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Retro Commercials--What's the Attraction?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CensoredAlso, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I've just been noticing lately, there's big a huge and sudden interest in retro commercials. Even though we despised them at the time for interrupting our shows and talking about nonesense, years and years later, we are desperate to find them again, hehe! Any thought as to why this is? :search:
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Beats me.

    I wish I could find that AOL commercial with the sandwiches and the chili.
  3. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    What a great subject to discuses! It just fun to see the way advertising used to me. At least thats the case for me.
  4. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    That's true, it's fascinating to see how times have changed. Idk, for me they also seem to somehow represent a simpler time of my life that is long past. I mean, you can watch TV specials any old time (at least most of them). But the commercials were part of your life and then they're just gone. A friend of my pointing out that they can take you back to treasured moments of your life. I can't remember who said this, but I've heard people call commericals, "the soundtrack of our childhood." :)
  5. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Yeah! It' true that they do take you back to a simpler time! I also think that it's interesting to see the way the advertising has changed over the years. It seems to be he the attitude now about advertising is that it takes a lot more to sell a product then it used to. So it's gotten a lot more complex over the years with how companies advertise. You simply can show just show a product, talk about how great it is, sing it's praises and then expect people to go out and buy it. But the heart of advertising is much the same in a lot of the same ways, too. It's also gotten more complex with things like age groups and demographics and targeting didn't things to different consumers to whom a product may appeal.
  6. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Exactly, for me it is all about my childhood. Most old commercials I see on the internet are for things that were advertised in the kid market during cartoons. Cereal, toys, McDonalds, and the like.
    One thing my mom and I both miss, and Snowth I'm sure you can back me up on this, is the retromercials they used to show on TV Land.
  7. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I've heard that many feel commercials as we know them are on the way out. With IO and everything, people don't have to watch them so much. They'll have to find other ways to advertise. Won't it be so strange, if the commercials we remember go the way of the telegraph and the record player?
  8. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Hey, I remember the retro commercials that TV Land used to show when they first started out! That was so cool!:)
    Yeah, I have heard about how the future of commercials may be in jeopardy. Strange to think about that it could happen in our lifetime. And with thing Like Tivo how people are starting to skip over the ad's. At one point I think the networks wanted to start putting ad's going across the screen during the show.:p But I heard that sense Television is approximately 24 frames per second, but they actually move a frame from every second just to get like either thirty extra seconds of commercial air time. It a current practice of networks now.

    theres is a show on PBS called Frontline and it has this episode Called The Merchants of cool and it's all about ploys that things advertisers use to target young consumers. It's a little old as it's from a couple of years ago, but I found it to be very informative but a little sad, too.


    Heres a direct link to the episode.

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  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    TV Land hasn't played in "retromercials" in like four years or so, but I have to admit, there were some good ones... like "Where's the beef?" or "Hey man, you got your chocolate on my peanut butter!"

    But I agree with Fraggle, I believe for the most part, it's mostly about revisiting childhood; I've found myself absorbed in reruns of Kenan and Kel on YouTube, while spending hours in front of the computer watching clips of Alvin and The Chipmunks on YouTube because it takes me back to my childhood.
  10. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Haha! I remember seeing that commercial before! I love that one!

    It's also really interesting to see how commercial were before your own time, too! I love the really early Rice Krispies commercials from the earliest day of television. I like watching a product through the years and seeing all it's changes and how the time changes and reflects the ad's and how their marketed and how it leads to where were at today! I just have a fascination with things like that! I love know everything about a product and it history and seeing it through out it.
  11. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    I read a book once about TV advertising icons. I was very surprised to learn that originally there was only one Rice Krispies Elf, I think it was Snap. He gained two brothers, Krackle and Pop, a few years later. I can't imagine there not being three of them!

