are certain commercial theme songs from the ‘80s that are permanently
embedded in my brain – especially the ones revolving around food.
Like whenever I know we are
for dinner I silently sing the “I feel like Chicken Tonight” song. I
still drink Crystal Light lemonade and you better believe that “I
believe in Crystal Light ‘cuz I believe in ME!” plays when I’m mixing up
a big pitcher of the yellow stuff.
And when I’m just hungry in general? Which is A LOT -- this entire song
blares through my brain:
As a kid I was, and to this day remain, the Hungry Hungry Hippos family
The object of the game is pretty self explanatory, as the song states:
If you wanna win the game you've gotta take good aim
And get the most marbles with your hippo
Playin' Hungry Hungry Hippos. Hungry Hungry Hippos.”
And...that’s pretty much it.
You flip the little lever to make your hippo gobble up the marbles -- the
player with the hippo who eats the most marbles wins. A fast and furious
game with pink (Happy Hippo), orange (Henry Hippo), green (Homer Hippo)
and yellow (Harry Hippo) this game along with Sorry! And Trouble! were
post dinner staples in our family.
I was always Happy, the pink hippo. I would flip that flipper furiously to
satisfy Happy’s hunger. My brother is four years younger, and this game
was so easy, it was fun to have a game we could play together.
The game came out in the late ‘70s but really gained popularity throughout
the ‘80s and is still going strong today. We got it for our family a few
years ago and I think I was more excited than my six and eight year olds
That sound of the marbles sliding around the board and the “chomp, chomp,
clack, clack” noise of hippos eating brought back memories.
Being the only girl in the family, the boys happily let me be the pink
My kids love the game -- and I like to think they also enjoy hearing me
sing the ‘80s commercial out loud on a weekly basis.
At game time...and at dinnertime.