Barely-remembered commercial from the 70s/80s
May 31, 2013 6:18 PM   Subscribe

What was this commercial that I vaguely remember from my childhood?

The premise was that it was a little boy who was at summer camp and he was terribly homesick. The commercial was mostly comprised of him writing a letter home to his mom and dad, and it was conveyed in the form of a song - like, we see him writing the letter while hearing him sing it. I don't remember anything about the song, except the final line, which I am certain was "maybe I should come home?"

Then, something happened (mom and dad sent a care package? I dunno, something), and the kid was happy and enjoyed the rest of camp. If it's on Youtube, that's a bonus ...
posted by jbickers to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Is it possible you are remembering Allan Sherman's 1963 comedy song Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah? It's pretty much the same aside from not being a commercial.
posted by telegraph at 6:21 PM on May 31, 2013

Best answer: There was a McDonald's commercial with this theme, except it was a camp trip to McDonalds, not a care package.
posted by clerestory at 6:24 PM on May 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: That's it! That's it exactly! Thank you. (I knew it was kind of homage to the Allan Sherman thing, but in the form of a commercial.)

(So interesting to me how in my mind's eye it was clearly a boy, rather than a girl. The brain is a fascinating thing.)
posted by jbickers at 6:26 PM on May 31, 2013

Are you thinking of that Downy commercial from the 1980s that used that song?
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 6:29 PM on May 31, 2013

What's funny is that it was totally confused in my head with the piano recital McDonalds commercial in the musical childhood tribulation solved by McDonalds genre of ads. :)
posted by clerestory at 6:30 PM on May 31, 2013

This commercial is actually quite excellent. I definitely related to it as a 7 year old.
posted by Riverine at 6:49 PM on May 31, 2013

This question really needs this link. The original "letter from camp" song.
posted by HuronBob at 7:55 PM on May 31, 2013

or, if I could read, what telegraph posted... sheesh.
posted by HuronBob at 7:55 PM on May 31, 2013

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