When I was a boy, I loved the Superfriends cartoon. When I was 6 years old I had already started to collect comics, so I already recognized most of the characters. I truly thought I was watching the Justice League of America.
Around 20 years later I watched Superfriends again. I was so disappointed with the quality, storylines, and lack of depth. It was total crap.
A few other children’s shows that I enjoyed have not held up well from childhood to adulthood:
Land of the Lost
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
And a few HAVE (pretty much) held up from childhood to adulthood:
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
I Love the New BK Advertisements
Then again, I loved the old ones, too. For those of you who do not know, Crispin Porter + Bogusky is the ad agency from Miami that was responsible for making viral marketing an effective new ad tool.
They were responsible for Subservient Chicken and the very popular, if not infamous, Return of the (Creepy) King. They really made their big break with TheTruth.com, the anti-tobacco ads. Their viral marketing techniques blur reality and fantasy. As Tony and I spoke for hours about one night, the true key to a successful project is blurring fact from fiction.
This agency saw that America was ready for new cutting edge commercial and ad campaigns. You can tell from every campaign they are responsible for (Burger King, Volkswagen, Nike, Coke Zero, Sprite, American Express, Ask.com, Geek Squad and TheTruth.com) that they push the envelope by not being traditional. There is no way that “Whopper Freakout” would ever be allowed to air in 1986 because the old guard traditionalists would say common sense dictates Average Joe would actually believe the Whopper was being discontinued. There is no way in 1976 that Creepy King would be a mascot.
You may have seen some brief clips of the “Whopper Freakout” recently. Did you notice how the actors looked just like you? Their clothes? Did you see how real the Burger King employees were (not customer-service orientated and NOT cute?) Do you like the shaky camera? The authoritative voice over? The documentary format? The lack of a script? The blurred faces? The blurred designer labels? The background noise? The drive-through complaints? The sarcasm, anger, and complaining of the customers? Actually filming the mundane scene of waiting for your number to be called? Could you imagine McDonald’s’ parodying themselves and their customers? Nope. I could go ON and ON about about all the great things about these ads.
Here is over 7 minutes worth of the extended skit:
Tony Vahl says it best:
Wow. Whopper freakout. Those were real reactions. That was real humanity, right there. That was way better than any reality show on TV. That really captured the American public, circa 2007.
No wonder China and Putin aren’t afraid of us.
Can you imagine if Khan was a real eugenics creation and he existed today? GAME OVER.
“Whopper? I declare that I mean to conquer your land, and you cry about a sandwich?”
It is apparently very alive and well.
Newer DailySkew fans may not remember Tashman, but it was the controversial storyline that put the DailySkew on the map. Damian and Tony would write short stories about an office that ran and sold teleporters in the future. These teleporters dominated the courier shipping industry. But the technology was simply a backdrop to an insane and emotional office drama.
And that’s where one of the creators got into hot water.
His front office at his real job didn’t appreciate the skewed presentation of their stories which painted the workers as victims of an irrational boss surrounded by irrational partners and managers. The first Tashman origin tale actually revealed scandals which may have hit too close to home to some members of the front office. Tony and Damian maintain to this day that Tashman is a parody of any American office, not based on one specific office, or any specific people. In fact, they say, Tashman is simply like the movie Office Space or the comic strip Dilbert- just in the future.
The co-founders of DailySkew and Tashman decided it would be best to compromise and run a neutral parody feature called Daily Balance, where management and ownership were portrayed in a better light.
Suffice to say, Damian and Tony eventually put an end to it…or did they?
Inside sources say that Damian and Tony had never stopped writing Tashman stories, and actually created a time-line of events, and wrote an entire-feature length novel covering every aspect of Tashman’s drama and history, but it remains unpublished to this day…perhaps one day in the far future it may be available, but Damian and Tony won’t comment on it, and continue to neither confirm nor deny anything about the greatest company that never was: Tashman Technologies.
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CCB3 Set to Wed
LOS ANGELES(Ministry of Truth NEWS) – Jennifer Love Hewitt is engaged to her boyfriend, Filipino slacker CCB3. Hewitt, star of the CBS drama “Ghost Whisperer,” became engaged two weeks ago, her spokeswoman, Jenny Chan, told The Dailyskew on Friday.
Chan said she had no details on the couple’s wedding plans at this time.
Hewitt, 28, starred in the television shows “Party of Five” and “Time of Your Life.” Her film credits include “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “The Tuxedo.”
CCB3, 32, has appeared at the Palms Steakhouse, the Crazy Buffet and Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.