Most of you have probably already seen the Spongmonkeys flash animation by now. The one where they sing about how they love the moon? Remember that? It’s another one of those animations that’s so stunningly crappy that you just have to love it. If you’re a “hep” Internet dude, like me, who’s got his pulse on all the cool crappy flash animations that come and go then you’ve probably shown it to everyone you know would be horrified by it a long time ago. If you’re not “hep” like me then go check it out so you’ll have a frame of reference.
Back? OK, now here’s something I thought I’d never see. I was checking in at the Blues News video game website which has a little corner ad up at the top of the page that I usually actively ignore when out of the corner of my eye I notice the current ad for Quiznos subs has the Spongmonkeys in it! They’re bouncing back and forth in that way that they do and egging me to click on one or the other of them and I’m so stunned that I do at which point they break out in a rendition of their “we love the moon” song. Only instead of “moon” they’re singing about “subs.” It’s only a few moments long and then it launches you to a site where you can print out a “qpon” good for a buck off one of their subs that not only features the Spongmonkeys popping up as you mouse over various buttons, but offers a Spongmonkeys screen saver which replays the ad for the amusement of your office coworkers while advertising Quiznos. I can’t figure out how to link to the ad itself so you’ll have to either go to Blue’s News and hit reload a lot or download the screen saver if you want to see it.
I couldn’t believe it. The Spongmonkeys have sold out to the corporate advertising world. More importantly some guys who came up with a really crappy song and flash animation to match it have somehow managed to land an ad deal with a major chain of sub shops.
That cinches it. I’ve have got to have Eric teach me how to work in Flash, but not so well that I put out animations better than the Spongmonkeys. Crappy is key it would seem, and it also requires the least amount of effort. Then I’ll hit Hairboy up for a crappy song as he has lots of funny voices he can do including one that sounds a lot like the Spongmonkeys. But not TOO close. Then I’ll just sit back and wait for the licensing offers to roll in. Easy money!