Mr. Peanut speaks in new ad campaign -- and he's pretty funny

Mr. Peanut launches new ad campaign, Mr. Peanut speaks
Mr. Peanut launches new ad campaign, Mr. Peanut speaks

Mr. Peanut, the iconic mascot of Planters peanuts, is ending 94 years of silence in a new commercial. Given stop-action life (and the voice of Robert Downey Jr.), Mr. Peanut hosts a memorable Christmas party in one ad and plays The Christmas Song on the rims of glasses in a companion follow up. And, in a nutshell, the new ad campaign is pretty funny.

The verbally-enhanced Mr. Peanut -- still a dandy with monocle, top hat and cane -- has apparently hit the gym in order to fill out his new jacket and pants (formal leggings maybe?). He's a fit Mr. Peanut for the post-recession rat race, ready to have a good time but keeping it simple (and more affordable) with the appetizers.