This Commercial Sucks: GMC Goes “One For You, One For Me” On Black Friday

When the revolution comes, I swear it’ll be in part buoyed on by ridiculous ads like Lexus’ “December to Remember” and this GMC Sierra spot. Do normal people buy cars for themselves and their spouses during the holidays like it’s a rational, ho-hum event, and not a big-ticket purchase that requires a lot of planning and conversation? Though judging from the size of their house, maybe buying two GMC Sierras wouldn’t even make a big dent. Of course, if they keep spending like that, maybe they won’t be in that house for too long. Who are they even targeting this commercial to? Ugh, ugh, ugh. If you’re wondering, the husband is played by Daniel di Tomasso, and the wife is Morgan Matthews.

 

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Progressive’s Babyman: What Do You Think?

Progressive’s “Babyman” rides in the shopping cart seat, knocks boxes off grocery store shelves, spills candy everywhere, drinks milk straight out of the carton, and is in daycare despite being an adult. A childish adult, but an adult nonetheless. Because Progressive says “Act your own age, get your own insurance.” So is Babyman insulting to the intellectually challenged, insulting to millennials, or not insulting at all? Are people too easily offended? Is it an ad that’s stupid or funny? A lot to consider here from a silly commercial. Also, anyone know who plays Babyman? He looks like he could be John Oliver’s little brother.

John Lewis Takes A Trip With Elton John In Its 2018 Christmas Advert

John Lewis always has one of the holiday season’s most anticipated ads, and now it’s out. This one is considerably different…it starts with Elton John playing the piano. We then see him performing and go back in time to different points in his career. “Your Song” is playing throughout. That’s nice…but where exactly is this going? Well, stick around because the payoff is worth it. It’s a touching tribute to Elton John, who’s in the midst of his farewell tour, aptly titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road. And the hashtag #EltonJohnLewis is a clever one.

Have The Time Of Your Life With KFC’s New Chicken & Waffles

Chicken and waffles…delicious. KFC has finally got on the chicken and waffles train with a new limited-time offering. And to promote it, they’re going a bit retro. The Colonel (played by Craig Fleming) and Mrs. Butterworth reenact the classic Dirty Dancing scene set to “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” That iconic dance scene has become advertising gold in the last few years.  In another spot, KFC gives its Chicken & Waffles the Celine Dion treatment. Haha.

 

 

 

 

Heathrow’s Bears Make Their Triumphant Holiday Return

Heathrow’s Bears (officially named Doris and Edward Bair) have been a big hit since being released a few years ago. And of course they’re a big hit…who can resist cute and cuddly bears? This time around, the Bairs are just like old Americans, and they’ve moved to Florida. It’s nice and warm in December, but the homesickness starts to creep in…what with frozen turkey dinners and a sad Christmas tree that gets blown over by the ceiling fan. After Skyping with their family, it’s settled. They’re coming back home for Christmas! Aww. Paul Young’s “Every Time You Go Away” is the evocative soundtrack to this adorable spot, created by Havas London.

Chase: Michaela DePrince Stained Her Sister’s Sweater

Even though I write this blog, there are a lot of commercials that I see and never bother to write about. This Chase commercial has been out since late January and I’ve seen it a lot. It’s fine…I like the sudden shift from classy ballet to the reality of Michaela DePrince paying her sister from the Chase mobile app for the sweater she stained. But this last time that I watched it, I really started to pay attention to that lovely piano music. And then it hit me…that’s a piano version of “Wrecking Ball.” Yup, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”, a song that I believe will go down as one of this decade’s best (and possibly the most memorable video). Funny how sometimes you just suddenly realize things.

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