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Thoughts on sponsors

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Luke kun, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    I don't know why I'm talking about this. It's just too random to bring up. And I decided to post about it.

    That being said, do you like the sponsor plugs that they have for Sesame Street? What sponsors do you miss?

    I'll list my favorite.
    1. Earth's Best Organic. I really liked the music in this sponsor plug, and the fact that the kid was sliding down vines and playing the bongo drums, and I LOVED that trumpet riff halfway through the music. I always dreamed of going to that area of fun and organic vegetables. (Just like how I want to go to the Between the Lions library...:eek:) That being said, this is one of the best SS sponsor plugs.
    2. Discovery Zone. One of the first sponsor plugs on SS! And I love DZ. ARCADE GAMES! :fanatic:
    3. PNC Grow Up Great. This one is one of the current sponsors. And I like the music. Especially the first few beginning notes.
    4. Good Egg Project. I actually once thought this was a McDonald's sponsor plug. I'm wrong. I like how the egg was sent to different places, THEN BACK TO THE ORIGINAL GUY. How did that happen? :confused:
    That was my list of my favorite SS sponsor plugs! Now it's your turn. What sponsor plugs do you like? And what sponsor plugs scared the **** out of you as a kid? (The Funky Chimes DO NOT count. SS was just getting down to the pub. :laugh:)
     
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  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    My favorite sponsors are the letter Q and the number 12.
     
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There's this cooking program called "Taste This TV." It's the cheapest, low rent-est, cable access looking thing you'd ever see. It has a whopping 12 sponsors. It almost comes off as the Family Guy gag about movie production logos, or the one about the extended Maude Theme song. Really... it just feels endless. And I swear, mentioning them by name one after another still takes just under what Sesame's sponsors take.

    I really love the "Oh, sure we'll help sponsor your show, but what's in it for us, besides the tax write off?" attitude of the sponsors. I remember when sponsors just announced their names, maybe had a brief 10 second thing... now it's like, we have these 30 second commercials that are blatantly obvious. And two of them are corporate partners that have merchandising deals. To wit, an FCC ruling that's been around since the 70's bars the use of commercials from running during shows they're promoting. I.e. no G.I. Joe toy commercials during an episode of G.I. Joe. Conflict of interest. Now, what PBS has to follow one way or another, I'm not sure of.

    But what really gets me is that McDonalds was the only sponsor that any group actually complained about. NOT the Spagetti-o's one that actually was a commercial that claimed that it had "as much Calcium as a glass of milk." Nor did they bother with the ones before Clifford ("Lipton Noodle Soups invites you to use your noodle") or the 30 second cinnamon rolls that was as subtle as a china cabinet falling down a flight of stairs. The real issue should have been that these companies were using their sponsorship to put advertisements on PBS! And even if someone did something about it you know they'd refuse to sponsor anyway because corporations. it's so sad they have to resort to that to keep the show funded so PBS can afford to run it.

    That out of the way, that Earth's Best organic piece of crap with the flat photo of a kid's head on a creepy CGI body... yeah,... not horrifying in any way at all. Let's give the kids some real sweet dreams, huh?
     
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  4. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    WHAT? YOU DARE INSULT MY FAVORITE SPONSOR PLUG?
     
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yes. Yes I do. Studio Brinquendo couldn't make a worse case of Uncanny Valley.

    Anyway, for future reference, here's the Spaghettios Tag. It starts at 0:22


    Yeah. I reiterate. The McDonald's one was the one they complained about. Not this one. The one that says canned nitrate meat and salty pasta is healthy. No. The one that only features Ronald's off screen hand with no mention of hamburgers, fries, or Grimace.
     
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  6. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I like the Kentucky Fried Chicken bumpers that aired in the late-1980s/early-1990s (searched for it on YouTube yesterday but couldn't find it). In which a chicken pulls up a rope to show the KFC logo, then makes a "Phew!"
     
  7. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    I remember that one! Turns out Discovery Zone wasn't the first sponsor for SS at all.
     
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  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Besides, I just read that Discovery Zone opened in 1989, and Sesame Street began in 1969. DZ couldn't have been the first sponsor.
     
  9. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    Sponsor plug. It's like a little commercial.
     
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    And the show didn't have sponsor plugs when the show began?
     
  11. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    YES!
     
  12. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I love DZ too.
     
  13. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Discovery Zone opened in 1990, not 1989.
     
  14. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    What about the sponsor tag for Pfizer saying that the letter Z stands for zebra and Zithromax? Where's the angry letters for that one?
     
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  15. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Also, anyone remember when Ford was a sponsor? Heck, they were even kind enough to provide a truck for Cookie Monster to eat. :D

     
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  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Dude! Finally! A serious conversation.

    Like I said, the outrage shouldn't have been McDonalds was a sponsor, but the fact that A) they needed more corporate sponsors to keep the show on the air and B) that the sponsors need to get something out of it, airing actual commercials before kid's programming. I mean, where were the parental groups when Lipton was selling their sodium rich soup powder before Clifford? If that didn't prove that Ralph Nader didn't have a shred of integrity, I don't know what did. They went after only McDonalds because they're the big evil corporation making kids fat. Not Spaghettio's airing an actual commercial saying how healthy it is, not a pharmaceutical company advertising medication that isn't for children... Mc...freakin...Donalds. The one that did the least amount of self shilling.

    And I betchya each and every one of those parents that whined about it didn't bother creaking open their wallets to keep PBS kid's programming publicly funded. If they were so angry that Ronald McHitler was brainwashing their kids to shove Big Macs down their throats via Big Bird and Elmo, why didn't they bother to help SW and PBS out themselves? Hypocrites.
     
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  17. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Beaches was pretty indirect in its advertising, as well. They showed families enjoying their vacation in the Bahamas, but didn't outright shill their resort.
     
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, they did manage to obscure it a bit. Then again, it's not like a major amount of families are rushing out to buy Bahamas vacations anyway.

    My complaint is that these tags are too long, and together take up about a minute of the show from the front and back ends. They have so many sponsors they actually have to mention a couple just by name. Don't see why they can't do that for all of them. 2 minutes of Sesame Street could fit a good Ernie and Bert segment in or something.
     
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  19. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Here's the Pfizer sponsorship for those who are curious.



    Personally, I'm glad they didn't make more of these. Imagine a Pfizer commercial with the letter V for Viagra! :eek:
     
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  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That was just shameful. How did Nader completely overlook a pharmaceutical pushing drugs on a kid's show, but figuratively jump a million feet in the air and go super sayian when McDonalds was revealed to be a sponsor. And people voted for him! Granted, this happened after that, but still. next time someone says they "proudly voted for him," I'm shoving this in their face.
     
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