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Kia-Ora 80s TV Advert - I'll be your dog!


Anyone who watched British TV during the 1980s (or went to the cinema) will remember the Kia-Ora crows advert featuring the slogan "I'll be your dog". 

You may well remember the Kia-Ora drinks in plastic cartons which the usherette used to sell in the cinema. They also sold them in our local youth club, although sometimes it was Tip Top orange, which kind of tasted like the carton. 

The advert itself was pretty bizarre but also a lot of fun. It featured a child wearing a straw sunhat and carrying his belongings over his shoulder, while walking in the hot sun carrying an empty glass. Suddenly, a dog appears from nowhere and tips Kia-Ora orange into his glass. The sun wrings itself out into the glass to top it up. 

80s Kia Ora Orange Advert

A crow is following the child and shouts "Kia-Ora!". The child replies "It's too orangey for crows, It's just for me and my dog." The crow replies "I'll be your dog!", and then starts barking.

As they continue to walk, another crow with wide shoulders appears behind him and also says "I'll be your dog". Then a crow dressed like a black woman joins in, and she is carrying her underclothes in a cloth bag on her head. Amusingly, her underwear bursts out of the bag and starts dancing in time to the music. Another crow walks into the clothes and the woman's bra turns into a pair of sunglasses.

Finally, a saxophonist crow and two crows carrying a piano join in the fun. 

So what does any of this have to do with 80s fashion, I hear you ask?

Kia Ora I'll Be Your Dog 80s T-shirtKia-Ora I'll Be Your Dog 80s T-shirt

 

Well, you can pay homage to the ad with this popular T-shirt which I recently discovered on Amazon, and is available in 10 colour choices. It's perfect for wearing during the heat of the summer, which I hope we get plenty of this year.

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