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  • Apple's 1984 Ghostbusters Parody Unearthed


    It looks like there was another exceptionally creative commercial devised by Apple in 1984 - the first, of course, being the Big Brother-themed ad that remains one of the most iconic TV commercials in broadcast history.

    As it turns out, Apple's stashed documents at Stanford University contain a video that, despite having never been ostensibly hidden from public view, has been viewed by very few people to date. The segment in question was an internal company ad at Apple that presented a once-timely and altogether cheesy spoof of the 1984 classic comedy Ghostbusters.

    Called Blue Busters, the parody video paints Apple as the Ghostbusters, who try to suck the "Big Blue" a.k.a. IBM up and liberate the world. Blue Busters was made for a 1984 international sales meeting.
    This little gem is just a small piece of the gargantuan collection at Stanford, which is hailed as the largest assembly of Apple historical materials in the world. "Through this one collection you can trace out the evolution of the personal computer," says Stanford historian Leslie Berlin. "These sorts of documents are as close as you get to the unmediated story of what really happened."

    If you haven't yet seen the 'spook'tacularly nerdy video referenced above, check it out below.



    Source: Dvice
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's 1984 Ghostbusters Parody Unearthed started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. robby_persaud's Avatar
      robby_persaud -
      'spook'tacularly nerdy video
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      The "blue" is IBM i suppose? Font and color are certainly a match. (i haven't read the text yet, just watching the video).

      P.S. If Samsung (read sam-suck) would have come with something like this for it's products rather than "apple sheep are stupid" and "tablet apple tried to stop", i would have not argued. This is entertaining, highly offensive, especially the "freaky blue's" part at the end, but entertaining. Main and most important difference is - this is anti-IBM product ad, it does not make "stupid sheep" of the customers...
    1. djdraco's Avatar
      djdraco -
      Should have cast Chevy Chase as the store owner.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by dennder View Post
      The "blue" is IBM i suppose? Font and color are certainly a match. (i haven't read the text yet, just watching the video).

      P.S. If Samsung (read sam-suck) would have come with something like this for it's products rather than "apple sheep are stupid" and "tablet apple tried to stop", i would have not argued. This is entertaining, highly offensive, especially the "freaky blue's" part at the end, but entertaining. Main and most important difference is - this is anti-IBM product ad, it does not make "stupid sheep" of the customers...
      If you know anything about IBM then you should know that their nick-name is "Big Blue."
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dennder View Post
      The "blue" is IBM i suppose? Font and color are certainly a match. (i haven't read the text yet, just watching the video).

      P.S. If Samsung (read sam-suck) would have come with something like this for it's products rather than "apple sheep are stupid" and "tablet apple tried to stop", i would have not argued. This is entertaining, highly offensive, especially the "freaky blue's" part at the end, but entertaining. Main and most important difference is - this is anti-IBM product ad, it does not make "stupid sheep" of the customers...
      I don't remember Samsung saying anything of the sort. They never pointed out that anyone that was "stupid" was an "apple sheep". The fact that we all made the connection is what made it so clever...
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      idk y but it made me smile seeing woz's face at the end

      1:56 - 1:59 correct me if thats not woz
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I don't remember Samsung saying anything of the sort. They never pointed out that anyone that was "stupid" was an "apple sheep". The fact that we all made the connection is what made it so clever...
      That's a good point!
    1. ALIEN1974's Avatar
      ALIEN1974 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djdraco View Post
      Should have cast Chevy Chase as the store owner.
      Hahaaa...👍
    1. chstriker11's Avatar
      chstriker11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      idk y but it made me smile seeing woz's face at the end

      1:56 - 1:59 correct me if thats not woz
      That is, indeed, the almighty and powerful wizard of Woz