fruit roll ups are made with the announcer saying “It’s Nickelodeon peels outs! Ren, Stimpy, Doug & more!” A factory technician kid tries one of the newly produced products as the announcer then says “Nickelodeon characters now on Fruit Roll Ups!” “What fun Fruit Roll Ups will we roll up next?” which the tagline for the end of each of these ads. After the kid ate a Nicktoon Fruit Roll Up he immediately starts spinning like a Tasmanian Devil. Since half of the Nicktoons used for the product fall under slap stick.
This commercial always got me pumped as a kid cause every time I see a Nicktoons product on TV I desperately have to buy it. It was a feeling that would last until the late 90’s know as the end of the era for the Golden Age of Nickelodeon when the original shows either went off the air or came back during one of those limited time reruns that Nick tends to do in this day and age. Luckily with TV show DVD sets being common Ren & Stimpy, Rocko, Real Monsters & Doug are all commonly available on DVD for those who either miss seeing them on TV or for those who missed out on seeing them cause they’re no longer on TV anymore. Either way they’re more commonly available than they were a decade ago. Now to say a few things about the commercial, every Fruit Roll Ups factory is usually compacted with detail with various factory machinery that makes you want to watch the ads several times in order to see all of it. I also can imagine that this ad wasn’t expensive to make when they only had Billy West doing the voices of Ren, Stimpy, & Doug. If Ickis, Krumm, & Rocko had speaking roles for this ad they would had to get Charlie Adler, David Eccles, & Carlos Alazraqui to do their respective roles. Overall it’s a great piece of Nickelodeon history here. I could do another Fruit Roll Ups article but my schedule is too packed to do another one as of right now so instead next week I will do an article on the first Sega Master system commercial the predecessor to the Sega Genesis.
Here’s another credit card commercial only a different gimmick and it’s Visa this time not Mastercard. The gimmick in question is Marvel super heroes, I enjoyed doing the Got Milk commercial with the Marvel heroes. So I couldn’t help it but do another one that revolves on these characters. While I did remember the Got Milk commercial, but for this ad I have no recounted memory of ever seeing it on TV. But thanks to youtube I was able to see what I missed out on. And it’s too good to not be mentioned on this blog.
The commercial starts off with a woman screaming out “help me!” in the middle of an un-named city. And continues to beg “Will someone please help me!” Only to see a bright flash of light which turns out to be Thor summoning thunder to his mallet. Then we see Captain America bursting out of the concrete, I assume he was previously battling Mole Man but why he’s down there to begin with is something we’ll just ignore for right now. We then see Spider-Man swinging through the air with his web shooters, lands on top of a car and then groups up with the other gathered Marvel characters with the addition of Storm and Wolverine. They’re all ready for battle and are expecting the un expected. Only to hear this from the woman – “Someone stole my Visa check card!” The heroes drop their poses and gave out moans of annoyance. Captain America is seen mocking the lady with a girlish impersonation “my check card” good one Cap’n. While Spider-Man informs the lady with “Read my lips, if your Visa check card is lost or stolen, you’re not liable for fraud and charges!” While Captain America says – “And all that money will be put back into your checking account” ending the sentence with a “sheesh”. The heroes all left seeing that it was just a false alarm. It be funny if it happen to them all the time in the same case scenario where the Huntsman from Freakazoid never had a case cause it’s always a false alarm upon being called by the police. We then hear an announcer say “Signing a Vise Check Card is super-super safe”. After the Marvel heroes left the woman alone, another hero shows up to aid her which turns out to be Underdog. Not the live action version voiced by Jason Lee but the ORIGINAL Underdog who’s alter ego isn’t a house hold pet of Jack Unger played by Alex Neuberger. Underdog swoops down and says “There’s no need to fear! Underdog is…” Only to be cut off by the woman who says nevermind and Underdog leaves in disappointment.
