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Old 11-06-03, 07:36 AM
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WAL-MART's Shrek Rip Off ad campaign

(Not sure this should be here but...)

Has anyone else seen WAL-MART's new television spots for their toy department that include the "Ginger" character? Everything is a rip off of the Gingerbread Man character in Shrek...down to the voice (originally performed by Conrad Vernon)!

This little thing tears around the MASSIVE toy department in WAL-MART in a yellow toy jeep commenting on all the various toys it sees. leaving skid marks in the aisles in its wake. DID I MENTION THAT IT WEARS A WAL-MART BLUE VEST?!?! As if it were possible, these spots are even MORE repulsive and f-ing annoying that the normal barrage of economy-corrupting WAL-MART ads I see on the TODAY show every morning.

Someone really should sue about this ad campaign!
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oooookay.
Old 11-06-03, 08:31 AM
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A ginger-bread man used to pimp Christmas items... what is this world coming to?

Next thing you know, ads will be featuring a snowman to sell ice-tea, just like the snowman in Jack Frost
Old 11-06-03, 09:14 AM
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Quoting from a recent newspaper article I read. Walmart is the worst thing today for american workers, they treat them like dirt, pay them below the poverty rate and look at the union like the devil. A couple years ago the meat cutters in walmart successfully lobbyed for union membership, they got it and 11 days later walmart shut down their meat dept and outsourced all of the meat. I refuse to shop at walmart.
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Unions are evil. If people refused to work for Walmart there would be no problems.
Old 11-06-03, 10:17 AM
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I also agree that Unions are corrupt and no longer anything but a bunch of thugs. Good for Wal-Mart to ignore them. I also think, rip-off or not, that gingerbread man is really annoying.
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I'd like to see anybody sue Wal-Mart, but especially Dreamworks. I think they could have a chance. A gingerbread man is a pretty generic character, but it's pretty obvious that they tried to make it look and sound like the one in Shrek.
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Originally posted by Roto
I'd like to see anybody sue Wal-Mart, but especially Dreamworks. I think they could have a chance. A gingerbread man is a pretty generic character, but it's pretty obvious that they tried to make it look and sound like the one in Shrek.
Maybe that's just how gingerbread men talk.
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Just to let you know,

It's the same company that's doing both the Gingy Wal-Mart spots and SHREK 2. (Even though the character looks different, he is the same voice, Conrad Vernon).

In fact I work for that very company - I've animated on both the Wal-Mart Gingy spots and the SHREK 2 movie here at Dreamworks.

Thanks for watching!

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I always assumed it was the same character...

WHY?!? The Gingerbread Man was one of the most endearing and funny characters in Shrek... and now THIS!?! He's lowered himself to working in the toy department at Wal-Mart?!

Yes, I'm sure he "loves his job"... that's why, most of the time when you are in Wal-Mart and hear someone say "I hate this place" - you turn around and it's not a customer, but an employee... why gingy?! why!?!?
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Damn you Wal-Mart, with your low, low prices and wide assortment of goods! Damn you!
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There was a Gingerbread Man in Shrek?
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Originally posted by rfduncan
As if it were possible, these spots are even MORE repulsive and f-ing annoying that the normal barrage of economy-corrupting WAL-MART ads I see on the TODAY show every morning.
So, you were shopping at this economy-corrupting WAL-MART -- because...?

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Originally posted by cynthia
Maybe that's just how gingerbread men talk.
Yeah, they all look and sound the same to me.
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I thought he sounded like Mr. Bill. But I guess he sounds like Shrek's gingerbread man. How do we know they didn't get permission to use the gingerbread man? Its not like Shrek revolved around the gingerbread man. Only a couple of jokes.
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Originally posted by otmetrud
Yeah, they all look and sound the same to me.
You're such a bigot.
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What is so bad about the ad?

The dialog is pretty cool for a 21st century ad

1. In regard to the Bratz, "Oh, I love those chicks" [surprised femenists aren't up in arms]

2. Ninja Turtles, "Cowabunga Cookie Man" [and the voice resembled the ones form the early 90's..not the new ones]

I don't really like it, but it's a decent commercial, and certainly better than those "heart moving" and "human" ads with the couples and old people talking about how much they love [twang] shopping at Walmart...or those "hardcore" video game ads for walmart...[Andrew decides the World is Cube] Why in the world does Walmart make Cube specific ads, and not PS2 or XBOX?
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Originally posted by Morf
Damn you Wal-Mart, with your low, low prices and wide assortment of goods! Damn you!

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