Piggyback Aliens and Turbo Pak Commercials Pay Homage to Classic 80s Movies

Two recent TV commercials for children’s products pay loving tribute to a couple of classic movies from the 1980s.

First we have the ad for Piggyback Aliens, back packs shaped like cute multi-colored extraterrestrials.

The kids, the bikes, the suburban setting, the menacing convoy of government vehicles, the faux John Williams score…even if you haven’t seen the movie in 30 years, the allusions to Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial are unmistakable.

Next is Turbo Pak, a back pack that transforms into a scooter:

This commercial recalls the scene in Back to the Future where Marty McFly uses a makeshift skateboard to elude Biff and his crew.

Notice that these movie references will be less familiar to the kids who would want these products than to the parents who will have to pay for them.

Infomercial Reviewer

Infomercial Reviewer believes the golden age of the absurd TV infomercial was the late 80s/early 90s. He writes about the most oulandish infomercials, past and present, at Infomercial Hell. He also edits the Does the Product Work? consumer product review website. (Sorry, Easy Bake Oven and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots not available for review.)

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One thought on “Piggyback Aliens and Turbo Pak Commercials Pay Homage to Classic 80s Movies

  1. “It’s the government people!”

    That quote made me laugh so hard for some reason. Y’know, them government people always pop out of nowhere in several black SUVs when there’s ANY sign of adorable friendly aliens that just landed on Earth. Shame. Anyway, the first commercial has some pretty high production qualities for an infomercial, wonder how they managed to pay. The place looks pretty close to the neighborhood in ET, even though it sort of looks like they live in a suburban neighborhood in the middle of a desert. And yes, I actually thought the girl was a boy before she took off her helmet.

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