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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Drtooth, Aug 15, 2009.
True, but are you allowed to say "d-bag" here?
I have very mixed feelings about this since Chester is one of my if not absolute favorite junk food mascot. While I don't exactly hate the new version of the character, I'm not a huge fan of the direction they took. Chester is supposed to be a poser hipster, who isn't as cool as he thinks he is, who loses all composure when his trademark food is around. And yes, David Feiss did it excellently in the Cheetos Whirlz ad, but he's been pulling that schtick since the 80's where he obviously came out of. He's freaking made of 80's and 90's. Watch a play through of his hilariously terrible SNES games. Everything wears shades, even the background.
Now, we have to remember the stark differences between what they could advertise to children and what they now can't. Some how Baby Bottle Pops and Nitrate filled Lunchables is okey dokey, but snack foods like Cheetos are somehow exactly like Joe Camel, somehow. And while that's a debate that I can see both sides of, it's clear. The new Chester is supposed to appeal to the same 20 somethings that those awful Doritos commercials are demographicaly made for.
Side note: I don't want to go on a Ghostbusters rant here, but if ever one of the detractors for that movie say "have you seen a worse embarrassing portrayal of men?" just say "Every Doritios Ad made in the past 10 years."
Anyway, we got this weird version of the character willing to shoot pieces of his beloved Cheetos snack mixes at people's butts. Yeah. Though I do like some of the recent ones where he gladly watches 2 families of shoppers fight over the last bag. And the one for the BK Chicken Cheetos fries was alright.
On the other hand, here's what existed prior to Chester...
A cute, but dreadfully boring mouse. Cuz mice like cheese. Ugh. Wonder how they'd screw that up if Chester never existed.
While I wouldn't normally use this to rant about political attack ads, I found out something related to my state's new anti-pot legalization scare ads.
They're bankrolled by the freaking alcohol industry.
I'm not going to go into a rant about pro or con voting to legalize the stuff. But it's incredibly hypocritical that the booze industry is using scare tactics to make suburban mothers think that there's going to be a pot shop on every corner, selling candy colored drugs to kids and that there will be an increase in under the influence driving disasters. Mainly because they've been accused of the same thing for years! They just don't want anyone getting high off anything else. I wouldn't be surprised if the pharmaceutical industry also planted scare tactic commercials because they don't have control of the stuff, and to make sure we all forget that the opiod epidemic (which is really bad in New England) is kinda their fault.
Our state is getting bombarded with a lot of these "No on Prop 205" ads that basically say "Don't make the same mistake Colorado did" and scaring us with pot candy that's aimd at teh kidz and haff of teh babbys have weed in tem! Oh noez!!11!!1!
I wanna make the obvious joke about "hey! It's probably healthier than what they put in real children's candy."
It's just...surreal considering we have this epidemic of a drug you can actually overdose from and how it's become a political prop in New Hampshire (which we get the political ads for here too since we share like 2 stations). Not to mention the over abundance of prescription drug commercials that do that unpleasant side effects mumbled during footage of bike riding and canoeing that always end in "death." I'd tend to think that there would be some scare tactic commercials against all the opium based pain relief drugs that actually kill people, had it not been for the gobs of money these guys lob at politicians. Politicians who's ads blame the other party for the outbreaks of deadly O.D.'s, mind you.
If I sound a bit heavy handed, a family friend's adult son who I knew as a child died from this sort of thing. And before he did, he fell into crime and hung out with bad influences who were part of his extended family. And we saw him a week before he died and he looked alright and like he was turning a corner... it's a really bad story that comes off as a Lifetime movie, but it really happened. I'm just saying, why doesn't the booze industry throw their money to fight that?
Apple has been riding on the trend of commercials using "moody" covers of normally upbeat songs, as Drtooth can point out. They used "I Will Follow Him", made famous in Sister Act, and the singer's off-key moaning is made even worse by the fact that he sounds really out of breath.
