Tuesday Throwback: The Mitsubishi Outlander And Telepopmusik’s “Breathe”

I randomly heard Telepopmusik’s gorgeously chill song “Breathe” today, and that brought me back to 2003 and this lovely commercial for the Mitsubishi Outlander. The song’s success was buoyed by this ad, and it became a minor hit on the US charts, reaching #78 on the Hot 100, as well as receiving a Grammy nomination. Enjoy!

Lactaid And The Cow With A Farting Balloon

This Lactaid spot has been around for a while, but I just saw it for the first time. A woman is drinking her morning coffee (cafe au lait specifically) when an annoying cow appears. The cow asks how her coffee is, but as she’s trying to answer, the heifer is making fart noises by pinching a balloon. Turns out, the woman might be lactose intolerent (or at least sensitive), and the balloon is probably simulating the sounds her body’s soon about to make. Fortunately, a more pleasant cow boots out the annoying one, and she’s carrying Lactaid.

 

Parents Aren’t Perfect In These Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Ads

Nobody is perfect, and that includes parents. Even the best parents screw up sometimes. In these amusingly brief, slice of life spots from Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Kraft Mac & Cheese spotlights some parenting foibles. There’s the overly enthusiastic (and obese) dad who jumps on a bounce house, deflating it and frightening a party of kids. There’s the hockey mom who’s cheering for…someone else’s kid. And the dad who swings his daughter so high that she disappears. Of course, everything is good again after they make the Blue Box for their kids. If only life was that simple.

Southwest’s Wanna Get Away: This Man Mistakes A Long-Haired Dog For A Beautiful Lady At A Ball

He spots the beautiful blonde from across the room, approaches with champagne, and then…it’s actually an Afghan Hound. Don’t you hate when that happens? Here’s Southwest Airlines’ classy and hilarious new “Wanna Get Away” ad, as well as a behind-the-scenes with the dog.

Get Down In A Volkswagen…And You’ll Get Bigger Cars And A Bigger Family

This Volkswagen spot entitled “Luv Bug” is an entertaining one. A couple “rocks” their Beetle at a romantic overlook and then gets a Jetta with their new baby in tow. After steaming up their Jetta under the steely stare of an hooting owl, their family has gotten bigger, and now it’s time for an SUV. That SUV sees some action, and the ever-expanding family needs the new 7-seater Atlas. The next time we see their car rocking, it’s just the happy clan engaging in some G-rated shenanigans. The song playing throughout the commercial is Dean Martin’s “The Birds and the Bees.”

Tuesday Throwback: The Move Over Butter Song

YouTube says this commercial is from 1993, and that sounds about right. The song is super catchy, with the cow’s moo being quite amusing. Also, Move Over Butter is still made…I had no idea.

Interstate Batteries: Don’t Have Your Battery Die And Grandma Write You Out Of Her Will

Well, that’s dark. And darkly hilarious.

AT&T/DirecTV During March Madness…You Won’t Miss A Thing

These AT&T/DirecTV spots are alternately funny and stupid/annoying…which might be what they’re going for. There’s the Purdue fan parking booth attendant who’s missing their game, and they’re tied at the half with a mid-major school. Interestingly, Purdue was only leading by 1 at halftime in their first round matchup against Vermont, a mid-major. Then there are the poor people stuck in a sales review, despite a buttload of games. Dan Finnerty is the singer, and he’s crooning a parody of Aerosmith’s sappy #1 hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

 

Buffalo Wild Wings Has A March Madness Foodoo Doll

Buffalo Wild Wings is also all about March Madness. A group of Wisconsin fans is watching the game while eating, and a server presents them with a “foodoo” doll with vegetables and mozzarella sticks. They start eating it and surprise, surprise…the player they’re rooting against suffers a gruesome injury. We don’t know what it is, and it’s probably best that we don’t know. Grasie Mercedes plays the pony-tailed fan, while Jessica Joy is the blonde female fan. Elsewhere, when a table asks for #7 to be taken out of the game, that happens literally as a panicked Louisville #7 doesn’t know why he’s at Buffalo Wild Wings. Is this why they got upset by Michigan? In this one, Natalie Gold is the server, and Zora Bikangaga played the panicked Louisville player.

Bonus links: Here’s an interesting story about Zora Bikangaga. His story was also featured on an episode of This American Life.

Capital One: Charles Barkley Wears A Snack Hoodie and Layers

Capital One’s “This is March Madness” campaign starring Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Spike Lee is always a big hit. I wrote about a few of the delightful spots last weekend, and here are some more. We see Charles Barkley wearing a snack hoodie for easy munchie access, and dressing in puffy layers for every situation. The tremendous trio also misses a buzzer beater because of Chuck’s Clapper. And in the Phoenix airport, Sir Charles discovers that adoring crowds are more interested in Jim Nantz.

 

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