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Planters Peanuts “The Team”

July 12, 2012

– – Mr. Peanut has underwent a significant evolution over the years.  In days of yore, he would basically be shown wearing a top hat, monocle, and spats.  He might perhaps tip his top hat at you, but was certainly no action hero; heck, he even carried a cane!   Mr. Peanut rather came across as kind of a legume Mr. Monopoly whose image suggested Richie Rich rather than Secret Agent Man.  That all has changed, however, in a recent re-imaging that suggests more of The A-Team than the idle rich.

In a recent very manly commercial that plays like an action movie, Mr. Peanut teamed with (-what else?) an almond and a pistachio is shown performing spectacular stunts.  Now every good guy combats arch-villains, so we are shown the nutty trio in a near parody of a James Bond pursuit skiing  just ahead of an avalanche, hotly pursued by a squirrel!  Not to worry, however…the pistachio wheels around and brings weaponry to bear on the squirrel.  We are shown a startled look on the squirrel’s face as he realizes that he’s taken on more than he can chew…

Other scenes in the same commercial show the nuts performing a Rocky-style exercise regimen, and Mr. Peanut getting cozy with a female bee…is he going to pollinate?  Yes, this is one tough and funky snack mix, merchandised with men in mind…


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