This Commercial Sucks: McDonald’s Breakfast Has A Creepy Mannequin Fan

So “Carl” enjoys McDonald’s breakfast. An Egg McMuffin is apparently better than dice and cassette tapes among other things. I’m not lovin’ it. This commercial sucks.

Make Memories With A Subaru Forester

Subaru has a knack for sentimental advertising, particularly regarding the father/daughter relationship. Their “Baby Driver” commercial might be one of the best ads of the decade. Another favorite of mine is about a father and young daughter chasing a rainbow. Now Subaru has another great one in the books, created by Carmichael Lynch out of Minneapolis. The new spot, “Making Memories”, shows a father cleaning out his Forester, and certain items make his flashback to different times in his daughter’s life. He’s getting a new Forester, and she’s getting the old one. The song is “Time Will Tell” by Gregory Alan Isakov. I bet this one will make a lot of parents tear up.

Pedigree: Do Dogs Make Us Better People?

I’m more of a cat person, but meeting a friendly dog is one of those experiences that can make your day. Can meeting a dog change the way people perceive the world though? That’s what this Pedigree commercial from BBDO New York is looking at, in particular with regard to race. It features an older, grumpy-looking white man walking with his mastiff through a black neighborhood. He looks pretty careful to avoid eye contact, but then as a young black man walking a pit bull approaches, the dogs greet each other. This causes both owners to introduce their dogs and have a friendly moment. Of course, Pedigree won’t solve the complex problem of racism, but maybe dogs can create nice scenes like this to unfold more often.

Bonus video: Here’s another spot from the “Feed the Good” campaign, this time from Australia. A fight takes a backseat when a dog’s life is at risk.

Scrabble Tells An Anagram-Filled Love Story

I kind of like crossword puzzles, because it’s fun to figure out the clues. Scrabble doesn’t hold the same appeal for me. But despite not being a Scrabble fan, I really enjoyed their new ad from Lola Madrid. It tells the cute and quirky love story of Agostina and Santiago entirely though anagrams. Adorable and clever.

That Harley-Davidson Commercial About Riding To Juneau, Alaska

So yeah…you can’t drive a car or ride a motorcycle to Juneau. It’s only accessible by boat and air. Silly Harley-Davidson.

Those SunnyD Kids From The ’90s Are Back As Adults

Back in 1991, SunnyD debuted a commercial that would be played for years on kids’ TV. The best way to describe the ad would have to be “very 90s.” Dave Chappelle even did a did a bit about the infamous “purple stuff” line. Now there’s a hilarious remake. The kids (not the same actors) are now adults. Very, very stunted adults. The now elderly Mrs. B offers a great zinger: “You’re 36. You need a job.” Love it.

Olive Garden’s Family Commercial

Olive Garden is apparently on its way back up, after getting ripped to shreds in a report by investment firm Starboard Value. And while the jury is still out about whether the Olive Garden is a good place to eat, they do have a nice new ad here created by Grey New York. Going off the restaurants long-running theme of family, the spot combines home movies and statements about the value of family. The backing song is a version of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home”, an advertising favorite.

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