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Saturday, December 20th, 2014
35 Years Ago Today

Here's a commercial for grapes, featuring a "snack monster" holding various sugar-coated foods (chocolate cakes with white frosting, ice cream cones, chocolate bars) and asking a little girl what's in grapes (no chocolate coverings, frosting, or preservatives), and finally venturing that "there's a game in here."

Is there an exact Alice in Wonderland reference in here that I'm not getting? Or is it just similar with some of the imagery?

"Snack Monster" voiced by Paul Winchell.

Sponsored by the California Table Grape Commission.

This aired on December 20, 1979.

Grapes - The Natural Snack [Monster] (Commercial, 1979)

Here's a commercial for grapes, featuring a "snack monster" holding various sugar-coated foods (chocolate cakes with white frosting, ice cream cones, chocolate bars) and asking a little girl what's in grapes (no chocolate coverings, frosting, or preservatives), and finally venturing that "there's a game in here." A reference to the holiday season is mentioned at the end of this spot.

Is there an exact Alice in Wonderland reference in here that I'm not getting? Or is it just similar with some of the imagery?

"Snack Monster" voiced by Paul Winchell. Ending voiceover by ??

Sponsored by the California Table Grape Commission.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, December 20th 1979.

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The snack monster reminds me of the original 4 armed Evil Grimace of the early 1970's McDonald's McDonaldland TV commercials.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Sunday, July 8th 2012 at 5:06pm.

I remember that too! :)
Comment posted by Matt on Monday, July 9th 2012 at 3:52pm.

I think it shares a lot of the imagery with Alice in Wonderland: the way she's dressed reminds me of Tenniel's illustrations, and the monster resembles the caterpillar, though not smoking a hookah.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Friday, December 19th 2014 at 11:30pm.

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Comment posted in Grapes - The Natural Snack [Monster] (Commercial, 1979) by HUdson 3-2700 on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 11:30pm CT

I think it shares a lot of the imagery with Alice in Wonderland: the way she's dressed reminds me of Tenniel's illustrations, and the monster resembles the caterpillar, though not smoking a hookah.


Comment posted in McDade's - "Your Christmas Store" (Commercial, 1979) by Smctopia on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 11:26pm CT

I happened to drive past the post office tonight on the way to the racetrack and I had a vague memory of it when I went part. Thank you for confirming!


Comment posted in McDade's - "Your Christmas Store" (Commercial, 1979) by Phantom on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 4:06pm CT

The McDade's in Palatine was at 1300 E. Northwest Highway. The Post Office is in that location now.


Comment posted in McDade's - "Your Christmas Store" (Commercial, 1979) by Smctopia on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 8:52pm CT

I know I went to the McDade's in Palatine but can anyone remember where it actually was located?


Comment posted in WLS Channel 7 - ABC Theatre - "A Time For Miracles" (Opening & Break, 1980) by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 6:27pm CT

ID'ed the woman in the bumper promo at the beginning - Karen Kalish.


Comment posted in WLS Channel 7 - ABC Theatre - "A Time For Miracles" (Opening & Break, 1980) by T.K. on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 11:32am CT

The guy at 1:27 looks as if he is trying to give The Most Interesting Man in the World a run for his money.


Comment posted in Mr. Coffee with Joe DiMaggio - "The Delicious Way to Say Merry Christmas" (Commercial, 1977) by T.K. on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 11:25am CT

I remember hearing somewhere that, after years of doing these commercials, DiMaggio was disenchanted by young people who wanted his autograph because he was "Mr. Coffee" and had no idea about his baseball career.


Comment posted in The Children's Photographer - "Portraits for Christmas" (Commercial, 1977) by T.K. on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 11:17am CT

Something seems misleading here... is it 37 cents for one 5x7 print, with a much greater sitting fee that we're not told about?

Or is this all to get Cheapskate Mom to come in for a big sales pitch in hopes that she'll put away her change purse and actually buy the deluxe package of 75 prints, with a pose in front of each background. With 5x7, 8x10, 3x5, 36x24x36... wait, maybe not that last one!

And if these are "portraits for Christmas," why are none of the backdrops holiday-themed?! I guess they bring those out for Easter...


Comment posted in WLS Channel 7 - ABC Theatre - "A Time For Miracles" (Opening & Break, 1980) by Szake on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 11:07am CT

That Colorburst 250 Instant Camera is as big as the kid's head using it.


Comment posted in Wieboldt's - "The Wonderful World of Christmas" (Commercial, 1979) by Dth1971 on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 10:47pm CT

Like the marching soldiers!


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