Planters Peanuts “The Team”

– – 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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4 Comments on “Planters Peanuts “The Team””

  1. carycomic Says:

    I think the chase scene with the squirrel was filmed on location in the “Rocky” Mountains.

    • vulpesffb Says:

      Or perhaps in Frostbite Falls…

      • carycomic Says:

        But, one’s thing for sure. It was definitely NOT filmed in Moosylvania! I remember William Conrad’s priceless description of the place: “A disputed territory, on the Canadian/American border, Canada claimed it belonged to the United States…and the U.S. claimed it belonged to Canada.”

        • vulpesffb Says:

          This is probably why in the “South Park” universe the U.S. and Canada eventually went to war…either that, or Canadians like Dudley Dooright, Terrence and Phillip, and of course Justin Bieber couldn’t be tolerated any longer!


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