Heathrow’s Bears Make Their Triumphant Holiday Return

Heathrow’s Bears (officially named Doris and Edward Bair) have been a big hit since being released a few years ago. And of course they’re a big hit…who can resist cute and cuddly bears? This time around, the Bairs are just like old Americans, and they’ve moved to Florida. It’s nice and warm in December, but the homesickness starts to creep in…what with frozen turkey dinners and a sad Christmas tree that gets blown over by the ceiling fan. After Skyping with their family, it’s settled. They’re coming back home for Christmas! Aww. Paul Young’s “Every Time You Go Away” is the evocative soundtrack to this adorable spot, created by Havas London.

Purina: Sam The Horse Finally Gets Adopted

This is a very sweet holiday commercial from Purina. Sam’s been in a stable for a long time, and wants to go home with a family. The closeup of Sam after the stable owner says “maybe next year” is so sad. But then a girl and her parents come. The girl is entranced by Sam, and he now has a forever home. Who’s cutting onions?


Hallmark Separates Itself From Sentimental, Shows What The Holidays Really Are Like

Hallmark is a company that is synonymous with sap. But this year, they’re trying something quite different. For one, these spots for Hallmark’s Keepsake ornaments (created by Chandelier) are digital-only…no TV. But the bigger change is the tone of the ads. They focus on the more annoying situations you could encounter with family, like the irritation of group pictures, perfectionist tree decorators, and a vegan Christmas dinner (bleh!) Amusing.

Kohl’s Has A Christmas Surprise

Some purists might object to Christmas/holiday-themed commercials starting earlier and earlier, but the creep is here to stay. As I’m writing this, I can see a neighboring apartment already has Christmas decorations up. And the store where I work brought in the ornament display in late September (I helped with this and definitely thought it was absurd). Anyway, TV will be filled with Christmas ads for the next 5 weeks. Here’s a very nice one from Kohl’s. It opens with an attractive, young couple decorating a living room. Pretty standard, right? But it’s the twist that gives this spot a lot of heart. The song is a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”, performed by Emma’s Imagination.

Sprint’s Holiday Singing Animals

Yeah, it’s been done before, but still pretty cute and definitely memorable. And this Sprint commercial is much less creepy than Walmart’s equivalent from last year.

What’s That Song? Part XVII

Artist: Camera Can’t Lie, Song: “Shine For Me”

A great holiday commercial from Lowe’s. Striking and very pretty visuals. A pleasant song. And “Never Stop Improving” is a quality slogan for both business and life.

Artist: Johnny Otis, Song: “Willie and the Hand Jive”

Simple and stylish ad for Delta Faucet. The hand touch thing is pretty cool. Tune is catchy as hell too.

Artist: Daniel Lee Kendall, Song: “Lost in the Moment”

A cute song that sounds like something women would love. Which probably explain why it’s in a Zales commercial. Reminds me of another holiday jewelry ad from a few years ago.

Artist: ???, Song: ???

I keep seeing searches being referred to my blog for “Gillette Fusion Proglide song”. I assume this is the commercial they’re looking for. Unfortunately, I can’t find the artist or song anywhere. Sorry. The Gillette Fusion Proglide is the best razor I’ve ever had, but I don’t think it’s “turned my world upside down”

Horrible White Boy Rappers Rollin’ In A Hyundai Elantra

This is real bad. In the old school, actually bad way. So bad that I’m sure it’s going to have cult popularity. The guy rapping/driving is DJ Dave, and he’s the leader of Fog and Smog. So until the holiday season is over or someone uploads something even worse, hold on. Elantra!

Hmm. It seems that I missed “It’s Getting Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot”. Alright, it’s kinda amusing and this whole thing makes more sense now. But I still think the Elantra commercial is lame.

Hershey’s Kisses And The Holidays

The holiday season is full of traditions. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Christmas trees (er, non-denominational holiday trees, if you prefer). Here’s another one: that Hershey’s Kisses commercial that has been playing forever. You know, the one with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” I saw it today, and that’s my reminder that the holidays are coming up soon.

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