Special Sub-Topic: More Aussie TV Ads
|Daryl Somers, host of one of the longest running variety shows in the world, did a commercial with the tagline 'You'll never, never know if you never, never go'. Which place was he promoting?|
Northern Territory. Your choice. Do you want to get killed by a crocodile, a dingo, a cassowary, any number of venomous snakes, a water buffalo, or just die from alcoholic poisoning?
NT has one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption in the world, and also has some of the most dangerous animals around, but it also has some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Katherine Gorge, Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt are just some of the treasures that attract tourists from all over the world.
"Hey, Hey, It's Saturday" ran from 1971 to 1999, with Dazza and Ossie, a pink ostrich, in charge of the mayhem.
|The jingle went "Good on you, Mum, Tip Top's the one, good on you, Mum." What was the product?|
Bread. The phrase was also modified slightly to promote Tip Top muffins. Tip Top started operations in the mid 1940s and became a nationwide operation, with plants in every state and also in New Zealand.
Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs (yes, that is the real name!), were a type of caramel-covered popcorn and peanut mixture.
|In the early 1980s, Tab Cola was among the first low-calorie soft drinks produced. It was made in Australia under licence from Coca Cola. Who was the unknown, who later went on to be a very well-known figure, that showed her stuff on the beach in promoting it?|
Elle McPherson. 'A beautiful drink, just right for beautiful people, and every can has less than two calories'. Elle was only 18 when she did the shoot in 1982, but even then she was attracting the attention of the male population. A supermodel, an actress and a very successful businesswoman, she has done her country proud.
Kate Fischer was Elle's costar in the movie "Sirens" (1993), Ita Buttrose made a career in media, particularly as the head of the 'Women's Weekly' magazine, and Dame Edna Everage is actually a man!
|"Up, Up and Away" was released by The Fifth Dimension in 1967. It was used as the basis of a commercial by which now defunct Australian airline?|
TAA. "TAA The Friendly Way" was another slogan used by Trans Australia Airlines. The company was absorbed by QANTAS in 1996.
ANA (Australian National Airways) were taken over by Ansett, who in turn went belly-up following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the USA, whilst Compass were a short-lived company that operated in the early 1990s.
|A very dark and sombre ad was released by the Federal Government in 1987, featuring the Grim Reaper. What was the government trying to raise awareness of?|
AIDS. The commercial depicted the Reaper bowling a tenpin bowling ball at a 'rack' of victims. It was a visually disturbing ad, shot in black and white, but it achieved its aim of highlighting the safe sex, needle-sharing problems associated with this dreadful disease.
|Jan forgot to put the company's listing in the Yellow Pages 2000 telephone directory. Her manager noticed and Jan did a runner out of the building. Jan's boss leaned out the window and offered up which words that have become part of the Australian culture?|
Not happy, Jan!. The phrase was actually voted the best advertising line in Australia, in a 2009 survey. It was modified in a political campaign in 2004 to express dissatisfaction with the then Prime Minister- 'Not Happy, John!' (John Howard was the PM).
|Comedian Ross Higgins starred in commercials for Pea-Beu in the early 1980s. The pitch line was 'Hit 'em high, hit 'em low, hit 'em with the old Pea-Beu'. What is Pea-Beu?|
Insect killer. Ross played Ted Bullpitt, ("This is Ted Bullpit...No! Bull-PIT...yeah, everyone says that."), in the very irreverent, but very funny, "Kingswood Country". Like so many other Australian products, the product became foreign owned in 2005 (acquired by the UK company Reckitt Benckiser PLC).
|In the 1980s, we were told that "The cats of Australia have made their choice". I am not sure how you would poll a lot of cats, but someone did. What did the Aussie moggies choose for dinner?|
Snappy Tom. The ads themselves were not particularly special, but the jingle was quite catchy. Snappy Tom is made by Safcol, a South-Australian based company. Oh, and no self-respecting cat would be caught dead eating Pal; that is dog food!
|The quintessential man's man flogged which soft drink with the line 'Light on the fizz so that you can slam it down fast'?|
Solo. The rugged, outdoorsy type could be found wrestling crocodiles, kayaking over waterfalls, dragging live sharks home and then drinking half a can of Solo- the other half had to dribble down his chin. The campaign started in 1986 and ran for many years.
|A very suave polar bear named Bundy helped promote Bundaberg Rum. In one commercial from 2004, Bundy and a few of his friends are camping when they notice a trio of attractive Swedish females setting up camp not far away. The boys try to warn them about what type of vicious creature, that only they (and Bundaberg Rum) can keep them safe from?|
Drop Bear. A drop bear is a large Australian animal that drops on people from out of trees and eats their brains. Strangely enough, they only eat tourist's brains. Bundy drops onto the girl's tent, scaring them into joining the boys. Another happy ending!
I am not sure what connection there is between rum produced in subtropical Bundaberg and polar bears, but they sure make great commercials.
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