Why Do the First 10 Frames of Certain “Toy Story 3” TV Ads Have the Phrase “RED HERRING” in Them?

7.8.2010 By CK Hunter

How bizaree is this recent “mass media” dicovery:

Ok, Pixar. I really want to know. As a retired graphic arts, media and advertising professional I know several things. Never, and I repeat, never, is an animated image or TV spot released into the media without absolute scrutiny of every minute detail of what’s in it, down to an examination of every frame of that advertisement. Why do I know? Because I designed advertisements for more than 20 years.

That having been said, I would utterly love to know why you strategically placed the words “red herring” in an image in the background of the first 10-12 frames of the newest TV ads for Toy Story 3. WTF?

What are you trying to tell us Pixar? Are you flaunting the fact that many contemporary motion pictures are dazzling entertainment spectacles designed to distract the American and world public from being interested or looking into what is REALLY going on behind the scenes?

Most folks know that the phrase  “red herring” refers to someting which is used to distract attention from the real issue, event, or activity: in short, a decoy. Here’s the official definition under numbr 2:

red herring –noun 1.

1. a smoked herring.

2. something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue.

3. Also called red-herring prospectus. Finance . a tentative prospectus circulated by the underwriters of a new issue of stocks or bonds that is pending approval by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: so called because the front cover of such a prospectus must carry a special notice printed in red.

4. any similar tentative financial prospectus, as one concerning a pending or proposed sale of cooperative or condominium apartments.

There is certainly no crime involved in placing the words RED HERRING in the first 3 seconds of your most recent dazzling TV spot for Toy Story 3. But why? Why insert a well known folk phrase which is obviously coded to mean something, and thus incite flagrant speculation among intelligent media observers who will wonder what you are up to with bizarre subliminals in your otherwise delightful and engaging Toy Story 3 TV ads?

 Why did you have to flagrantly insert the phrase RED HERRING right in our faces in the first thee 3 seconds of this TV spot for Toy Story 3? I mean…. really: WTF Pixar?

 What’s up with RED HERRING?  Not all the TV spots have this odd subliminal – but below is the one that does, which appeared in my region exclusively as TV promo for the movie recently. Here tis folks – watch the first 3-5 seconds and you will see the RED HERRING text pink on dark pink as packaging text on a grocery store shelf:


  • red herring – definition and examples of red herrings – logical

    The red herring is invariably irrelevant and is often emotionally charged. Mr Campbell has achieved is largely a classic use of a very pungent red herring. of red herrings – logical fallacies>. Most Popular · Latest Articles
    grammar.about.com › … › Reading – SyntaxCachedSimilar
  • Fallacies

    To help you see how people commonly make this mistake, this handout uses a number …. with a famous name or by appealing to a supposed authority who really isn’t One of the most common versions is the bandwagon fallacy, in which the …. Red herring. Definition: Partway through an argument, the arguer goes off
  • Fallacy: Red Herring

    Description and examples of Red Herring fallacy. A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from
  • Fallacies

    Premise 1: Most American cats are domestic house cats. Premise 2: Bill is an American cat. Conclusion: Bill is domestic house cat. Factual Error
  • The Skeptic’s Field Guide: Examples of Red Herrings

    Jan 27, 2007 An extreme example of the Red Herring Fallacy is called the “Chewbacca In court, Cochran resorts to his “famous” Chewbacca Defense,
  • Red Herring – Television Tropes & Idioms

    One Piece uses a Red Herring to take advantage of a recent reveal while hiding …. reason to do what they did and/or helped the protagonists the most.
  • A List Of Fallacious Arguments

    Dec 20, 2009 But it can also be a way to seize control of the agenda, use up the opponent’s For example, “Famous physicist John Taylor studied Uri Geller extensively and ….. Changing The Subject (Digression, Red Herring, Misdirection, False Emphasis): ignoring all of the most reasonable explanations.
  • Use red herring in a sentence | red herring sentence examples

    Every now and then you’ll be thrown a red herring as well. In such contexts, research into the safety issues becomes a red herring.
    http://www.yourdictionary.comSentence ExamplesCachedSimilar
  • What is a Red Herring?

    Red herrings are often seen in films, adventure games, and puzzles. However, the most common use for a red herring is in literature, especially mystery and
  • Red herring fallacy – example? – Yahoo! Answers

    May 14, 2009 can any give an example of a red herring fallacy? We gotta take him out before he uses his WMD on us!
    answers.yahoo.com › Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophyCachedSimilar
  • Chase Kyla Hunter on 7.8.2010


    1. Pingback: All Time Top Posts on Alternative News Forum 2009, 2010 | Alternative News Forum
    2. Pingback: Posts Archive Alternative News Forum 2009, 2010 | Alternative News Forum

    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

    Google photo

    You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

    Connecting to %s