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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

watch it: 1960s IHOP commercial

Holy crap:


As Margaret at Jezebel puts it: “IHOP Serves Up Pancakes With A Side Of Acid.”

I’ve always thought there was something a little… creepy… about IHOP. Perhaps I have subsconscious memories of hearing this commercial in utero.



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  • agreed! this was like an IHOP commercial designed and directed by Stephen King! all it needed was a creepy clown serving the pancakes… oh wait! it *was* a creepy clown… and the human voice! so… soothing… so enticing… so syrupy! i’ll never enter an IHOP again… all of which still look like they were designed in the 60s “international retro future” style.

  • It’s the official restaurant of Alvin and the Chipmunks…if not the inspiration for Brownsville Station’s “Martian Boogie”…

  • David Cornelius

    I didn’t know the Silver Shamrock people did IHOP ads.

  • For those of you who don’t remember “The Martian Boogie.”

  • Der Bruno Stroszek

    When I saw MaryAnn’s “Holy crap“, I assumed the commercial would be outrageously sexist, or racist, or show some sort of outrageously dated attitude. After watching the clip, I almost wish that was it. That was terrifying.

  • Anne-Kari

    That was just.. just….

    **shudder**

    And the thing is, when I was a kid there were not IHOPs anywhere near me, but my love of pancakes made me think that it must be a little slice of heaven.

    A whole ‘HOUSE’ dedicated to PANCAKES? What else could be so freaking awesome!?!?!

    Yeah, then I moved to California and finally actually ate at an IHOP. What a letdown…

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