Monday, January 02, 2006


What are some of the classic commercials and commerical catch-phrases, past and present, that you can think of? Strolling through memory lane, here are a few of mine:

1) Wendy's "Where's the Beef?" with Clara Peller
2) "Need more Calgon!" "Ancient Chinese secret, huh?"
3) "Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" "Hmm. Let's see. A-one. A-two. A-three." Crunch! "Three."
4) Lite Beer from Miller "Taste great!" "Less filling!"
5) Not really a commerical, but a pollution prevention ad with an American Indian traveling the polluted countryside, and then the close-up at the end with him with a tear running from an eye.
6) Hubba Bubble commercial with the cowboy. "Big bubble? No Trouble."
7) Oscar Meyer. Little kid fishing on a dock, singing, "My bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R, my bologna has a second name, it's M-A-Y-E-R. I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why I'll say: Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A."
8) McDonald's Big Mac: Two all beef, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun."
9) Jello pudding commercials with Bill Cosby
10) Armor Hot Dogs, Armor Hot Dogs, what kind of kids like Armor Hot Dogs? Fat kids, skinny kids... even kids with chicken pox like hot dogs, Armor Hot Dogs. The kind kids love to eat!"
11) Relatively newer VW Bug psychedelic commercials.
12) Cadbury Eggs "Bok bok!"
13) Nine Lives with Morris the Cat
14) Heinz 57 with Carly Simon's voice singing "Anticipation"
15) A-1 "What is hamburger anyway? Chopped ham? No, it's chopped steak. And nothing tastes better on steak than A-1."
16) "I'm stuck on Band-Aid, cause Band-Aid's stuck on me."
17) "Leggo my Eggo."
18) Honeycomb hideout commercials. "Honeycomb's big, yeah, yeah, yeah, it's not small, no, no, no, Honeycomb's got a big, big taste, a big, big taste, and a big, big bite. Right!"
19) Smith-Barney. John Houseman's famous line for the investment firm, "We make money the old-fashioned way. We eaaaaaaaarrrrrrn it."
20) People everywhere doing things and making noise. Two people talking about financial woes. One finally says, "Well, my broker's E.F. Hutton..." Everyone stops and is silent. "When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen."
21) Coca Cola's Christmas commercial, with people caroling, "We'd like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony. We'd like to buy, the world a coke, and keep it company, (it's the real thing)."

Okay, I could go on, there's so many I remember. Anyone have any they want to share?


Scot said...

Good list. I'm drawing a blank. But I have to comment. We all remember the Wendy's commercials with a certain fondness, but what possesses a person to learn the name of the 80 yr old woman that said "Where's the beef?" and remember that name 20 years later?? Clara Peller is not exactly a household name.

Well, I do remember a few.
1)Another line from Calgon, that I use during times of stress: "Calgon, take me away"

2)There were the Wheaties' commercials where the celebrity athletes all left milk on their upper lip after one commercial did that on accident.

3)The Doublemint Twins.

4)Peppermint Patties' "I get the sensation of..."

5)"I can't believe I ate the whole thing"

6)"Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz...Oh, what a relief it is"

7)I can't believe Rich didn't mention the Coke commercial with the kid and the football player's towel.

Okay, I'm out.

Rich said...


Ever since the coke commercial where Dan Marino told Joe Montana he'd buy next year after losing in the '84 Super Bowl, football commercials have been awfully painful for me.

But yeah, the Mean Joe was classic.

An I'm still waiting, Dan.

Anonymous said...

What about the Chuck Wagon dog food commercials with the little wagon skidding across the kitchen floor with the dog chasing it. I used to love those as a kid. :o)

Also, another MCD's commercial witht he menu chant: Big Mac, Filet of Fish, Quarter Pounder, French Fries, Icy Coke, Thick Shakes,Sundaes and Apple Pies...

Or the Enjoli (sp?) commercials with the woman with the frying pan singing, "I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, never, never let you forget your a man. 'Cause I'm a WOMAN Enjoli!"

And for the women, remember the Diet DR. Pepper commercials? ;)


P&S said...

How about these?

