Mentos Commercial Parodies
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Mentos Commercial Parodies are spoofs of the 1990s TV advert campaign for the scotch mint brand Mentos. The original commercials illustrated a series of escapades involving youthful characters as they find their way out of complicated situations through quick thinking after eating a mint.
The Mentos campaign launched in the early 1990s with the slogan "The Freshmaker," depicting young people solving problems in a quirky manner. The campaign was incredibly successful, helping sales rise from $20 million to $40 milion in three years. Rock band Foo Fighters was the first to parody these commercials in their 1996 music video for the song "Big Me" (shown below), poking fun at the campaign's overwhelming optimism.
The commercials were parodied online as early as November 17th, 2000, when Newgrounds member wisemanofearth uploaded a flash-animated parody of a Grand Theft Auto character carjacking an elderly woman. The animation was subsequently highlighted as a Daily Feature on the following day and voted the Weekly User's Choice. In 2003, another parody was posted to the gaming site Game Daemons. Additional video parodies began appearing on YouTube in February 2006, with an upload from FullSwingActor and FND Films (shown below).
Between 2006 and 2008, additional parody videos appeared on Newgrounds, College Humor, Funny or Die, Break and eBaum's World. In March 2009, a selection of Mentos commercial parody videos were featured on Buzzfeed. A second list of parody videos was featured on Crave Online in May 2012.
As of April 2014, there are more than 50,000 search results for "mentos parody" on YouTube.
 CraveOnline – 5 Best Mentos Commercial Spoofs / Posted on May 7th, 2012
 Adweek – 'Breaking Bad' Mentos Commercial Is Fresh, Full of Life / Posted on August 27, 2012
 Humor's Office – Top 10 Classic Mentos Commercials / Posted on September 13, 2010
 Ad Age – MENTOS: COOL ADVERTISING FRESHENS OLDER BRAND / October 3rd, 1994
 Billboard – Peretz Has Lighthearted Approach / May 18th, 1996
 Newgrounds – MENTOS! (spoof)
 Game Daemons – Mentos Flash Introduction / Archive from October 2nd, 2003
 YouTube – Search results for "mentos parody"
 Buzzfeed – Mentos Commercial Parodies
 Newgrounds – Magic Mentos
 Funny or Die – Mentos Spoof
 Break – Mentos Parody
 eBaum's World – mentos Parody
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