Taco Bell superheroes

Speaking of Taco Bell commercials, did you know Taco Bell has actually made superheroes out of their ingredients?   And they didn’t just make a cheesy commercial — they made a whole episode!   (Well, four and a half minutes, anyway.)

This is a parody of Superfriends, which makes it kinda cool in a retro, parody way.  The team is called the Super Delicious Ingredient Force (SDIF), and they stay at the Fortress of Flavor.  You’ve gotta watch this.  It’s the epitome of cheesy, in a funny way.

Episode 1 is when the SDIF team battles the Cruddy Combo Clan.

Of course they have their own website: SDIF.com.  Apparently each character even has their own Facebook page, which is stretching the gag a little thin.

There are currently four episodes.  You may be wondering if they get better or worse.  Well, in my humble opinion, they get even more cheesy.  Whether that is good or not, you can decide for yourself.

FYI, these are funnier if you watch them with a friend, so you can make share commentary on it.  (It also helps if you have a sense of humor… obviously.)  You can also leave a comment sharing your thoughts on it, and you get bonus points if you can make it funny.  🙂

Regardless of how cheesy / generic these are, at least an attempt was made at humor.  These clips are better than most commercials — even just the sound effects in the first one makes it worth watching.   I wish more ad companies would make funny commercials.  Hmm… I think that’s a job for… BUFFET O’ BLOG!  While I jest, the staff here could make the most awesome commercials, without a doubt.  So perhaps we should design a few… especially if we could get paid for it!

a fantastic name

A 19-year old British man has officially changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine The Hulk And The Flash Combined”.  His previous name was George Garratt.  He changed his name by deed poll, paying the required fee, so it’s now his real legal name.

That’s kinda cool, although I think I would choose something even better.  His name doesn’t really make sense.  I mean, it’s neat to use superhero names (although the potential for a huge lawsuit just increased), but I think he could’ve come up with something better.

BTW, his grandmother is no longer talking to him.  I reckon the elders would get upset when you refuse to carry on the family name.  I suppose that’s the price you have to pay to be weird / dorky / cool-to-a-few-people.  🙂

While reading up on this, I read of a girl born in Texas in 1984 who has the name of Rhoshandiatellyneshiaunneveshenk Koyaanisquatsiuth Williams.  Yes, that is her actual name.  I wonder how old she was before she could spell it or even pronounce it!

If you were going to change your name, what would you choose?

Who are these Power Rangers on TV?

One day I was flipping through the TV channels, and I saw some show called the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  It looked like the main characters turned into superheroes, which is normally a great idea for a show or movie, but here something went terribly wrong.  These people weren’t superheroes — it was extremely lame!  So I wondered what was going on…

I figured it must be one of those crazy Japanese game shows that got overdubbed, y’know, one of those that is really weird and doesn’t make much sense.  It turns out I wasn’t too far off in my guess.  It actually is a dub with some new scenes spliced in.  It’s based off the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai Series.

It was amazing how many times there was an explosion way behind the Power Rangers, yet it hurt them.  That happened a lot in just this one episode.  And they would fight the bad guys in their normal human form, then turn to Power Rangers with more powers and get beat up some more, then they’d combine into some huge monstrosity with construction equipment coming from out of nowhere to form a giant robot (which sounds kinda cool but was even lamer than the regular fighting).

Aquaman with wavesNonetheless, the show is lame.  I don’t think kids should be watching it.  Kids tend to identify with superheroes, and most children (at least most boys) dream of being a superhero.  So obviously kids need to be watching good superheroes, not lame ones.  If I had any children, they would be watching genuine superheroes, like Superman, Batman, and the other Superfriends (well, except for the wanna-be ones, like Robin, Aquaman, the Wonder Twins, and Marvin & Wendy).  You gotta be careful what you let your kids watch these days.  You wouldn’t want your kids acting like the Power Rangers or Aquaman, would you?  (Ugh!  Perish the thought!)