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Qantas, Captain Koala And The 1980's.  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Posted (11 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3649 times:
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I just saw this show in NYC called The Boy from Oz, about Peter Allen, an Australian born actor/songwriter.

But long story made short, in one set on the scene, in his living room, there was a poster up of a Koala Bear wearing what looked like a captain's hat and it said, "Captain Koala." Was that an Old Qantas Advertisement perhaps?

On another poster, it showed Qantas Livery on the tail of a plane with what looked like the a red winglet just in front of it, suggesting it was the photo of a QF 747-400. looked similar to the following...


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How long has the 747-400 been around? This part of the movie takes place in the 80's so I assume it was a time error? Also, in the same poster, was what looked like a Oneworld Emblem. How long they been around? (Gosh, I am turning into an ANAL aviation geek methinks! Big thumbs up)


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User currently offlineBeno From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

Hey,

QF got their first 744 in 1989, oneworld was formed in 1999.

My only guess is QF may be a sponsor?


User currently offlineYeeha From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

Koala is not a bear!!!!!

User currently offlineQANTASpower From Australia, joined Aug 2002, 516 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

Mirrodie,

You must have had good seats to pick that up!

Yes Qantas is a major sponsor of the show. Qantas has used Peter Allens "I Still Call Australia Home" which was performed in the show as their primary marketing campaign now for many many years.

So what did you think of the show and Hugh Jackman Mirrodie? When I saw it I wondered what an American would think of it as Peter Allen was not that well known in the States from what I understand.

Regards & happy New Year

QANTASpower



User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

The 747-400 has actually been around since 1988 and QANTAS got their first in 1989 so they were certainly around in the 80's.

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 days ago) and read 3314 times:
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QANTASpower, we were first row in the balcony. I love it there as it affords a great view with no one ahead of you!
But I'll start a thread in Non-av where we can discuss the show itself!

Only used KOALA BEAR as that is how they are referred to sometimes. WE know that aren't bears.

Any word though on the Captain Koala? Is that a reference to aviation?




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User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2089 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

In the US market, QF used a koala (with a grumpy voiceover- koalas don't talk by the way- you have to explain EVERYTHING to some people in this forum) to promote the airline.
Commercials usually ended with the line "I hate Qantas". The joke was QF would bring planeloads of tourists to Australia and the koala would get too many visits in the zoo, etc. I used to have a QF calendar and one picture was of the koala with a QF captain's hat.
However, my understanding is koalas weren't used in the Aussie market. I once saw some Channel 10 "worlds best/worst/sexiest/irrelevant commercials/momments/home videos" special with a talentless Daddo, and low and behold, there was a spot about Americans referring to koalas as promoters for QF. The Aussies didn't understand the reference (and Daddo neglected to fill them in) so they laughed at the yanks.


User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2397 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

Here's some background information:
http://www.tvacres.com/bears_koala_qantas.htm


User currently offlineTsv From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

"koalas don't talk by the way"

Ever heard of Blinky Bill? That's just what we tell the tourists so they don't kidnap them.



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