Jim Henson's Incredibly Violent Coffee Commercials

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In the 1950s, before the Muppets, Jim Henson produced these commercials for Wilkins Coffee. They are, uh, very blunt. To summarize, the message is "Buy our coffee, or we'll kill you." The brand appears to be defunct. Read more about Henson's early puppetry at Network Awesome. Link -via Boing Boing

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Gratuitous Muppet violence was a recurring theme in Henson's earlier works... And shilling for food companies was how he worked out early versions of characters like Kermit and Cookie Monster.

Here are a few more...

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If you'd like to see more of these - and where the story originated from - we have 42 of these commercials all organized here:

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I love the fact that the Wilkins mascot is constantly beset by his opponent, "Wontkins." Classic advertising play on words.

I also like the muppetness... 50s style.
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