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]
hawked Commodores. IBM tried the cast of M*A*S*H
, but without Alan Alda
, who played Atari. Bill Cosby
was a Texas Instruments man. Compaq gave us some funny ones with John Cleese
. Bill Bixby
pushed Tandy with a straight face. Buzz Aldrin, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy LaSorta, and Tip O'Neil
pitched the Amiga. I guess I should include George Plimpton's
Intellivision spots. Apple's covered by everyone else
. Who did I miss?
Y'know, I'm Hungry Like the Wolfyoutube
. And I don't mean Duran Duran. I mean, Bruce Campbell
and Old Spice. Behind the scenesyoutube
of the commercial. Earlier Old Spice commercial about Experienceyoutube
. Bruce's acting (or over the top machismo) has grown on me over the last couple of years, and the commercials hit it pretty well. If you want a little more, you might want to read If Chins Could Kill
. Turns out, Bruce is considered one of the best Reverse Actors
(I couldn't find any video of this.) Hail to the King, baby!youtube
Comedy duo, Ramenz
(ラーメンズ), aka Kobayashi Kentaro and Katagiri Jin, also known as the Japanese versions of Mac and PC
, have recently done a number of shorts collectively called "The Japanese Tradition." Apparently, these tongue-in-cheek pseudo-instructional vids about famous aspects of Japanese culture (Tea
, and Relationships
) have been fooling a lot of non-natives into thinking they are actual guides. (YouTube, each approx 4-6 min).
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Bumper Art Site,
mostly from HD TV screencaps.
[Personal faves: 1, 2, 3.]
Fuck You Baltimore!
(NSFW) If you're a jackass in Baltimore who wants to buy a car, then Big Bill Hell is the guy who's gonna screw you.
and there's nothing you can do about it, Bucko!
(I think its a parody). As someone who came from Rochester, I bet this gets heavy circulation there, the company being the center of attention through all the
fat and lean years .......
(actually the company DOES alredy have kick ass digital products, but this is funny)
This is probably a viral ad for a car and looks slightly digitally altered
but it's still quite amusing and amazing at the same time. If only drivers could actually do this. The qashqai car games site
Sniper training starts a little earlier these days.
Forget violence in video games
- the best way to teach your kids how to kill is still with a good old-fashioned Nerf
war. Still, is creating a new generation of sharpshooters
really the best idea?
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.
Patrick Dawes and Eugene Bazodis
aka Patrick and Eugene. Mr Dawes is the sometime percussionist for Groove Armada
, but the pair may be most familiar to Americans through that catchy little number heard on the Volkswagen rabbit commercial
entitled The Birds and The Bees.
(They apparantly did this earlier as an instrumental to push Gordon's Gin). They do have albums, most notably Summerisle
, a mixture of jazz, ska, world, unlikely covers, and what have you. Possibly a little twee for many, but not without merit.
A cartoon video of the great hit found here
So now you know.
"I may be an SOB, but I'm your
SOB." Jim "the Hammer!" Shapiro, a personal injury lawyer, had some of the craziest commercials
in Rochester NY, [despite living in Florida
]. The best commercials are here [avi
] and here [avi
]. While he admitted he could not "rip out the hearts" or "hand you the severed heads" of those who hurt you, he promised to "hunt them down and settle the score." Shapiro & Shapiro were sued for malpractice in 2002 for $1.9 million, and their website
has been "under construction" ever since. Web archive has a great glimpse from May 2000
. You call. I hammer.
Brian Dilg Photography
Long after Jamie Lee Curtis
bared all to show the world she's no longer Perfect
are we still being fooled
by the seeming perfection
to us in the media
? [note: Feron and Apodaca featured previously on Mefi]
, the final entry in Adidas' Adicolor
short film campaign., is seriously messed up, with a fish and a panda playing russian roulette. Also featuring Pink, Red, Blue, White, and Yellow. (via
Wes Anderson does a 2-minute commercial for American Express.
(YouTube link). As you might expect from Wes Anderson, the results are "quirky" to say the least. Another bigshot director, M. Night Shayamalan, has made one as well
. This certainly isn't the first time big companies have hired A-list directors.
I wonder who's next?
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
All things 737
: aircraft systems
, pilots' notes
, deliveries and fleet movements
, production methods
, technical photographs
, blended winglets
, rudder news
, illustrated history
, accident reports
, Q's and A
's. Know it all? Take the quiz
is, quite possibly, the funniest TV spot for an independent videogame retailer I've ever seen. Not that there are many out there (funny ones, I mean). There's more here
. (via Joystiq
, requires QT)
A collection of 101 of the strangest commercials I've ever seen. Blame it on 1980's Hungary. Or just the 80's. Or Hungary. [via memepool
RIP commercial jingles.
Looks like the era of "I'd like to teach the world to sing" and "Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer weiner" is going away, thanks to the use of pop and rock songs.
Do you like fast-forwarding through commercials on a television program you’ve recorded? How much do you like it? Enough to go to jail if you’re caught doing it? If a new copyright and intellectual property omnibus bill sitting on Congress’s desk passes, that may be the choice you'll face.
Let's hope this legislation goes lame duck like this session of Congress.
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)
A futuristic robot
polices the chaotic streets of a developing nation in this [creepy] spec commercial/corporate video." Quicktime is involved. Also, people who are scared of robots might not want to watch, because there is a robot in this video.
You Like Fish? Why Not English?
A musical tribute to the Japanese people by George W. Bush.
(Warning: 500Kbps Windows Media stream. Also available: 500K bpsQuicktime, 80Kbps Windows Media, and 45Kbps Quicktime) [via VeryBigBlog]
Because sometimes, just getting your car back isn't enough. (Flash with embedded movies)
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."
Is his body even cold yet?
"Wendy's will honor its late founder, Dave Thomas, by adding a reference to him in commercials next month and putting posters of him in restaurants." It seems the turnaround from colorful founder to straight-out corporate icon
has been shortened to five months. I just wonder if the animated Dave will have Randy Quaid's voice
Bonkers or BubbleYum anyone?
What a relief to know I'm not the only one who remembers Bonkers or made weird things with fruit rollups. And there are even downloadable retro-mercials!
The world of annoying
advertising mascots took a hit yesterday with the death of Carrie Donovan
, the goggle-eyed fashion doyenne who appeared in 42 Old Navy commercials. I'll remember the performance fleece jingle on my deathbed. Were those ads the worst commercials
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.
Taiwan's ruling party receives some very controversial
assistance. 'The commercial opens with a 10-second clip from a Nazi propaganda film, showing Hitler raising his arms and putting his hands on his chest.'
"Hitler was chosen as one of the four leaders because he dared to speak his own mind,'' Juan said. Among former Taiwanese president, Castro & JFK are featured in the commercial. AP notes that Taiwanese lack a deep understanding of the Holocaust and at the same time are suprised to that Mao Tse-Tung is used as a pop symbol in the West...
Is this a case that warrants cultural relativism ?
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.
Tim Burton rules...
Tim Burton's latest directing gig is for Timex, and I'm thrilled to see that his dark mind isn't stifled in 30 seconds. The commercial is just as edgy and tasty as you'd expect.