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Hilarious Adventures of Trunk Monkey

Updated on August 23, 2012

If you’ve never seen the Trunk Monkey TV commercial ad series, you’ve missed a lot of good laughs. Trunk Monkey was originally created in January, 2000 by Sean Sosik-Hamor for an automotive group of Subaru enthusiasts in New England.

The original was a small stuffed monkey placed in the trunk of a vehicle which came alive and jumped around to distribute weight during extreme driving tactics.

In 2003 the Trunk Monkey began being featured in a series of television ads for the Suburban Auto Group of Sandy,

Oregon. It was licensed to at least 45 car dealerships in the United States and in New Zealand. The lone chimp was funnier than “a barrel of monkies.”

The Trunk Monkey was a fictionalized option available to be installed on their vehicles.

This “option” came in the form of a live chimpanzee that remained in the trunk until a special button on the dash was pushed by the driver. The button was to be pressed in situations not normally encountered in daily traffic.

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When the button was engaged the Trunk Monkey jumped out of the trunk and then handled drivers with a case of road rage, dealt with police officers intent on issuing a speeding ticket, delivered babies who refused to wait until reaching a hospital or thrashed a ruthless street gang.

He also doubled as a car security system. One commercial had him knocking out a would-be car thief and tossing the body off a bridge. The chimpanzee could also administer first aid, double as a chaperone on a daughter’s first date or fend off an alien invasion. If you would like to view more videos of this cantankerous, but lovable, comical chimp visit:


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      Joyce modlin South Carolina 4 years ago

      Had never seen the trunk monkey? Very entertaining

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      John Young 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Glad you enjoyed them. When I saw them I knew I had to share.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I never saw any of these, of course I don't watch a lot of TV. Saw the videos, and those were sure a riot. Thanks for the great laugh.

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      John Young 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      I hadn't either until a brother told me about them and played a few for me. Absolutely hilarious!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      I've never seen the Trunk Monkey commercials. They sound hilarious. Will check out on the link. In His Love, Faith Reaper