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That Verizon Commercial Sounds (And Looks) Familiar

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 3rd 2010 1:32PM
You don't often see a company using the theme song to another commercial for the theme song in their commercial, but that's what Verizon is doing in this spot. It's the jingle from old Big Red gum commercials. I think it was used in the '80s and maybe into the '90s, but it's funny to see it used for a completely different product.

After the jump, the original (yes, that's Peter Billingsley). It's funny how they didn't just grab the theme song they reproduced scenes from the original spot (though I bet a lot of people wouldn't even had remembered those scenes in the old ad without seeing it again).

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The World Is Ending, So Have Sex With a Stranger (And Drink Pepsi Max!)

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 22nd 2010 2:03PM
I'm not quite sure how Pepsi Max even fits into the commercial below, except in a "yo, we just did something awesome, high five and let's drink Pepsi!" sort of way. It shows a bunch of people in a bar who see a TV report that the world is ending. Some freak out, some decide to have sex. This takes the term "wing man" to a whole new level.

[via AdFreak]

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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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Sneak Peek: Bridgestone's Super Bowl ad

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2010 3:02PM
The Super Bowl is coming up on February 7, and as usual TV Squad will have analysis of the game as well as predictions on whether Peyton Manning can handle the Saints' defense. Just kidding. Actually, we'll have analysis of the ads, including this one from Bridgestone titled "Whale of a Tale." Three guys and a whale in a truck.

Question: does this ad make you want to see the rest during the Super Bowl or will you completely forget about it and maybe just happen to see it because you're going to watch the Super Bowl anyway? Do these things work (and I guess I'm asking if the other kind of ad works, the TV commercial that tells you to go to a web site to see the conclusion of the ad. I hate those.)

[via Adfreak]

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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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Weight Watchers suing Jenny Craig over Valerie Bertinelli commercial

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2010 5:00PM
If you haven't seen the recent Jenny Craig commercial that features Valerie Bertinelli in a lab, wearing an official-looking lab coat and touting the benefits of Jenny Craig over "the largest weight loss program" (wink wink), here it is. Weight Watchers is suing Jenny Craig for what they say is bogus medical information in the ad.

I hate ads that show someone in a lab coat or standing in front of a bunch of books. Ooooo, he's in front of a bookcase, he must know what he's talking about!

[via Gawker]

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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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The new Target Christmas ad is funny, but in an uncomfortable way

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2009 1:29PM
This new Target Christmas commercial makes me uncomfortable. The people playing the parents are great, but there's something about the mom's smile that makes me think this Christmas Day isn't going to go well at all.

One thing that doesn't quite make sense: this television is kinda big. Why does the husband seem shocked by what it is? Didn't he see the package under the tree beforehand? And if the wife hid it from him until the last minute, she must think she did something wrong too.

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Even trees love Campbell's green bean casserole at Christmas

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 16th 2009 3:25PM
I'm not quite sure how old this commercial is (I know it's been running for at least a few years now), but it's becoming a new Christmas classic. I like green bean casserole, but this ad has always freaked me out a little. A tree that's not only alive but has a taste for green bean casserole (and can open a window)? It's like a Christmas movie made by the people who did The Day of the Triffids.

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