Annoyed in the Sandbox: TV ADS.

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Lets see, plenty of ads for me to be annoyed about this year.

1. The Veddy Veddy Reewaarding guy from Citi.
2. All Dunkin Donuts ads, but especially the one with the mom and her kids in the car singing a horrid song about KARATEEEEEEE. The look on the womans face...i want to pour hot coffee on her.

thebingo (thebingo), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 13:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Worst Commercials of the Year
1. Capital One "What's in your wallet"
2. Nicole Kidman Chanel 'Clair de Lune'
3. "Trimspa, Baby!"
4. "Harold... call me!"
5. Vonage
6. rewarding. veddy, veddy, VEDDY rewarding
7. the one where the SUV scares the crap out of the furry-creature focus group
8. the Lexus commercials at the US Open
Honorable Mention - the Viagra commercial where the guy tapes the game to go get it on (a. because it should be a tivo commercial, not a viagra commercial, and b. the dude looks a little too much like alec badwin)

Best Commercials of the Year
1. Geico Caveman against Talking Head ("Looks like someone got up on the wrong side of the rock")
2. Geico Cockney Gecko "Pie, and Chips... for Free!"
3. Maria Sharapova and Company, "I Feel Pretty"
4. Jon Tester haircut commercial
5. the California commercial with Clint Eastwood punchline
6. VW scary accident commercials
7. the Kermit commercial at the Super Bowl (yes, I know, heresy, blah blah)
8. Geico dramatic reenactment series (movie announcer dude, Little Richard, Charo)
9. cavemen beer commercial from the Super Bowl
Honorable Mention - "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" (yes, a little late with this, but it's hard to imagine a more perfect reinforcement of a brand)

Special Nascar Division
Best Gay Subtext - Kevin Harvick-Tony Kanan - "You got your caramel in my Reese's!"
Best Straight Man - Greg Biffle Subway ads
Most Personality - Tony Stewart Home Depot ads
Tiredest Series - Kasey Kahne causes starstruck girls to have car accidents
Worst Single Moment - old contest-winner dude gets all excited about Kasey's win
Funniest Ad - Sony HDTV "What are you watching?"
Best-Humored Ad - Mark Martin/Carl Edwards "Fernando, you're on"
Best overall - 'Some people say Nascar's not a sport' Bud commercial

nuneb (nuneb), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 15:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I loathe all US adverts for medications. One of the joys of living in the UK is never, ever seeing these on the telly.

suzy artskooldisko (suzy artskooldisko), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 15:24 (sixteen years ago) link

oh, special late-breaking Worst #9 - eons.com midlife crisis dude

nuneb (nuneb), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 15:25 (sixteen years ago) link

WSJ's Best and Worst of the year
Adweek's Best of the Months from 2006

nuneb (nuneb), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 15:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Worst jingle: the Arby's whistle. It's a hatpin to the eardrum.

f. scott baio (natepatrin), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 17:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Actually I totally WUV the Nicole Kidman ad. I cry at weddings, too.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 17:37 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought glamour was more the point than romance. Apart from the fact that it's maybe a dead concept, and that I don't especially like Chanel-type luxury style, and my annoyance at their appropriation of 'clair de lune', Nicole Kidman just seems the wrong choice here.

nuneb (nuneb), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 19:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Swiffer ads make me want to cry.

franny (frannyglass), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 03:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, any of the thousand ads that have the blundering male/smug smart female combo, usually husband and wife.

Also, fearmongering life insurance ads featuring earnest seniors, usually on TV stations from Atlanta.

franny (frannyglass), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 03:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Commercial for local Toyota dealership's "silent sale" this Monday & Tuesday that ran TWICE EVERY COMMERCIAL BREAK during It's A Wonderful Life on Xmas Eve, which was no more than one screen of graphic and the Pink Panther theme.

has been plagued with problems since its erection in 1978 (nklshs), Thursday, 28 December 2006 19:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I mean, twice in ONE commercial break is bad enough, but literally TWICE EVERY COMMERCIAL BREAK, that is INSANE.

has been plagued with problems since its erection in 1978 (nklshs), Thursday, 28 December 2006 19:03 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Some people have no sense of humour

Tony Hart land (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:07 (eleven years ago) link

Funny, when in Budapest back in 1990, my dad pointed out the Sec of State for Finance and some other Hungarian cabinet minister (or equivalent) dining at the newly opened McDonalds...

