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Hallmark commercial

Zrajm C Akfohg (zrajm@klingonska.org)



I'm working on an update of klingonska.org, and so (among other
things) I've tried to pinpoint the release time and contents of the
famous Hallmark Bird-of-Prey Christmas ornament commercial.

(a) Does anyone know where I can find a recording of it? (Googling and
YouTube got me nowhere.)

(b) Could anyone provide me with a transcription of it? -- Through the
various posts here, and by searching the web I've found the following
three sentences which are all said to originate from the Hallmark
commercial (most of these I've found in several places, so they seem
pretty genuine). However, not having seen the commercial, I have no
idea in which order they should come, on who is saying what.

   {pIj maSuvpu' batlh maSuvpu' 'ej maQapbejta'}
   "In our many battles, we have fought with honor and achieved victory!"

   {vaj malopmeH tlhIHvaD nob SaSuqpu'.}
   "So to celebrate, I've gotten you all a gift."

   {Qapqu' wovmoHbogh janHommey!}
   "It even has working lights!"

I also found a summary of the events in the commercial:

    Hallmark commercial promoting a Klingon Bird-of-Prey Christmas
ornament. Done
    entirely in Klingon, with English subtitles. The Klingon language itself was
    written by Marc Okrand.

    The commercial has a Klingon commander (played by Robert O'Reilly)
rewarding his
    officers for their victory in battle by giving them a gift - a Klingon
    Bird-of-Prey Christmas ornament. We then see an insert shot of the
ornament in
    Guy Vardaman's hand, after which Vardaman's Klingon remarks "That
was very nice
    of him", to which the other Klingon suggests giving their commander a "thank
    you" card.

(c) The Hallmark Bird-of-Prey Christmas ornament seem to have been
produced 1994, but does anyone know (as exact as possible) when the
commercial was first aired. I'm guessing November 1994, could that be
correct?

Many thanx,
maHvatlh

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