Tuesday Throwback: Make 7 Up Yours!

Last week, I wrote about an A&W commercial which featured a thick-headed interviewee calling his potential boss “Mr. Dumbass.” This 7 Up ad from 1999 is associated in my mind. You know it…the one where Orlando Jones introduces the slogan “Make 7 Up Yours.” Of course, his shirt throws a lot of people off. I remember people wearing that shirt back in the day.

McDonald’s Adorable Lucky Penny Saga

Created by Leo Burnett Chicago, this new McDonald’s ad premiered during The Oscars. Finding a lucky penny is kind of a universal experience of childhood. So is missing the school bus, getting bopped in the face at an inopportune time, and being annoyed by your parents getting a flat tire. Of course, getting a flat tire in front of a McDonald’s is a joy if you’re a kid. Which leads to a simple and cute ending.

The Lost Footage From That Classic Grey Poupon Commercial Involves An Amazing Car Chase

Grey Poupon had an absolutely classic commercial campaign in the ’80s. The original spot, which introduced the famous “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” “But of course!” exchange between two men riding in Rolls Royces debuted in 1981. And now tonight during The Oscars, the alleged lost footage will debut.

Car chase! Golf club jousting!  Shooting! Fire! Caviar slicks! Bridge jumping into a grocery store! Brilliant!

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Jameson’s Iron Horse Commercial

When I think of the brand that does my favorite commercials, Jameson Irish Whiskey would be a strong contender. In the past I’ve written about the Hawk of Achill and the ad where John Jameson arrives alive to his own funeral. Awesome. And now, Jameson has a new spot along similar lines. This one concerns a runaway train called the Iron Horse. I’m so glad the whiskey was saved and Ireland avoided the Prussian Incursion of 1807. Enjoy!

Tuesday Throwback: That Hilarious A&W Commercial With Mr. Dumbass

A classic. Sure takes a true dumbass to call him “Mr. Dumbass” on a job interview. That’s some thick head on A&W. Yum.

Dikembe Mutombo Swats For Geico

I’m not a fan of the doofy Geico musical duo. I find them to be smarmy and annoying. But any commercial that features retired NBA great Dikembe Mutombo swatting away things and doing his trademark finger wag is a winner in my book.

Tuesday Throwback: Sprite Cools Down Summer Hoops

And we’re back! I thought about this commercial today as I was drinking a can of Sprite. I’ve already written about a Sprite commercial on Tuesday Throwback, so I guess they have really memorable retro ads. Anyway, I think I remember this one playing a lot in the summer. ’06-07 maybe? It says it was uploaded in October 2006, so that might be right. I really like the visuals. You can totally see the sweltering summer sun and heat in that urban basketball court. I hope that’s water they’re jumping into, not Sprite. That would be sticky. Of course, the commercial is made by the chill, smooth song. It’s “Falling Away” by Hugh Wilson. I always thought it was “Falling Awake” (i.e. I’m falling awake with you), but apparently not.

Adobe’s Super Smart Post-Super Bowl Ad

Another Super Bowl has come and gone. On the football side, we saw a dominant start by the Ravens, followed by a blackout and a spirited comeback by the Niners that fell just short. On the music side, we got a reignited debate on who is hotter/more talented: Beyonce or Alicia Keys (both excellent, but I’m going Keys). And then the commercials. If you were paying attention online, you probably saw a lot of them beforehand. There were great ones (Budweiser, Tide, Audi), crappy ones (Coke, MiO, Priceline) and ones that I wished I actually watched more of instead of being drunk and chatty (Ram Trucks).

But overall, there were very few transcendent commercials. And I think the Super Bowl isn’t the best showcase of creativity…it’s more a way for corporations to flex their muscles and show how much money they have to throw around. As I was putting off writing a best/worst list for this year’s Super Bowl, I started to realize that it was boring, since pretty much everyone has one and they mostly contain the same commercials.

Then I saw this ad today. Adobe does make a great point with a talking chimp and a talking horse. In the words of the chimp: “”Can you believe they spend millions of dollars on these things? For what, 30 seconds? You know, it’s way cheaper to run it online, ’cause then they’ll know who sees it and whether it works.” So very true.

Go Daddy Finally Scores With This Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Bar Refaeli

Go Daddy has consistently had the worst Super Bowl commercials in recent memory. The types that will annoy you unless you’re a complete slobbering idiot. Misogynistic, lowest-common denominator stuff. But I actually think this year’s ad isn’t terrible. Israeli model Bar Refaeli represents Go Daddy’s sexy side, and “Walter” (played by Jesse Heiman) represents the smart side. And when combined, magic happens.

According to Adweek, the kiss had 45 takes, after which Heiman said he felt like he won the “championship of men.” 45 takes!

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