1) Madge with, "You're soaking in it."
2) "Mama mia, that's Italian!"
3) The Rice Crispies, "Snap, crackle, pop... good morning."
4) Or Tony's, "They'rrrrre, Grrreat!"
5) Campbell's "Mmmm, Mmmm, Good."
6) The ever-annoying "It's butter." "Par-kaayy"
7) The equally annoying "How'd you like a nice Hawaiian Punch"
8) "I'm Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs, I'm Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs"
9) Perfume's "It's Charlie"
10) And speaking of Charlie, how 'bout Charlie Tuna and "Sorry, Charlie"
11) Then there's taking the "Nestea plunge". I can't count the number of times we reenacted this one at the pool.
12) Bounty the quicker-picker-upper and Rhoda's mom.
13) Ricardo Montalban's "Rich, corinthian leather."
14) American Express with crime-fighting Karl Malden "Don't leave home without it."
15) And finally, the crime-fighting McGruff and "Take a bite out of crime. Rrruff!"

'Course if define classic as hilarious and memorable rather than old like me, the one that makes me laugh everytime I think of it is one that went around on email a year or so ago. A guy (I think the dork from the Hogan Family TV show) picks up a girl for a date and puts her in the passenger side of the car like a gentleman. While he hustles around the car to get in, she takes the opportunity to bleed off a little pressure, so to speak, unaware of the two passengers in the backseat until the dork gets in all excited and says something like, "Whooo, can you feel the excitement?" And one of the backseaters says, "We felt it."

Hits the immature side of me (which is a pretty big side) and I laugh everytime.

Rich said...

The Alka Seltzer that Scot mentioned, the Chuck Wagon Wanda mentioned, and the Starkist Tuna commercial Ken mentioned are all true classics. Those are some I should have thought of for my original list.

Nice job, guys (and Wanda).

DugALug said...

Rich how about these:

1) Boss: "I need that package in Toledo by tommorow morning or your mine... DICK!"

Dick: "Hello Federal!".

Federal Express: when it absolutely, positively has to be there over night.

Incedently: This one was made by the same folks that made the Wendy's "where's the beaf?" campaign.

2) "Whazzzup?!"
"Just chillin, drinkin a bud"
"True, True".

3) Could we ever forget Juan Valdez? Thanks to NAFTA, he probably is out of business.

4) "Are you slightly round? Pleasantly Plump? A little large? Oh come on, let's just say it, are you tall or fat?! Then come to Melon's Big and Tall store."...

No wait that's not a real commercial. That was Rodney Dangerfield in Back To School.

5) Remember the Sani-Flush guy? The little gondola guy for the blue water?! Oh yeah... I got more.

6) "The little blue jug is 'DYNAMO'"

7) "IN-DI-GESTION"... Pepto Bismal.

8) The Vicks losenges with the two big greek guys smacking the little puny guy on the back "Breathe, my friend!, Breath!"

9) "Like a rock"...Chevy Pickups... more like stones... no pickup whatsoever.

10) "Swiss-Miss, Instant Cocoa, pour in the water, feel warm inside. Yo-De-Lay-Hee-Hoo! Swiss-Miss, Instant Cocoa!"

11) 2 all-beef patties, special sauce, letuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. (Big Mac)

12) "Have it your way, Have it your way, Have it your way at Burger King"... BK (balance).

13) I can't remember the product but it I think it is was Jean-Nate after bath spray... you know: and she tells two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on, and so on, yada, yada.

Okay... I can go on... but this is sad how many of these are coming to mind.


Rich said...

Not sad, Doug. Nostalgic. Those are great ones. Swiss Miss. Jean Nate. Excellent.

I think there's probably a lot of beer commercials that are classic, especially for guys, because they're all over sports television. You don't see them as much watching soap operas. Er, I mean, I don't think you would. I, um, wouldn't know.

Rich said...

I forgot one of the best of them all. Life Cereal.

"I'm not gonna try it. You try it."

"I'm not gonna try it. You try it."

"Hey! Let's get Mikey. He won't try it. He hates everything."


"He likes it! Hey, Mikey!"

P&S said...

Yeah, those Diet Dr. Pepper commercials were SOOOO H... wait is this thing on?