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April 01 2008

Several Whedonverse franchises make Mahalo's list of best fictional brands. Blue Sun, Doublemeat Palace, and Fruity Oaty Bars all make the grade.

Roland, I'm a little upset I didn't choose that user name. You've upset me. This is me, upset.

The Opti-Grab made my heart happy. Hard to beat Acme as the best fictional brand ever, though.

I would think the Daily Planet would be a better brand than Wayne Enterprises. Then I read that Wayne Enterprises "owns several newspapers, including The Daily Planet." Why am I just finding this out now? It's like my whole life has been a lie.
I don't see how a list of best fictional brands can leave out Powdermilk Biscuits, made from wheat grown by Norwegian bachelor farmers they "give shy people the strength to get up and do what needs to be done."

Not to mention Bertha's Kitty Boutique, Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie, Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery, the Fearmongers Association, and my personal favorite, the Ketchup Advisory Board.
How could they miss the Kwik-E-Mart?
The name Doublemeat Palace alone made me happy to be a vegetarian - I still feel queasy just thinking about it.
How could they miss the Kwik-E-Mart?

Kwik-E-Mart does appear in the "Fast Facts" section on the right side of the page along with several other Simpsons brands that I'd long forgotten about. Canyonero, YAH!
"Shop smart, shop S-Mart !".

Kids today, no respect for the classics *mutters, grumbles* ...
Didn't see 'em.
This is because the people at Mahalo are huge geeks. And I love them.
Really ironic here. "Mahalo" appears to be a little local Hawaiian browser. Hints? "mahalo" means "thank you" in Hawaiian, and the flower on the logo is a Plumeria, native to Hawaii and other pacific islands (and called Frangapani in some places).

The irony part? My new back-up "protection" browser that runs in back of Google, installed by my wonderful computer geek rapair guy after my last crash, wont let me access most of the content on "Mahalo".
I have all kinds of security on my computer, but sweet computer geek guy tells me I have "high risk web surfing habits", ergo the obligatory once a year infection and crash.

Ah well, better uncrashed than Mahalo'd. ;)
They missed my favorite: Bonzo Dog Food.
Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man!
Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man!
Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man!

And the Wishy-Washy Washing Machine Company of Walla Walla Washington.
One thing which I loved and respected about Buffy was that at the point when I started following the show on TV (Season 5), they had created imaginary fizzy drink (pop) brands for the show. Product placement really twists my melons (and for me jars so much that it can spoil my enjoyment of the story) so I can't emphasise enough how cool I thought that was.

I was sorry to spot that in later seasons, when catching up on the earlier ones, and also on Angel, some real-life brands did make repeated and invasive appearances. I'm talking drinks but also Willow and Fred's unavoidable computer brands. Subtle much?
The "Magic Mac" you mean ? Fairly prominent but far from the worst i've seen (TV wise that's probably the Yaris in 'Smallville' - the way they present it you'd think it was a '68 Mustang or something).

And telling the world about Jaffa Cakes isn't product placement, it's more like a public service ;).
Macs have been prominent in both BtVS and Angel since the very beginning (take another look at "I Robot, You Jane," for example). I can only think of a few times that we've seen a computer that wasn't a Mac of some sort.

Of course, that could just be that ME uses Macs, so they could just grab one and use it on camera.

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