Ou est la showaddywaddy (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:14 (eleven years ago) link

How did he know who they were?

Tony Hart land (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:17 (eleven years ago) link

He was working there, semi-permanently.

Ou est la showaddywaddy (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:18 (eleven years ago) link

... and then Marc Bolan walked in with the England cricket team

Tony Hart land (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:20 (eleven years ago) link

Something that occurred to me the other day -- what other cases are there of one advertiser running two completely separate allegedly-humorous ad campaigns? I'm thinking of Geico, with the cavemen and the gecko. I could see them having one serious campaign and one funny one, but having two parallel funny campaigns is kind of weird.

Insurance companies sure put a lot into elaborate ad campaigns. Progressive/Flo, Farmers/JKSimmons, etc. The best one is definitely Allstate and the guy playing Mayhem.

William (C), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:22 (eleven years ago) link

... and then Marc Bolan walked in with the England cricket team

― Tony Hart land (Deep in the Tony Hart land), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:20 (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Permalink

You are a regular reader of mine, I see!

Ou est la showaddywaddy (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:26 (eleven years ago) link

no idea as to the general consensus, but now that the festive season is in full swing, can i just say that the glut of high budget, slo-mo adverts for stuff that makes folk smell bearable make my blood boil.

clearly the ad people believe such things work, so i guess its just me, but i cant stand the constant moody looking gloss enhanced shyte.

(xpost : haha ! of course, didn't spot that nudge re bolan ... )

mark_e, Friday, 2 December 2011 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

Completely separate?

There was the Pot Noodle one, one a semi-serious Steve Cram fronted one at a racetrack, and one with a comedybloke and a "they are too gorgeous to be healthy" strapline. They eventually 'came together' in the end.

Ou est la showaddywaddy (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:33 (eleven years ago) link

Oh, and the "still tango" one.

First up, an ad, very amateurly made, for the drink, basically a bloke shouting over a rave scene.

Next ad, the Managing Director for Tango telling the viewer that they do not make a still version, and if they see it on sale, phone a telephone number.

The third ad had the MD being spanked for being a naughty boy, or something. Except that ad was never shown, I don't think. The only reason I know this was that I saw a copy of a marketing VHS with all the ads compiled together (I didn't see the vids playing, only the contents page on the VHS box).

Ou est la showaddywaddy (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:37 (eleven years ago) link

those were great pre facebook games to get buying public connected to the product

mark_e, Friday, 2 December 2011 15:42 (eleven years ago) link

worst ad "Mom was right. I should have married John Clarke"

Rolo Tony, Friday, 2 December 2011 15:45 (eleven years ago) link

right now I really like the one with the caveman and Brian Orapko playing Scrabble, it's not very funny but it's so left-field bizarre that I can't help but chuckle

has nothing on the GOAT ad with Patrick Ewing randomly dunking on some guy b/c he ate a Snickers

Rolo Tony, Friday, 2 December 2011 15:46 (eleven years ago) link

xpost best ad "Mom was right. I should have married John Cooper Clarke"

Ou est la showaddywaddy (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Friday, 2 December 2011 15:47 (eleven years ago) link

there are like 2 animated w/ hi-pitched v.o. adopt a cat ads that i have to like mute or change off immediately for threat of impulse-adopting 80 cats

j crunchwrap supreme, Friday, 2 December 2011 15:54 (eleven years ago) link

oh yeah, I'll have what she's having

William (C), Friday, 2 December 2011 16:11 (eleven years ago) link

<3 bam bam

j crunchwrap supreme, Friday, 2 December 2011 16:13 (eleven years ago) link

right now I really like the one with the caveman and Brian Orapko playing Scrabble, it's not very funny but it's so left-field bizarre that I can't help but chuckle

ok, I didn't realize the guy's last name was Orapko -- that makes the "it's another word for sack" line a lot funnier. I thought he was just making up some bullshit with his letters that he knew he'd get away with because Cavemen R Dumm.

