Geico: Grandpa’s Nose Performs “Flight Of The Bumblebee”

Grandpa is napping and his nose can perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” and other tunes. It’s unbelievable…but not as unbelievable as how easy it is to save hundreds of dollars on your car insurance by switching to Geico.

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Bryan Cranston And “Paint It Black” Come Up Big In This Impressive Ford Ad

“The future isn’t created in a keynote address” says Bryan Cranston in this Ford commercial, no doubt taking a shot at tech companies like Apple. Cranston explains that talk doesn’t get things done…building does. Cranston’s rousing narration and an orchestral-sounding version of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” combine to create one of the best car commercials I’ve seen in a while. And with almost 5.5 million views a little over a week after being released, it looks like it’s getting a lot of attention too.

Tuesday Throwback: Taco Bell And “I Melt With You”

Modern English’s “I Melt With You” is a classic ’80s song that’s widely considered to be one of the best (some say the best) one-hit wonders of all time. It’s a romantic, catchy tune about making love while an atomic bomb is dropped (the ’80s really had some great songs about nuclear war). Anyway, in this 2007 commercial, Taco Bell took “melt” in a different direction to advertise its Cheesy Beefy Melt. The peoples’ stupidly happy faces are amusing, and the Grim Reaper enjoying a Cheesy Beefy Melt with a middle-aged man on a park bench is darkly hilarious. I feel like I also remember “I Melt With You” being used in a Burger King commercial when I was a kid, but I can’t find that anywhere.

Audi Picks Up A Hitchhiker In This Spot From Bulgaria

Here’s an interesting Audi ad, all the way from Bulgaria. We see a man traipsing through a wilds of Central Balkan National Park. He takes selfies, crosses streams, camps, and in general looks to be having a grand time. But then he gets caught in a winter storm. His cell phone dies, and suddenly everything is not coming up Milhouse. After a freezing night, he accidentally smashes his thumb trying to build a fire. His thumb looks like gangrene might be setting in…uh-oh. He’s lifting his thumb up, and then seemingly out of nowhere, an Audi appears. Turns out that the Audi driver thinks the poor guy is a hitchhiker, just like the other unfortunate adventurers in the backseat. Because with Audi quattro, all conditions are perfect conditions. It’s a witty and memorable commercial, created by Saatchi Bulgaria.

 

The Song From Apple’s iPhone XR Ad

Apple has another cool song with striking visuals in one of its commercials, this time for the iPhone XR. The song is an instrumental, and it’s a surreal and atmospheric one at that. It’s “Meteorite” by Emmit Fenn.

Verizon’s Unboxing Commercial With The Google Pixel 3

The ubiquitous and annoying Thomas Middleditch is back for yet another Verizon spot. This one is set up as an unboxing video, a silly phenomenon where people videotape themselves opening up packages. Why they’re popular, I’ll never know. Anyway, he’s unboxing the new Google Pixel 3. A couple approaches, and the woman asks how the camera is. It’s not just a camera…it also has the power of Google Lens, which lets you search what you see. Thomas takes a picture of the man’s special edition sneakers and may have discovered where to find them. The woman is played by Mimi Davila…anyone know who plays the man?

 

This Commercial Sucks: Trelegy And “ABC”

Well, this Trelegy ad did succeed in one aspect: it made me look up and pay attention to a boring pharma ad. But to take the classic Jackson 5 tune “ABC”, remake it in a Kids Bop-esque manner, and use it in a commercial for COPD medication? Ugh, ugh, ugh.

 

 

 

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