1. Bart vs. The Space Mutants – By 1991 the Simpsons marketing machine was fully oiled, churning out just about anything that could possibly fit a character’s face on it. Bart Simpson T-Shirts were being blamed for creating subversion among children, yet he could sell Butterfingers until the cows came home and that was somehow okay.
The gist of the game is that aliens have invaded Springfield and Bart’s the only one who notices because he has a pair of x-ray glasses. The aliens have plans to build some sort of doomsday machine and they only need one ingredient…purple things. So Bart’s got to go through the town and paint all of the purple things red. In addition to having the only pair of x-ray glasses in town, Bart’s a wiz with spray paint so this task fits right into his wheelhouse. Once he’s painted everything red, the aliens change the ingredient they need to balloons. Then, once the balloons are gone, the ingredient changes to…exit signs. THEN, once the exit signs are gone, the final ingredient is a nuclear rod. FINALLY, one that makes sense.
2. 1981 Monopoly Commercial – A few things here. It’s been proven that it is impossible to play Monopoly:
- in a crowded public place
- with strangers
- with a smile on your face
3. Adventure Thru Inner Space – This ride, which lived at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland from 1967 to 1985, really captures that World’s Fair-y “We Can Do This” feeling seen in other Disney attractions like Carousel of Progress and Flight To The Moon.
This ride was a hard sell on atomic research, initially sponsored by Monsanto who obviously had a pretty strong interest in the manipulation of molecules. Guests were miniaturized through “The Mighty Monsanto Microscope” and sent into a snowflake, down to the molecular level, into an atom, and then back out to full size. The whole thing is just oozing with style, from the building to the lobby to the ride to the narration to the soundtrack. Here are some highlights:
4. Donkey Kong Junior Commercial – This is just…bizarre. I mean, DK Junior doesn’t look like his dad AT ALL.
5. Invisible Helmet – Pretty sure this goes past “false advertising” and straight into “lie” territory.