Sunday, February 28, 2010

Damn you, Procter & Gamble

All of the P&G Thank You Mom commercials shown during the Olympics have been very touching, but this one really got me (I should note that I tear up at the slightest provocation. Hallmark commercials. Maxwell House Christmas commercials. Parades. I’m a sap). I sang this song in college glee club but our rendition lacked the touching visuals. I especially love the scene of the mom changing her own tire in front of her daughters. I couldn’t change a tire if my life depended on it.

The song is from Rodger and Hammerstein’s 1945 musical Carousel. It is also used as an anthem by the Liverpool Football Club, among others. If you go to the YouTube site for the above commercial there are some hilarious comments by soccer hooligans who are up in arms about P&G appropriating “their” song. Apparently they were not aware that its origins have nothing to do with football, although it is well documented, and actually gives more credence to P&G’s selection of it as a theme for this commercial.

7 comments:

Raina Cox said...

Okay, now my eye cream is running down my face.

only a movie said...

Those commercials were quite sweet. As you know, I can so relate to the mom coming to pick up the punk kid outside the principal's office.

only a movie said...

Also - the Old Spic commercials are very silly.

Alicia B. Designs said...

oH I'm with you on this commercial. I saw it last night after I was all jacked up from the hockey game and then i started crying. ha. Those Maxwell House commercials are KILLER too. Just brutal!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I'm a sap too. This was a great video for me today Robin, as it was a challenging day to be a mom.

knitseashore said...

I can tell from your description that I don't even want to click on the video. Those things should come with warning labels for sensitive people! I too cry at everything.

Margo said...

Well I just had my cry for the day! I have never seen this commercial before, don't know why! I think as Moms we need to see something like this once a day to get us through the challenging days!!
Margo at Bought The Farm