Keep in mind that this ad was made before Disney acquired rights to all of the Marvel characters, which now all Marvel movies are produced by Disney with the exception of the use of live-action movies where as long as Spider Man is still own by Sony while Fantastic Four & X-Men are own by Fox Disney won’t be able to do any live action adaptions of those guys unless Sony & Fox gives up the live action filming rights to them. While I think the ad aired sometime before the Underdog movie was released as well. Ironically the Underdog movie was produced by Disney as well. Least they only had rights to do a movie they don’t own the cartoon series. When it comes to live action movies based on cartoons there were only a few I’ve I actually liked such as Speed Racer & Transformers which proved that live action cartoon movies don’t need to be for kids. If you did like the Underdog movie that’s fine, it’s just I didn’t see anything too special about it. When it comes to making live action cartoon movies I feel that Underdog isn’t a good choice to be made into a live action movie. Plus it’s also cause I actually remember seeing reruns of the cartoon on Nickelodeon back when they air various non-Nicktoon shows. When you compare the live action movie to the cartoon there’s no comparison since everything that made the cartoon one of a kind is nowhere to be found in the movie. It was better off being called something else cause I didn’t accept the idea that Shoeshine Boy(not Shoeshine as they called him in the movie) is a house hold pet when in the cartoon he’s not a pet and lived in his own apartment that was shown at least once in the cartoon where he can rest when he’s not needed as Underdog. I am glad that it won’t ever get a sequel which is good cause I don’t see it being profitable as a trilogy unless the Disney company did one of those direct to DVD/Blu-ray movies that they’ve done for Air Buddies and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Well that wraps up this ad, for next week I decided to do an article for one of the original Fruit Roll Up Factory commercials.
It’s actual title is simply “Icons” but I think the title of this article best defines what this commercial is about. There’s plenty of Mastercard commercials both gimmicky and non-gimmicky a like. This is just a small portion of the gimmick filled Mastercard commercials. And it’s one of their most unique ones or in this case a dozen mascots all together at once, an occasion you don’t normally see on TV. Since it’s at least 8 years old, it’s more than worthy to be an Adverisement Time Forgot.
The commercial starts with an over head shot of a dinner table featuring mascots you’d likely to have seen in your own local grocery store. The following mascots include from left to right: Gordon’s Fisherman, Count Chocula, Charlie the Tuna, Mr. Peanut, Pillsbury Doughboy, Jolly Green Giant, Chef Boyardee, Vlastic Stork, & Morton’s Umbrella Girl. In the background is the Jolly Green Giant who is visible only from a window since he’s obviously too big to be inside the house. I wonder if he receives his meals through that window, by the door, or by the roof like in the final scene of Disney’s Fun & Fancy Free where Willie the Giant opens Edgar Bergan’s house(other version was Ludwig Von Drake’s house) and asked where he can find a mouse(Mickey). Anyways we hear the friendly Mastercard announcer say “Broccolli: $1.79” where we see a bowl of broccoli being passed over in front of Mr. Peanut who is as silent as he was from his first commercials. We see a brief shot of Chef Boyardee observing his meal and the choices for sides, I always forget how to spell his name in the past cause the commercial from the 90’s always pronounce his name as “Chef Bo-Ar-De”. The next shot shows Charlie the Tuna holding up a casserole dish asking everyone with “Casserole? Anyone?” I’m surprised he didn’t try to cook himself after all those years of wanting to be caught by fishing men only to be denied cause he’s not the type of tuna to be packaged in Starkist Tuna cans. The announcer then says “Tuna: $3.69” where we see Charlie giving Count Chocula a serving of casserole. While the Gordon’s Fisherman is seen passing a plate of meatloaf in front of the Count who seems be interested in having a slice of it. We hear someone ask the Count “How’s Frankenberry?” Yeah how is he and how come he’s not invited to the party like all these other mascots? I’m sure they have plenty of chairs for more guests since the house their in is big enough to hold Count Chocula’s whole gang. The announcer then says: “Crescent rolls: $2.39” where we see the Umbrella Girl who we recognize from Morton’s salt poking the Pillsbury Dough Boy with enjoyment. I bet they did use Morton Salt to make those crescent rolls since that’s the biggest salt company around. After that we see a shot of the Vlastic Stork in a deep conversation with everyone with the announcer saying “Getting everyone together for dinner: priceless”. With the stock ending his sentence with “…we certainly are in a pickle” with everyone laughing from what ever he just said earlier. Next we see Charlie carrying all the dishes to the kitchen with the announcer saying his closure line “There are some things money can’t buy” with Charlie saying “I’m stuff to the gills” and hands them to Mr. Clean who’ll do the dishes, I guess he had dinner earlier than everyone else. And the ad concludes with an animated version of the Mastercard logo turning into the regular logo with the announcer saying “With everything else there’s debit Mastercard, accepted at your grocery market”.
