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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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.

Geico: Manatees In Novelty Tees Are Surprising

Friendly and curious manatees are a popular attraction at zoos. But seeing those manatees wearing novelty t-shirts would be quite surprising. The father and son interaction about the “come at me bro” shirt is priceless. Dad is played by Mike Holley, Mom is Joanne Verbos, and the son is Levi Oleesky. And the voiceover in all of Geico’s “It’s Not Surprising” spots is done by Andrew Anthony.

Geico: Washington Crossing The Delaware Turnpike Is Surprising

This is post #1000 on Commercial Society. Initially, I wanted to write a more special post for this momentous occasion, but I ultimately decided to go for a tried-and-true entry: a Geico commercial. George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River was an iconic moment in American history. But if he was around in the present-day and crossed the Delaware Turnpike with his band of men, it would be decidedly less legendary and result in a lot more honking. Washington is played by Jim Meskimen.

 

Geico: These Penguins Get Lost, Even With GPS

GPS is extremely useful when you’re trying to get around. But it’s not perfect. In Geico’s new spot, we see the great emperor penguin migration. Most of the penguins stick close together, and are going the right way. But then there’s a pair of penguins who have gone astray because of bad GPS directions. The one is quite upset when he finds out that they’re not scheduled to arrive at their destination for 92 days. Oof.

Geico: This Space Captain Misplaced His Keys

Do you misplace your keys on occasion? Of course you do. Everyone does. Even powerful space captains, as happens in this new Geico ad. He last had them on a silver carabiner, guys. The captain is played by Steve Talley, while the male and female soldiers are played by Ali Ghandour and Heather Woodward respectively. Also, Steve Tom is the spokesman.

Geico: Randy Jackson Judging A Dog Show Is Surprising, Dawg

Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson was famous for calling contestants “dawg.” But what happens when he judges an actual dog show? After watching Geico’s newest spot from the “It’s Not Surprising” campaign, I actually was surprised…surprised that they didn’t make this ad sooner.

 

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