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Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:12:11 AM »
Can't imagine a boy in the girl's place. Girls present differently to boys, and the cuteness factor would be different. Will also add that they were obviously aiming for cutie pie talks to "Santa" but there's something creepy about a strange old man being able to talk to a child, of any gender, through a toy telephone.
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2018, 10:43:25 AM »
I guess that kind of works, though there's one thing that makes me doubt your logic. If we're going to condemn Santa for giving off pedo-vibes, then what about St. Nicholas?

Though one can certainly argue that Santa Claus is no longer Saint Nicholas in any meaningful sense, there's still a lot of commonality remaining in their association with children, isn't there?

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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2018, 11:20:04 AM »
We have face time now. So we can see if its really Santa.  :o

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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2018, 04:03:39 PM »
Can't imagine a boy in the girl's place. Girls present differently to boys, and the cuteness factor would be different. Will also add that they were obviously aiming for cutie pie talks to "Santa" but there's something creepy about a strange old man being able to talk to a child, of any gender, through a toy telephone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl2u24_d2w0
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2018, 05:16:28 PM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2018, 06:20:31 PM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.

I agree with you, it doesn’t strike me as creepy...and I’m significantly smutty.

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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2018, 06:24:28 PM »
"I'm Significantly Smutty"- Mor Ephrem, 2018
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2018, 06:28:59 PM »
"I'm Significantly Smutty"- Mor Ephrem, 2018

That began a lot earlier than 2018.

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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2018, 06:42:05 PM »
Yes, but this is the time to make it your campaign bumper sticker slogan ;D
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2018, 06:53:45 PM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I talk to kids on toy phones all the time. Sadly talking on toy phones doesn't happen as much as it should anymore, everything beeps and make noise, parents are usually too busy staring at their own dang phone to pay attention to their kids.

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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2018, 07:11:41 PM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I talk to kids on toy phones all the time. Sadly talking on toy phones doesn't happen as much as it should anymore, everything beeps and make noise, parents are usually too busy staring at their own dang phone to pay attention to their kids.

I feel like there's the premise for a Candle Cove homage somewhere in there...
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2018, 07:26:53 PM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I talk to kids on toy phones all the time. Sadly talking on toy phones doesn't happen as much as it should anymore, everything beeps and make noise, parents are usually too busy staring at their own dang phone to pay attention to their kids.

I feel like there's the premise for a Candle Cove homage somewhere in there...

Oh man! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a nostalgia for talking on toy phones. There was one product I bought at a garage sale once, it was a pirate-themed toy phone, and one button actually - somehow - connected to a radio station every Saturday morning, which would play this show about the pirates. Sadly it only played static every other day of the week and after Saturday morning, it played static. Is anybody else familiar with this phone?
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2018, 07:58:24 PM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I talk to kids on toy phones all the time. Sadly talking on toy phones doesn't happen as much as it should anymore, everything beeps and make noise, parents are usually too busy staring at their own dang phone to pay attention to their kids.

I feel like there's the premise for a Candle Cove homage somewhere in there...

Oh man! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a nostalgia for talking on toy phones. There was one product I bought at a garage sale once, it was a pirate-themed toy phone, and one button actually - somehow - connected to a radio station every Saturday morning, which would play this show about the pirates. Sadly it only played static every other day of the week and after Saturday morning, it played static. Is anybody else familiar with this phone?

I don't think I ever had a toy phone as a kid. I was just riffing off the "talking to someone who isn't there" aspect I read out of (or into) Bob's post. Sorry for the confusion.
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2018, 03:06:51 AM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I talk to kids on toy phones all the time. Sadly talking on toy phones doesn't happen as much as it should anymore, everything beeps and make noise, parents are usually too busy staring at their own dang phone to pay attention to their kids.

I feel like there's the premise for a Candle Cove homage somewhere in there...

Oh man! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a nostalgia for talking on toy phones. There was one product I bought at a garage sale once, it was a pirate-themed toy phone, and one button actually - somehow - connected to a radio station every Saturday morning, which would play this show about the pirates. Sadly it only played static every other day of the week and after Saturday morning, it played static. Is anybody else familiar with this phone?

I loved walkie talkies as a kid. Edit: I still do.
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2018, 05:44:05 AM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I talk to kids on toy phones all the time. Sadly talking on toy phones doesn't happen as much as it should anymore, everything beeps and make noise, parents are usually too busy staring at their own dang phone to pay attention to their kids.

I feel like there's the premise for a Candle Cove homage somewhere in there...

Oh man! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a nostalgia for talking on toy phones. There was one product I bought at a garage sale once, it was a pirate-themed toy phone, and one button actually - somehow - connected to a radio station every Saturday morning, which would play this show about the pirates. Sadly it only played static every other day of the week and after Saturday morning, it played static. Is anybody else familiar with this phone?

I don't think I ever had a toy phone as a kid. I was just riffing off the "talking to someone who isn't there" aspect I read out of (or into) Bob's post. Sorry for the confusion.

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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2018, 05:53:06 AM »
I have no idea what could be creepy about this ad.  It sadly comes from a time when we were more innocent. But now the pandora's box has been opened and everything becomes smutty.
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I talk to kids on toy phones all the time. Sadly talking on toy phones doesn't happen as much as it should anymore, everything beeps and make noise, parents are usually too busy staring at their own dang phone to pay attention to their kids.

I feel like there's the premise for a Candle Cove homage somewhere in there...

Oh man! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a nostalgia for talking on toy phones. There was one product I bought at a garage sale once, it was a pirate-themed toy phone, and one button actually - somehow - connected to a radio station every Saturday morning, which would play this show about the pirates. Sadly it only played static every other day of the week and after Saturday morning, it played static. Is anybody else familiar with this phone?

I don't think I ever had a toy phone as a kid. I was just riffing off the "talking to someone who isn't there" aspect I read out of (or into) Bob's post. Sorry for the confusion.

When a toddler hands you a toy phone receiver and informs you that God/Santa/whoever would like a word, you. Take. The. Call.

And if the voice on the other end asks you if you're a god, you say "yes."
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2018, 06:52:03 AM »
...I'm like just actually completely baffled. I was literally ONLY trying to make (an admittedly unclever) reference to Candle Cove. Aside from the fact that I am completely perplexed at the fact that you didn't pick that up, I'm even more perplexed at the fact that in the story itself, the adults talking about Candle Cove never talk to someone who isn't there, they only watch a pirate show that isn't there...which is what I referenced.
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2018, 07:31:42 AM »
...I'm like just actually completely baffled. I was literally ONLY trying to make (an admittedly unclever) reference to Candle Cove. Aside from the fact that I am completely perplexed at the fact that you didn't pick that up, I'm even more perplexed at the fact that in the story itself, the adults talking about Candle Cove never talk to someone who isn't there, they only watch a pirate show that isn't there...which is what I referenced.

I guess I didn't completely read your post and didn't realize it was a reference, heh. Admittedly, my Candle Cove connection to Bob's post was a bit of a stretch in the first place but I was also hoping it would work with the commercial in the OP.
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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2018, 02:39:53 PM »
I should really write a story based upon the Santa ad in my OP.

Imagine fantasy figures contacting children through toy phones. Imagine the hilarious reaction of the parents ("you're talking with WHO?!).

It'd be very Poltergeist II: The Other Side

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Re: Irish Telecom "Santa" advert (1990s)
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2018, 03:40:59 PM »
I should really write a story based upon the Santa ad in my OP.

Imagine fantasy figures contacting children through toy phones. Imagine the hilarious reaction of the parents ("you're talking with WHO?!).

It'd be very Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Yeah, it's got some potential.
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