Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nostalgia Theater: Teaming up With Mr. T Cereal!

Here's another relic from the halls of forgotten '80s cereal. The cult of fandom surrounding Mr. T during that decade is this weird thing that we all kind of have to live with, but one of its outgrowths was the cavalcade of T merchandising. There was that cartoon show that I talked about way back in my very first Nostalgia Theater, and tying in with that was Mr. T cereal, which launched in 1984 from Quaker Oats (not Ralston, surprisingly, who was usually responsible for these kinds of things).

I have distinct memories of eating this stuff, though I couldn't for the life of me tell you what it tasted like. I'm told at this site that it had a "Cap'n Crunch" flavor to it, and yeah, I can go with it. My clearest memory of this stuff is buying a few boxes of it to bring back with us to Saudi after our summer '84 trip to the States, so I guess I must have really dug it. As usual with these things though, it wasn't so much about the product but the commercials used to sell the product. Observe:

Yay, let's team up with Mr. T! Anyway, like most licensed breakfast items of the '80s, Mr. T cereal had a fairly limited shelf life, coming and going shortly after its launch (basically as soon as the A-Team star's own light started to fade), and that would very likely have been the end of it, but it garnered its own little piece of cinematic immortality thanks to its prime inclusion in a scene from Tim Burton's 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Anyone else remember this?

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