Ally Bank's 'Would you like a pony?' ad: Love it!

Maybe it's because, as a little boy, my mom told me I could have anything I wanted if I'd jump off the diving board into the deep end of the pool during my swim lessons at the YMCA. And after successfully completing my mission, I chose to get a poster of a pony instead of an actual pony. But really, I think the awesomeness here is in the smile on the blonde girl's face at the 0:19 mark, the stank look the brunette girl gives at 0:23, and of course, the pink ribbons and leg wraps on the equine in question. Who else loves the Ally Bank "pony" ad? Holla!

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  • sbwm

    Oh, you picked the poster??? Now I am sad. Ask her again.

  • Rebecca

    That’s a great ad, Michael. I hope that you loved your poster.

  • occasionalreader

    Stupid ad. Pitch Ally’s honesty by committing a deception on a child. Also, I think it was abusive of the little girl. Disgusting.

    • Michael T.

      TO: occasionalreader

      Your point about “deception on a child” is well taken.

      I know that some find these Ally Bank ads funny. But shouldn’t an ad agency’s goal be to not alienate potential customers who may find the ad offensive – even if is only 10%-20% of those who see the ad.

      Shame on the Bartle Bogle Hegarty agency which made the ad and somehow found adults deceiving children so hillarious.

      • Frances Saykaly

        For those who say shame on the Ally Bank ads for deceiving children: maybe they missed the point of the ad campaign, which was to point out, and decry, how banks do exactly this with EVERYBODY. Of course deceiving children is appalling, but it’s no less appalling how banks in general deceive the public at large!!! THIS is the point of the ad campaign, or was this not apparent – DUH!!!

    • Bob Dole

      Is the legend of Santa Claus not committing deception on a child?

      How about the Easter Bunny?
      The Tooth Fairy?

      WHERE DOES IT END??? If we can lie to our children every day about the aforementioned fictitious characters, why is the Ally Bank commercial any worse?

  • Loved this commercial

    It is a brilliant ad, however tell me that little dark haired girl doesn’t remind u of Kristen as a kid, I could see her forming her snarky thoughts in her head while glaring at the guy LOL

    • nobbsy

      That is funny! You’re right!

  • Lise

    YES! These are my favorite commercials on TV right now!

  • Matt

    That dark haired girl looks like a 6 year-old McKenzie Phillips from “One Day At A Time.”

  • Margaret

    I have never been so disgusted by an ad in my life! This is so cruel to that child who did not get the chance to opt for the live pony, her disappointment broke my heart!

    • Cecelia

      I am with you Margaret. I actually cry when I look at this commercial. I am so hurt for her. I find nothing funny about her pain. What kind of people are we becoming when we could enjoy this?

  • Teddy Francois

    This commercial is funny, but the 3rd one in this series is even funnier!!!!
    Check it out:

  • Frenchie

    Cynical and heartless. This commercial is appalling. I would never use this “bank” (which is really the old GMAC.)

  • wendell kister

    This ad is sick! Only a very mean person would find it entertaining. I wouldn’t give them a dimes worth of my business

  • wendell kister

    It is rude and unprofessional. Sixteen year olds witing these things?

  • dave

    These kids are brilliant actors, they will remember these ads and laugh for years to come. These kids are smarter than the people who criticize the ads. These ads are not real situations, do people understand actors pretend?

    • John

      Ummm … Actually I have been in touch with the bank’s PR department. The kids are not actors; those were their real reactions. The company also says the kids got to play with the real toys, etc., after the cameras stopped rolling. However, the kids really were duped and deceived while the cameras were on.

  • teach1

    This is a horrible ad. I don’t even remember what product it is trying to sell. All I remember is the cruelty, meanness and discrimination that the ad conveys.

    • JJ

      Okay, hold it. “Discrimination”?!?!?!? I’ve truly heard it all now.

  • Stephen

    Someone please confirm for me that these kids are actors who knew what they were portraying. If they were not acting, the ads are child abuse.

  • tickyul

    If looks could kill. That little brunette girl should get a award for her acting in this commercial. Her facial expression is priceless.

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