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This is serious-- we can make you delirious

Retrostatic is a treasure trove of 80's (and 90's) TV commercials--from PSAs of singing pills to the Post cereal Create-A-Villain contest (and so much more). Also, cartoons, with descriptions and opening sequences of everything from Alf Tales to Thundercats.
posted by dersins on Dec 4, 2007 - 50 comments

 

Have a Bowl of Cereal, Make a Bowl of Gut Chutney.

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.
posted by brain_drain on Nov 12, 2007 - 53 comments

The Living Room Candidate

The Living Room Candidate. A fascinating archive of presidential campaign commerials. (Yes, I saw in on the Colbert Report, and so did you.)
posted by The Deej on Sep 30, 2007 - 11 comments

Space Beds Rock

People really do love their space beds!

On the otherhand....
posted by atomicmedia on Aug 18, 2007 - 20 comments

Ingmar Bergman's Soap Commercials

The 9 soap commercials Ingmar Bergman made are a little known part of his oeuvre. Slate's Dana Stevens explains how they came about.
posted by Kattullus on Aug 7, 2007 - 5 comments

International Ad Men Falling Over to Give Each Other Award-Winning Blow Jobs

Not without some controversy, the advertising industry collectively patted itself on the back again while competing for lions at the Cannes Advertising Festival last week. All the winning commercials are now viewable on-line. The Cannes Fringe provided more insight, while others attempted to distill the festival's essence via text-mining; meantime, Cannes't had its ears to the ground. One of the few alternative events: The Coney Island Advertising Festival (which could presumably feature the best illegal advertising). My personal short-list among the winning films (all .mov's): Epuron - The Power of Wind ; Pot Noodle - Intro, Italy/Wales ; Altoids - Banana Hands Allen ; Axe 3 - Crashes ; Vaseline - Sea of Skin ; Big Yellow Storage - Tide ; Discovery Channel - In A Man's Life ; as well as the Grand Prix winner Dove - Evolution.
posted by progosk on Jun 28, 2007 - 18 comments

East German Commercials

East Germany suffers from a posthumous image problem. People think that life in the former GDR was a dreary round of dodging the secret police and mandatory attendance at Boy-Loves-Tractor films. Nothing could be further from the truth. Life in the GDR was fun. You could take pictures with ORWO Film (mildly NSFW. Five seconds of toplessness at 1:15). You could zip through the countryside in your MZ. You could fit every soccer ball in the neighborhood in your Wartburg. And for the ultimate in class-conscious, revolutionary mackitude, there was the Trabant. If these little clips aren’t enough, if you want a whole bunch of East German commercials, here’s a long video called Flotter Osten (Again, mildly NSFW: Same topless shot for about five seconds at 8:07).
posted by jason's_planet on May 6, 2007 - 42 comments

Just Commercials... Really Old Ones.

An amazing collection of classic American television commercials. Sorted by category: Eat, Drink, Smoke, Clean, Groom, Shop and Travel. 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.
posted by amyms on Apr 10, 2007 - 7 comments

I WAITED FOR YOU, FRY

Thailand has some sad insurance commercials. [via]
posted by Sticherbeast on Mar 30, 2007 - 31 comments

cheap cheesy local legends

The 50 (Greatest/Worst) Local TV Commercials (That Could Be Found On YouTube). A pretty good collection of weird, awful, hilarious, and just plain WTF local commercials.
posted by Melinika on Mar 14, 2007 - 50 comments

Happiness is a pill.

New Media from the future... a look at infographics and commercials from 2027, courtesy of a the movie Children of Men. (qt, sound)
posted by Dave Faris on Feb 27, 2007 - 87 comments

2007 Super Bowl ads

2007 Super Bowl ads (note the multiple pages). And be sure to post your fav (mine = the Coke GTA spot).
posted by JPowers on Feb 4, 2007 - 159 comments

"The greatest art form of the twentieth century"

BestAdsonTV.com 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 for Guinness. 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.
posted by CunningLinguist on Dec 23, 2006 - 8 comments

"The first comment is El-Oh-El-exclamation mark-exclamation mark-one-exclamation mark."

Blogs by Phone - for when your family and friends have trouble keeping up with your blog posts. (YouTube video from SixApart)
posted by divabat on Dec 22, 2006 - 23 comments

Beavers! (and CG)

From extra sheep and mountains in Brokeback Mountain, to flipping around shops and removing a leg in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Buzz Image provides an extensive portfolio of their CG and FX work. And plenty of beavers.
posted by divabat on Dec 20, 2006 - 23 comments

50 Greatest Commercials of the 1980s

The 50 Greatest Commercials of the 1980s. (via AdJab)
posted by Saucy Intruder on Dec 5, 2006 - 52 comments

Haw! Haw!

Haw! Haw! Try and get this Levi's song out of your head. This and the Nesbitt's Orange spot were two of my favorite TV commercials as a kid. I hope they brighten up your Friday a bit. (YouTube alert)
posted by Oriole Adams on Oct 27, 2006 - 13 comments

Bonkers Candy and the Bonkers Mobile

Bonkers Candy was my all time favorite, especially for the commercials and the idea that everytime I chomped it, a gigantic piece of fruit was trying to crush me from the sky. But, the real mystery is : WHAT HAPPENED TO THE "BONKERS MOBILE" ? Anyone ?
posted by unpoppy on Oct 18, 2006 - 14 comments

Life Lessons

Life Lessons from the 70's
Use your shape to be a mindsticker.
Smoking in a cab is like going on a horse ride.
Keep things moving forward or your boyfriend will leave you for some women he finds on the beach.
Youtube, popcorn post.
posted by Lord_Pall on Oct 18, 2006 - 33 comments

Finally, a good video game movie?

Neill Blomkamp the director for the Halo movie does his first interview regarding the film. Tempbot, Tetra Vaal, Alive in Joburg discussed previously. New links for Tempbot, Alive in Joburg. A showreel that has Tetra Vaal, a 4 minute adidas "movie" called Yellow, his citroen ad which revived the possibility of live action Transformers (for good or ill) and 3 commercials. Also 3 videos he's done (apparently he doesn't have much taste in music, but likes hot girls in bands). Fluffy Starr Bif Naked LiveonRelease. Uwe Boll he is not (I hope).
posted by jmarq on Sep 25, 2006 - 21 comments

dissecting commercials for humor value

commercialsihate.com is an old-school site that had me laughing so much that i hyperventilated. does anyone do stuff like this still?
posted by sdn on Sep 11, 2006 - 49 comments

totally unexpected

Simply the best Rice Krispies commercial ever.....from YouTube. I'm speechless...
posted by lilboo on Mar 6, 2006 - 54 comments

NINJA POKE OF DEATH, MOTHAFUCKA!

Foshata! Write your own English subtitles to Japanese commercials.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Feb 28, 2006 - 8 comments

I remember that!

If, like me, you grew up on a steady diet of TV in either the 70s, 80s or 90s, then head on over to Retro Junk. There you'll remember such classics as, for example, The Spiderman Live Action Series from the 70s, Thundercats from the 80s or the legendary Samurai Pizza Cats from the 90s. It even has archives for commercials and movies from these eras as well, just to really complete that sense of nostalgia.
posted by Effigy2000 on Feb 14, 2006 - 23 comments

Superbowl Ad Roundup 2006

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 and PodCast. Also keep an eye out for muppets, macgyver and machetes.

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.
posted by FeldBum on Feb 2, 2006 - 47 comments

'Cause we're just that capitalist.

Tim Yang's TV Commercial Blog is sweet, sweet succor for those of you who miss the heyday of AdCritic.
posted by grrarrgh00 on Dec 13, 2005 - 7 comments

Sixty Second Airborne - radio commercials

Sixty Second Airborne makes excellent radio commercials. In particular, funny ones. Grab the samples here.
posted by quiet on Nov 1, 2005 - 7 comments

Fighting the standards of taste and decency

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.
posted by kyleg on Oct 28, 2005 - 23 comments

Does this make more sense AFTER I drink the Stella?

Got Beer? Which came first, the Stella Artois or the Ostrich? Does this makes sense after I drink a few Stellas?
posted by spicynuts on Jun 30, 2005 - 30 comments

Colin's a Fairy!

Silly TV commercial campaign for junk food featuring a performer who clearly deserves better, OR another inroad by the dreaded Homo Agenda? You decide... It's Colin Mochrie as The Snack Fairy! inspired by this thread and this comment.
posted by wendell on Jun 12, 2005 - 21 comments

The UK has the best advertisements.

Tim Thornton-Allan is a film editor who's collaborated with the best advertising and short film directors around the world.

Some other favorites: Cherry, Arcade, and Hong Kong
posted by bigtimes on Mar 13, 2005 - 8 comments

Twisted Films of Pes

EatPES - Home of the brilliant, twisted films of Pes.
posted by gravelshoes on Feb 24, 2005 - 3 comments

Game? What game?

