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Taco Bell: "Fiesta Platters"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:31PM

Good commercial, bad food

Here's the thing...I thought this was an okay commercial, with the smoky-eyed mariachi player enticing these two office workers to enjoy their Taco Bell Fiesta Platter at a table rather than during a meeting. I even liked the whip crack sound effect when the female office worker was put under the mariachi player's spell. Then they showed a picture of the Fiesta Platter...Urk.

One of the most unappetizing platters I have ever seen on a commercial. Nothing better than seeing all that food crowded on a tiny plastic tray. If they had presented it better maybe it would have worked for me. Instead, the whole commercial was ruined. Perhaps they need to rehire the Taco Bell dog again to bring the customer's back.

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CareerBuilder: "Spider"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:24PM
Do you have a special person in your life that is eternally optimistic?

When you've got a bad case of the Mondays, is there some annoyingly perky person at your workplace who is always chipper and talking about what a great day it is?

Then perhaps you can relate to this commercial as much as I did.

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T-Mobile: "Chuck and Dwayne"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:17PM
This was a really funny commercial, especially because it was so well-performed by basketball players Dwayne Wade and Charles Barkley. Charles Barkley (Chuck) puts Dwayne into his "Top Five" on T-Mobile, so he can call him anytime. At first, Dwayne is delighted and tells Barkley to go ahead and call him. Flatter soon turns to frustration as Barkley calls to talk game tips, the definition of HD (High Definition), and because he is bored. Wade resorts to ducking "Chuck's" calls and hiding to get away from him.

Maybe you have to see it. It's right under the jump.

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Coca-Cola: "Dueling Parade Balloons"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:09PM

Underdog and Stewie battle it out for a bottle of Coke

On a cool Thanksgiving morning old (Underdog) and new (Stewie from Family Guy) parade balloons battle it out for a inflatable bottle of Coca-Cola. As they cross the skyline of New York City fists fly and heads are butted. But, in the end, neither is the one who claims the prize. That honor goes to the honorable Charlie Brown, who seems to have finally won something in his life.

This was a cute and gentle commercial by Cola-Cola, which rarely disappoints when it comes to Super Bowl ads. I never realized that the Underdog and Stewie Thanksgiving Day balloons had such angry looks on their faces. That was an advantage in this commercial as we saw the two balloons battling it out. I enjoyed when Underdog slammed Stewie against the building. Nice job overall.

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Planters: "Unibrow"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:08PM
::Snort:: I kind of loved this commercial. I hope to see this one again. It's very cleverly done: The way to a man's heart really is through is stomach, which is sort of through his sense of smell. How brilliant: Use cashews as a perfume and have men stumbling all over you, even though you have a unibrow that makes you more suitable as a mate, probably, for a caveman.

The song-- what is that song? "I love you baaaaby," was a perfect touch. That woman they found had some real sass too, flipping her hair and sashaying her hips. Even if she was hard to look at. It was a fun commercial-- even though watching it didn't really make me feel like eating cashews, or even really eating at all.

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Sunsilk: "Hair Icons"

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:05PM

Sunsilk-- Hair Icons

So, this is what half a million dollars pays for during the Super Bowl, huh? A 30-second commercial about three hair icons (not to be confused with America's Next Hair Icon): Madonna, Shakira and Marilyn Monroe. Nothing really spectacular, just some pop art images of those three with background music sung by each of them.

I'm trying to figure out who this commercial was targeted for. Obviously, they were aiming for all of the women who are watching the Super Bowl. But, with all of the testosterone flowing in these other commercials it seems like this ad got lost in the crowd. Plus, how many guys really know who Shakira is (other when there friends show them how hot she is). Frankly, Sunsilk's commercial money could have been used better elsewhere.

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Bridgestone: "Headlights"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 10:00PM
This was the funniest commercial I've sen all night. There wasn't quite as long of a buildup as the squirrel commercial earlier in the night, but it was equal to if not funnier.

It started out innocently enough. The driver did a great job avoiding the innocent little deer chilling haphazardly in the street.

Then it got interesting. I couldn't quite tell what I was looking at, then imagine my surprise when Alice Cooper was in crouching in the middle of the road holding a snake. Okay, that was a little random, but I guess that's pretty funny...what could possibly be next?

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Walt Disney Presents: The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:57PM
I am exactly the demographic for this commercial. I feel like Disney threw me a bone or something. The commercial was too short, darn it! I now have to go and hunt down the full-length trailer. But I saw enough to see the actor who played Tristan Thorn's young father Dunstan: Ben Barnes. He plays Prince Caspian. Hubba hubba. How nice to see the children from the first movie, albeit grown a little older now.

