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Feb. 12th, 2010

06:55 pm - Sock monkey? Robot?? Sausage stabbing itself??? GORILLA WITH AN IPOD????

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British telly adverts take place in an alternate universe, similar to but strikingly different from our own American TV ads...



...either that, or I'm hallucinating. Does anybody else see the huge hulking hairy yellow thing singing "Don't buy fish fingers" in a beautiful falsetto, or is it just me?

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From:wbwolf
Date:February 13th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
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I blame the meerkat.
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From:doco
Date:February 13th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
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Where's the Foxy Bingo fox? :P
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 13th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
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I dunno! Although I noticed while poking around on YouTube that Foxy has done bits of his own for Red Nose Day, so that's nice.
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From:typographer
Date:February 13th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
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Spontaneous falsetto hallucinations of fish jingles! One of the final stages of Brain Fever!! Your head will explode any minute now!!!!!!1
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 13th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
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Ooop, there it went.
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From:tilt_longtail
Date:February 13th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
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That was whacked
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From:jugularjaguar
Date:February 13th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)

Such a nice Operatta

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Know the name of that?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 13th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)

Re: Such a nice Operatta

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It's probably called "Buy Red Noses" or something.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 13th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I guess it's no weirder than the Super Smash Bros. series, which brings together a bunch of characters who weren't made to share a universe.

But dang, the UK still has ads longer than two minutes?
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From:rogerirrelevant
Date:February 13th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
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It's not really an advert in the truest sense of the word. Comic Relief is a charity event held on the BBC (which doesn't show adverts anyway), so it's actually a trailer.

But all the characters in there ARE from advertising campaigns since the 1970s, and I do recognise all of them :)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 13th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
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I was going to ask you to name them for me, but then I found a comment on the YouTube page from someone who did just that, providing me enough info to figure out what ads they're all from.

For the benefit of my fellow American readers, the characters are:
PG Tips Tea monkey
Sugar Puffs Honey Monster (the big yellow guy)
Bertie Bassett for Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts (the big grinning guy made of candy)
Martian robot for Cadbury Smash, a brand of mashed potato mix
Brenda and Audrey for Bounty (the two guys in drag; they first appeared in a Bounty ad titled "Carry On Cleaning", which inserted the two characters into a food-fight scene from the British comedy film "Carry On Loving")
Peperami (the crazy sausage that stabs itself with a pencil; its slogan is "Peperami: It's a Bit of an Animal")
118 & 118 (the mustache guys, for the British 118-118 directory assistance service) (though I notice they have different numbers on their shirts in this clip!)
Alexander the meerkat for comparethemarket.com car insurance comparison website (actually from a self-parody site called comparethemeerkat.com)
Cadbury's gorilla (plays drums to Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight")
Admiral for admiral.com car insurance
Captain Birdseye for Birdseye fish fingers (the sleepy ship captain; I guess he's really old, since he's been in ads since 1967!)
Churchill the nodding dog for Churchill Insurance
...and in a special appearance at the end, film director and food critic Michael Winner.

How'd I do?

Edited at 2010-02-13 11:39 pm (UTC)
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From:rogerirrelevant
Date:February 14th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Pretty good (given you did use a Youtube comment for the answer).

There have been several captains for Birdseye over the years. He turned young, dashing, and piloted a submarine for some inexplicable reason for a while, primarily because I'm sure the image of an old bearded bloke on a ship full of young children gave off a few of the wrong signals.

And the Monkey, although fronting PG Tips tea these days actually started off life as a mascot for ITV Digital, a short-lived Digital Terrestrial service which came after OnDigital failed, and before Freeview took over.
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From:electronin
Date:February 13th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
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*backs away slowly*
...sure I do.
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From:theotherbaldwin
Date:February 14th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
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It's... I know it's a classic, but the robot from... mars, I think, right? He sounds too much like a Dalek. Daleks STILL make me wanna hide behind a chair.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 14th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
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Don't worry, the robots from Mars don't want to exterminate anybody. All they want to do is laugh at us Earth people for making mashed potatoes.
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