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In The '90s, Mexican television station TV Azteca ran an ad campaign called Vive Sin Drogas ("Live Without Drugs") to teach the audience about the dangers of drug abuse. The most memorable ads, aimed at young children, consists of two commercials, both involving a multicolored anthropomorphic flower who sings an anti-drug rap and a boy who doesn't listen and overdoses on drugs. One of these commercials shows what the boy was like as a baby and then skips to what he's like in the present with his drug addiction, and the other takes place outside in a sunny park.

Both ads can be viewed here.

The Vive Sin Drogas ad campaign contains the following tropes:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: Both ads are animated entirely in CGI.
  • Drugs Are Bad: This is the lesson the campaign aims to teach. One of the commercials focuses on a mother discussing how her daughter slowly became addicted to cocaine and how she felt powerless to stop it until her daughter overdoses.
  • Exorcist Head: In the "sunny park" commercial, the boy's head does a full 360-degree spin several times when he dies from a drug overdose.
  • Green Around the Gills: A variant happens in the one-minute "sunny park" ad, with the boy becoming green when he succumbs to a drug overdose and dies.
  • Impairment Shot: In the one-minute "sunny park" ad, the boy briefly finds himself looking at more than one singing flower due to his vision getting blurred before he dies of a drug overdose.
  • Minimalist Cast: Not counting the group of flowers who appear in the "sunny park" ad, who don't get enough screen time to really be considered "characters", there are three characters total - an anthropomorphic rapping flower, a drug-abusing boy, and a silent butterfly who seems to be there for no reason.
  • No Name Given: None of the characters are given names. Not that they'd really have an excuse to give them names, anyway.
  • The Noseless: The boy does not have a visible nose.
  • Plant Person: An anthropomorphic flower does all the rapping in both ads.
  • Public Service Announcement: The purpose of this campaign is to teach that Drugs Are Bad.
  • Series Goal: The flower's goal is to keep the boy from overdosing on drugs. He fails. Twice.
  • Skeleton Motif: The box of drugs carried by the boy has a skull-and-crossbones symbol on it.
  • Totally Radical: The flower character does a rap about the dangers of drug abuse, so it's only a given that radical-type dialogue would be involved (for example, in the "sunny park" ad, the flower sings "If they offer you drugs, they will tell you that it feels really "padre" Lit. Translation "; a common slang for "cool" in Mexico).
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid:
    • The first commercial focused on how the kid used to be a decent person who then eventually became a drug addict.
    • One of the commercials aimed at parents had a mother talking about how her daughter was kind and honest before she started taking cocaine.
  • The Voiceless: Neither the boy nor the butterfly are heard speaking.
  • Wingding Eyes: The boy's eyes turn into X's when he dies from a drug overdose in both ads.