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.