Disney doesn’t normally get into the humorous Super Bowl commercials game, favoring spots that tug at the heartstrings over ones that could be crowned the best. This year was an exception with the company airing the GOAT ad, both literally and figuratively. This post will take a look at this very important advertisement (basically a PSA), which feels like it was made specifically for me.
Actually, it felt like there was a lot about this Super Bowl aimed at me–or people of my generation, at least. The excellent Pepsi Halftime Show featured the music of my youth (apparently I wasn’t the only one who was hit with the realization that it was a nostalgia play during the show). Likewise, several of the other commercials featured cultural callbacks to celebrities, films, and television that were big during my formative years. As an “Elder Millennial,” it’s cool that my generation has finally entered our own as the catered-to demographic.
As for the Super Bowl commercials, they were once again a bit of a mixed bag. It seems like strategies have shifted a bit in recent years, with an increasing number of established companies no longer wanting to spend big to compete for the funniest commercial. Hard to blame them, with NBC charging an estimated $6.5 to $7 million for a 30 second spot.
The result was an ahem “interesting” mix, with sports gambling, cryptocurrency exchanges, and electric vehicles dominating the commercials, seemingly all attempting to enter the mainstream. It was vaguely reminiscent of a couple decades ago when nascent ecommerce websites did the same.
As a huge fan of both Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, my almost-favorite ad featured Larry David. It was pretty, pretty, pretty good until the final reveal curbed my enthusiasm. Other favorites included Arnold Schwarzenegger as a retired Zeus in a midlife crisis, Lindsay Lohan working (out) her way back into the spotlight, and Eugene Levy as an action hero in a spoof movie that I’d absolutely watch. But it was Disney+ that won the night for me…
Disney+ debuted a new spot during the Big Game in which Awkwafina shared that the streaming service has the greatest movies and shows of all time. The GOATs, both literally and figuratively.
The Disney+ Goat commercial took viewers on a tour of the Disney+ offices. I never thought working for a streaming service would be my dream job, but after seeing their workplace, I’m sold. The office of Disney+ is home of the goats/GOATs from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Walt Disney Animation, National Geographic, and the companies other brands.
More than 30 goats can be seen in the promo representing many fan-favorite characters including Captain America, Chewbacca, Cruella, Woody, and Homer Simpson. If you missed it, you can catch the full commercial above.
Here are some images and posters of the GOAT goats:
Now, if you think it’s odd that this blog is essentially giving Disney+ free publicity to a commercial that’s irrelevant to Walt Disney World and Disneyland vacation planning, you must be new around here. Oddness is this site’s calling card. If you don’t know by now that we’re a bit weird and dorky, that one’s on you. 😉
Also, we are huge goat enthusiasts.
Disneyland should do some in-park #synergy for the Disney+ 🐐 commercial. I’m thinking a place where you can meet and greet goat, maybe even watch them run at the end of the day.
Longtime readers might recall our obsession with Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland, which is really the core of the apple here. If you have no idea what that is or what the above tweet is referencing, see our overly comprehensive Ultimate Guide to the Goats of Disneyland.
That offers everything from a history of farm animals at Disneyland to profiles of the individual goats who called “Goat Galaxy” home before it closed to make way for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (It’s also much weirder than this post.) Speaking of which–if you’re looking for the intersection of bizarre, Disney, and critters–we also have posts about the Ducks of Disney: Donald’s Dynasty and the Cats of Disney: The Kingdom’s Kitty Keepers. Good times.
That’s all I’ve got for this post. Hope you all enjoyed the Super Bowl as much as I clearly did–we haven’t even gotten to former Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford winning a long-overdue championship, but that’s another story for later today. Again, not relevant to Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacation planning, but it’s fun, wholesome, and just plain good. There’s been plenty of negativity around these parts lately, so we thought it’d be nice to start the week off on a positive note, with something amusing and downright uplifting.
So here’s hoping this post has motivated you to conquer your fears and achieve excellence (those GOAT goat posters are basically inspirational messages, right?!). If not, hopefully the response to the Disney+ ad convinces the company to do more humorous commercials…or bring back Big Thunder Ranch. Better yet, dress up some goats like baby Bantha and let them roam Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
What did you think of the Disney+ GOAT commercial? Was it among your favorites–if not, what was? Would you like to see Big Thunder Ranch reprised at Disneyland…or goats roaming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as baby Bantha? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!