William (C), Friday, 2 December 2011 16:16 (eleven years ago) link

Gah! I have expressed my perhaps unwarranted hatred for M Bamford on reg ILX but I just can't get into her and those commercials are not helping.

ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ (~curious orange~), Friday, 2 December 2011 17:02 (eleven years ago) link

hey man thanks for image bombing a once readable thread, nobody could have gotten the point had you just posted that once

Rolo Tony, Friday, 2 December 2011 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

Tums where rubber rib or corndog hits guy in face with bbq sauce or mustard

andrew m., Saturday, 3 December 2011 05:50 (eleven years ago) link

YouTube tells me that this is a national spot. God help us all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9gIuCpL6zU

Pleasant Plains, Saturday, 3 December 2011 05:58 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-PNwNJ2VSc

Pleasant Plains, Saturday, 3 December 2011 06:17 (eleven years ago) link

That talking investment baby can fuck the fuck the fuck right off

kamb, Saturday, 3 December 2011 06:44 (eleven years ago) link

As the proud father of a two-year-old boy, I get a little tired of everyone comparing him to that guy.

(Especially since he's on the iPad more than he is on the Toy Story train set.)

elks thunder, Saturday, 3 December 2011 07:05 (eleven years ago) link

okay, this is getting weird.

Pleasant Plains, Saturday, 3 December 2011 07:08 (eleven years ago) link

T-Mobile ads (all).

Walkin' in an orgy wonderland.

a convenient guru (god punch to hawkwind), Saturday, 3 December 2011 09:10 (eleven years ago) link

Also the T-Mobile girl's arms are 8 feet long but attached to her body up to the elbow.

a convenient guru (god punch to hawkwind), Saturday, 3 December 2011 09:13 (eleven years ago) link

FUCKING DIAMOND COMMERCIALS

reddening, Saturday, 3 December 2011 09:18 (eleven years ago) link

When they first came out, I thought T-Mobile girl was Liv Tyler for some reason.

Tumblr Whites Off Earth Now!! (Sandbox Grisso-McCain), Saturday, 3 December 2011 09:43 (eleven years ago) link

That talking investment baby can fuck the fuck the fuck right off

how long have they been doing these commercials and how does this baby not get any older?

I'm in the mood to party (J0n Arbuckle), Saturday, 3 December 2011 16:53 (eleven years ago) link

So, did Morrissey get the Gordon Ramsay "John Lewis" take-off commercial, um, taken off?

Bela Lugosi's Derrida (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Monday, 5 December 2011 12:50 (eleven years ago) link

The UPS commercial that rhymes 'Olympians' with 'Thames'.

yes this is the real (snoball), Tuesday, 6 December 2011 23:24 (eleven years ago) link

The Pet Food one that finally uses "Om nom nom nom nom nom"

No. You are not saying it right. Slowly. More Considered.

ach, forgt it.

Y.O. Mini (MarkG oo la showaddywaddy), Monday, 19 December 2011 12:22 (eleven years ago) link

The one for the artificial dog bone? Just saw that as an ad before a video on a website.

Dermot O'Leary is playing some beats/at night he's a TV presenter (snoball), Monday, 19 December 2011 12:25 (eleven years ago) link

all the ones where some young upper-class family buys a damn Lexus as a Christmas gift for the wife, as though she's not going to notice $50000 missing from the joint bank account

...or fold laundry? (J0n Arbuckle), Monday, 19 December 2011 12:28 (eleven years ago) link


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