Friday, June 22, 2007

I am NOT buying their products!

Is it just me? This commercial just creeps me out! The less-than-presidential Abraham Lincoln isn't too bad. But a talking beaver? A talking beaver that plays chess! That's disturbing. And what about the guy that never talks? The guy in the deep sea diver suit. What's up with that guy? Is he even aware these other characters exist? He seems unaware. Is that what taking this sleep aid does to him - turn him into a zombie? And we don't even really know if he is a "guy", do we? Maybe "he" is a "she"? Or, even more creepy, an "it"! An alien? A talking orangutan from Planet of the Apes?

This is such an odd combination of characters that it just leaves me with the willies!

Of course, my wife loves these commercials. She thinks they are just soooooo funny. Have I ever mentioned that my adorable wife can be entirely weird at times?

Anyway, if I couldn't sleep, would I take this product? Or would the commercials with their promise of weird dreams just seem so creepy that I would look elsewhere for sleep?

Certainly not here! Cause if the talking beaver and the alien deep sea diver aren't creepy enough, we've got the luna moth. In these commercials, a luna moth quietly flutters in through the window, hovers above the face of the person in bed, and instantly they fall asleep. What the hell is that?!? What did the moth do???

First of all, let's be clear. If a moth or any other flying animal suddenly appeared hovering over my face in the dark, it would NOT help me relax! That surge of adrenaline would keep me awake for days!!!

But not these folks. Sleep comes instantly. Why? Does the hovering moth suck the oxygen away from the person? Does it spray them with some sort of venom or pheromone that induces sleep? Whatever it does to those people, it is a powerful assault that is just too strong to resist.

Again...creepy. Not for me!

Why do these companies think these are images to encourage us to take their sleep aids? Potentially creepy dream scenarios don't make me want to go to sleep! And a moth that somehow puts me under certainly doesn't soothe me. Isn't there a sleep aid that inspires a desire to sleep with the promise of pleasant dreams and soft lullabies? That would be the one for me!

23 comments:

meno said...

I haven't seen the beaver-deep sea diver ad, but the Lunesta ad completely creeps me out.

Gretchen said...

Yeah, I agree...the TV commercial thing has gone too far. I'm about to find the person who invented the Geico gecko and wring his/her little neck! I love a British accent, but...SHEESH!

And...I can't relate to the need for a sleep aid. Sorry. My biggest recommendation: exhaustion. It works for me!

Winston said...

I can sleep anytime, anywhere, any conditions. So there is a low likelihood of me needing such. However, from experience, I highly recommend one of the fastest working slumber elixirs for men. It is called Lifetime: Television for Women...

Kati said...

ROFL I don't see the point of some of the talking beaver type ads, either. The Lunesta ad doesn't bother me, though. I rather thought it was a butterfly, not a moth, but a moth does make sense as they're attracted to light in the darkness, where as butterflies never seem to be out during the day.

Anyway, loving the point you're making!!! Very true!

Above Average Joe said...

I like those commercials with Lincoln and co. There's another of all of them at a bus stop. The ads must work. Were talking about them

Bardouble29 said...

Yep, that commercial has always weirded me out...

On another note, I am so glad to see blogs from you!

Stucco said...

I think a radioactive bug landing on you in your sleep is a good build up to a super hero story- like Spider-man with the radioactive spider bite or so. Although what kind of super hero would come from a moth? Mothra was stupid. Maybe the moth super hero would eat all the woolen outfits of the baddies? It'd have to star Tom Cruise and have lots of explosions...

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

LOL! The commercial with the glowing moth freaks out my bf too. He thinks it is super creepy.

MarmiteToasty said...

:) Your adverts sure sound well creepy..... one I DONT do moths, beavers, lincoln and blokes in diver suit lol.....

Say NO to creepy adverts... we have our fair share of them over here......

x

Big Brother said...

Really weird, I don't mind humorous commercials but some of them are so strange that sometimes it's hard to figure out what they are selling. One that sets my teeth on edge is the one for viagra where the characters speak klingon to each other. Why klingon? What is the link with viagra? Is it a side effect of the drug?

Logophile said...

Being someone who does suffer insomnia I will tell you that the offer of unconsciousness is all I really want but the Lincoln/beaver/diver ad did not really do it for me, I figured it was aimed at a different demographic.
I dream about rabbits with white gloves, bloodthirsty queens, and mad hatters myself.

liv said...

I agree. I don't want to dream about beavers. Take that where ye shall.

Dorky Dad said...

Yeah, I've always wondered what Abe Lincoln and a talking beaver had to do with one another and what the heck they had to do with sleeping. Or whatever it is that drug does. I'm with you man. Down with those commercials.

carli said...

I have no interest in taking sleeping pills, but I think the commercials are pretty funny. . . it's just so random, a beaver and Abe Lincoln hanging out together. And I just love when Abe goes, "Hello? Honest ABE?"

I guess the company wants to put a lasting image in the customer's head. . . so when they go to their doctor, and the doctor mentions the drug, they say, "Oh, yeah. That's the one with Abe Lincoln and the beaver." And then the doctor says, "You know, Abe Lincoln and the Beaver was the original name for The Beatles." And then the patient says, "I did not know that. But please, write me a prescription for this wonder drug so I can get home and dream about ex-presidents and semi-aquatic rodents."

tkkerouac said...

Beavers do talk...don't they?

mist1 said...

I love those commercials. I love the weirdness of dreaming.

CS said...

I like those Linclon et al commercials, because my dreams are often just like that. Butthe one with the giant moth fluttering over the person's face completely creeps me out.

Chicky Pea said...

So, you've never had a beaver talk to you yet you say your wife is a little weird sometimes? :-)

Rainbow dreams said...

you sure have some weird adverts over there, though we possibly do I just don't pay them much attention!

Wizened Wizard said...

From the sound of things, I'm increasingly glad we pulled the plug on our TV. Funny how I can't remember any ads from those pre-plug-pulled days...

The beavers around here keep you awake, but I think it has been pretty well established that Luna moth shit is a sedative. You didn't know that??

On a more serious note (from someone who spent quite a bit of money on therapy to combat depression and insomnia), there is no magic pill. I wanted one, but there really isn't one. I have learned to say, "So what if I'm not sleeping. Being tired isn't the worst thing in the world." I do crossword puzzles or read if I can't sleep. Several "bad" nights in a row wear me down, but having a less negative attitude about it has helped a lot.

And finally, was Lincoln one of our GOOD presidents? And we're laughing at him?

Anonymous said...

We're not laughing at Lincoln, we're laughing at the idea of Lincoln being out of place, playing chess with a Beaver in a suburban home in 2007.

And I respectfully disagree with the above poster. I took Sonata for several months years ago and found that it worked wonders for my otherwise untreatable insomnia.

radioactive girl said...

I have absolutely no need for a sleep aid, as I have four that work together to make me very sleepy. If you ever need a sleep aid, maybe I could send you one of mine?

Thomas said...

GLad to hear that I am not the only person that finds the talking beaver disturbing.

It really freaks me out and keeps me awake at night.
IF it was in my dreams, I would stop sleeping too.

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