Mazda’s Dreamy Balloon Commercial

This is a visually beautiful ad for the 2019 Mazda3. I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of floating away on a balloon? Haley Reinhart provides a lovely soundtrack with her cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams.” It’s the second high-profile commercial in recent years to use of a cover of this song. I still think “Feel Alive” is a clunky tagline though. Anyone know who the woman in this spot is?

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Those Kraft Mac & Cheese Commercials With Enya’s “Only Time”

Enya’s “Only Time” is a smooth and soothing song. But if you’re above a specific age, it will probably bring back one very specific association: 9/11. So it seems like an odd tune for these brief Kraft Macaroni & Cheese spots, where parents struggle to get their kids to eat dinner before the kiddos blissfully devour some Blue Box. I guess irony was what they were going for though, like its usage in Volvo’s widely-viewed and critically acclaimed “Epic Split.” And now I’m watching “Epic Split.” Haha…good stuff.

 

State Farm: Don’t Mess With Kim’s Drive Safe & Save Discount

Kim is very vigilant about her Drive Safe & Save discount from State Farm. It doesn’t matter if it’s Sharon from the office telling them they’re late for a meeting or if Kim’s son needs to go to the bathroom. It doesn’t even matter when Kim is going into labor. Don’t mess with her discount! Haha. The State Farm agent is real-life agent Katie Kelly….anyone know who plays Kim or her frantic husband? And as an aside, I guess State Farm likes commercials with protagonists named Kim.

State Farm: Terry Crews Is Also A Talented Flautist

State Farm wants you to know that it does more than home and auto insurance, and that it’s also won awards for life insurance. So to prove that point, its newest ads show us some lesser-known talents of celebrities. Terry Crews is more than a critically acclaimed actor with rhythmic pecs…he’s also a talented flautist. Nice flauting Terry, but let those pecs speak too! And did you know that comedian Ken Jeong used to be a doctor (I actually did know that). So in the words of Biggie, if you don’t know, now you know. Like most of State Farm’s spots, these commercials use real-life agents, Kenya Knight and Tyler McCall, respectively.

Who Is The Actress From This America’s Best Glasses Commercial?

I’ve been seeing this America’s Best NY Fashion Designer Event ad a lot lately. Does anyone know who the cute actress in the commercial is? I also get a kick out of the wise-cracking owl, who’s conditioning in the bath.

Geico Introduces Smartdogs

Now new from Geico: Smartdogs! These adorable pooches are trained to train humans. And what do they want to train humans to do? To avoid distracted driving, for one. I think we’ll be seeing more from the Smartdogs soon. Though Smartdogs will never be available to the public, Geico still reminds you to turn on do not disturb while driving.

Progressive’s Flo Is “Maid For Us”

Poor Flo…she’s no maid, but everyone thinks she is in Progressive’s new ad, which features sitcom parody “Maid For Us.” Comments have stated it uses the set from “Everybody Loves Raymond”, which is possible, though I must admit that I’ve never seen that show. It’s all rather dumb and clearly has nothing to do with Progressive Insurance, but that theme song is a pretty spot-on sitcom parody.

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