Probably my favorite Mastercard commercial to date. I’m crazy about crossovers and this ad would fit into my best crossover ads list. It even raises some questions like whose house is it that they’re dining in? None of them look like they could live there unless they’re watching it over while the actual homeowners are outta town. Or is it like in one of those old “Midnight at the Book store” cartoon short films where at the struck of midnight all the illustrations come to life. Which ever case it maybe, the idea of the commercial is the most clever idea Mastercard has come up with. The ad aired back in 2005 for the Superbowl so it’s one of those one shot commercials that sometimes spawn into a whole series like the Budweiser Frog commercials. Almost all of the characters you see in this ad were in at least one ad of their own. Even the umbrella girl from Morton’s Salt was in at least one ad believe it or not, but we’ll talk about that ad another occasion. There’s also plenty of other unique Superbowl ads out there that I’ll one day when I come around to them.
Since I didn’t do an article last week I decided to publish the next article which you can view upon after watching this article’s commercial below.
Salsa hardly has any mascots to be paired with. Among the search I did on Youtube, I discover this series of commercials advertising Pace Picante Salsa. Manufactured by the Pace Foods company that was first established back in 1947 by David Pace. It was a small family business until it grew to a big industry decades later it was acquired by the Campbell Soup company. To this day salsa was their top product. Around 1985 they started these ads which revolve around cowboys expressing how Pace Picante is the prime choice when it comes to salsa. After extensively looking for every single commercial on this series I present to you the Pace Picante Cowboys for this week’s article.
The original commercial starts up in the middle of no where with a tagline “Somewhere in Texas”. We see a group of cowboys having their selves a camp dinner along with an open bright crackling camp fire. One of them is pouring some salsa on a tin plate of chips. One of them asked the chef “Hey Cookie, more Picante sauce!” I wonder if the writers of “Disney’s Atlantis” got the idea of the character Cookie from this commerical? They’re both westerners and both cooks. Except Cookie from Atlantis was known for cooking up some rather unappealing meals from his own food group consisting of fat, lard, bacon, and whiskey. Anyways the Cookie in this ad holds ups another jar of salsa which isn’t Pace Picante but decides to hand it to the hungry cowboy thinking he won’t know the difference. The cowboy however isn’t pleased that he got non-Pace Picante sauce and says in disgust “This ain’t Pace Picante!” Cookie annoyed says “What’s the difference!” The cowboy then gets up and explains to the chef with “Cookie Pace Picante sauce is made in San Antonio, with fresh vegetables, spices by people who know what picante sauce is supposed to taste like!” One of the other cowboys observes the contents of the non-Pace Picante sauce and then informs his pals with “this stuff’s made in New York City!” All of the cowboys gang up around the chef and shouted out “NEW YORK CITY?!” After that one of them says “Get a rope” hinting that they’re going to lynch the chef for buying New York style salsa. The ad concludes with an announcer that says “Pick up the original Texas picante sauce. Pick Up the Pace” Which was the catch phrase for these ads.
Originally these ads had New Jersey in place of New York City at the time these ads were new. However New York City had a better ring to it so that over shadowed the phrase “New Jersey” within the years that followed. They made a couple other cowboy themed commercials around Pace Picante sauce along with other gimmicks such as “Cops eats salsa at a diner” related commercials. Those I’ll do another time, for now I’m only focusing on the cowboy theme commercials of the salsa. A few years ago Pace Foods revived these ads with a slight change to the gimmick which just shows three cowboys looking at a cowboy from New York City and aren’t please to have him around cause he either has a horse that functions like a car or grooms the horse’s hair with hair salon items. I won’t show those commercials cause they’re just dumb in my opinion.
I really enjoyed these commercials and it made me wonder why salsa never had that many mascots paired up with to begin with. The one thing I learn from these ads is that you should never bring New York style salsa to a rodeo, ranch, or farm other wise you’ll get punished by the locals. I bet they won’t allow Mitch Robbins from City Slickers to be invited to any meal times not when he’s from New York yet he did try to prove he can be a cowboy as well as a New Yorker. Anyways enjoy the commercials below and for next week will be an old Mastercard commercial on various mascots.