Herbie the Love Bug was a 1982 American television series based on Walt Disney "Herbie" film series about a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own which aired on CBS from March 17, 1982 to April 14, 1982. It was cancelled after five episodes and, for the next fifteen years, would mark Herbie's last new appearance in either television or film until his return in the 1997 film The Love Bug. The show's theme song "Herbie, My Best Friend" was performed by the star, Dean Jones.
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Herbie: Fully Loaded is a 2005 American sports-comedy film directed by Angela Robinson and produced by Robert Simonds for Walt Disney Pictures. It stars Lindsay Lohan as the youngest member of an automobile-racing family, Justin Long as her best friend and mechanic, Michael Keaton as her father, Breckin Meyer as her brother, David Collins as her second brother and Matt Dillon as a competing racer. The film features cameos by many NASCAR drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin. It is the sixth and final installment of the Herbie franchise, following the television film The Love Bug (1997) and the only theatrical Herbie film since Herbie Goes Bananas (1980). This film serves as a direct sequel to the original films and ignores the events from the fifth film The Love Bug. The film was released on June 22, 2005 and grossed over $144 million worldwide.
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The film was reported to include heavy uses of product placement. For example, Maggie Peyton is a former reporter for ESPN (owned by Disney) turned NASCAR driver. A huge billboard for Mid America Motorworks (an aftermarket parts supplier for classic Volkswagens and other vehicles) is seen in the background of the scene where Murphy attempts to sabotage Herbie. In addition, Volkswagen provided a Volkswagen Touareg and a Volkswagen New Beetle for use in certain scenes. Various race cars in the then-NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series appear during the NASCAR race at the end, (which is shown to be the 2004 Pop Secret 500, which Herbie: Fully Loaded was actually filmed during) which have various sponsorship decals on the cars. (Dale Earnhardt Jr's #8 car is seen briefly, but it has all the Budweiser logos removed and replaced with his signature to avoid advertising alcohol in a children's film) In addition, billboards can be seen in straightaway scenes, some with the NEXTEL logo on them.