The Surprisingly Interesting History of Mr. Peanut
So, lately I’ve been showing overseas fans of Sausage Party
that Bill Hader may have been way ahead of the game than we thought. Fans of Sausage Party know that he plays
Firewater, along with Tequila and El Guaco respectively. But did you know before his infamous trio of
admirable and possibly racist food products, Bill Hader was already a
foodsona? That’s right, since 2013 Bill
Hader has been the voice of the one and only Mr. Peanut.
Okay this news is so big every Sausage Party fan must know
of this! Having Twinkie the Kid as an
honorary foodsona and not Mr. Peanut is a crime! But while sharing this piece of information with
the world, I found something quite interesting.
Well, interesting if you’re into voice acting and obscure history, but
interesting nevertheless. So, because I
have nothing better to do today, here’s the surprisingly interesting history of
Mr. Peanut is the mascot for Planters Peanuts and has been
around for over ninety years, in fact I think it’s a century now! But during those ninety years, the mascot has
gone pretty much unchanged. Sure, he’s
gotten a touch up or two every decade or so, but he’s still just been the
silent protagonist. Heck, even when they
gave Mr. Peanut airtime he was silent.
But that changed in about 2010, 2011 maybe when they updated
Mr. Peanut one more time. This time,
they didn’t just give him a touch up, they overhauled him, turning this top
hate wearing peanut into a tuxedo and top hat wearing peanut. And to go all out, they finally gave him a
voice. Unsurprising is that thousands of
people auditioned to be his vocal chords, but surprisingly hundreds were big
name people. How big? Well, let’s find out by announcing the winner
of the Mr. Peanut auditions…
Robert Downy Jr.
I could not make this up if I tried! Iron Man was voicing Mr. Peanut. And, admittedly, he didn’t do that bad a
job. Here’s some of the videos he’s done
as the snack mascot, bearing in mind some will be hyperlinked as there’s a five
video embed limit on tumblr.
Match made in heaven right?
Well… something happened in 2013 that made Mr. Peanut’s voice change
from RDJ to BH. That’s right, Bill Hader
took over the role of the Peanut. Was it
the right call? Well, let’s look at his
videos, beginning with the redub of Robert’s Christmas TV spot! Wow, that’s harsh.
Not to choose sides, but I think the Bill Hader voice is
better. And no, not cause of the quantity
of commercials. First, listen to the voices
and you can tell the personalities are different. They both play the part of a sophisticated
nut with a side of fun loving. But, RDJ’s
Mr. Peanut sounds a little stuck up, like a guy who was born rich. BH’s Mr. Peanut somehow keeps his everyman
persona, like he was just a regular guy who got lots of money, and tries to
keep the riches of his new life from spoiling him. Also, there’s some spark to Hader’s voice
that makes his take on Mr. Peanut more universal. Though we have less commercials of RDJ’s
Peanut, the character is always the same suave guy. Hader’s Peanut has been a suave guy, a
scientist, a motivational speaker and a creeper. I can’t overlook that in the last video, I’m
sure it’s for laughs, but it’s creepy.
On the other hand, it makes Hader being in Sausage Party three times
But think about it, Iron Man got ousted out of his job by
Fear from Inside Out. Isn’t there some
kind of bad blood between them now? Isn’t
there going to be a team up commercial where they can settle this?
Let me explain.
First, that’s Robert Downy Jr as Mr. Peanut’s stunt double,
Doug. RDJ has given Doug the same personality
as his original Mr. Peanut, only with the same smarminess you’d give any guy
who’s this close to being a movie star.
We see Mr. Peanut being smugger at his stunt double. He’s also a little vindictive, I mean, Doug
can’t call himself “Mr. Peanut Butter” due to copyright infringement? You think this is the commercial that has
Bill Hader and Robert Downy Jr kind of teaming up, but only kind of as Mr.
Peanut is silent this time. Also, it’s
kinda clever that Doug is Mr. Peanut’s stunt double as RDJ was also Mr. Peanut
for a time.
When I first saw this commercial, it was labeled “Robert
Downy Jr is back as Mr. Peanut.” This
made me believe this was made during the Bill Hader era, which makes some
sense. But, after a little digging, I
found out this commercial aired in 2012.
During the RDJ era. Which means,
it’s not the team up commercial.
So, I want to end this odd look down peanut history and
voice acting to say that we should get that team up commercial. Have Bill Hader’s Mr. Peanut and Robert Downy
Jr’s Doug share the spotlight for at least thirty seconds. Have them advertise their products, nuts for
Mr. Peanut and peanut butter for Doug.
(Bring back Planter’s Peanut Butter if you have to). See if we get the shenanigans of two loveable
jerks in a feud or two friends in a shaky team up. Will they be rivals Apple and Cinnamon in a
race for Apple Jacks, or friends Apple and Cinnamon sharing a bowl of Apple
Jacks? We’ll never know for now, but the
opportunity set up in the past six years is too good to pass up!
So basically ending this with “did you know Iron Man and
Firewater were both Mr. Peanut years before Sausage Party?” and “we need to
make at least one more Mr. Peanut commercial to finally resolve a question that
was dug up from the time capsule known as youtube.
MC: Yixing, if you could travel back in time and visit the US 100 years ago, what would you do? Who would you want to see? Yixing: ♫ I wish to go to the US, eat delicious hamburgers, and then meet my idol,,,, Michael Jackson?
Mullin was my cellmate for several years. I even got him a job in the prison kitchen where I worked. One of the guards asked me to do it in order to protect Herbie. I always called him that. It’s like me, I never introduced myself as Edmund Emil Kemper III before the authorities did it for me. Herbie was hated by the other prisoners, because he pissed them off all the time. Often they would break his face. One day I find him in the showers and I realize that he has kept the bar of soap, although he has already bathed. "Excuse me, Mr. Mullin, do you have soap? There’s no more around here.“
That short guy hates me, I thought, he’s always intimidated by those who are taller than him. That’s how we met. I said to myself : “Little guy, you don’t lose anything by waiting.” And then I find out he loves Planters peanuts. I buy about twenty packs, I give him some and he must think: “Wow, that guy offers me peanuts and I haven’t done anything for him. I don’t even know him.”