Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Music for Thinkers

I am being deviant (what else is new!) with today's Music for Lovers post. This is not actually a music video. It's a National Dairy Council-sponsored PSA from 1972 entitled "Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast?" Exciting, right?

I'm being completely serious - this video is fascinating and very bizarre. Try to ignore the paternal, omniscient narrator and focus on the immaculately preserved time capsule that is this short film. I still can't get over the decor of Cathy's bedroom (vaguely psychedelic), the length of her hair (astonishing), and the outfit that she ends up leaving the house in (acutely nerdy). If you prefer, ponder the question that the film poses. As the YouTube user who uploaded the film pithily observed, "it's a cross between a cereal commercial and Waiting for Godot."


Marissa said...

WHOA! That video is bizarre! Why didn't she eat breakfast!?!?! What am I supposed to be discussing?!?! I am so disconcerted right now. I did like her knee socks though.

woodley park-zoo said...


It isn't resolved?!

We must discuss!

(I'd totally eat hot dogs or tacos for breakfast, mmm mmm gimme full on savoury foods in the morning!)

Scott said...

The other film in this series is "Why Not Snack?" which seems to have clear 'don't snack' connotations.

I'm guessing they're trying to imply that a solid breakfast is unhealthy and a cool refreshing glass of milk is the best way to start the day?

Then again, maybe she just isn't hungry in the morning.