Fun from the 70s

Tonight Jack and I were reading a chapter of Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (which is awesome by the way) that focused on Ramona having to do a book report in front of her class. The teacher told the class to "sell their book" so Ramona takes ideas from some of her favorite commercials to create her own "commercial" for her book.

Jack thought the commercials sounded really funny, but when I told him they were actually commercials from when I was little, he just about died laughing. So while the kids put on their jammies & brushed teeth, I turned to my friend "The Internet" to find the commercials to show him!

The first was the dancing Purina Cat Chow cat (and an explanation on how they made that work).


And the second was one of my Grandpa's favorites to tease my Grandma about in regards to her cooking! It was extra funny because his name was Ralph.


Well after that the kids were hooked and wanted to see more and more! I love it when an evening takes some crazy turn you didn't expect, but turns into a total blast! We found some classics and I was reminded just how bad tv effects/budgets once were.

Take for instance the awesome break-away fence in this one (and let's be honest, that costume is really funny)...


Couldn't skip this classic!


Where are these horribly bad kid actors with ginormous collars today?


Jack was super impressed that I knew most of the words to this commercial by heart (Now you know why I can't learn languages. My brain is too filled with 80s lyrics, movie quotes and commercial jingles.).


And this one is for my bro (to annoy him of course)...


There are so many more I didn't put up...Mr. Mouth, Snoopy Snow Cone Machine, My Little Pony, Easy Bake Oven, Lite Brite (and we were just sticking to kid toys...I can only imagine the wealth of fun out there!). It was a fun stroll down memory lane and a lot of fun to laugh with my kids. As I tucked the big kids into bed they were still goofy. Jack even managed to work in a "Pretty sneaky Sis!" to the delight of EJ!
Anonymous said...

Guess who still has the lite bright? Jack loved playing with it, and I promised EJ, on her next visit, she could play with it. Some toys just never get old.
Mom

southern daze said...

What a fun unexpected turn of events (you can disregard the email I just sent)! Thanks to you I'll have the monchhichi dolls jingle in my head all day! :-)

Leslie said...

Aah! We revisited some of those when Meg read that book a few years ago! She had to produce her own commercial to present to her class, selling them on the book, and we did a mock Billy Mayes infomercial. (She was Millie Bays. LOL) It was a riot!!

Karri said...

that was an awesome stroll down the lane!! I think I'll pull up youtube on apple tv and show them some great commercials this afternoon!!! they were so in awe that i knew the mr. owl-tootsie pop commercial that is re-airing. and like you, my brain is chock-full of 70's and 80's jingles and songs (except i thought your alka-seltzer one would be the plop-plop-fizz-fizz ones!)

Jackie G said...

FUN!! I found myself totally singing along to Mr. Potato head and Monchichi too...sad that we all remember these really bad commercials!! Definitely fun to pull out some of these especially since they still have a lot of these toys out or have re-made them!

stacey said...

I can't wait to show these to my girls! How fun!

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Michelle Smiles said...

FUN! I remember them all well except Mr Potato Head for some reason - I don't remember that commercial. I was singing Monchichi a few months ago and my husband thought I was crazy - he doesn't remember that one. So we did a little memory lane stroll - slinky is one that we listened to several times. And our kids know the Oscar Mayer Bologna song because we sing it anytime we have lunch meat. Heh. Yes we are dorks. However, that makes me think that maybe it is time to start some of those chapter books with Sabrina. I loved the Ramona books when I was in grade school!

Christine J said...

LOVED this - I had a Monchichi doll but wouldn't have remembered that unless I saw that commercial. So fun!

D. said...

I love you, Monchichi?! Really?! No wonder, so many kids of my generation are complete nutbars.

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