Friday, December 28, 2007

Classic Weenie Commercials: Oscar Mayer Wieners

I found this classic Oscar Mayer hot dog commercial from the '60s the other day. This is the one with the ubiquitous "I Wish I Were An Oscar Mayer Wiener" song that has become a staple of American pop culture.

There are a couple of points in the advert, however, that seem rather dated. First, notice the peer pressure exerted on the child who has an opinion that is not in line with the other children. That sort of groupthink, while still prevalent, would probably not be encouraged these days. Also notice that they go out of their way to discuss that the weenies are "all meat." Back then, putting soy in a hot dog was considered a way to cheap out, as opposed to current conditions where Tofu Pups cost twice as much as dogs made from "meat" (likely meaning turkey, chicken, and pork). Nowadays, one would only advertise "all beef."

Anyway, enjoy this blast from the weenie past.

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