Friday, October 18

Watch This First: Puppy Chuck Wagon commercial, 1976

by Jason Toon

Yes, we've been featuring pet videos during our Heavy Petting pet week at Sellout.Woot. But it wouldn't be Watch This First without the occasional vintage commercial. So we'll end the week with a visit from the elusive stop-motion Chuck Wagon. Where did it come from? How did it get so tiny? What did it do when it wasn't leading dogs to dinner? Oh, how I longed to grab the Chuck Wagon as it raced under the dining-room table, talk to the cowboys inside, pet those tiny horses, or at least just get a good look at it before it could run back into the bag. Come back, Chuck Wagon! Come back!
 


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Thursday, October 17

Watch This First: Brazil's Tiger Family

by Jason Toon

A good idea: our Heavy Petting pet week deals on Sellout.Woot. A bad idea: taking several tigers into your home as pets. An even worse idea: letting your children and grandchildren play with the tigers. I can't imagine this ending well for the Borges family of Maringá, Brazil.
 


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Wednesday, October 16

Watch This First: Cats Stealing Dog Beds

by Jason Toon

How you feel about today's video for our Heavy Petting pet week at Sellout.Woot will depend on how you see cats and dogs. Are cats assertive individualists or heartless monsters? Are dogs gentle and tolerant, or dumb and wimpy? Whatever your feelings about dogs and cats, this collection of cats taking over dog beds will provoke them.
 


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Tuesday, October 15

Watch This First: A Girl and Her Bee

by Jason Toon

As our Heavy Petting pet week continues at Sellout.Woot, here's a beloved video from 2008 that reminds us that pets don't have to be cuddly, or cute, for kids to respond to them. Julia talks about nursing her carpenter bee Lemon back to health after the bee lost its ability to fly. Pretty sweet.
 


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Monday, October 14

Watch This First: Bull Terrier Puppy vs. Crab

by Jason Toon

Pet Week is taking over Sellout.Woot starting today, so pets are taking over Watch This First all week, too. But jeez, I dunno, do people like watching animal videos on the Internet? Let's find out with this intricate dance between a playful bull-terrier puppy and a freaked-out crab.
 


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Thursday, October 10

Watch This First: LG's Apocalyptic HDTV "Prank"

by Jason Toon

Maybe I'm just uptight. Maybe I'm hypocritical, because I enjoy some pretty intense pranks (including this coffeeshop horror made to promote the Carrie remake). But I think tricking people into thinking their city has been destroyed by a meteor goes way too far. I guess LG makes their point about how realistic this "Ultra HD" TV is, but, uh, you know, making people believe their families and friends have been killed doesn't seem all that fun.




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Monday, October 07

Watch This First: Skippy Snack Bars commercial, c. 2000

by Jason Toon

I have a confession to make. For roughly the past thirteen years, through all the major moments of my life - my wedding, the birth of my two daughters, that time I saw Hulk Hogan in Las Vegas - my brain has been playing a continuous loop of Rasta elephants toasting and crooning about a mass-market peanut-butter dessert ingot. Now it's your turn.
 

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Tuesday, October 01

Watch This First: Billy Eye's Rock Scream, 1984

by Jason Toon

What better way to kick off Rocktober than with some bloodcurdling 80s metal wailing? Taken from the 1984 dumbsploitation gorehole Rocktober Blood (IMDb synopsis: "A crazed rock singer returns from the dead to murder members of his former band"), this is 1:42 of the kind of caterwauling yowl that makes survivors envy the dead.
 


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Friday, September 27

Watch This First: CBS's Night Games, 1991

by Jason Toon

What happened when the network of Murder, She Wrote and Jake and the Fatman tried to get sexy? Night Games, that's what, CBS's attempt at a smuttier Love Connection. You don't have to watch all seven minutes of this clip to feel the painful impact of its unbearable smirky humor and deeply regrettable early '90s fashions.

 


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Thursday, September 26

Watch This First: Trapper Keeper commercial, 1981

by Jason Toon

There's a lot to love in Mental Floss's excellent history of the Trapper Keeper, but nothing more than the 1981 mini-rom-com that introduced it to prime-time audiences. This Jeffrey kid knows how to make his voice crack to maximum comic effect. He should've been a star.
 


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