Category: Roo-ing the Day

Packing a Roo in the Days of Pac-Man

Kangaroo was a mildly successful arcade video game released in 1982.
Launched in the same year was the phenomenally successful Pac-Man and notorious Custer’s Revenge.
Kangaroo also came out in the same year as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (video game), the flop largely blamed for the video game industry crash of 1983.
Kangaroo required players to take on the role of a mother roo who dodged falling fruits and punched primates to rescue her joey, who had been stolen by the monkeys.
The game started as an arcade game before Atari made versions for its 2600 and 5200 game consoles.
The game was also later adapted for a children’s cartoon.
Kangaroo promotional video from the ’80s










Related Links
Kangaroo video game
Kangaroo in the International Arcade Museum
Kangaroo at Atari Protos

Oh, La La! Kangarou Pizzas, C’est Magnifique! … Plutôt

Kangarou Pizzas are a French fast food chain.
The chain appears to be based in Thionville, with outlets in Metz, Nancy and Varangéville.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the chain specializes in deliveries.
It’s logo is a bouncing kangaroo, or kangarou in French!
Being from the land of culinary delights, you’d expect Kangarou Pizzas to be a popular choice.
Perhaps because of its origins, customers are more demanding, but the chain gets only average reviews on Trip Advisor, with 60% rating it as either “poor” or “terrible,” though it appears disgruntled users were more miffed by poor service than lousy food.
Still, it’s nice to see kangaroos making their mark in France.

Hopper Gives U.S. Satellite TV Network Viewers a Roo-ed Awakening

Hopper is the (brilliantly original!) name given to the kangaroo used to promote U.S. satellite TV network Dish.
Hopper was probably at her most prominent in the mid 20-teens as Dish launched a huge campaign to popularize Internet telly.
During the 2014 campaign, Hopper was voiced by portly Strayan actress Rebel Wilson, then at the peak of her career.
The campaign centered on Dish’s universally praised digital video recorder, which is also called Hopper, like the kangaroo that promotes the network.
The line of recorders further extends the kangaroo link by naming the compact version of the DVR, Joey, which is, of course, the name for infant kangaroos.
Incidentally, Rebel is a true Strayan. Her initial breakthrough in show business came when she created and starred in a TV series called Bogan Pride.
Bogan is kind of the modern form of yobbo.

A Kangaroo Was One of the Earliest Advertisers of Cognac

A kangaroo was one of the earliest live animation advertisers of cognac.
An artist called Georges Maresté (1875-1940) made the above advertisement to promote Prunier Cognac sales in Australia early in the 1920s.
Many Maresté works featured his birthplace of Cognac, France, which is, of course, itself the birthplace of cognac brandy.
Prunier has a history of 250 years of selling cognac, so it’s unlikely to have rued the day it roo-d the day by using Australia’s national animal to plug its wares down under.