The Energizer Bunny
debuted in 1989 and quickly became one of the most successful advertising campaigns in media. Five years later, Duracell decided to do an eye-catching campaign of their own. The result was one of the most bizarre series of commercials
of the 1990's. [more inside]
It took a while, but someone has finally lampooned
Cadillac's much-derided "Poolside" commercial starring Neal McDonough. And not just any old someone: the Ford Motor Co.
On January 2, 1971, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking
went into effect. In addition to adding a stronger health warning to cigarette packs, it banned
cigarette advertising on radio and TV in the United States. (MLYT) [more inside]
Two very different commercials about mothers.
1. Old Spice "Momsong"
2. P&G "Pick Them Back Up"
Bring your tissues for that second one.
Oreo Wonderfilled Anthem.
And during which show did The Martin Agency
decide to roll out its new, optimistic, and wonder filled (yes I know) Oreo ad campaign
? Why, during the sometimes dark and always cynical show Mad Men
, of course. [more inside]
If you were watching late-night television in July 1998 you may have seen the half-hour informercial parody that the Beastie Boys produced to promote their upcoming album, Hello Nasty
. The ad features Mike D, MCA , and Ad-Rock taking on roles to shill everything from the services of phone psychics to get-rich-quick scams to a food processor that plays songs from the upcoming LP. (Warning: video auto-loads.) [more inside]
Dikembe Mutombo's 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World
is the tale of the struggle of Dikembe Mutombo to prevent the end of the world due to the Mayan calendar running out of time. You have to stop people from dancing Gangnam style and persuade Ohio to vote; you have to destroy cheap Black Friday toys; you have to destroy the Powerball winning numbers to prevent a literal Hollywood fatcat from producing another Vampire romance. And the game is an ad for a product that appears once in the loading screen. [more inside]
Rob Zombie directs Torture
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In 2009, Telebrands Corporation released the Comfort Wipe.
But that's not all! Josh Rimer introduces... the Comfortable Stick!
Because toilet paper is so archaic and disgusting. (NSFW at all, at all)
And now, here's Gary Numan performing "Cars" on a bunch of cars.
The performance is an ad for DieHard batteries. If you're freaking out about Mr. Numan selling out for car batteries, don't be a dummy. It's not the first time Gary Numan's done a commercial.
Breaking news, Taco Bell will make you skinny!
known for low-brow branding
, Toxic Bell is following it's hedonistic Fourthmeal campaign
with an appeal to "sensible choices". [more inside]
Battle for Milkquarious
- The greatest Rock Opera ever made. About milk. [Flash, dairy advertising] [more inside]
Virgin Trains embarks on a new campaign.
Richard Branson takes a new direction in getting people to think
about global warming and using British rail. More here.
Playboy. Cowboy. Mandom.
The late Charles Bronson and his perfect chest, in one of his finest early pre-Death-Wish roles. And look out for Percy Helton. Here's a shorter version with more horse.
. [more inside]
From the Golden Age of TV commercial jingles, variations on a lyric theme: Wonderbra ads from 1968 (#1)
, 1968 (#2)
, and 1979
, all served up in the groovy pop aesthetic of those fabulous decades! It's a wonderful thing. [lyrics inside]
strikes all the wrong notes. Tofu-eater feels insecure upon seeing an unrepentant meat-muncher, goes buys a Hummer to 'Restore the balance' (previous tagline: 'Restore your manhood'.) Somehow the ad agency forgot that you're supposed to get the message of "Feeling Down on Yourself? Buy Our Product, Show it Off, You'll Feel Better!" across subtly
, not explicitly.
So long, farewell, aufwiedersehn...
The Canadian Tire Guy has left the airwaves for greener pastures and shinier decks. He's been profiled by Maclean's
, who also managed to get a few of his diary entries
online). He's been lampooned not once
, but twice
by The Royal Canadian Air Farce
. And now, at long last, the 'Ned Flanders of home improvement,' played by Ted Simonett
, will no longer appear in advertisements for Canadian Tire
Nice Beer Ad from Down Under
a 1000 Auzzies in gowns crossing over the sheep strewn plains of Australia.
Ahh..foreign ads..perhaps this indeed the next form of cultural worms? I can see those soulless bastards on Madison Ave.."Yes..lets push hard on the foreign angle and prey/pray some poor sod on MeFi picks it up..we'll be rich I tell ya RICH!!!"
Forgive me MeFiers.
British Adidas commercial
(warning QT direct link) featuring soccer players on a field made only of the chalk outlines, floating in a void. I'm guessing this won't get shown in the U.S. due to the relative low profile soccer has here, but it's a great spot. More on the "making of" here
Heads are Gonna Roll
• Ford Motor Co. is pissed at ad agency Ogilvy & Mather
after O&M leaked a viral marketing ad for the Ford Sportka depicting "a realistic-looking orange cat climbing on top of the car and curiously poking its head into the open moon roof...The roof slides closed and the cat struggles briefly to escape before its headless body slides to the ground." Apparently Ford never authorized the commercial's (.mpg)
for Nutrigrain is disturbing & hilarious. Link eggregiously lifted from blort
And my opponent was all like beepbeepbeepbeepbeep...
Bob Ehrlich is running for governor of Maryland. Bob Ehrlich's ad agency has seen the Apple ads and likes what it sees. Bob Ehrlich and his agency think it would be a great idea to jump the Zeitgeist Train: "I used to be a Democrat, but I'm switching."
Aaarrrrgggghhh Gap ads are driving me mad.
It's not that I don't like Gap clothes, although their sizing system defies logic. It's just those ads. Juliette Lewis and the robots, some woman I've never seen before declaring her love for Angus Young. It's all just so smug. Every single campaign Gap has done I've hated. Is this the feeling in the US?
What do Windows XP and lingerie have in common?
Quite a lot, according to Microsoft. The Register
reports that MS is taking full advantage of the fact that sex sells with their latest Swiss ad. There's only one problem - the commercial doesn't make any sense.
NBC pulls slasher parody ad.
Could someone please explain to me how this ad encourages violence towards women
"Ahhhhh the atmosphere" should
get at least a giggle out of you. Commercials at their best.
Are americans really this stupid
or does the rest of the world just have better things to do? TV owners are suing a company for running an ad with a CGI cockroach in it after destroying their TV's while trying to kill the roach. Will wonders never cease?
Microsoft - The best is yet to come...
Has anyone seen the new Microsoft commercial? I'm not saying that Bill Gates is pandering, but when it was over my fly was down and my TV smelled like White Diamonds