Was this GMC Sierra truck ad shot in Narnia?

Otherwise, that random streetlight makes little sense.

Still image screenshot from video at https://www.ispot.tv/ad/Zqwm/gmc-sierra-puppy-t1

“This is the land of Narnia,” said the Faun, “where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.”

One of the plays I performed in when I was a kid was “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Note the Cambridge comma usage there in that title (no comma before the third item in the list). Although C. S. Lewis taught at Oxford 1925-1954, he taught at Cambridge 1954-1963. If I were a follower of conspiracy theories, I might wonder if maybe that move was forced upon him after leaving the famous Oxford comma out of the title when he published The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950 🙂

In the play I played the witch’s dwarf sidekick, meaning I didn’t get to wear pretty costumes, nor did I have that many lines. Plus, Aslan (the lion) may have killed me near the end of the play, although my memory is a little vague on that point. No matter. My role gave me plenty of stage time, which was what I cared about most, and I had lots of fun hanging out with everyone backstage when I wasn’t on.

One thing I remember being intrigued by during my involvement with the play was “Turkish Delight.” That was the candy Edmund liked so much he was willing to sell out his siblings to the witch to get some. Haven’t thought about that in years. But now, thanks to Google, I’ve learned that Turkish Delight is sort of like gumdrops. Huh. I don’t know what I imagined it would be like, but certainly not gumdrops.

This was what Edmund betrayed his brother and sisters for? Does anyone even eat gumdrops? Aren’t they basically good for decorating gingerbread houses at Christmastime . . . and not much else? I mean, they’re not even chocolate!!!

On a different note, whoever handles advertising for GMC Sierra does a fabulous job. This is the second television commercial of theirs that I’ve featured on my blog, and I think I’ve only put three non-archival ads on here in the past eight years.

Here’s my post on the other GMC Sierra ad that caught my attention last year.

And here’s that video, in case you’d like to watch it without clicking over to my post.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to Was this GMC Sierra truck ad shot in Narnia?

  1. mworfolk says:

    I laughed! Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.

    I loved the Narnia books as a kid. In 2018, I saw a really interesting play in Vancouver BC (Tolkien, by Ron Reed) about CS Lewis’ friendship with JRR Tolkien; it was really well staged in a very intimate setting that suited the setting and subject matter.

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    • I just read the review of the play. Wow, it sounds really good! I know their world was not perfect by ANY means, but I do think Tolkien and Lewis were blessed with remarkable riches in terms of their teaching and writing lives. I envy their Oxford/Cambridge home, their long, complex friendship, and their ability to produce such a huge volume of work. (And as you can see in that last sentence, I am firmly in the Oxford comma camp😄)


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