Jingle All The Way In this music parody, contestants guess which movie or TV show a fictional product or company is from.

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.



Thank you, Jonathan. Before the break, we met our contestants Damian and Mickey. Soon, they'll play a game about advertising jingles. You know those things you hear for five seconds before you click skip? Let's check in with our contestants. Damian, you collect scarves.

DAMIAN BENSKIN: I do. And it was not intentional. And then I was informed it was a collection.

EISENBERG: Who informed you?

BENSKIN: One of my roommates while watching me pack to move. And I ended up filling about a whole garbage bag's worth of scarves, not to throw out but to bring with me.


BENSKIN: And apparently if it fills that while scrunched up really small, it's a collection.

EISENBERG: Yeah, I would say correct.


EISENBERG: Mickey, your family has a tradition that whenever someone turns an age that ends with zero, they get a custom-made parody song.

MICKEY LAMBERT: That is correct. Yes.

EISENBERG: OK. And the family writes them?

LAMBERT: Yes. And, in fact, someone in the audience tonight helped write my 40th one.

EISENBERG: Oh, so you've had a 10th, a 20th and 30th and a 40th?

LAMBERT: Actually, we only started it maybe, I don't know, 15 years ago, so I had a 30th and a 40th.

EISENBERG: A 30th and a 40th.


EISENBERG: OK. And which one did you like the best?

LAMBERT: The 40th, but it includes words that I cannot say on public radio.

EISENBERG: Sure, sure. Very good.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: OK. So your next game is a music parody celebrating real and fictional commercialism. It's called Jingle All the Way. Mickey, stay in the lead, and you're in the final round. Damian, you need to get more points, or you'll have to find the beef.


COULTON: Nobody knows where it is.

EISENBERG: No. Nobody knows where it is.

COULTON: We rewrote real commercial jingles to make them about famous fictional products or companies. Ring in and tell me the name of the TV show or the movie that the product is from. For a bonus point, you can name the original product the jingle was for. Just ring in to answer. You ready? Here we go. (Singing, playing guitar) We sell paper at Dunder Mifflin. We'll deliver a ream. Ha-ha, that's what she said.


COULTON: Mickey.

LAMBERT: "The Office."

COULTON: "The Office" is correct.


COULTON: For a bonus point, can you name the original product that jingle was about?

LAMBERT: I really hope it's not more specific than paper.

COULTON: No, it wasn't originally about paper. It was originally about Mentos.

LAMBERT: Oh. Well.

COULTON: The Freshmaker.

LAMBERT: Oh. I see.

COULTON: Yeah, I see.


EISENBERG: Mentos are like swallowable (ph) gum. Like, they are the weirdest substance...

COULTON: It's a weird texture.

EISENBERG: ...Of all time.

COULTON: It seems like it's going to be a gum, but then it's gone.

EISENBERG: But then it's gone. It's like Styrofoam. Edible Styrofoam, is that what it is?

COULTON: Yeah. Minty Styrofoam.

EISENBERG: Minty Styrofoam.

LAMBERT: Fresh and full of life.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: Here's your next one. (Singing, playing guitar) There, more than you can be without Voight Kampff, I bet you can't tell. Our replicants will be here to serve you, thanks to Tyrell.


COULTON: Replicants.

EISENBERG: Replicants.

COULTON: Voight-Kampff test.

EISENBERG: Harrison Ford and Sean Young.

COULTON: A movie.



COULTON: Mickey.

LAMBERT: "The Hunt For Red October."


EISENBERG: That is a movie.



LAMBERT: I believe it even has Harrison Ford in it, maybe.

COULTON: You did name a movie, but I can't give it to you because it's the wrong movie. Damian, do you know the answer?

BENSKIN: No way on Earth it's "I, Robot."

COULTON: That's a fine guess. We're looking for "Blade Runner."


BENSKIN: That's unfortunate.


LAMBERT: I've actually seen that movie.

COULTON: And that jingle was for the...

BENSKIN: I actually haven't.

COULTON: ...U.S. Army. OK, here we go. (Singing, playing guitar) What do you need? You need a thneed, so we're going to chop down a Truffula. Not corporate greed, thneeds what you need. Get one when we chop down a Truffula.


COULTON: Damian.

BENSKIN: Did they make a movie about "The Giving Tree"?

COULTON: I don't know. But even if they did, that would be the incorrect answer.


BENSKIN: Fair and valid.

COULTON: Mickey, do you know?

LAMBERT: I know the jingle. Not helpful.

COULTON: I can't give it to you.



COULTON: That was "The Lorax" we were looking for. And that was, of course...


COULTON: ...Kit Kat.


COULTON: I can't give you a point for that, but that's correct. Here's your next one. (Singing, playing guitar) Chasing the Road Runner, Road Runner, Road Runner. Chasing the Road Runner, Road Runner, Road Runner. Acme, anvils and glue. Super genius supply. Mail order biz.


COULTON: Mickey.

LAMBERT: Acme, "Looney Tunes." "Looney Tunes."

COULTON: "Looney Tunes" is what we're looking for. That's correct.


LAMBERT: And Chili's.

COULTON: Chili's, that's right. Specifically, baby back ribs. All right. This is your last clue, you will be relieved to hear.

LAMBERT: Thank God. OK.


COULTON: (Singing) Though it's covered with trash, it's still a Buy n Large globe. We manufactured helpful bots to clean up and probe.

Looking for a movie here.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: There was a company in the movie called Buy n Large and some robots. One of the robots had a name that is also the name of the...


COULTON: Yes, Mickey.

LAMBERT: It's something. It's the guy - "Minions." Mike something. Mike - somebody told me I sounded like him, with a Polish last name. I can't remember it. I don't know.


LAMBERT: (Laughter).

COULTON: I admire you for ringing in and giving it a shot, but I can't give it to you. Damian, do you know the answer?

BENSKIN: Is it "Monsters, Inc."?

COULTON: It is not "Monsters, Inc." It was "Wall-E" we were looking for.

BENSKIN: (Laughter).

COULTON: And that was the Toys "R" Us jingle.

EISENBERG: OK, you both did amazing. Applause for you.


EISENBERG: So well done. And after two games, Mickey is going on to our final round.


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