Depending on your viewing habits, you can either see way too many or next to no commercials. Chances are you still see the good ones, though—probably on YouTube, probably sent to you by friends or family. But there are a lot of ads out there—it’s impossible to see every cool or interesting video made to sell you some bauble or another. Here are some of the ones we liked best—and a few we liked least.
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November’s just begun, but there may already be a winner for best holiday commercial.
Tip: Don’t invite Jason Biggs to SeaWorld.
The Orange is the New Black actor partnered with PETA for an anti-Sea World ad that seems to starts of as a pro-SeaWorld ad: “When I have kids, I can’t wait to take them to SeaWorld,” he starts before making a jab at the theme park. “Maybe they’ll get lucky, see one of the trainers get their legs ripped off.” Sounds like some harmless family fun to us.
Movie tie-ins: They’re usually terrible, right? (Exception goes to all those great Happy Meal toys of yore.) So there was some expected eye-rolling when the Godzilla-themed commercial for the four-door Fiat 500L launched last week.
OK, so the idea that Godzilla is popping cute little Fiats like they’re Cheetos isn’t so bad. And the line, “He looks like he’s craving Italian” is dorky but humorous. But…
Did you notice that funny little legal disclaimer? The one that says, “Didn’t actually happen” as the King of the Monsters spits out the four-door model? What does it mean?
Do Fiats taste bad? Are the 500Ls choking hazards? Fiats can’t actually drive away after being half-swallowed by giant monsters? Are they trying to tell us Godzilla doesn’t actually exist? READ FULL STORY
The Great Quicksilver Cold War of 2014 continues to heat up hotter than a slab of bacon on a bacon-egg-and-cheese biscuit. While Marvel Studios continues laying the groundwork for the arrival of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, 20th Century Fox is racing their version of the silver-haired speedster into theaters in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
But you can see Evan Peters’ silver-jacketed mutant right now in a new ad for Hardee’s, where he uses his powers of moving fast to eat fast. Talk about fast food! is not a catchphrase he says out loud, which is really just leaving money on the table if you ask me. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
The evolution of commercials is semi-fascinating: First, they were this exciting new way to advertise stuff. Then they became the annoying interruptions during your favorite television shows. And now that they live in a world of DVRs and fast-forwarding, they’ve had to get even more creative.
Recently, quite a few ads have chosen to take a stand on a number of world issues. There was that multilingual Coke ad, which received decidedly mixed reviews, as well as the Cheerios commercial that depicted a multiracial family. After that one received (more than) a little hate, Cheerios chose to run in again, but this time during the Super Bowl. That’s right, folks: Commercials are no longer backing down.
Benedict Cumberbatch knows a thing or two about playing bad. (And brilliant. And both.) So it was a no-brainer to have the Jaguar spokesman lend his voice to the luxury car company’s new “Good to Be Bad” ad campaign.
The voiceover spot comes on the heels of Jaguar’s devilishly fun Super Bowl commercial featuring Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Strong as very bad men enjoying the good life (or at least enjoying British-made modes of transportation).
This was not the best Super Bowl for commercials (or football)! You know it’s an off year when two of the most memorable spots involve Greek yogurt. That’s just a rather bleak landscape in general, “live culture” notwithstanding. Meanwhile, my favorite healthy snacks Doritos and M&Ms, which usually bring it hard for the Super Bowl, barely registered. Below, 2014’s Best and Worst ads: READ FULL STORY
The following ad might as well be a Jerry Springer joint — because Fox has decided it’s too hot for TV.
Well, sort of. Though the clip features Scarlett shimmying out of a bathrobe and seductively sipping to a “bow-chicka-wow-wooow” bassline, that’s not what reportedly raised the network’s hackles. (Compared to the antics on, say, a GoDaddy Super Bowl spot or Fox’s own Temptation Island, ScarJo’s sultriness seems downright tame.) Instead, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum tells USA Today that Fox declined to air this version of the commercial because of Johansson’s closing line: “Sorry, Coke and Pepsi.”
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