Doing Whatever it Takes! – McDonald’s Training Video (1991)

“What if the training video was the training video?” McDonald’s goes meta with this early ’90s instructional where a rigid, by-the-books director learns the value of going off-script in order to get things done right. The video kicks off with an intro by Michael Jordan, which makes perfect sense as Jordan is an authority in…

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Stop It, You – British Handkerchief PSA (1947)

The “wear a mask” of its time, this charmingly pithy British PSA reminds us that failure to catch one’s sneeze is the behavior of a true garbage person. Correctly pointing out the real health risk involved in an uncaught sneeze, the narrator then proceeds to dump an absolutely insane amount of pepper into the protagonist’s…

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Kid Icarus/Mirror of Palthena Commercial (Japan, 1986)

It’s a quick video but there’s so much to love about this 1986 commercial for A Mythology of Light: The Mirror of Palthena on the Famicom System (or Kid Icarus on the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US)! First cool thing: it features an adult playing and not a kid! In 1986! Second cool thing:…

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I’m Out of Control – Regis Previews Tower of Terror (1993)

Regis Philbin had a long history with the Walt Disney Company as a regular host of Disney’s Christmas Parade. His approach to hosted moments, crowdwork, and pre-taped segments was truly one-of-a-kind. One of my favorite Regis moments is this 1993 preview for the upcoming “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” attraction. In a pre-taped segment, Regis…

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