Some of you might be looking at those three things in the headline and thinking that this week’s Throwback Thursday is gonna be kinda lame (you’re wrong). I assure you, I will find a way to make all of the above throwbacks awesome. So grab a snack and tune in, it’s time to snort some pure, unadulterated nostalgia.
Wild Berry Pop-Tarts
Obviously most flavors of Pop-Tarts are still around today, including the king of all breakfast snack pastries: the s’mores Pop-Tart. But there used to be a time when Pop-Tarts were really experimental, and that’s when the Wild Berry flavor reigned supreme. That same idea is mirrored in this commercial for these babies, which portrays the rectangular block of fruit goo and icing as the king of the jungle. Kellogg’s, you certainly know your branding.
Believe it or not, I’ve been waiting to use this old school toy/game for the longest time. I don’t think I ever played it, or even knew a single person who owned one, but the commercial is burned into the back of my mind. Why? Well, as a young child who loved dick and fart jokes, I never get over how funny it was to hear a cartoon bucket say “you put your balls in my top, out of my mouth they will pop.” First one to get all of their balls in Mr. Bucket wins, which is kinda stupid considering that you can just hold onto all of your balls as they pop out and throw them in at once – boom, you just won.
I’m no expert on the origins of the Animaniacs, but it would only make sense that it started as a weird urban legend about those crazy freak dog/cat/creatures that lived in the Warner Bros water tower and loved to ogle nurses. In the same vein as Ren & Stimpy, Freakazoid, and Tiny Toons, I present to you one of the shows that completely warped my fragile little child mind. Animaniacs focused on the siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, but it’s also home to a plethora of other amazing characters like Slappy Squirrel, the Goodfeathers, Hello Nurse and Dr. Scratchansniff, Rita and Runt, and Buttons and Mindy. Hell, even Pinky and The Brain got their start there; it was so successful that it got its own spin-off.
BONUS: And now for a compilation of the Animaniacs most completely inappropriate moments in children’s TV: