I feel GREAT! Babies!!!
February 23, 2004 10:06 AM   Subscribe

This commercial for Nutrigrain is disturbing & hilarious. Link eggregiously lifted from blort.
posted by jonson (53 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For the rattling of a stick in a swill bucket, that was vaguely awesome.
posted by jon_kill at 10:11 AM on February 23, 2004

i LOLed. thanks. surely too long to be an actual commercial though?
posted by ruddhist at 10:20 AM on February 23, 2004

That was great!
posted by Grod at 10:33 AM on February 23, 2004

Funny, although I felt like it needed more of end ending. Thanks.
posted by jeblis at 10:34 AM on February 23, 2004

The acting is first rate. Watch the way the girl at the file cabinet starts when "Steve" first slams into her office to ask her to marry him, and watch the look on her face as she buys into his positive vibes. Watch everybody's face as Steve converts them. The scene where the girl's stuffing the wadded up papers under her shirt, saying "Babies, babies," is priceless. (Plus she's got great legs.) And the editing's fantastic. Nothing is beaten to death -- we see the guy dangling the panties for only the splittest of split seconds. Right up unto the last moment, you are in the hands of masters. But as jeblis says, it needs a better ending.
posted by Faze at 10:44 AM on February 23, 2004

it's about 500 babies trharlan! BABIES YEEEAAAAH!
posted by Peter H at 10:47 AM on February 23, 2004

Very funny.
posted by McBain at 10:48 AM on February 23, 2004

Very much enjoyed. That whole thing felt like a Howard Dean scream for fiber!
posted by Peter H at 10:48 AM on February 23, 2004

The other ads on that same site are pretty funny too. Just hit "next". (I like the Budweiser one, a beer ad that's funny and not sexist or offensive.)
posted by McBain at 10:57 AM on February 23, 2004

Really cheered me up. Thanks for this!
posted by fillsthepews at 11:10 AM on February 23, 2004

posted by chrid at 11:12 AM on February 23, 2004

That ad is how I feel, every minute of the day. The rich guy's rant is something I've said many times over the years. Yeahhhhrrfffffffffff.

But after clicking around... I want to do something for the poor pinatas. That was so sad.

There's genius in this director.
posted by chicobangs at 11:15 AM on February 23, 2004

This one is also very good.
posted by Grod at 11:21 AM on February 23, 2004

Fantastic stuff! Thankss.
posted by dobbs at 11:23 AM on February 23, 2004

Grod, that made me want to cry. :(
posted by Spencerinc at 11:25 AM on February 23, 2004

[this is great]

posted by mkn at 11:25 AM on February 23, 2004

Thanks for this! I needed it today...now I feel GREAT! The panties guy with "Steve, you're a great guy with great skills and you're gonna do great" was hilarious, as was everything else. I love it. YEAAAAH!

(Nutrigrain: now with 100% of your recommended daily amount of crack)
posted by biscotti at 11:35 AM on February 23, 2004

So fucking funny. BABIES EVERYWHERE!!
posted by ao4047 at 11:35 AM on February 23, 2004

Viral marketing makes me feel icky.
posted by greensweater at 11:38 AM on February 23, 2004

Oh poo on that greensweater. As they say, "comedy can be funny!"
posted by Peter H at 11:44 AM on February 23, 2004

what the....???
posted by bullitt 5 at 11:46 AM on February 23, 2004

greensweater: it's a link to the inventive filmmaking of an agency, it's not pimping a product. But you feel free to think like that.
posted by xmutex at 11:48 AM on February 23, 2004

I'm always tan and I have a great ass too... but my marriage stinks so I hate my life.

Hilarity during your dayjob : Priceless.
posted by psychotic_venom at 12:11 PM on February 23, 2004


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Anyways; Fast and dense stuff there. Way to go tickling the Giant Squid.

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posted by loquacious at 12:14 PM on February 23, 2004

Am I the only one who didn't like this at all?
posted by Dreama at 1:09 PM on February 23, 2004

posted by pizzasub at 1:14 PM on February 23, 2004

Dreama, I didn't think it was that funny. I think the baby crazy lady was more annoying that humorous. The man with the nice tan and the great ass was slightly amusing, but that's really all I could say for it. (I'm sorry. I fully accept that my sense of humor might be broken and I am not claiming to have anything definitive to say about it, just a subjective opinion/"It's not just you" post.)

Why did that man have panties in his hands?
posted by jennyb at 1:21 PM on February 23, 2004

jennyb: to confuse you, and only you.
posted by loquacious at 1:26 PM on February 23, 2004

ehhhh... From the comments above, I was expecting something... well, funny.

