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Did Coke Copy Another Ad For Their Super Bowl Spot?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 12th 2010 4:01PM
Coca-Cola had a Super Bowl commercial last Sunday titled "Sleepwalker," and it showed a guy getting up in the middle of the night and sleepwalking to a fridge with Coke in it. Now some people are saying they copied an ad for Yotvata (another drink) several years ago.

Here are the two ads, both using the same music, same plot, and even a moon in the background. Coke says they didn't know about the other ad. We report, you decide.

[via AdFreak]

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Here's a Product You Need: Pajamas That Look Like Jeans!

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2010 2:29PM
Sometimes I don't know if these products are parodies or the real thing. Parodies have gotten so clever that it's often hard to tell. But this is real. It's a commercial for Pajama Jeans. They're...pajamas that look like jeans! Because what everyone has been waiting for it a pair of pajamas that look like something else. I can't wait until someone makes socks that look like sneakers! Sneakers are so uncomfortable!

I have no idea why anyone would want these (I would say that if your jeans aren't already comfortable, you're wearing the wrong size), though they do seem very sensual. These women can't stop rubbing them for some reason.

[via BrandFreak]

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Here's the Super Bowl ad that CBS rejected

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 29th 2010 5:01PM
Danny told you about a bunch of advocacy ads that will run during this year's Super Bowl. But CBS has rejected an ad too, from the dating site ManCrunch.com. But thanks to the internet we can still see it. Here it is. It's wicked gay.

[via Mashable]

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David Naughton is still a Pepper

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 26th 2010 2:00PM
Actor David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) made several famous commercials for Dr. Pepper in the late 70s and early 80s. Yesterday he was back, heading a flash mob that invaded the NYSE and sang the song for the soda's 125th anniversary. Here's the video. After the jump, a couple of the original ads.

I was never a Pepper, but the song is tattooed on my mind.

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Your cat wants you to have a social life

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 18th 2010 5:00PM
Wow, there's a sentence I'll never type again.

MeetUp.com has a series of new commercials out, and they seem to suggest that this guy's cat really wants him to have a better social life. In fact, in this ad, the cat is so bummed that the guy doesn't have any phone messages that he... well, you'll see.

It's been my experience with cats (I'm a dog person) that they don't care enough about you to even think about your social life. You could be dying on the floor and they'd probably just look at you for a second and then continue to look out the window or clean themselves. (Here's a better ad.)

[via Adfreak]

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Happy 53rd anniversary, disk-shaped toy that people throw at each other!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 13th 2010 5:00PM
I don't think I've thrown a Frisbee in 25 years. No surprise, of course. I don't belong to a Frisbee club, I don't like the beach, and there aren't many reasons for a writer to throw a Frisbee around. But today is the 53rd anniversary of the invention of the Frisbee, so I thought I'd post this commercial for the disk from the 1960s.

Bonus: includes hula hoops!

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Commercials I Hate: "You're the colon lady!"

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2010 2:00PM
The first time I saw this ad it didn't really register with me. But then I saw it a few more times and realized how bizarre it is. First, the woman seems way too enthusiastic about saying "diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, that's me!" I'm all for loving your job, but really. Second, she has a Phillips Colon Health bag she travels with, and the boxes are ready to go if a stranger wants them? And what's with all the signs for behind her? Is this Phillips Colon Health National Airport?

I'm sure this woman is never going to live down the phrase "You're the colon lady!"

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Barbasol + trucks + hot wife = America

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 6th 2010 12:36PM
You know what's weird about Barbasol shaving cream? Their cans come without a cap. That has always struck me as odd, as if they got lost in shipping and the store decided to put them on the shelves anyway.

That has nothing to do with this new commercial though. I don't know how effective it is. I thought it was a beer commercial at first, or possibly a truck ad.

[via Adfreak]

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This is my favorite commercial right now

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 5th 2010 3:30PM
I have to hand it to Geico. I remember when I first starting see their TV commercials years ago, wondering who this little company was that was making these odd, probably ineffective ads. But now the company is not only making great commercials, they're iconic. How many companies have more than one memorable spokesperson/mascot that star in their ads like Geico does with the cavemen, the lizard, and the money pile?

The latest features Elmer Fudd. Kudos on being able to use Looney Tunes characters, Geico!

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This ad warns kids that playing with fireworks will make them the butt of jokes

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2009 2:24PM
So playing around with fireworks can be dangerous, and this Dutch ad shows that not only might you get severely injured, it might be in a way you never even imagined.

Having a face like that would cause so many problems I can't even begin to list them all.

[via Adfreak]

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Long before I'm Lovin' It, McDonald's commercials featured a purple thing

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 9th 2009 2:28PM
McDonald's commercials used to feature H.R. Pufnstuf-like characters and storylines. But they were great. Now we get "I'm Lovin' It," which I think is one of the lamest tag lines in fast food history.

Continuing our month-long look at Christmas commercials, this one features Grimace and Birdie and is from 1987.

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This winter, make sure you have the right car battery (or just take the bus)

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 30th 2009 1:29PM
This commercial shows the ultimate nightmare that we all have when it comes to parking our cars on icy streets: some goofball coming down a hill and hitting a bunch of cars. It's a well-done ad, from the two guys watching the car from the balcony to the scenes of the guy running down the stairs to get to his car. There's even something really believable about the apartment building and the lobby.

Will our hero get to his car in time?

[via Adfreak]

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Arms are the only things moving in these Schweppes Christmas commercials

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 27th 2009 1:30PM
I'm a big fan of illustrations of the 1950s so I might find these British Schweppes ads more amusing than some people. But I like how it's just a few arms in the illustrations that are moving in the ads. Clever idea.

[via Adfreak]

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Try to guess what this commercial is all about

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 20th 2009 3:32PM
The commercial is 38 seconds long. Try to figure out what it's about before it's revealed around the 25 second mark. It's filmed like an investigative news report or maybe an old cop show. Are those hookers? Who jumps out of the van? What's with the gross blob guy?

[via Adfreak]

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Update: David Spade and Kevin Farley respond to DirecTV ad criticism

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 28th 2009 6:02PM
FarleyThe other day I posted the DirecTV ad featuring footage of Chris Farley and new footage of David Spade, and I opined that it was a "worst commercial of the year" nominee. I also mentioned that it might be "too soon."

To clarify, when I said "too soon" I didn't mean that it was too soon after Farley's death (he died 12 years ago). I meant that it's odd seeing a young, contemporary celebrity in an ad (which DirecTV also did with Heather O'Rourke - that was worse), especially one where he is interacting with a costar who is doing the scene in the present day. My other point was "how the hell is this going to sell DirecTV to anyone?" (and "boy is this ad unfunny").

I'm not the only one who finds the DirecTV ad odd. Now Spade and Farley's brother Kevin have responded to the criticism.

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