Tuesday Throwback: The Mitsubishi Outlander And “What You Won’t Do For Love”

I guess this Mitsubishi Outlander commercial barely counts as a Tuesday Throwback since it’s from 2013. But I just randomly saw it today, and it’s great. Fantastic, sexy visuals of a night drive from the suburbs to the city. The smooth song is “What You Won’t Do For Love“, by the surprisingly white Bobby Caldwell. The driving woman is played by Laura Maust. I have no idea why I didn’t write about this one when it was on the air.

Mike Shows Up To A Hipster Fondue Party With A Taco Bell Cheesy Core Burrito

I don’t think Mike will be invited again to hang out with Alan and his friends. Whatever…they seem super pretentious. Mike is played by Connor Del Rio.

Pedigree Shows Women Being Mothers To Their Dogs In This Ad From Thailand

If you have a pet, you might think of him/her as your child. Pets depend on us for love, companionship, and of course food. All of these are things children also seek from their parents. In this Pedigree ad from BBDO Bangkok, we see women caring for and worrying about unseen characters that are implied to be small children. Halfway though, it’s revealed that the children are all dogs. Aww. The dog with injured legs is particularly touching.

The Lexus Commercial With “Blue Skies”

It’s not often that a commercial will make me look up a song written 90 years ago, but that’s just what happened with this Lexus spot. “Blue Skies” was written by Irving Berlin in 1926. Here’s a nice version of the song from Ella Fitzgerald.

Nike Introduces 86 Year Old Sister Madonna Buder…The Iron Nun

In its new spot “Unlimited Youth”, Nike shows us Sister Madonna Buder, the Iron Nun. She’s 86, and has completed 45 Ironman Triathlons. We see her competing in her 46th. And now I feel inadequate…

Burger King’s Whopperrito Is Here: What A Time To Be Alive!

Burger King’s Whopperrito is now available nationally. While there’s nothing particularly novel about a burger wrap (McDonald’s has had a Bic Mac wrap for years), this is more along the lines of the burger/burrito hybrid with Tex-Mex spices and Queso sauce complementing the standard Whopper ingredients. I bet someone from the Burger King marketing team got major props upon naming the Whopperrito.

Tecate Takes On Domestic Violence

This is an excellent and engaging ad for Tecate beer, created by Mexican ad agency Nomades. It starts with images of brawny, “manly” men, and a narration about masculinity. Then about halfway through, the narration shifts with the line “a man is defined by how he treats a woman.” We see images of women who are victims of domestic violence, and the ad goes on to state that men who hurt women are not really men. And Tecate doesn’t want their business. The spot concludes with the sobering statistic that 2 out of 3 women are victims of domestic violence in Mexico. Strong stuff.

Don’t Be The Cable You…Get DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket

Last week, I wrote about some DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket ads starring a retired Peyton Manning. Now there are more funny spots. There’s the DirecTV you who once saved Tony Romo from a burning building (I hope his shoulder was OK), does karaoke with Eli Manning, and saves puppies with Andrew Luck. The cable you once saved a sandwich for the ride home, puts on his coat like a toddler, and likes a good turtleneck. An additional campaign “Now You Can” is mostly notable because we see Eli Manning dressed as a banana. DirecTV’s NFL commercials are a national jewel.

Visa: Yusra Mardini Swims On

Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini will leave Rio without a medal. She didn’t qualify for the semifinals or finals. But in the big picture, it doesn’t really matter. Yusra is a refugee from Syria, and currently living in Germany. She’s a member of the first Refugee Olympic Team. Last year, Yusra helped swim her boat to safety, pulling 17 refugees behind her. Visa pays a stirring tribute to her in this spot.

Sarah Works At GE, Awkwardness Ensues

Remember Owen, the guy who had to awkwardly explain his job at GE to friends and family? They just couldn’t understand that Owen was working as a developer, and wouldn’t actually be manufacturing things. Well, now GE has a new campaign starring Sarah that shows the flip side…that GE is still an industrial company, which is also an digital company. I was going to say that I hope her and Owen meet each other and get together, but apparently Sarah is married. Sarah is played by Elizabeth Alderfer.

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