Some people said they sucked, but either way they're all here: the 2005 Super Bowl Commercials courtesey iFilm. Meanwhile ESPN dished up an all-time top ten list for Super Bowl commercials and had the readers do the same. (previous posting attempt credit to Doohickie)
posted by rooftop secrets on Feb 9, 2005 - 18 comments

Was there a game on yesterday too?

Everything about the Super Bowl ads is here. You can vote on your favorites and least favorites, see what the experts picked, see the controversial spots that didn't make the cut, and more. (There are also links to info about some game that was played yesterday). My favorites? The Ameriquest ads: the one where the cat knocks over the sauce and it looks to the girlfriend like the guy is killing the cat, and the ad where the guy at the convenience store is mistaken for a robber.
posted by braun_richard on Feb 7, 2005 - 43 comments

Errol Morris != Morris the Cat

Errol Morris : respected filmmaker, editorialist, grump, and creator of some great commercials [QT]. The Sharp series is noteworthy for him straying from his usual non-fiction work. His site is chock full of interesting stuff for a Saturday surf.
posted by furtive on Jan 29, 2005 - 9 comments

The Chopper Show

The Chopper Show commercials are awesome! They're 30 minute (or longer) commercials for a dealership in Las Vegas. They're obnoxious, over the top, and mesmerizingly amusing. It boggles my mind that there are people who purchase cars based on these commercials, but I can understand why The Chopper is so popular in Las Vegas. If you can't speak spanish, I recommend El Chopper en Espanol - it's even funnier if you can't understand the sales pitch.
posted by Fantt on Jan 24, 2005 - 26 comments

Guilt, Love, Death, Redemption, Banjos and Pet Frog Soup.

Meet The Lucky Ones. (more...)
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 11, 2005 - 66 comments

Ads and icons

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?!?
posted by braun_richard on Sep 20, 2004 - 12 comments

It was a good time for a great taste

Jason Alexander thinks the McDLT is the best tasting lettuce and tomato hamburger ever. [link to 10mb MPEG file]
posted by Peter H on Aug 24, 2004 - 61 comments

Where's the beef?

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...)
posted by braun_richard on Aug 17, 2004 - 36 comments

Rate spec spots!

Specs spots 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)
posted by jasper411 on Aug 10, 2004 - 10 comments

Sometimes getting your car back is simply not enough.

Friday Fun! It's good to see a local advertiser with the guts to go for a "funny" ad campaign. I imagine these get a good response. If I lived in Oregon, this place would get my business (well, if they sold Hondas). Viva la Trunk Monkey!
posted by Ynoxas on Jul 9, 2004 - 14 comments

A history of presidential campaign commercials, 1952-2000

A history of presidential campaign commercials, 1952-2000
In 1968, presidential candidate Richard Nixon was sitting in the office of Roger Ailes, a producer on The Mike Douglas Show, before a taping of the program. Nixon remarked, "It's too bad a guy has to rely on a gimmick like television to get elected." Ailes responded, "Television is no gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office again without presenting themselves well on it." This is an exhibition from the American Museum of the Moving Image which provides the advertising spots of the candidates for US president.
Real/Windows Media Player only, server is slow as molasses
posted by tcp on Jun 15, 2004 - 6 comments

Pepsi Blue Filter

Discovery Network has some amusing new commercials. (click "Watch the TV spots", lower-left). My favorite? Milk truck!
posted by mr_crash_davis on May 28, 2004 - 13 comments

Scary Commercial

Texas Dept. of Transportation is running one of the most graphic commercials (3mb mpeg) I have ever seen, relating to drunk driving or anything else. The general campaign page has more information about the girl. I don't know how to feel about this.
posted by rhyax on Mar 10, 2004 - 20 comments

Ridiculous Infomercial Review

Why won't Ron Jeremy say 'penis' on the air? This and many more important questions are pondered at the Ridiculous Infomercial Review. If you click in the next 20 minutes, you'll receive Matthew Lesko's wardrobe, absolutely free!!
posted by PrinceValium on Jan 27, 2004 - 6 comments

CrewPix

CrewPix photos shot by film, tv and commercial crew members.
posted by turbodog on Jan 23, 2004 - 1 comment

Ghod I feel old...

No future for you...
John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten to appear on a reality TV show. What's next? Cruse ships promoting themselves using songs about junkies?
posted by jpburns on Jan 20, 2004 - 30 comments

pepsi-filter

The World Federation of Advertisers 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame 1953-2003
posted by crunchland on Nov 1, 2003 - 6 comments

Sega Does What Nintendon't

Video game commercials from Japan, USA and Europe.
posted by Slimemonster on Oct 21, 2003 - 9 comments

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