Any Canadian that is in their late-20’s or above will likely remember that weird 90’s commercials were a huge part of recent Canadian history.
Basically, between the years of 1990 and 1999, the Canadian Government released a series of iconic children’s ads. However, while the ads had great messages; sticking with us throughout the decades, these commercials become infamous for the occasionally odd deliveries and their unique ability to pack a punch.
So, here is a compilation of the weirdest and most memorable Canadian 90’s commercials.
“Don’t Put It In Your Mouth”
Perhaps one of the most unusual, and most famous 90’s commercial was the “Don’t Put It in Your Mouth” ad; featuring two of Canada’s creepiest puppets. Looking back as an adult, I have trouble watching this commercial with a straight face (or a clean mind).
The second most recognized 90’s commercial in Canada (and biggest Canadian letdown) is the “House Hippo” AD. I guarantee that every Canadian wanted their very own house hippo; it was traumatically disappointing when the commercial ended and told us that the house hippos weren’t real. In case the Canadian government ever sees this, I still want my hippo, dammit.
If I remember correctly, this particular ad had multiple versions due to parents complaining about the creepiness factor. I believe that in the edited versions of the “Hip Choice” ad, the drug pusher kept his glasses on as kids found his eyeballs too disturbing.
This advertisement is neither “weird” or “funny.” Nevertheless, imagine you are a young child watching cartoons on a weekend when this ad pops up. Intense. The commercial was effective, though; so, fair play to the government of Canada.
Finally, this AD isn’t technically one of Canada’s weird 90s commercials since it’s from 2006. Nonetheless, it’s certainly unusual; the creators promptly followed up the ad with a sequel called “body.”
Anyways, I hope that have enjoyed my roundup of the weirdest 90’s commercials from Canada; looking back at these ADs has taken me back to my childhood when I would get home from school and watch Family Channel or YTV.
Do any of you remember these commercials? If you are from outside of Canada, does your country have any weird PSA Ads?