This Norelco Commercial Is A Truly Classic Santa Christmas Ad Fa La La La La
|Well, look who just buzzed into town...|
Look, I know some of you are scratching your heads and thinking, a commercial? He's writing about a commercial? But let's just go with it, okay? These were classic spots.
|Highlights from the famous Norelco Christmas spot.|
They adopted this name because, back in the 1940s, Philco objected that "Philips" sounded too much like their name. So, Philips came up with a new name that sounds suspiciously like it came from Northern Electric Company or some variation on that. The name problem went away many years ago (Philips bought Philco in 1981), but by then Philips had built Norelco into a valuable brand. Since then, Philips has retained the Norelco trade name in the United States probably in no small measure because of the goodwill built up via the Norelco Santa Christmas commercial. And that, my friends, is a tale of how the tail sometimes wags the dog.
Norelco Santa Christmas commercials have been running since the 1960s, but only hit its stride in the 1970s. During that decade, the Norelco Santa was one of the most advanced pieces of animation anywhere, and not just in television commercials. Let's take a moment to appreciate the creative genius who somehow realized that electric razors have a vague resemblance to sleighs and ran with it all the way to the bank.
|The Norelco ads became increasingly elaborate, with superior animation.|
|Back in the day, Lady Norelco was revolutionary. Women have to shave?|
|Lest you think that Norelco somehow invented commercializing Christmas...|
Quality animation was not what you would expect to see during that commercial break when it was time to go into the kitchen and fix a quick sandwich.
The accompanying Norelco Santa Christmas Commercial jingle to some versions - and it sure was a jingle in different senses of the word! - went: "Floating heads, floating head, floating all the way/Norelco is the shaving gift to give on Christmas day." Apparently, the voice-over was by Peter Thomas (or maybe Art Linkletter, they sounded quite similar).
The Norelco Santa Christmas commercials would end with the deliberate mis-spelling of "Norelco" to “Noëlco,” accompanied by the tag line, "Even our name says Merry Christmas." People "got" corny jokes like that in those days.
Political correctness eventually put a stop to that version of the Norelco Santa Christmas ad. Those were more innocent and less culturally sensitive times.
|Santa taking off on his Norelco razor.|
|Print advertising tied in with the tv spots in a subtle fashion.|
|It really doesn't look as though Santa uses that electric razor too often...|
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this visit down Norelco Lane.