Monday, November 19, 2007

Mr. Whipple Squeezes His Last Charmin

Charmin's "Mr. Whipple," actor Dick Wilson, died today at age 91.

So in honor to a man who played a single character with the same plot and punchline in over 500 commercials I present the following flashback. Please take special care to note not only how insane housewives were portrayed in the 1970's but also the complete absence of any sound mixing or music whatsoever in the ad. It's as if the director said, "If we don't have this commercial on the air by 5 P.M. Eastern tonight I'm gonna be demoted back to promoting Alba 77 shakes."

And just because I have my favorite decade on my mind yet again, another "hot shot" commercial that not only blatantly traffics in cultural stereotypes but also had many a viewer wondering, "How freaking passive-agressive do you have to be to go and deliberately ruin a family business like that?"


jfruh said...

Oh, man, those Calgon ads are something. I love the fact that Mr. Lee has groovy feathered 70s hair, while Mrs. Lee is dressed up like a Qing dynasty imperial courtesan.

Don said...

I was just showing my co-workers the Calgon ad last week. I gotta go to Ralphs now and squeeze me some Charmin.

D.B. Echo said...

That Calgon commercial is just so perfect. Every inflection, every intonation - it's all like a song. Do they even sell that stuff anymore?