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    (1994-1996)
    Family of robots powered by Duracell batteries
    Consisted of Herb, his wife Flo, son Zack, daughter Trish and Grandma
    Commercials directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
    They were meant to be Duracell's response to the Energizer Bunny but did not have the same staying power.
    In more than one poll, they were named as worst new commercial of 1994.
    They landed smack in the middle of 'Uncanny Valley' (the revulsion felt by people towards robots that look and act almost but not quite human).
    Zack was portrayed by an actress while Grandma Putterman was played by a male actor.
    There was a rumor that the actor playing Grandma became Mr. Six since his moves are similar to Grandma's in a commerical where Duracell gives her so much energy she cannot stop dancing.
    The actors' costumes and facial prosthetics were so convincing, many viewers thought they were watching computer animation or claymation.
    Since they did not keep going and going and going, they quickly faded into a vaguely disquieting memory.
    Primus wore Putterman-like costumes in the video for 'Winona's Big Brown Beaver.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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