Whatever happened to Saturday Morning Cartoons?
An astonishingly intelligent article about how Cable TV, dual-family households, regulations and more eliminated what more than a few of us remember quite fondly as the magical time when suddenly TV existed for our personal entertainment purposes. Anyone else remember occasionally dragging themselves out of bed at 6AM for what was ultimately five hours of really, really cool commercials
? (Link from Fark
posted by effugas
on May 9, 2003 -
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.
posted by Espoo2
on Mar 9, 2003 -
Best ad campaigns of the last 20 years
Adweek posts its list of the 20 best ad campaigns over the last 20 years. Of the 20, two were single commercials rather than entire campaigns. One was Apple's "1984" ad; I won't spoil the other one for you.
posted by joaquim
on Jan 15, 2003 -
Space Needle Missing from the Seattle Skyline?
(subscription) The rumor is someone bought the Space Needle in Seattle and moved it to their house. No! It was an ad for the lottery. Do TV channels need to make it clearer that something is an ad, or do people need to be more careful watching TV?
posted by scudder
on Oct 17, 2002 -
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.
posted by josephtate
on Aug 24, 2002 -
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?
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jul 9, 2002 -
to the web wide debate sparked after their interview
with Jamie Kellner CEO of Turner Broadcasting. Where he likened not viewing the adverts to theft.
It's a story I was very interested in and it seems it caused a fair amount of debate
. Other than the 'Osama is evil'
explosion what's your favorite meme with legs ?
posted by mrben
on May 30, 2002 -
Watching the golden globes there was a commercial for something called mlife, so this link
works, and is quite content-free. anyone have any ideas, other than this
:) which somehow i don't think is cool enough for a big ad-campaign.
posted by rhyax
on Jan 20, 2002 -
Is it me or does this animated beer ad
owe a not inconsiderable debt to this internet 'classic'
(their phrase)? WARNING! WMV and Flash links respectively, also whilst I'm at it, WARNING! Ladies Beer and Language/Dismemberment respectively.
posted by wassock
on Dec 23, 2001 -
Music as heard in commercials
Debate over whether the artists are selling out or not aside, there are some fairly great and obscure artists featured in TV commercials these days. As has been pointed out before, it's a sad thing when I'm consistantly hearing better music on MTV during the commercials.
posted by GriffX
on Jul 25, 2001 -
"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...
posted by preguicoso
on Jun 21, 2001 -
Brand virus leaps to another level. Law & Order
episodes on TNT next month will have ads digitally inserted.
Which reminds me--I was thinking about a device that would remove
objects (say, Bruce Willis) from any channel I pick. . .I say we
should get paid for watching ads customized to our specifications. (via Q
posted by aflakete
on May 27, 2001 -
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?
posted by Cavatica
on Mar 23, 2001 -
Well, only 10 shopping days left until Super B(bleep)l Sunday, and of course, everyone's ready for the big... commercials. This one
, from People for Eating Tasty Animals -- er, um, sorry; mispronounced that -- was refused by CBS, or so saith the minions at AdCritic. Hope they're planning a Superbowl focus page during and after the show. They really oughtta hold a vote. No, wait... it would take too long. :-}
posted by baylink
on Jan 18, 2001 -
AdCritic has finally posted my favorite commercials: a series of ads for the Fox Regional Sports Report. They present intriguing new sports from around the world. Areas covered include China
, South Africa
, and Turkey
posted by Aaaugh!
on Dec 25, 2000 -
Remember those PSA's
the tobacco companies said violated their agreement with the federal government? Well, they're back
, and harsher than ever
I saw the body bag commercial last night at 3 am . . . when all PSA are played.
posted by alan
on Sep 22, 2000 -
CBS said NO!
Reebok said yes.
If you have watched survivor, many of you may have noticed the ads for Reebok that push the limits of your imagination... somewhat. Now, watch the ad that CBS won't air. But Reebok has kindly put up on their website.
Is this a new low for TV? Or just another barrier being breached?
posted by da5id
on Aug 7, 2000 -
is running one of the most bizarre promotions ever. Yesterday, I saw a bunch of billboards along the freeways saying "Do you have a face that can stop a train?" Below that was this URL: winafacelift.com
. How a train company and facelifts go together, I don't know. It's almost as if they want their slogan to be "when you're too ugly for plane travel, take a train."
posted by mathowie
on May 14, 2000 -
The Flat Eric Society
You know that fuzzt orangey-yellow puppet from that Levi's commercial? Apparently he's The Next Big Thing. And there'll be more Flat Eric commercials to come.
posted by honkzilla
on Apr 30, 2000 -
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...
posted by mathowie
on Jan 30, 2000 -
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.
posted by luke
on Jan 12, 2000 -