Tuesday Throwback: Extra Gum’s Story Of Sarah & Juan

This past weekend, I went to a wedding where the couple used Haley Reinhart’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as their first dance song. The song came to prominence from its usage in Extra Gum’s mega-viral 2015 spot “The Story of Sarah & Juan.” It was a romantic tearjerker that was also interesting in the fact that it told a story not even about the product, but a creative use of the packaging. So let’s take a look back at this lovely ad from Extra.

 

 

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Tuesday Throwback: The Classic Toys “R” Us Song

Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy today. Reading that news made me think of a particular song that was common during my childhood. This Toys “R” Us ad from 1982 features among others a pre-Urkel Jaleel White. And the followup has those same actors (minus Jaleel White) 14 years later.

Tuesday Throwback: Shiny Toy Guns Make This Lincoln MKZ Spot Fantastic

This Lincoln MKZ commercial is from 2009, and it’s one that I kinda wish had come out when I had this blog, because it would have gotten a ton of pageviews. In a lot of ways, Lincoln’s commercial looks like a stereotypical car ad, with the sleek visuals and cool song. But damn, it looks and sounds fantastic. That song is “Major Tom” by Shiny Toy Guns (a cover of the original by Peter Schilling). Love it.

Tuesday Throwback: Chase Sapphire, An Expensive Dress, And Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight”

A lot of these Tuesday Throwback posts come from hearing a song that triggers a commercial memory. Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” is an absolutely beautiful song. This 2009 Chase Sapphire commercial evokes some of the class of that tune by showing a kinda wealthy looking married couple, with the man explaining that they can use their Chase Sapphire points to “take a break.” Two problems with this spot though: first, the dialogue sounds too much like an ad, and not how regular people would talk. Second, the revelation that the wife used their points on a dress, albeit a rather attractive one, is pretty obnoxious. The husband is played by David Starzyk, and the wife is Molly Culver. Here’s the dress commercial, and a few more featuring the same couple from this campaign.

 

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!

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.

Tuesday Throwback: This Beautiful Bell’s Whisky Ad From South Africa Shows An Elderly Man Learning To Read

I wrote about this one in 2014, and it’s a post I wished got more views, since the ad is just so good. The story of an elderly man learning how to read seems like an odd one for a whisky ad. But this South African Bell’s Whisky spot created by ad agency King James and directed by Greg Gray makes it work beautifully. We see the man slowly learning to read…he makes some mistakes along the way, but sticks with it, buoyed by the kindly support of his wife and friends. The payoff is absolutely triumphant and heartwarming. Here’s the ad, followed by a behind the scenes video.

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