Watch Patrick Stewart throw Hey Arnold's Arnold while Creed plays

So, Patrick Stewart threw a child...2024 is already weird.

Feb 8, 2023; West Hollywood, Calif., USA: Actor Patrick Stewart poses for a portrait for USA TODAY
Feb 8, 2023; West Hollywood, Calif., USA: Actor Patrick Stewart poses for a portrait for USA TODAY / Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY
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The Super Bowl brings out a lot of weird commercials and boy, Paramount+ sure brought the weird this year. With the future of the service in doubt along with Paramount+'s parent company, Paramount Global still up for sale, it was certainly interesting to see the company spend somewhere around $7 million on a commercial to air during the Super Bowl; and then put it up early on the internet.

This decision may have worked in their favor, as fans have been talking about this commercial spot for some time now. In the commercial, we see characters from Hey Arnold!, Reno 911, Star Trek, and other properties come together in an attempt to get over a mountain. After Miami Dolphins' quarterback Tua Tagovailoa fails to get them out, Star Trek star Patrick Stewart encourages the NFL Pro Bowler to throw Arnold, from Hey Arnold! fame.

The Dolphin's quarterback rejects the notion, saying he won't throw a child, only for Stewart to step up and throw the cartoon character himself. Seeing as the character is known as "football head" by some, his selection seemed obvious.

But what makes the commercial work is Stewart's old-timey football equipment that he has, throwing Arnold like a man in the NFL would look like in the 1930s.

All while Drew Barrymore provides exasperated commentary. Co-starring both Stewart and Barrymore include Idris Elba as the Sonic character Knuckles, Thomas Lennon from Reno 911, Jeff Probst from Survivor, alongside Arnold, Dora from Dora the Explorer, Master Chief from Halo and Pepa Pig.

But arguably the best cameo of the entire commercial isn't any of the characters or actors, but that of American rock band Creed, best known for their 1999 smash hit "Highger" who randomly appeared in the middle of the climatic throw that Stewart attempted, and sang said smash hit.

It's wonderfully insane.

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