Carrier Access Codes
are a largely dated*, though still functional service to select your long-distance telephone carrier per phone call. In the United States
, these "dial-around codes
" reached a (commercial) peak in the late 1990s, as seen with ads featuring such semi-notables as Marla Gibbs, Christine Taylor and Reginald VelJohnson
, Harry Anderson
, John Lithgow
, Tony Danza
, Doug Flutie
, and even Alf and some well-known friends
. [more inside]
Personal injury lawyer Jamie Casino of Savannah, GA really went all out with his Metal as ___ Super Bowl ad
Two very different commercials about mothers.
1. Old Spice "Momsong"
2. P&G "Pick Them Back Up"
Bring your tissues for that second one.
4 photogenic youngsters travel to beautiful cities, to Paris
. Short, upbeat commercials by Gustav Johansson
& Albin Holmqvist
for a French language school
It's time to get ready for the Super Bowl... Ads!
Adland has freely available archives of 37 years of commercials from the big game, over 2,800 ads - from 1969, when Winston
, Pall Mall
, and Silva Thins
smoked up the Bowl *cough-cough
*, all the way to 2008, when the best-liked ad was Bud's dalmation inspiration
(how do we know it was best liked? SCIENCE
!). Some highlights of the collection include: [more inside]
Horror movie or pasta sauce commercials
? (The company web site
is a little odd
, too.) [via]
The latest All-Bran commercial
really pushes out the product's virtues, although not without making a stink.
Personally, I still prefer a heaping bowl of Colon Blow.
An amazing collection of classic American television commercials
. Sorted by category: Eat
. Includes descriptions and historical background. The commercials can be viewed in either RealPlayer or MediaPlayer format, and newer ones will work in both IE and Firefox.
2007 Super Bowl ads
(note the multiple
pages). And be sure to post your fav (mine = the Coke GTA spot
Browse TV spots from around the world at this industry site highlighting new creative work. Highly rated ads include this one for Carlton beer
, this sober PSA
, this lovely one
for the California lottery and a fun take on evolution
And then there's this, um, sausage ad
Browse the controversies
(mostly complaints about copycats), ads from Romania and Iceland and Belgium
, or last year's best ads
. Many of the most amusing
seem to be for beer.
Is is just me, or have Superbowl ads
gotten way too predictable
. Here's hoping this year offers something new. 2006 brings Fabio sinking a gondola
, an approved
(!) GoDaddy ad
, the first ever bilingual
ad, and the commercials being offered on DVD
Also keep an eye out for muppets
I hate linking to heavy, but they have all the banned ads
, some of which are funny (especially the anti-mac one) and some were just made to be banned. You can see previous years' ads at iFilm
Tim Yang's TV Commercial Blog
is sweet, sweet succor for those of you who miss the heyday of AdCritic
The Best Banned Advertising,
from the publishers of the Best Rejected Advertising
books, is a collection highlighting quality ads that received numerous consumer complaints and in some cases government bans. Most aren't your typical "too hot for tv
" commercials; some are fantastic
The results are in (NYT - rr).
To follow-up on this thread
, the favorite ad icons and slogans have been chosen, as well as the recipients of the "Stars of Madison Avenue" award.
And I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say...Derek Jeter?!?
Vote for your favorite ad icon and slogan!
In celebration of something called Advertising Week in NYC in Sept, Yahoo and USA Today ask for your vote. (more inside...)
are commericals shot by people who hope that they'll be considered for shooting real commercials. Because they are vying for attention, some of them can be pretty outrageous
. This site allows you to rank them ala hotornot mode.
My personal favorite
pertains to that "make a wish" ritual around blowing out birthday candles.
What are your favorites? (Spots themselves are Quicktime links)
Wake America from Its Bloodless Trance
"Unfortunately, most of you will never see my anti-war commercial. Why? Because the major network news outlets refused to accept it, claiming that the imagery was too graphic... linking death to war seems to be taboo at a time when the connection should be on the top of our minds. Few in the major media are talking about casualties in the Iraq war, and it seems our nation does not want to confront the reality that the war will result in casualties, anywhere from a few thousand dead and wounded (itself a horrific number) to tens of thousands, according to international experts. Let's be clear – that's thousands of dead or wounded people, at a minimum. "
Six anti-war commercials
, featuring, among others, Mos Def
, Russell Simmons
, Susan Sarandon
and Ben and Jerry.
"Since Terry has been with us our productivity has gone up 46%"
Here's hoping our company doesn't resort to recruiting Mr Tate - otherwise I'll have to remember to fill up the coffee jug. (Windows Media, requires sound)
Campaign for Freedom.
The Ad Council
does some good work. This campaign has been running for a bit, but until yesterday I'd only seen the spot Main Street USA
. The others in the series, like this
are probably my favorites-- all the more so because we're heading in exactly that direction
all about the history of the campaign, the "real" Smokey Bear, and Smokey's unique place in American culture. Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear campaign is the longest running public service campaign in US History. Smokey's forest fire prevention message remained unchanged for 50 years until April 2001, when the Ad Council updated his message to address the increasing number of wildfires in the nation's wildlands.
Steven. Steven. Steven.
I can't get enough of this incredibly-cute-but-I-don't-normally-go-for-such-obvious-twinkiness pitchperson for Dell Computers. Apparently, neither can anyone else, as Steven (or more properly, actor Ben Curtis
) has been Dell's most successful advertising, uh, tool ever. Why do we love him? His Bill'n'Ted vocabulary? His toothy grin? Whatever the reason, at least now I no longer have to glue myself to the television to watch his latest commercial overandoverandoverand
Dude, I'll get a Dell if you deliver it to me personally. So to speak. Is it wrong to love a fictional character so much? Is there a support group? Any other MeFites have a strange attraction going on here? I can't be the only one, can I?
Collected TV Ads of Enron.
Quite hilarious. Interesting to be reminded that even Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(second old guy in) was prepared to tart himself around for these shysters. Keep asking: why, Gabriel? Why?
"Make obstacles obsolete"....
OK, I know that SUV-bashing has been done to death on Mefi, but has anyone seen the most recent TV commercial for the Cadillac Escalade?
In a long video-game like sequence, the Escalade hurtles through a blade runner-esque cityscape, defeating missiles and a computer-generated robot. The voiceover chimes in to announce the brand and drop the tagline "Make obstacles obsolete."
That really sums it up, doesn't it? Driving an SUV is all about making obstacles obsolete - people, bicyclists, other cars....i'd like to see gas prices hit about US $5 a gallon this summer so that the Escalade would become obsolete...
A taste of Nostalgia...
while it's not really an informative MeFi posted link, the list of commercials brings back memories. It's too bad there aren't any clips. Are any of these familiar to you?
CBS pulled this ad from the Superbowl.
Which is a shame because I think it deserves a place on the Ad Critic Superbowl Top 10
"Ahhhhh the atmosphere" should
get at least a giggle out of you. Commercials at their best.
IBM's Linux commercial.
Part of their Avery Brooks "serious software" ad campaign, which I like a lot, I have to say.
a New Zealand e-commerce site, has a hilarious commercial
(2.7Mb mpeg) that a friend sent to me with the title "Shopping in LA." The NRA
could not be reached for comment.
is going to be featuring all the superbowl ads right after the game. So I guess there's no need to tape it anymore, just check out the site afterwards...
Nike this weekend
will unveil a new 50-second commercial. The first 30 seconds will appear in a TV commercial before Saturday's Dolphins-Jaguars game. The second 20 seconds will be available at the Web site. The ad was created by Wieden & Kennedy of Portland.