Some say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and in some cases, that’s definitely true. When a filmmaker parodies a film genre, it’s often because they have a deep respect for the work they’re satirizing. When an artist copies another artists’ style, it’s because they greatly admire their style. In business, however, this is not the case. When brands steal from each other, it is not out of reverence, but a ploy to tap into their sales. The following off-brand products attempted to do just that, however, the results are more likely to make consumers laugh rather than open their wallets.
1. This cartoon asked the question: When the parents aren’t around, what do the cosmic horrors get up too? There’s no denying that this is a rip-off of the popular cartoon Rugrats. The cover’s nightmare-inducing baby may not resemble the Tommy we all know and love, but the title is almost identical with the exception of the “G” in front. Pretty shameless.
2. Good luck coming up with a jingle for “Crispy Hexagons.” It’s obvious the source of this breakfast cereal was Kellogg’s Crispix. Although the description is accurate, “Crispy Hexagons” doesn’t quite roll off the tongue quite like Crispix.