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Thoughts on sponsors

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

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Makes me want to find a certain Simpsons clip and post it here.

    Yeah, that's not too bad I suppose. Still makes the McDonald's outrage seem petty. Still don't see why those busybodies that whine endlessly about kid's television don't use their time and money to donate to PBS children's programming. Hate how PBS doesn't do that anymore, because we used to get family friendly pledge month specials instead of Self Help programming that's effectively infomercials. Only WORSE since they last longer and get pledge breaks in between. Someone really has to look into that. HEY! How about the aforementioned busybodies? Nah, they're selling adults useless crap. Nothing wrong with that. :rolleyes:
     
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  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You know you're old when you remember when Juicy Juice used to be a sponsor for ARTHUR. Seems like Chuck E. Cheese's is the sole sponsor of almost all PBS Kids shows anymore, and has been for years.
     
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hard not to remember. The Juicy Juice thing was a product tie in with characters on the backs of juice boxes. My sister used to ask for them all the time for school.
     
  4. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Rhodes 60 Second Cinnamon Rolls was a sponsor for Arthur in 2004, 2005, and maybe 2006. (I think, I'm not sure)
     
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Alls I remember was ARTHUR used to be sponsored by Juicy Juice, Baby Gap, Polaroid (remember, back in those days when disposable cameras were, like, really cool?), and Alpha-Bits (remember when that used to exist?) I think Lego sponsored the show during the season where Arthur's balls dropped.
     
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  6. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    This is Part 6 of It's Only Rock and Roll. I cannot find separate funding credits.



    Includes the very rare Post Alpha Bits Making Friends funding credit.
     
  7. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Alpha Bits are actually still around, unfortunately sponsoring Super Why. They're probably not available in your area anymore.
     
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I guess not, because I haven't seen Alpha-Bits in years. And it's been twice as long since I've seen Marshmallow Alpha-Bits, which I liked better.

    Matter of fact, Berry-Berry Kix comes and goes in my area all the time, but when they brought it back recently and changed it, I was turned off... at least with Halloween approaching, they'll soon be bringing back Frankenberry which tastes like what Berry-Berry Kix used to taste like, only with marshmallows (and turnin' yore milk pank).
     
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  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They're barely available in mine, and I heard they changed the formula so it tastes terrible.

    Yeah... Super Why... if all the things not to be available in certain areas, I wish it was that instead of the cereal. Actually, kinda surprised POST wasn't one of Sesame Street's sponsors for having those very limited edition, not too tasty Sesame Breakfast cereals.
     
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  10. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    You're talking about the sugar-free kind, right? I think they changed it back after a few months. Must have been A-B-C-Disgusting for all involved. :p
     
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  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I haven't had that stuff in ages, and at best, I'd rather just have Frosted Cheerios. They're roughly the same thing, just in different shapes. All O's. (insert old Family Guy episode dialogue here)

    Anyway, I'd buy the stuff if those *&^% Bug Eyed brats weren't on the package. Martha Speaks or WordGirl? I'd be all over it then.

    Actually, is Alpha Bits even a sponsor of Super Why? I never paid attention to that. On that subject, I'm glad the Chuck E. Cheese sponsorship isn't intrusive at all. Because when they sponsor a movie, they become a major plot point to the point where it's illogical. (cough cough Free Birds cough) :p nah, nah... What I'm really glad is that with the new Chuck E. redesign, I don't have to see that 1990's cartoon version of him acting painfully uncool. Seriously... people actually got upset losing that?!
     
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  12. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    Guess what? I actually liked that 1990's cartoon version of him. (inb4 getting beat up by Drtooth)

    My ideal Sesame funding would be:
    • Earth's Best organic
    • McDonald's
    • American Egg Board
    • Beaches
    • Discovery Zone (even though it went out of business)
    • IBM
    • GCC
    • America Online
    • Chuck E. Cheese
    • Chick-Fil-A
    • Spaghettios Pasta
    • Polaroid
    • Baby Gap
    • PNC Grow Up Great
    • Party City
    • Stride Rite
    • Ford Foundation
    • Carnegie Corporation of New York
    • Sears Roebuck and Co.
     
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  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They kept the 1990's version of him well into the 00's. Which was... kinda painfully out of touch. As far as I go? While I never had the CEC franchise near me until the 90's, I absolutely love the sleazy side show version of the character from the 80's. Something that was never meant to be hip or current.

    As for my ideal sponsors? I'd say whoever's generous enough to just take the tax write off and not advertise their product other than stating their name in a list. Kinda like the old days. It's a good minute or so between when Sesame Street starts it's broadcast and when it actually starts the show.

    That said, I'm also not wild about other PBS show promos before the credits of any of the shows.
     
  14. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    Chuck E. Cheese started in 1977, Drtooth. (Woo! Disco fever!) And the mascot was a rat back then, not a mouse. "Smile America!" (That slogan was used until 1984. I would want to bring it back.)

    I'm okay with CEC sponsoring everything on PBS Kids now. And it all started with Barney.
     
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  15. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    Wait... CEC sponsors movies?!
     
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You...eh...know I mean by product placement. Often times this brings in extra money for the movie production the studios just won't give them. Product Placement, if done low key enough ads a level of realism to a movie. But more often than not, it's dealt with a heavy hand. Which brings me to the Chuck E. Cheese/ Free Birds example... you see, the movie is resolved by delivering Chuck E.'s Pizza. It's double obnoxious because the film's plot hinges on the big heroic product coming to the rescue (same thing happened with Little Nicky, which otherwise isn't too bad if you like that sort of thing), but also because, for having a deal with the movie to be mentioned in the movie and to have a nonsensical tie in (cheap rubber bracelets with the turkey characters on them) the most basic thing about the company was somehow overlooked. Chuck E never delivers, and frankly with at least 3 pizza places on every block in every town, why theirs? It's not even that good unless you're under the age of 8.

    And that is why Free Birds is a terrible movie.
     
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  17. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Little Nicky was at least kinda tongue-in-cheek with its Popeye's plug.
     
  18. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    Oh...like Happy Meals will give out prizes that are themed to movies.
     
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  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah it was. Certainly in the style of his movies. But Free Birds used theirs unironically as a plot point and solution. And yes, I only read that via TV Tropes. I was willing to give the movie a shot until I heard that. It was a borderline FoodFight celebration of a brand name. And for all the awfulness Food Fight has, the underlying concept is that store brands are evil because they're not the big, more costly national brands. And I'll say they have a point, since I've never not had a disgusting off brand Frosted Flakes. They all taste like they're frosted with Sweet N Low and Library paste.

    While not nearly in the same ballpark, I rewatched Wreck-It Ralph, and saw the "No outside food" sign on the door. I'm guessing it's not strictly enforced, since someone smuggled in a Subway cup.
     
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  20. Luke kun

    Luke kun Well-Known Member

    Spaghettios is okay, I've had them once. The Lipton instant noodle soups aren't that bad, I had them once and thought it was yummy! But I still haven't seen that "use your noodle" tag that was played before Clifford, can someone show it to me? (PS: Chuck E.'s pizza is okay! The Skytubes are okay, the kiddie rides are okay, and the games are great.)
     
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