Jenny's Mouthwash: WTF Commercials

In 1994, when I was 10 years old, I participated in a research study.

I was put in a conference room at an ad agency with three other little girls, and shown various commercials. One was for Polly Pocket, another was for Mott's apple juice, and another was for Butterfingers (starring a fairly new character, Bart Simpson).





The other girls and I had to say how the commercials made us feel and if we wanted to purchase the products after seeing them. It was an interesting experience, and I started to pay more attention to commercials in between my favorite shows.

I still watch commercials. But not the flashy, ridiculous ones found on TV today. I love to watch the old ones. I could go on youtube and watch vintage commercials all day long. (And to be honest, I might have actually done that once. I'm sick, please help me).



Back in the 1950s through 1980s, there was something so charming and classy about television commercials. They were so innocent and novel.

And some are just plain weird.

I'm going to share a few of the WTF ones with you.

This first one is for a pain-killer called Anacin from 1965.



Kind of makes you wonder what the "extra" ingredients are, doesn't it?

Here is another one from the same company:



Somebody needs to calm the eff down.

Here is a 1958 Jello commercial which is horribly stereotypical, but I kind of find it adorable. Pleeease don't hate me.



And here is the creepiest commercial I've ever seen:



You just take out the batteries to make it stop laughing. Wait...there are no batteries?!?

What do you think of these commercials?

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Jennifer of I Know, Right? Is a monthly writer here on the blog. She is an amazing friend, writer and wonderfully gifted in her frank outlook on the world around her. Be sure to check out her blog!
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16 comments

Swarnali said...

I love commercials too,much more than those shows :D
That Baby laugh a lot commercial is really creepy!!

Shybiker said...

Great choices. The Jello one is funny.

I'm old enough to remember dozens of amazing commercials. My two favorites are Joe Namath in pantyhose (you can see it on YouTube) and the Alka Seltzer meatball ad ("I can't believe I ate the whole thing...", "You ate it, Ralph!").

French Girl in Seattle said...

So fun, Jenny. That doll commercial is creepy and utterly hideous. What were they thinking? I've always been interested in commercials, probably because French tv does not make you watch as many as they do here ;-) They are also pretty different from their American counterparts. Check this one out, for good ole McDo. I hear Bill o'Reilly just about had a heart attack when he mentioned it a few days ago ;-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBuKuA9nHsw

Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Becky Tjandera said...

Lol these commercials are just plainly weird. Nice picks, Jen!

Movies on my Mind said...

American adverts are mad at the best of times. Not only that, I marvel at how expensive it is to advertise on pimetime US television. To be honest, America has failed to top its '80s Michael J. Fox Pepsi cola ads. J. Fox should be in every American ad.

Tima said...

The Jello commercial was the fav lol.

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Bonnie said...

I love weird commercials. The stranger, the better for me. It takes a lot to get my attention during commercial breaks, but if it happens, then well done.

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Couture Carrie said...

These are high-larious!
Awesome guest post, Jennifer!

xoxox,
CC

Stasha said...

U have an amazing blog! love commercials!

Sherin said...

OMG, these are hilarious. I think youtubing old ads is my new hobby!
The Jello one is actually hilarious, and I'm convinced the doll ad is going to give me nightmares!

Mabel said...

LOL these are great. I also remember the Butterfinger commercials and the Polly Pocket ones and I wanted a Polly Pocket, but never got one.

Mabel
Mabel Time

A BRIT GREEK said...

Brilliant, you made my Sat morning girl! I'm sure there are some equally wrong and hilarious commericals from HK and UK!

x.o.x.o

Steffi said...

LOL!!! the baby doll scared the bejesus out of me!

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

I too love watching old commercials, and these are so funny. That baby doll commercial is soooo creepy!!

x
Rachel

aki! said...

Haha. I love these little experiences from when we were young. How they've shaped our lives in unexpected ways.

Meri said...

haha- no, my beloved Jello?? Oh maybe it was the times and thats all...

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