Archive for the ‘Think of the Children’ Category

Don’t get in, Jenny!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Here’s one of the earliest spots featuring 1980′s crime-biting icon McGruff. In it, he warns us of the kidnapping threat lurking on our streets and playgrounds. McGruff, of course, is one of the most successful creations of the brilliant minds at the Ad Council. I don’t see him on TV so much anymore — in fact, I can’t remember the last time I saw him on TV. If he is still out there, dollars to donuts says he’s CGI now. Everything’s gotta be all fancy, smancy and computer animated these days. Makes me sick. Somebody should make a PSA about that. I prefer my Yoda in Muppet form, darn it! But I digress… Don’t get in that car, Jenny!

Webster: You Can’t Touch This

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Today’s post brings us the poor man’s Gary Coleman, Emmanuel ‘Webster’ Lewis, encouraging kids to stand up against adults who, um, touch them improperly. Nothing witty to say about this one. In fact, it’s about as uncomfortable as a trip to Mr. Horton’s bicycle shop to see loveable little Webster, who was probably well into his teen years at this time, talking to us about such a serious and disturbing subject. Then I’m reminded of his friendship with Michael Jackson and, well.. let’s just stop here.

Stress+Screaming Baby = Bad News

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

This spot warns us all of the horrors of wood paneling in your living room. No… It warns us of the deadly cocktail created when you mix high levels of stress and a screaming baby. Nothing funny here. This is a message that still rings true today. Don’t let frustrations get the best of you when an infant is involved. If only we all had the power to freeze time and chill out. I’ll bet Zack Morris never abused his kid.