Commercial Time

In November it seems the rain comes and goes only to come again. When the clouds lift and the sun attempts to shine, I send the children packing. I mean out playing.

Hi Sarah!

Sarah loves playing outside, especially when she can chase her 3 brothers.

I spent a good portion of the Saturday evening looking for clips of old commercials. I’m teaching a Financial Peace class for high schoolers at our homeschool co-op. We studied consumer awareness this week, and I thought it would be interesting to watch a series of commercials in our next class period.

The boys are preparing for their own commercial.

Unfortunately, as Joshua observed, commercial viewing is kind of like eating junk food -

A little bit goes a long way.
While flavorful, there’s nothing of real substance.
It’s tasty/fun at first, but eventually makes you sick.

It’s been much more difficult than I thought to come up with a list of classic commercials. Come on, what are the ad campaigns that have stuck with you over the years? I need help generating a list.

“Where’s the Beef?”
“Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand”
“I’m a Pepper, You’re a Pepper”
Mac vs PC
Doublemint Twins
Nike – Just Do It
“This is your brain on drugs!”
“Trix Are for Kids”

The boys are reporting for duty.

Joshua, David and Daniel boys are advertising, um, sticks. Right.

What else? Do you have favorite commercials that you remember? Our class is going to study marketing strategies and effective advertising techniques. Since we don’t have a tv in our house, and haven’t since Tim and I were married, I am a bit handicapped in this area.

Based on my research thus far, I can say there are an awful lot of beer commercials, and many ads I would be embarrassed for my children to see. Oh, I also found some of the most emotional commercials come from a Thai insurance agency. Weird.

You can save me hours of youtube research by sharing with me some of your favorite (family friendly) commercials. I’ll take jingles and slogans as well. Think of it as one way you can help out a busy homeschooling mom.


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15 thoughts on “Commercial Time”

  1. Your Granddaddy used to fall asleep in the program and then wake up with alertness at the commercials. I found that so sweet.

    I’ll try to think of some. But I live with a man who flips the channels when ANY commercial comes on, so I don’t see too many either.

    I love you kids. Aunt Kate

  2. I love the Hallmark commercials
    “Care Enough to Send the Very Best”

    Also…Motel 6
    “We’ll Leave the Light On for you.”

  3. I watch far too much TV as a child…let’s see if I can help.

    Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don’t. Almond Joy’s got nut, Mounds don’t…because, sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you dont’.

    How do you spell relief? ROLAIDS

    Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener that is what I’d truly like to be. ‘Cause if I were an Oscar Meyer wiener, everyone would be in love with me.

    No one can eat just one (Lays potato chips)

    Have it your way (Burger King)

    You deserve a break today (McDonalds)

    I know there are so many more wasting space in my brain. I’ll write more when they come to me.

  4. The big Coke commercials of the 80′s : I’s like to give the world a Coke! Remember? To the tune of the I’d to teach the world to sing.

    “I wanna be an Oscar Meyer wiener, that is what I truly want to be, for if I was an Oscar Meyer wiener, everyone would be in love with me. ”

    Or…. My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R; my bologna has a second name its M-E-Y-E-R, and if you ask me what I’d say, I love to eat it every day—— ’cause Oscar Meyer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A!”

    And you are right, the sappiest and oddest commercials are for insurance here. Sometimes we watch TV for some of our language time. Commercials are the easiest to understand since they usually do not speak so fast or so much volume. That might be an interesting topic. The US too has a large portion of Americans that speak English as a second language, or perhaps are still learning, like we are Thai. How much of commercials are non-verbal, communicate without the need for language to grab as much of the population as possible?

  5. Mikey likes it! (Life cereal)

    Bum, bum, bumblebee – bumblebee tuna

    Calgon, take me away!

    I can’t believe it’s not butter!

    Clap on, clap off, clap on clap off…the Clapper

    Fill it to the rim with Brim

    It’s a Folger’s morning

    We bring good things to life (GE)

  6. Folgers-”Good to the last drop”, or is that Maxwell House?
    Burger King-”Have it your way”
    What about a Jello commercial with Bill Cosby? I loved those!

  7. I’m a fan of the Geico commercials. The caveman ones are good, but I really like the recent one with Mrs. Butterworth (which is another memorable product commercial). Makes me laugh every time.

  8. This isn’t an old commercial – in fact it is very new this year. It is all about the new LG appliances. The tag line for the washing machines is something to the effect: “The only thing standing between you and your new LG ________(pick an appliance) is your old ________ (appliance)”. What the blogger has to say below the commercials is spot on. One of the more blatant “we’re here to make you dissatisfied with your present things and the only way you will be satisfied is to buy or brand new things” commercials I’ve ever seen. Nothing subliminal here! I couldn’t find the commercial on YouTube but found ads on a blog:
    Scroll down to the July 15 entry (ignore much on the way to the July 15 entry!)



  9. You already have all the suggestions I was going to make. I was also remember School House Rock (which isn’t really a commercial, but a memory from my childhood). What fun!

  10. I was going to read all the previous comments, but it is making me forget what I was going to tell you, so at the risk of repeating others, here are slogans/jingles/commercials I remember:

    99 & 44/100ths percent pure love (Ivory Soap)

    I’m a Pepper, You’re a Pepper, She’s a Pepper too, Dr. Pepper”

    “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” (McDonalds commercial for the Big Mac)

    “You deserve a break today, so get up and get away to McDonalds”

    “Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer weiner,
    that is what I truly want to beeeeee,
    Cause if I were an Oscar Meyer weiner,
    everyone would be in love with me.” (Little boy)

    countered by a little girl:
    “Oh I’m glad I’m not an Oscar Meyer weiner,
    that is what I never want to beeeeee,
    Cause if I were an Oscar Meyer weiner,
    there would soon be nothing left of me.”

    “N – e – s – t – l – e – s …. Nestle’s makes the very best…. choooo….clit!”

    “mmmmmm mmmmmmm good,
    mmmmmm mmmmmm good,
    That’s what Campbell’s soups are
    mmmmm mmmmm good!”

    “Betca can’t eat just one!” (Lays potato chips)

    Well, there was one other one, where the kids were spelling out
    “b-o-l-o-g-n-a” — but I can’t remember the way it goes. It seems like it was another Oscar Meyer product, but I can’t how it went. If it was Oscar Meyer, then it was just spelling out Oscar Meyer and then spelling out Meyer, followed by spelling out bologna, but it had a certain tune I am just not remembering…

    So, that’s it!

    Diana M.

  11. Oh, I just read one before me on Folgers, and it was Maxwell House:

    “Maxwell House is…. Maxwell House is… good to the last drop, Maxwell House…” the notes were something like c-c-d-f; e-d-c-a; g-g-g-g-a-b-a-g-a….
    (on a piano…)

    Folgers had something about every morning’s a good morning with Folger’s in your cup. (I always remember it because there was a Reader’s Digest short funny where a little boy brought his mom breakfast in bed, and she found army men in her coffee. She asked him about it, and he said, “You know, mom, every morning’s a good morning with soldiers in your cup!” :)

  12. On, one more… from the sixties:

    Da-da-da-da…. (like a flourish of trumpets for a king, and a crown appearing on the head of the person as they took a bite of the bread spread with Imperial Margaring.)

  13. “Sleep Country USA! Why buy a mattress anywhere else?”

    Give me a break, give me a break. Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.

    Bounty, the quicker picker upper.

    K and and I and an E and an L, Kiel Mortgage.

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