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There Seems To Be a Dr Pepper Craze


 

Dr Pepper, the soda I refused to drink as a kid because the name made me suspicious (perhaps I thought, with the “Doctor” thing, it must have some drugs in it or something), celebrated its 125th anniversary yesterday by sending David Naughton to the New York Stock Exchange to perform his famous “I’m a Pepper” musical number. So we’ve got a commercial, a strange combination of nostalgia and ironic distance, all performed in one of the places where the financial collapse took place. I somehow feel like the world we now lived live in is completely summed up by this one clip.

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Here’s one of Naughton’s original commercials:

And here’s the SCTV parody with Eugene Levy and Rick Moranis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPOJOeRzsD8


 
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There Seems To Be a Dr Pepper Craze

  1. I have a different take on a quote too:

    To me, Dr Pepper, is the soda I always wanted to drink as a kid because the name made me excited (perhaps I thought, with the “Doctor” thing, it must have some drugs in it or something).

  2. When I was a child, I concluded that I didn't like the feel of bubbles on my tongue. As a result, I have never drunk any soft drinks, or beer or sparkling wines. This have given me the freedom to take a purely objective view of soft drink and beer commercials as performances, without the distraction of any interest in the product. I now regard this background as having provided a valuable opportunity to hone my critical skills.

    As performance, the Dr. Pepper commercial is mediocre. It has rhythm and movement, but an unappealing setting, and limited elements of originality.

    • Someone's in denial methinks.

      Admit it. You REALLY want to be a Pepper.

      • Maybe, as long as I don't have to drink the stuff. . .or dance and sing.

  3. What an emotional reaction to a fluid!

  4. Say what you will about David Naughton but at least he got to be in bed with a naked Jenny Agutter in An American Werewolf in London.

  5. I'll change your quote somewhat…

    ' I somehow feel like the world we now live in is completely summed up by this one clip.'

    Interesting times.

  6. It would have been darn more interesting if the whole set-up evolved into An American Werewolf in NYSE…

    • Which is funny because they're all blood-sucking ghouls and vampires!

  7. I'm a Dr Pepper lover, but I'm also a Jaime Weinman devotee — and this post beautifully demonstrates how both are utter originals.

    (Please tell me you drink Dr Pepper now.)

  8. SNL also did a parody of the commercials–Bill Murray as a very mellow and laid back "Pepper Guy." As it turns out, the Peppers are a rather sinister cult . . .