Great commercials

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  1. ThomasC

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    There was a topic on the worst, so now let's commend those who have made memorable/great commercials. Volkswagen is the first that comes to mind for me, I love their new commercial with the Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky." The "smiles" one with the Beetle convertible is great too, as well as an "old" one, with "Da da da." There's another that I can't think of right now, but it might still be airing. Nike is another company bringing us/me great commercials, but of course, their entire company is pretty much based on marketing. Snickers is also pretty good. What are your favorites?
    http://www.vw.com/commercials/
    The "Mr. Blue Sky" commercial is in the middle of the top row.
     
  2. Carl Miller

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    I love the Sprint commercial where a farmer (?) ordered 200 Oxen, but ended up with 200 Dachsunds because, of course, he wasn't using Sprint when he ordered. It's got a couple of funny pictures of Dachsunds pulling (or trying) a cart and the stampede of Dachsunds at the end is terrific.

    My wife and I were talking about this commercial tonight and it's funny...We both commented that Catherine Zeta Jones has been on TV practically every hour for a cell phone company, but neither of us know which company those commercials are for. She may be gorgeous, but the Dachsunds were more effective, to us anyway.

    Geico's Gecko series and the Aflac commercials have also been especially funny and creative.
     
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    My favourite is IKEA's "unboring" commercial concerning lamp replacement.

    In case you haven't seen it: A desk lamp is taken to the curb after having been replaced by a new lamp and you are made to feel sad for the old one as it stands on the curb in the rain through camera angles, editing, and music. Suddenly, a gentleman standing in the same rain exclaims in what I presume to be a Swedish accent, "You are feeling very sorry for this lamp? Well you're crazy and the new one's much better!"

    I laugh every time I see it.

    One tidbit: Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) directed it!
     
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    I, of course, like the VW commercial where everything is synchronised to the music as Sarah Clarke/Nina Myers drives by. [​IMG]
     
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    The Visa commercial with Martin and Charlie Sheen is particularly hilarious, as is the new Apple spot with Yao Ming and Verne Troyer.
     
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    I like the classic G.I. Joe Saturn commercial.
     
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    Love the Sprint commercials, especially the new 200 Dachsunds spot. I really loved "Monkey with a cold." It came out just when the Angels were in the World Series with their rally monkey. Talk about good timing.

    The Aflac commercial with Yogi Berra in the barber shop is a classic. The older one, with the couple on a roller coaster, was also hilarious.

    Another vote for the VISA commercial with the Sheens. For me, just the idea of Charlie renting all of his old movies is a better gag than "It did when I came in here."
     
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    I also love Cingular, particularly the "Soap Opera Star" spot.
     
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    There's this new Philips commercial where this fat guy at the office keeps trying to throw things in the trash can but misses everytime. He then makes a 3-pt shot in an NBA court and slaps his buddy 5, but misses and smacks him on the head instead. [​IMG]
    Other is the Snickers telemarketing commercial (long version) where the guy flies all the way to the telemarkerter's cubicle and smashes his phone.
    edit- on the subject, adcritic.com is back up, but they want $70/yr for any access! Sheesh...
     
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    I swear I entertain myself for hours with it but it's the Dodge Ram Commercial with a "hammy"

    "Hey, that thing got a hammy"?

    "YEA"

    "Sweet"

    There was also the Gap "Those Crazy Stripes" commercial that was on during the holidays that for some reason, I couldn't look away when it was on and would always stop what I was doing when it did come on.
     
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    The "unboring" ad with the lamp is especially funny. Also the DirecTV ads, especially the one with all the little kids watching TV with porno music in the background.

    What is tha - sssssh.
     
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    I love the sprint dachsund commercial, that one is wonderful. Several of those commercials are really good, a couple of my favorites are monkey with a cold and flour the kids.

    I love the VW commercials, especially that smile one, it really fits the car. Of course, I drive a Jetta, so I gotta like the commercials.

    One of my new favorite commercials is the Miller Light with the girls fighting over Less Filling/Tastes Great.

    Those T-Mobile commercials annoy me. Catherine Zeta-Jones just seems so stiff in them. For some reason the way she speaks and acts reminds me of Kirstie Alley. But nothing about the commercials seems smooth and natural. Plus that name, T-Mobile, how stupid. Sounds like a model number or brand, not a cell phone company. I too don't remember that well.
     
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    Scott L wrote:

     
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    How about the one from a few years back where the guy and his wife are stranded on the roadside in a blizzard.

    He bought her a WAFFLE iron. Instead of a cellular phone. She busts it out of her purse and starts dialing on the waffle iron. The look on the guys face is priceless.
     

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