Ernie the Elephant…

One of the latest commercial pitch-beasts is Ernie the Elephant, voiced by John Cena.  Although a fish out of water or elephant away from the jungle, Ernie is strangely at home everywhere, and would be infinitely more affable as a symbol of the Republican Party than the sitting American president.  

Now Ernie prefers pistachios to peanuts, and touts them for the Wonderful Pistachio company at a variety of sites including a ball field (above) and even in an elevator where he’s set off a weight sensor alarm. Ernie regards pistachios as a healthy snack, which he relates to be important in a age of unrealistic body images; ain’t it the truth! Nothing says healthy snack more than an elephant with saggy gray skin and a ton of junk in the trunk, apparently.

Elephants in commercials are rare, with the icon for Elephant Insurance being the other exemplar who comes to mind.  Ernie is far more laid back, however, and if you have to have an elephant in the living room, I’d rather that it be this easy-going guy.  In my mad world I’d love to see a cross-over series with cgi animal characters such as Ernie, Chester Cheeto, and the milk-that-messes-with-you cow from the Lactaide commercials…now that’s entertainment!

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4 Comments on “Ernie the Elephant…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    My favorite talking elephant will always be the version of Horton,–voiced by the late, great Hans Conreid–in the late 1970’s animated cartoon special “Horton Hears A Who.”

    I especially loved those blue song-and-dance monkeys.

    “We’re the Wickersham Brothers. We’re on to your plot!
    They’ll be no more talking to Whos…who are not.”


    • vulpesffb Says:

      I remember the mob chant of “boil that dust speck, boil that dust speck,” with some adding “beezlenut! Beezlenut!,” and yet others cheering, “rah, rah!” Great, surreal, disturbing stuff that you could read a lot into about mob and human behavior. Dr. Seuss was not just for children…


  2. carycomic Says:

    Too bad we couldn’t boil unwanted spammers in beezlenut oil!*

    *You’ve a couple of them preventing anyone from commenting before they answer a couple of “harmless” help-wanted ads.


    • vulpesffb Says:

      I think a generous supply of beezlenut oil with a good heating source might come in handy for over the holidays! I will supply the encouraging “Rah, rah” cheers myself…


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