Geico: A Sumo Wrestler Figure Skating Is Surprising

I like it, but I think it would have been even funnier if they had a fatter sumo wrestler. What say you?

Napoleon Dynamite And Pedro Reunite To Eat Burger King’s Cheesy Tots

It’s been more than 12 years since cult comedy hit Napoleon Dynamite was released. Now Burger King has Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez in their new spot to celebrate the comeback of Cheesy Tots, Burger King’s version of Napoleon’s infamously favorite food. If you were a fan of the movie, you’ll probably enjoy this spot. By the way, Cheesy Tots are delicious. I might just have to pop into Burger King to get some.

Mercedes: Not Even A Blizzard Will Stop This Young Couple’s First Date

If you’ve been looking forward to something for a long time, you’ll tend to do anything to make sure that it still happens. That’s the situation in this adorable new Mercedes ad. There’s a major snowstorm, but this dad still departs in their Benz with his son to a movie theater. He walks in, and it’s completely deserted. After wandering around disappointed, he comes back outside to meet his dad. Just then, another Mercedes emerges, and out hops a girl. Presumably, it was their first date. Aww. It’s a sweet story, and also serves well to advertise the 4MATIC All-wheel Drive. The soft song playing is “Make You Feel My Love” by Sleeping At Last.

Amazon Shows Two Old Friends…A Priest And An Imam

This ad from Amazon has been getting rave reviews, and for good reason. We see the friendship between two older men. One is a priest, and the other is an imam. They chat, have coffee…you know, normal things that friends do. As the spot unfolds, they both go on Amazon and get kneepads to help make prayer easier. In a year marked by political strife and hatred, this commercial is a breath of fresh air. Well done, Amazon.

Ram Trucks Praises The Work And The Workers Who Do It

At first glance, this spot for Ram Trucks, aptly named “Praise”, just looks like a tribute to the oft-overlooked blue-collar workers of America…a group who just may have delivered an election win for Donald Trump. But look closer and it also references the worker with a green card, and the tired single mother. In any case, this is a well-written ad with evocative imagery. Nice work from The Richards Group.

Tuesday Throwback: State Farm Doesn’t Think You Should Believe Everything On The Internet

Fake news has been all over the real news lately. In this 2012 State Farm commercial (one of the most popular posts I’ve written on this blog), we’re reminded that not everything on the Internet is true. Useful advice. Mariel Booth plays the woman, Nigel Thatch plays Mike, and Eric Filipkowski is the “French Model.”

That Samsung Commercial With “Where Is My Mind?”

“Where Is My Mind?” seems like the perfect song to use when you’re trying to sell a virtual reality headset, like the Samsung Gear VR. The original version of the song, probably most famous from its use in Fight Club, is by the Pixies. In this spot, it’s a cover by Nada Surf. In any case, it’s a really cool ad. Nice work.

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