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Offline Gomer Says Hey

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Classic Grape Nuts Commercial
« on: February 05, 2014, 11:25:19 am »
This has been on YouTube for years, but it's still always interesting to see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1paBouSxsVk

I like how even commercials back then had laugh tracks, but then again, commercials used to actually be part of the show, so that kind of makes sense.

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Re: Classic Grape Nuts Commercial
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 01:25:12 am »
Funny, I was just eating a nutritious bowl of Grape Nuts ice cream when I happened upon this little treasure.
That Barney Fife...what a nutty guy!
At least it was good practice for his next Post cereal commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2vBJt1iG60

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Re: Classic Grape Nuts Commercial
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 09:21:01 am »
Huh,I didn't know that commercials used to be part of the shows.Disappointing for supposedly such a big classic tv fan.
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Re: Classic Grape Nuts Commercial
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014, 12:17:28 pm »
Hey, don't forget, back then, commercials used to be good. Besides, it didn't last too awfully long, as I understand it, parental groups demanded that the shows stop doing their own commercials, because apparently it was "evil" for the characters to be selling products to kids.

Take a look at some others...

HOGAN'S HEROES Jell-O Commercial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PQiZwfEhS4

THE MUNSTERS Cheerios Commercial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3t-1FjXtyY

THE ALVIN SHOW Jell-O Commercial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n636d6eF5U

I know there was also a GREEN ACRES commercial where Oliver and Lisa met with Carol Channing (apparently she popped up in a lot of those commercials) to promote an orange juice brand, but I can't seem to find it anymore.

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Re: Classic Grape Nuts Commercial
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 02:27:09 pm »
Since then, things have shifted to silent product placement.  I recall encountering a study back in my old college days suggesting that product placement is actually more effective than direct ads when it comes to selling a product. 

Ironic, isn't it?
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Re: Classic Grape Nuts Commercial
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2014, 09:09:07 pm »
I can see that. I've heard of certain examples where that was actually pretty effective... like take Wallace and Gromit for example: they made that Wensleydale (or however your spell it) cheese famous, and up till then, nobody ever really heard of it, and because of that, they pretty much were going to stop making it altogether... but Wallace is so crackers about cheese, especially his Wensleydale.

SEINFELD apparently did the same with marble rye.

I remember as a kid, when ED, EDD N EDDY came out, we all started crampin' our jaws on jawbreakers. :p

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Re: Classic Grape Nuts Commercial
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2014, 03:53:46 pm »
And as I'm sure most of us know, even the muppets had their beginnings as ultra-violent, murderous, cross-dressing ,no-holds-barred salespeople for Wilkins Coffee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxLyuw5bdyk
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Re: Classic Grape Nuts Commercial
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2014, 10:08:04 pm »
Yep. In addition to that SAM AND FRIENDS show, commercials were Jim Henson's biggest source of income for the Muppets.