Welcome to the Product Placement Blog‘s weekly roundup of the most notable product placements in the world of entertainment! This week, we delve into some of the most intriguing appearances of popular brands in some of your favorite TV shows and movies, from unexpected snacks stealing the spotlight to iconic motorcycles adding an extra layer of excitement. Not all placements hit the mark perfectly, however, as we uncover an interesting blooper that caught the attention of eagle-eyed viewers. So let’s dive in and find out which brands made their mark in the realm of storytelling and which missed the mark with clumsy execution.
Ruffles Original Potato Chips in All American S5Ep19
If you watched All-American season 5, episode 19, you may have noticed the unexpected but delicious appearance of Ruffles Original Potato Chips in a key scene. This popular snack stole the spotlight and added an extra layer of authenticity to the show’s storytelling.
Cheetos Puffs in Evil Dead Rise
While watching the thrilling and terrifying tale unfold, many have noticed an unexpected guest star in the form of Cheetos making an appearance in the world of bloody mayhem.
Arby’s Fast Food Restaurant in Family Guy S21Ep20
Family Guy, the popular animated sitcom known for its irreverent humor, has always been adept at incorporating pop culture references and witty commentary into its episodes. In its latest installment, season 21 episode 20, titled “Adult Education (Part 2),” the show indulged in a clever display of product placement featuring none other than Arby’s Fast Food.
Pringles Potato Chips in White House Plumbers S1Ep2
TV shows often use product placement to add authenticity to their storytelling or to add a nostalgic touch. In a surprising turn of events, a recently aired episode of White House Plumbers, season 1, episode 2, titled “Please Destroy This, Huh?” featured a subtle but noticeable appearance of Pringles potato chips.
Fritos Corn Chips in The Muppets Mayhem S1Ep2
In a whirlwind of music and laughter, The Muppets Mayhem S1Ep2 “Track 2: True Colors” continues to captivate audiences worldwide. This episode takes us on a wild ride with the Electric Mayhem Band as they embark on their mission to conquer the modern music scene and achieve illustrious platinum status.
Amidst the chaos and comedy, a keen-eyed viewer like you spotted a delightful moment of product placement: Fritos chips! As the band searches for their unique sound, they find themselves in a bustling store filled with colorful snacks.
Jennifer Lopez’s Harley-Davidson Motorcycle in The Mother
Amidst heart-pounding chases and adrenaline-pumping action, The Mother takes us on a thrilling journey as an assassin, portrayed by Jennifer Lopez, resurfaces to protect the daughter she was forced to leave behind many years ago. And while she’s busy dodging dangerous assailants, she does it in true badass fashion, astride a roaring Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The choice of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in this movie not only adds an extra layer of excitement, but also perfectly complements the fierce and determined nature of the character. Known for her electrifying performances, Jennifer Lopez effortlessly embodies the spirit of rebellion and independence for which these iconic motorcycles are known.
Valvoline Motor Oil in Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies S1Ep7
In a recent episode of Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, titled “Cruisin’ for Bruisin'”, fans of the musical series were treated to an unexpected product placement surprise. Amid the rebellious and exhilarating adventures of the Pink Ladies, Valvoline Motor Oil made a memorable appearance, keeping their beloved cars running smoothly as they defied societal norms.
Dell in The Covenant (2023)
In Guy Ritchie’s thrilling action film, The Covenant, audiences were captivated not only by the intense story and stellar performances but also by the prominent presence of Dell products throughout the film. Dell’s strategic product placement added a sense of realism and technological sophistication to the story.
From laptops to computers and monitors, Dell equipment was seamlessly integrated into the film, enhancing the visual aesthetic and portraying the characters’ reliance on cutting-edge technology. Whether it was protagonist John Kinley using a Dell laptop to talk to his family, or the team of soldiers using Dell monitors for mission planning, the brand’s products played an integral role in shaping the narrative.
Smartfood Popcorn in Air
Let’s talk about an interesting product placement blooper that caught the attention of eagle-eyed viewers in the recently released movie Air. The film follows the compelling story of Sonny Vaccaro, a shoe salesman who played a major role in Nike’s pursuit of basketball legend Michael Jordan. While the movie successfully captures the essence of 1984, one detail slipped through the cracks – the presence of Smartfood popcorn.
Viewers who noticed this anachronism would have noted that Smartfood was introduced in 1985, a year after the film takes place. While it’s understandable that such mistakes can occasionally occur, especially when recreating the past, it stands out to those familiar with the historical timeline.
Athletic Brewing Run Wild Non-Alcoholic Beer in Walker S3Ep18
In this particular episode of Walker, the product placement for Athletic Brewing Run Wild Non-Alcoholic Beer IPA was hard to miss. As Trey Barnett enjoyed the beverage, the camera lingered on the can label, giving viewers a clear view of the brand.
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