    There were a few years when you never saw the Rice Krispie guys in the commercials and I always missed that. Then out of nowhere they came back (though this was a few years ago too). Pop is all excited because he gets "the fun part" of pouring the milk in the cereal bowl. And then he sings, "Precious and few are the moments we three can share!" Lol
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I also enjoy watching TV commercials that were actually done as if they were part of an episode from a sitcom back in the day... like on YouTube, there's a commercial where Andy and Barney are hawking Grape Nuts, then there's a commercial where Hogan's Heroes are enjoying some Jell-O with Dream Whip, and then there's Eddie Munster talking about how much Herman loves Cheerios.
  13. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Yeah eventually parents complained that it was wrong for TV characters to suddenly stop the show and start advertising a product to kids. I saw an epsiode of Howdy Dowdy, where the human character actually says, "Tell your parents to buy you Welsh's Grape Juice!" Sheesh! lol
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member


    If that's the case, then why aren't commercials in general being pulled off the airwaves?
  15. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Well I actually kinda agree with them, I think it's kinda weird for beloved characters children look up to trying to get kids to spend their money, lol.

    Well I guess they couldn't completely remove commercials because without the advertisers, the shows wouldn't last. But there was a lot of reform in children's commercials. In the '50s they'd show a toy walking by itself (when in reality it couldn't). After that, several regulations were put in, saying commercials for kids had to explain when a toy couldn't walk on its own, or when batteries weren't included. Also, there couldn't be too many "fantasy" elements (fairies etc) in commercials. It all came from the idea that it was slightly immoral to use cute, trust worthy character to convince kids (or rather their parents) to buy something. Apparently some advertisers got around this by putting their kids commercials in Prime Time, where the regulations didn't apply, lol.

    Funny, it's not OK to push products on children, but it's still perfectly fine for adults! lol
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I guess you got a point.

    I remember back in the mid-90s there were these commercials for these Teddy Graham-like snacks called "Dizzy Grizzlies", which were basically Teddy Grahams with a coating of chocolate and tiny sprinkles on their backs.

    Anyshoe, in the commercials, the crackers would skate across the screen all by themselves, and then would suddenly start spinning uncontrolably and stop abruptly to show their eyes, which were rendered to swirls and stuff to make it look like their dizzy. Well, pretty soon, all the kids at school (myself included) started getting our parents to get Dizzy Grizzlies (we were like in kindergarten at the time), and we'd get out our Dizzy Grizzlies, and we'd spin them around on the table to get them to be dizzy, but they never would.:cry:
  17. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Lol, aw, that can be very disapointing. I remember loving the Kellogs Smacks commercial ("I dig 'em!"). But when I tried the cereal, it didn't nothing for me! That was a good lesson in don't believe everything you see on Television! lol
  18. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    It's so funny that this was brought up, my husband and I just had a marathon of watching commercials from our youth on Youtube last weekend! It started because of an article he was reading on "the most misleading commercials of the 80's" or something like that which had links to commercials on Youtube and suddenly we got all excited like, remember this toy or that toy or this cereal commercial or the McDonald's commercials with characters like Grimace and Birdy and pretty soon we just were watching all sorts of stuff. It was really fun and a total trip down memory lane. I think sometimes you just have to do those things.
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Simple answer... new commercials suck. They suck suck suck. It's all about how awkward and nervous they can make a situation. They steal humor from the Office and Napoleon Dynamite, and they just do horrible, horrible, "What the heck was that?" things that make me nervous and change the channel. I can't believe people actually find it funny. I don't even hate the ones where they use a song out of context as much.

    It's like the people who make these are high or something. And that analogy is apt, because that stuff impares your judgement, making you slow witted and laugh at everything.

    Whatever happened to just advertising your product? Why do you always have to kick us to the head with your unfunny pseudo-absurdist humor? Why do they always use the ugliest, weirdest looking and sounding people on purpose? Are they too lazy to do real humor, and have to rely on people laughing at how ugly the people in the commercials are?
  20. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    I know, right? My favorite was always "You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent!"

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