The sad thing is, I really wondered if that was that song considering how it's covered.
I've noticed a pattern. When it's a guy singing the downbeat cover, it's supposed to be soothing, but when a woman sings one, it's supposed to be unnerving. I've hated both of these. I've hated how the female singers variant is to make movie and TV show trailers more brooding, moddy, and unnerving than they're supposed to be. I hate whatever the male equivalent is supposed to do as well. I'm still annoyed by the Yogurt commercial that horrendously butchered the campy 1980's "I Come from a Land Down Under" in both lyric and tone to the point where I don't even see why they bothered using that song at all.
This has become a trend. Almost every commercial now is using covers of old songs. Like, just yesterday, I saw some ad that used a more up-tempo version of "Stand By Me". Or those Apple commercials, and that Superbowl commercial with the puppy with the slow version of "500 Miles" by the Proclaimers.
And quite possibly the most annoying commercial of all time:
I think part of it has something to do with royalties and such - it's apparently less of a hassle (and less cost) to use cover versions than the original . . . or, at least, that's apparently why one of our local radio stations always play cover versions of certain songs and never the original.
What are those commercials for with the really melancholoy female rendition of that Monkees' song "Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good"?
EDIT: Never mind, it was on just now - Minute Maid orange juice.
I was watching an old tape from 2003 last night, and this atrocity from the past came back to haunt me:
The acting is hammier than the gross artificial ham they're hawking. The only people who get this excited over spam are soldiers on a C-rations-only diet.
the furniture commercial, where the mom who is pregnant, is sitting on the couch, while her two boys are running around the living room, and she keeps saying please be a girl, like that would make a difference.it makes no difference if it's boy or girl, she would be running around too.
I think it's because it's an age-old stigma that girls, in general, are the kinder, gentler, sweeter sex, so she's probably thinking one less boy running around and causing mayhem will be a sigh of relief.
well, from experience of once being a little girl myself, girls can cause just as much mayhem, as boys, like picking on each other, and chasing each other around the house, writing on walls with crayons,and taking things that is not theirs, and breaking things. me and my sisters broke plenty of things when we were little girls, like the bathroom towel rack, a lamp, a ceramic lion, and other things, so boys and girls are even, when causing mayhem.
I can attest to that from the times I've had to babysit my bratty niece when she was growing up. But like I said, it's an age-old stigma.
Does the fact that Domino's is now offering up company stocks to people seem more-or-less like they've finally dropped to such a level of desperation that they're practically trying to bribe people into being customers?
This really isn't so much a rant (really, it isn't), but I just really can't figure out who these LetGo commercials are supposed to be aimed at, and they're all the same: one person has an item they don't want to part with, a friend sells it for them on LetGo, and some random passerby immediately takes it. Who is all of this aimed at? People who need to sell off their sentimental treasures that their friends think they need to get rid of to make a quick buck? Or people who are looking for something they want to buy that someone might be getting rid of?
And why are the situations that the person not wanting to part with their items are in always life or death? The guy sinking into quick sand with his beer cooler, the guy dangling off a cliff with his bowling ball, the mom about to be sucked into a tornado with her daughter's old rocking horse? Are they suggesting that holding onto something for sentimental value may possibly be the death of you?
Are parents today incredibly lax and desensitized or what?
I mean if I tracked mud in the house like that little girl did with that frog, my parents certainly wouldn't just smile and shake their heads and shrug it off while mopping it up - I would have been grounded and probably even gotten a spanking. Or the kid who keeps spilling everything and the parents just clean up after him with paper towels? Yeah, my parents would have made me clean up the messes myself, and depending on how frequent the messes were, I'm sure they would have done something to punish me to get their message across.
The bounty commercial with the frog I found just kind of silly. If anything I would have shooed that thing out of my house.
You know what commercials I can't stand?
The Meso Book ad
Kars For Kids
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