Sadly disappointed.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 1:31 PM on February 23, 2004

Quite a creative reel, though a bit over the edge, even by 2004 standards. The yawns in the starbucks one are contagious.
posted by shoepal at 1:33 PM on February 23, 2004

i watched these ads on the weekend and loved them all, but the i feel great one took the cake. the actress had me in stitches, the way she was walking and stuffing herself, etc. all the characters were hilarious. as an aack-tor it made me jealous of not being in the ad myself, and i've never wanted (or needed) to do commercials.

thought the starbucks one went on a tad too long.
posted by t r a c y at 1:35 PM on February 23, 2004

Still enjoying these. It was weird to note though, that if by the grace of god these somehow did run on tv, after seeing them 10bagillion times like any other ad, they would probably become just as annoying as the rest. I wonder if that is due to the length? The fact that you actually get involved with them? Not sure.
posted by fillsthepews at 1:42 PM on February 23, 2004

Hey, I didn't bother looking. Do they also have a commercial for Pepsi Blue that we can all watch?
posted by crunchland at 1:56 PM on February 23, 2004

Dreama, I saw this on Monkeyfilter and didn't get what the big deal was either.
posted by ifjuly at 3:13 PM on February 23, 2004

On first viewing, hilarious.

On second viewing, generally funny.

On the 3rd viewing, the facial expressions and intensity brought on mild irritation.

On 4th viewing, annoying.

Great sketch, bad advert.
posted by SpaceCadet at 3:23 PM on February 23, 2004

I really like the music for it, actually. Nothing like a good frenetic sitar to get a party started. Seriously.

And by the way, I don't know if this matters or not, but -- it won't sell one piece of product, but as a short film, it's pretty neat. There's a lot going on in it, and there's no point in being snobbish about it just because it happened to be paid for by an agency.
posted by chicobangs at 3:58 PM on February 23, 2004

If it makes you remember the name of the product, the adverterrorists have already won.
posted by crunchland at 4:09 PM on February 23, 2004

Spongmonkeys for Quiznos! I like viral marketing.
posted by donth at 5:02 PM on February 23, 2004

What the hell are those quiznos things?
They look like some sort of cancerous internal organ that decided to start singing.
posted by Iax at 5:09 PM on February 23, 2004

I like how the fella who punched the Nutri Grain dude also strangely developed a limp after said incident.

And I really dug the camera work at the start. Where he takes his first bite and the hand held camera zooms in as the creepy music starts.

At that point I thought the ad was gonna have more of a horror / suspense theme, not comedy.

I’ve seen it 10+ times and it’s only just beginning to grate on me.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 5:40 PM on February 23, 2004

Way to miss the point, crunchland.
posted by jjg at 6:41 PM on February 23, 2004

I thought it was funny. BABIES EVERYWHERE! tee hee. The pinata one was pretty funny too...but I think my fave may be "Ted is a lunatic. Today, Ted thinks he's a zucchini."
posted by dejah420 at 7:28 PM on February 23, 2004

The Quizno's ads were inspired by this --


-- which was created by the same guy who did "Viking Kittens" (now hard to find on the Web due to Led Zeppelin lawyers, but burned into my brain from the month last winter when I had to start each day by watching it).

Also covered in today's Slate:
posted by lisa g at 10:09 PM on February 23, 2004

posted by homunculus at 10:54 PM on February 23, 2004

lets celebrate our differences.
posted by Satapher at 12:47 AM on February 24, 2004

posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:42 AM on February 24, 2004

posted by crunchland at 1:46 AM on February 24, 2004

"Ted the lunatic" was filmed right at the intersection of Milwaukee North and Damen, in Chicago. It was jarring to see my old neighborhood in a commercial like that.

I love the pinata one. The yawning one is good, too.
posted by wells at 8:21 AM on February 24, 2004

It just occurred to me that I've never seen an actual Starbucks ad. Is there such a thing?
posted by bwanabetty at 7:31 PM on February 24, 2004

posted by NortonDC at 9:51 PM on February 24, 2004

[this is good]
posted by dg at 10:13 PM on February 24, 2004

Huh. Those awful BMW films (full disclosure: one day I will murder Guy Ritchie) irritated the Hell out of me, but these ads, these ads I think I love. Especially the Budweiser and the (God forgive me) Starbucks ad.
posted by cobra libre at 8:07 PM on February 25, 2004

i'm commenting on this so i don't lose it :)
posted by poopy at 7:09 PM on March 4, 2004

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