Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nostalgia Theater: The Ninja Turtles' Pizza Crunchabungas!

With the Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles currently sitting atop the box office, we may well be entering a new age of Turtle madness, but I doubt it'll be anything like the first time they took over the world. That was a magical era that saw not just action figures, video games, and school supplies adorned with the smiling ninja visages of Leo, Mikey, et al, but also food, food, food! There were all manner of licensed snack products churned out during the Ninja Turtles' early-'90s heyday, including cereal, ice cream bars, cookies, you name it.

But the product that I've decided to shine the Nostalgia Theater spotlight on this week is a short-lived chip from Ralston with the unwieldy name of "Pizza Crunchabungas." I recall really enjoying these during their brief shelf-life, but I'm fairly certain that was just my mind forcing me to love it just because of the licensed logo on the bag. Certainly in hindsight a pizza-flavored corn chip just sounds nasty, and given that Crunchabungas didn't last past 1991, that's probably accurate. More than anything about the chips themselves, I remember this ad promoting them, using claymation Turtles created by Will Vinton (he of "California Raisins" fame):

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