Orville Redenbacher – Back From The Dead?

January 18, 2007 · 9 comments

in Rants

I decided to watch some Tv while I worked today and about half way into my afternoon I saw one of the most disturbing commercials I have ever witnessed… and spent part of my day tracking it down online. Watch it here.

Apparently the people over ConAgra Foods thought it would be a good idea to bring Orville Redenbacher back to life. From the about us page:

Hello, I’m Orville Redenbacher. You may remember me from the popcorn commercials of the 1970’s, 1980’s, and early 1990’s. Well, it’s been about 15 years, but now I am back selling popcorn in some new and exciting TV commercials.

If you did not know Orville died on September 20th 1995. He drowned to death as he suffered from a heart attack in his whirlpool/tub.

I am guessing Orville lived a good life, and was always a nice old man in the commercials. Now they brought back a bastardized version of this character as something that reminds me of a meth head/junky. He seems like he is hopped up on something, and he is trying a little too hard to fit in with todays technology. Here is the dialog from the commercial:

The commercial freaks me out. Everyone I have showed it to thinks the same thing about it. It is scary as hell, and something is just not right in it, and I do not trust this Orville what-so-ever.

I think junkie/meth head / zombie.
My sister thinks that it is an imposter wearing the original Orville’s face as a “flesh mask”
Another friend describes it as somewhat alien.

You will need flash to view it: Click here & enjoy (from here), or shit yourself in fear, and let me know what you think.

Here is my transcript:

“Hello, I’m Orville Redenbacher.”
(people in office turn their heads in fear as they hear the voice of a ghost)
“These Mp3 platers get lighter everyday. Can you believe this little baby holds 30 gigs?”
(inside oif microwaze, creepy junky hands grab a back of popped popcorn)
“But if you want light and fluffy, you got to try my famous gourmet popping corn. Mine pops lighter and fluffier then ordinary popping corn.”
(spills popcorn in and outside of a bowl)
“See any Old maids(????), nearly 100% popped. You’ll like it better, or my name isnt Orville Redenbacher”
(he does a little zobie bop dance, and a crowd gathers around the old ghost, like they cannot believe their eyes)


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rae 01.18.07 at 11:18 pm

Dude… thats just WRONG. Wrong, wrong, wrong. And creepy. And wrong.

2 Daniel Souza 01.19.07 at 12:40 am

Relax guys! Ads don’t have to be liked to sell a product, just remembered. And this commercial is memorable — you remembered it — which means it will sell popcorn. Isn’t that the whole point?

3 Luis 01.19.07 at 11:16 pm

I saw the commercial this morning about 10 min after waking up… my first thought was “WTF is this creepy shit” once it was over I decided not to think about it. I fell asleep again instead, the little dance was too much to handle 😐

4 Mike Silver 01.20.07 at 5:43 pm

There is some Pet Sematary shit going down with Orville’s body and I don’t want to stick around to see what happens

5 httpwebwitch 01.22.07 at 12:24 am

Woah. I hope someone, someday does that to me. I’d like some marketing department to pay a bunch of CGI artists to animate me back from the dead to promote a line of deodorant or something. Perhaps I should start working on that within my lifetime to make sure they get my facial expressions right.

6 lynnie 01.26.07 at 8:24 pm

Creepy, he says “see any old maids?” ewww, almost can’t watch this one!

7 Mark Longfellow 05.12.07 at 10:52 am

That is soooooooooo creepy.Whoever made that should be drug out to the street and shot.Hey if you are you are tryin to make people vomet,you did a good job.

8 Chris mankey 11.17.07 at 3:35 pm

“See any Old migs”

That would be “Do you see any old maids” a name for unpoped kernels

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