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Stay Puft Quality Marshmallows Review (The Parallax Corporation)

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on May. 25, 2012 at 5:34 AM , Categories: Reviews & Merch
The Parallax Corporation recently introduced a box of officially-licensed Stay Puft Quality Marshmallows into the marketplace. If you're getting a case of deja vu, there's a good reason for that. In 2010, Omni Consumer Products produced a box of Stay Puft Quality Marshmallows for $19.99, which contained 24 large square caffeinated marshmallows. Long story short: Omni lost the Ghostbusters marshmallow license (and the use of the StayPuftMarshmallows.com domain name - which Sony owns), Parallax now has it, and as a result we have new Stay Puft Quality Marshmallows.

In this review I'll make reference to Omni's marshmallows, but my opinions on that product are based solely on the photos and information about it that were presented online by the company itself and other reviewers. I never purchased Omni's marshmallows because the high price was a major turn off, and they never offered me a complimentary box either. Parallax was kind enough to provide me with a complimentary box of their marshmallows, though they are selling their marshmallows for less than half of what Omni was charging, so price wasn't an issue. Now that I have all of that out of the way to cover my butt legally, on to the review...

The first thing you notice about any product is the packaging. Parallax's Stay Puft Quality Marshmallows come in a box featuring dual Stay Puft imagery. On one side is the happy Mr. Puft, while on the other side is the angry Mr. Puft. Don't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry. This box design is a big improvement over Omni's nearly-plain white box. The small 5.0 oz (142g) box is approximately 4.25" x 6.25" x 2" in size.

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On the left and right sides of the box is a little blurb about the big guy, the legal text, and the nutrition facts.

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Now enough about the packaging. Let's open up the box.

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Inside we find... A BRAND-NEW CAR!!!!! Well what did you think you'd find inside? A bag of marshmallows, of course.

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Unlike Omni's product, which contains unnaturally large marshmallows, these are normal size, if not a tiny bit smaller. They're approximately 1" in diameter x 1" tall (a sugary cylinder). Here's one random marshmallow I pulled out of the bag and put up against a ruler just so you can see how they measure up (literally).

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You'll find approximately 45 mini marshmallows in the box. I lucked out and got 46! Yes, I counted them. Hey, don't look at me like that. I did it for research purposes. That's the same reason I'm gonna give you as to why I decided to fashion them into a wall. Now if only I had some Angry Birds gummies to fling at it.

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I pluck a sugary brick from the wall and pop it into my mouth. The marshmallows taste good, but I can't say that they taste any different from any other marshmallow I've ever had. If you've had marshmallows before, you'll know what these taste like. So if your intent is to just buy a package of marshmallows, you're better off picking up a bag of regular old marshmallows at your local supermarket. You'll get the same amount, maybe more, for half the price. Depending on what time of the year you go, you may even get marshmallows in unusual shapes.

Now if your intent is to buy Stay Puft Marshmallows, then Parallax's Stay Puft Quality Marshmallows, which you can buy for $7.99 at Think Geek, is a much better deal than the previous release from Omni. They're less than half the price, with more marshmallows inside, and feature a better looking box. And while you're on the Think Geek website, pick up a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man mug and some caffeinated hot cocoa mix to complete the trifecta.

Although these marshmallows are an improvement over the Omni product in terms of price, package design, and size and quantity of marshmallows, they're still not THE perfect Stay Puft Marshmallows. (I'd call them the next best thing so far.) For that, we'd need the generic-looking bag seen in the movie sitting on store shelves right next to the bags of Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. Because, when it comes right down to it, would you rather be Jet Puffed or would you rather Stay Puft?"

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Thanks to Ghostbusters Mania, you CAN have movie-accurate marshmallows AND the officially-licensed Stay Puft Marshmallows that Parallax makes. Buy a box of the Stay Puft Marshmallows, open up the box, take out the bag of marshmallows, and put the box on a shelf for display. Now print out Ghostbusters Mania's movie-accurate Stay Puft Marshmallows label onto an adhesive label, slap that label onto the clear bag of marshmallows, and voila!

As a side note - because I had no place to put this in the regular review - Richard Roy pointed out to me that Parallax's "Stay Puft Quality Marshmallows" logo bears a strong stylistic resemblance to the IHOP (formerly International House of Pancakes) logo. I didn't notice it before but, yeah, it does.

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Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Stock Footage

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on May. 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Ghostbusters 2
Stock footage, or archive footage as it is sometimes called, is basically video of a location that is not taken for a specific production, but is instead cataloged in a studio's stock footage library to be used on an as-needed basis. Footage that has actually been used in a specific production can also wind up in a stock footage library, as is the case with the Ghostbusters films. Using stock footage is much cheaper for a production than actually sending a crew out to shoot establishing shots of each different locale needed for a particular show or movie.

To give you a real example of the concept, take a look at this shot of a red brick house. Can you guess what television show this was filmed for?

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If you guessed The King of Queens, you're dead wrong. Although this shot of this particular house may be well known from its use over nine seasons as the Heffernan's house, it was actually filmed in 1991 (seven years before The King of Queens premiered) for a little-known television series called Sibs starring Jami Gertz and Dan "Homer Simpson" Castellaneta. Not a single person on the The King of Queens production staff even knew where the house was until a fan did an exhausting amount of research. The King of Queens production staff just simply pulled footage of this house from the Sony Pictures stock footage library and that's how it came to be known as the Heffernan House. It even appears on many of the DVD boxes!

As expected, Sony has footage from both Ghostbusters movies in their stock footage library, and I have cataloged it to the best of my ability on the new Ghostbusters stock footage and Ghostbusters II stock footage pages here on Spook Central. What you'll find are different takes and camera angles of various shots and scenes, almost all in their original uncut form. What you won't find is footage of the actors or anything that couldn't be passed off as "generic" footage.

We've already had our first instance of Ghostbusters footage appearing in another production when I spotted this digitally-altered shot in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse" a few years ago:


There's a little bit of unused footage from a few scenes, and even some footage from deleted scenes, amongst all of the stock footage. All of the deleted scene footage is listed at the bottom of each page. Here are some unused Ectomobile shots from both films, and the exterior of the Parkview Hospital from the second film (where we would have met Sherman Tully), to whet your appetite. (In the third shot, you can see the top of the Ecto-1A at the bottom of the shot, and the front of the car reflected in the window.)

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