Geico: People Talk Baby Talk To Dogs, Even McGruff The Crime Dog

Remember McGruff? The crime-fightin’ pooch introduced in 1980 makes a comeback in Geico’s newest spot. McGruff walks into the police station with a hot lead, but unfortunately everyone just wants to talk baby talk to him. Haha.

Bonus link: This McGruff didn’t practice what he preached.

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Pizza Hut Advertises Shoes That Can Order Pizza And Pause Your TV

Well, this is utterly bizarre. The shoes are called Pie Tops 2.0, because apparently they introduced them last year (how did I miss this?) Anyway, the shoes are being marketed for March Madness, which seems like an ideal time.

Nest Shows A Father Giving His Son Some Prom Night Wisdom

In this new ad that will premiere during the Oscars, we see a young man named Steven, who is about to leave for prom with his date Sarah, and his friends. Then, we hear Steven’s unseen dad talking to him about treating Sarah with respect. Why is the dad unseen? Because he’s a doctor at the hospital, and he’s watching with Nest’s video doorbell. It’s a nice message that could resonate with the Me Too movement, though the surveillance aspect does seem a bit creepy.

 

The Subaru Outback And A Blind Man Help This Couple See The World

Subaru has long had a crunchy, left-of-center image, and this is also apparent in its sentimental, whimsical, and adventurous advertising. In its newest spot from longtime agency Carmichael Lynch, an outdoorsy couple seeks to explore the “Peninsula Trail.” An older, bearded, blind man hears their inquiry and tells them that they won’t be able to find it on a map. He’ll take them there. They look surprised, y’know, because he’s blind, but they’re down for an adventure. And off they go! Despite not being able to see, the man leads them to a crab shack, an ocean overlook, and finally the trail in the dark. The scenery in this one is absolutely beautiful, and what makes it even cooler is the the blind man is George Wurtzel, who’s actually blind. In real life, George is an artist and woodworker who works at Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat, and leads sighted people on guided trail walks. Very nice spot from Subaru.

Geico Brings Us A Heckler At A Jousting Tournament

I’ll admit that “Sir Lose-A-Lot” and “Thou hast the patchy beard of a prepubescent squire” made me chuckle. But one quibble with this Geico commercial. It’s called “The First Heckler”, and hecklers existed long before medieval times. Like during gladiatorial matches at the Colosseum, for example.

That Skippy Commercial With “Uptown Funk”

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” was the #1 song of 2015. One of the tune’s lyrics was “smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy.” So it seems surprising that Skippy waited so long to capitalize on this reference, but they finally have in their new campaign from BBDO Minneapolis. Cooper Friedman plays the young protagonist, and I’m conflicted about whether he’s a cool kid or whether I want to smack him.

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