A commercial that will drive you bananas

Since we’re reprising the topic of ads with people dressed as food, how about this early-’70s Bic Banana spot? The entries on our earlier list all earned measures of esteem and derision. But this one may occupy a category all its own. It’s so wrong, it’s perfect. It’s got Match Game stalwart Charles Nelson Reilly in a banana suit, singing and dancing, in a classroom, with all the kids dressed as bananas. The imagery, casting and lyrics are perhaps the most subversive and silly ad land has yet produced. Such a spot could never get made today. RIP, Chuck.

—Posted by David Gianatasio