The commercial was far too short to really be satisfying though: Either advertising really is that expensive for the Super Bowl, or people are just really falling short of the mark this year. I haven't really seen any commercials that would have made the Super Bowl worth watching this year on their own.

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Bud Light: "Carlos Mencia"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:51PM
Carlos Mencia (is he a comedian?) tells a group of male immigrants in a bar that American chicks "dig a guy with an accent." So, they attempt to hit on women not through having accents, but through saying things like, "You have the thighs of a sherpa."

One woman is with a guy who truly does have an accent, pronouncing Bud Light as "Bood Light." I am not sure what the message is here: American women like accents, and that overcomes everything else? American women like accents, but don't mention our thighs? Or this commercial was stupid, offensive, and now it's over?

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Yukon: "Hybrid"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:48PM
Go, Sisyphus! Any ad that makes use of a guy shoving a boulder up a rock gets my vote. Especially if it's for a hybrid car. Two points! It scores! I just love the connotations of Sisyphus: It's a hard journey, nobody thinks it can be done except the people who are doing it, who just keep at it.

There really isn't much more than that to the ad. You have to know that a hybrid car that will still behave and look like a car and perform well is a really desirable thing-- and a really hard thing to come up with (let alone one that people like you and I can afford) in order to really appreciate the commercial, so I'm willing to bet a lot of people saw the cartoon and went for beer refills. But I enjoyed it.

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Ice Breakers: "Carmen Electra"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:41PM
Yup, Carmen Electra is still hot like a solar flare. In fact, she's so smoking, I really have no idea what this commercial was even about for a little while.

There was a line, and some people, and gum, and security guards, and this little red dress, and a perfect smile, and some eyes, oh those eyes.

Wait, I remember now. The guy at the Carmen Electra meet and greet gave her a block of gum. For one thing, when did gum start coming in blocks? Secondly, is offering an uber hot celebrity a block of gum really a wise thing to do?

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Bud Light: "Caveman Invents the Wheel"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:28PM
Before we go any further, can someone please assure me that they're not going to try and make a television series out of this? Probably not.

I can hear the network executives now..."Think how funny it will be! We can have cavemen creating different tools for use in civilized life, but they continually use them incorrectly over and over again!"

Mark my words, "Cavemen: The Inventors" - coming to CBS this Fall!

Where was I, oh yeah. This commercial was funny but at this point I expect no less from Bud Light.

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White House Office of National Drug Control Policy: "Neighborhood Dealer"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:25PM
This is a simple ad of a neighborhood junkie (doesn't every neighborhood have one? You are probably kidding yourself if you don't think your neighborhood has one) complaining about business. Business is down, you see, because the teenagers he depends on don't have to come to him for their drugs anymore.

Oh no. They are doing just fine raiding Mommy and Daddy's drug cabinets. The pharmacist has become the new dealer. Instead of this being a Public Service Announcement warning parents to lock up their drugs, I found this to be a really sad commentary on what a medicated society we are. Even ritalin, which is over-prescribed to kids to control "hyperactivity" in schools is abused because people take it recreationally. Mommy and Daddy's sleeping pills, valium, anti-depressants, and erectile dysfunction drugs aren't the only things teenagers are getting into: They are passing around their own drugs like candy.

Maybe the real message here needs to be that we need to start fixing some of the things that cause us as a society to want to drug ourselves. But now I am starting to sound like Tom Cruise, so I'll shut up now.

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SoBe Life Water: "Thriller"

by Jen Creer, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:17PM
Poor Naomi Campbell. If it isn't bad enough that she has to dance with a bunch of lizards, she has to dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller. Very 1980. Is that song really so great that we have to recycle it and have people lizards dance like zombies all the time? And what is the supposed connection between zombies and water? Is it that zombies are brought back to life with this Life Water?

Or that lizards (because, Come on! They aren't zombies in *this* video right?) need water to live? Or that Naomi Campbell can't get people to dance with her? Or zombies to dance with her?

Sad to say, despite the huge lameness of the concept and execution, this is sort of the type of commercial (song! star! dance number!) that I have come to look forward to and expect from Super Bowl commercials. Only... not this.

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Vitamin Water: "Horse Race"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:15PM
There's something ridiculously funny about seeing a 7'1" athlete attempting to perform an act typically performed my much shorter members of society and that's exactly what Shaquille O'Neal did in this amusing commercial.

Watching Shaq on the back of a thoroughbred was particularly hilarious because in reality you'd probably have to have a Clydesdale or maybe a Centaur to be able to hold up his 325 pound body (in mid-gallop no less).

It was also pretty entertaining watching Shaq place his gargantuan hand across the chest of the smaller jockey mimicking his moves in the low post when he's on the verge of throwing down a nasty dunk. Riveting stuff.

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