Still, if you were planning a cannibalistic Thanksgiving this year, here are 3 packaged goods that you might want to have in your shopping cart.
(We didn’t design any of them, but we can tell you a little bit about each one, after the fold…)
The green cracker is a prop from the film (a piece of painted balsa wood) while the labeled can was created for advertising purposes. (See Charlton Heston holding the package in the ad on the right)
A can was included in the 2013 What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction, as Curated by Turner Classic Movies.
Exceeding its auction estimate of $500–700, this lot sold for $2250.
2. Soylent Green in a box makes more sense, since the product is generally understood to be a rectangular cracker. For a time, this product was actually for sale. The website is still up, but the buy now button does not take you anywhere where you can actually do so. The product may have been non-fictional for a time, but I say: once a formerly fictional product has been discontinued, it is again fictional.
3. The canned Soylent Green with labels above (designed by Id-iom) were shop-dropped into Tesco in 2014.
After being dispatched to our local corner shop to procure some Le Puy lentils for that evening’s curry I had reason to examine the dizzying array of canned food on offer in our local corner shop. Along with all the usual products they also have some particular goods that cater to the local Caribbean, Polish and Portuguese communities. It’s sometimes tricky to tell what some of the more exotic looking cans even contain. And that gave me an idea…
… to celebrate both the incomprehensible range of cans on offer in our local shop and the 1973 film I came up with some Soylent Green cans for our local shop — complete with ingredients, nutrition information and cooking instructions. An internet search revealed that Polynesian cannibals used to call human flesh ‘longpig’ so I definitely had to include that (23% of the contents don’t you know!)
from Id-iom’s Flickr site