January 19, 2007

OK so what’s the deal with the recent trend of celebrities speaking from beyond the grave? Art Buchwald died, which gave the New York Times the chance to unveil their “video obituary” project, featuring final interviews with notable people that will be posted when the interviewee dies, which Buchwald kicks off with “Hi, I’m Art Buchwald and I just died.”

Then Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn resurrected Orville, who’s been dead since 1995, into a creepy CGI monstrosity to hawk popcorn and awkwardly chat about them newfangled m-p-3 players. But the creepiest thing is the first-person “about Orville” page:

Hello, I’m Orville Redenbacher. You might remember me from the popcorn commercials of the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. Well, it’s been about 15 years, but now I’m back selling popcorn in some new and exciting TV commercials.

Yes it’s been about 15 years SINCE YOU DIED

All these dead guys are kinda giving me the heebie-jeebies