Dr Pepper is a soft drink marketed as having a unique flavor. Created in the 1880's by Charles Alderton of Waco, Texas, and first served around 1885, Dr Pepper was first nationally marketed in the United States in 1904 and is now also sold in Europe, Asia and South America.
A $10 million advertisement campaign in 1985 saw Godzilla featured in two commercials for Dr Pepper, while the drink was also featured in the U.S. version of The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla 1985. Dr Pepper also sponsored a little-seen tie-in music video of the song "I Was Afraid to Love You" for Godzilla 1985.
Godzilla Commercial #1
Shot in black and white, this commercial shows a cast of Japanese and American citizens watch Godzilla destroying a city. He tries drinking from a tanker truck, but does not like the flavor, and incinerates a train car full of lemonade. He then finds a giant can of Dr Pepper (shot in color, along with some Dr Pepper bottles the humans are seen drinking) on the roof of a nearby building. After drinking it, he is finally appeased.
Godzilla Commercial #2
Shot in color and picking up where the previous commercial ended, a female monster named Newzilla begins rampaging through the city. Godzilla, having fallen in love with her, picks up a nearby tree and offers it to her as a bouquet of flowers, with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet song playing in the background. Newzilla swats the tree out of Godzilla's hands in rejection. Godzilla then finds a giant open can of Diet Dr Pepper with a drinking straw in it on another billboard and offers her the beverage, finally appeasing her as well.
Newzilla, a kaiju created for the Dr Pepper Godzilla commercials
A Dr Pepper machine in Godzilla 1985
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