Tag Archives: commercials

car commercial with Bo & Luke Duke

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I realize many people don’t watch TV commercials anymore, or at least try to avoid them.  Many commercials are dumb and annoying.  However, every once in a while someone creates an awesome commercial, and the one below may be the best commercial of all-time.  The premise is AutoTrader helping Bo and Luke Duke find a new car.

If you aren’t familiar with the characters, they’re from The Dukes of Hazzard, which was an awesome TV show of the ’80s that you should check out.  It was much better than the movies.

And there’s no way they’d replace the General Lee, even with a Viper.  Imagine how the Viper would fare after one of those jumps… Admittedly, the original cars didn’t always survive, but they actually did the jumps and landed them.

[Update: Apparently AutoTrader pulled the video because of the confederate flag conspiracy.  What predictable knee-jerk overreaction.  Anyway, the video is updated to another source now.  It’s still a cool commercial.  And I don’t think you can even see a confederate flag in the whole video.  So why was it censored?  Think about it…]

Taco Bell superheroes

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Speaking of Taco Bell commercials, did you know Taco Bell has actually made superheroes out of their ingredients?   And they didn’t just make a cheesy commercial — they made a whole episode!   (Well, four and a half minutes, anyway.)

This is a parody of Superfriends, which makes it kinda cool in a retro, parody way.  The team is called the Super Delicious Ingredient Force (SDIF), and they stay at the Fortress of Flavor.  You’ve gotta watch this.  It’s the epitome of cheesy, in a funny way.

Episode 1 is when the SDIF team battles the Cruddy Combo Clan.

Of course they have their own website: SDIF.com.  Apparently each character even has their own Facebook page, which is stretching the gag a little thin.

There are currently four episodes.  You may be wondering if they get better or worse.  Well, in my humble opinion, they get even more cheesy.  Whether that is good or not, you can decide for yourself.

FYI, these are funnier if you watch them with a friend, so you can make share commentary on it.  (It also helps if you have a sense of humor… obviously.)  You can also leave a comment sharing your thoughts on it, and you get bonus points if you can make it funny.  🙂

Regardless of how cheesy / generic these are, at least an attempt was made at humor.  These clips are better than most commercials — even just the sound effects in the first one makes it worth watching.   I wish more ad companies would make funny commercials.  Hmm… I think that’s a job for… BUFFET O’ BLOG!  While I jest, the staff here could make the most awesome commercials, without a doubt.  So perhaps we should design a few… especially if we could get paid for it!

awesome TV commercials

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Have you ever seen TV commercials that are cooler than the TV show you’re watching?  (If so, you probably need to watch something else.)  But there are a few commercials that come close.  My current favorite one is for the Nissan Juke, called Donut Action.  This is the longer version of the commercial (just over a minute), where the intern forgot the donuts for the business status meeting.

The whole commercial is cool, but I especially like the end, where he shows up with the donuts and says “Bang!”  Then the announcer says, “That’s right.”  Classic.

Also worth mentioning is the Geico commercial that asks, “Does a former drill sergeant make a terrible therapist?”

(I didn’t think he was terrible…)

the most interesting man in the world

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We’ve received another e-mail from guest writer Thomas Wayne, as part of his “Embellished Memoirs of my Life” series:

I’ve been seeing these commercials on TV where some guy claims to be “The Most Interesting Man in the World”.  He’s a lie!  That is me.  He’s advertising DOS version 20, or somethin’ like that, I dunno.   Whatever…  What I do know is that I am the most interesting man in the world.  I don’t know how these commercial producers can sleep at night, after putting out false misinformation like that.  I’m the original “international man of mystery”, a real “distinguished gentleman”.   Anyone who doesn’t know this as common sense is obviously uncultured.  Maybe I should sue them, for defamation of character and misrepresentation.

I’m not surprised to hear that from him.  So what do you think?  Should he press forward with pressing charges?

fast food – commercials vs reality

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As you’ve probably noticed, almost all the humor here is original.  (That is, unique, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, limited-edition, you-saw-it-here-first type stuff.)  But occasionally I like to share a few funny links to other humor sites, so you may enjoy some of the random stuff I come across while perusing the Internet.   This is one of those times.  🙂

If you’ve eaten fast food, you’ve probably noticed that the food item you receive doesn’t usually look anywhere like the commercials on TV.  I saw a special on TV about this one time, and they said some of the food shown in commercials is fake — that is, not even made of food.  Here’s a post with many pictures comparing the commercial version vs the actual version (which of course can vary quite a bit).

fast food pictures — commercial vs reality

weird McDonald’s commercials

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You’ve probably seen the commercials with the Burger King King, right?  Well, for those of you who think he’s creepy (and he is), take a look at the first ever McDonald’s commercial, featuring Ronald McDonald.  He’s quite creepy here, in his original form.

Man, that was terrible!  He’s wearing his food, and his dancing is not cool / hip / trendy, even for back then.  Anyway, let’s move on.  I’ve found some other old McDonald’s commercials that you probably don’t remember.  (I know I don’t remember them all, because some were aired before I was born.)  BTW, this post may look long because of the video links, but the commercials aren’t very long, so hang in there.  This may be more amusing than you expect.

Here’s a McDonald’s commercial from 1971, featuring McDonaldland, which got shut down because of a lawsuit.  Poor Mayor McCheese, never to be seen again!

Did you notice Ronald’s afro?  It was the ’70s, I guess.  Was he wearing bell bottoms?  I’m not gonna watch it again to see, because that music gives me gas.

In this next video, Hamburglar has the Magic Touch to turn everything into cheeseburgers.  It’s definitely stupid, and you might want to watch it for nostalgia’s sake, but then you’ll realize it was really lame, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought the Hamburglar was cool, except that he had a cool name.

Plus, in that video, notice the Hamburlgar brought out a big plate of burgers, and they weren’t even wrapped.  Do you know why they weren’t wrapped?  Because he stole them!  That’s what he does!  He turned to a life of crime, to steal hamburgers from McDonalds.  But do Ronald and Grimace care?  Apparently not.  After all, he is sharing his stolen hamburgers with them.  Which would make Ronald McDonald a criminal, because he becomes an accomplice.  So he shouldn’t be selling products to kids!  Crazy stuff…

In this next video, we learn that Grimace is an evil criminal also.   His name is E. Grimace, and apparently the E is for Evil.  He stole all the cups from McDonalds, meaning kids can’t have cokes or triple-thick shakes.   So what does Ronald do?  He tricks (deceives / lies to) Grimace to distract him so they can steal the cups back and take them back to McDonalds for use.  Something just doesn’t seem right about that.  And speaking of what ain’t right, what kind of creature is Grimace?  He’s a blob with several arms / legs / appendages.  He’s kinda creepy in this video, and looks obnoxiously dumb.

This next commercial is a departure from the McDonaldland theme, where workers sing about how clean the “burger machine” is and how much fun it is to clean and scrub the floor.  Sorry, but this just isn’t realistic…  Of course, I did no research on such things back in 1970 (because I wasn’t born), but I doubt fast-food restaurants were ever that clean nor that workers actually enjoyed cleaning them.

Do you remember the McNuggets from 1985, and how they could talk and sing and bounce around and even play the drums?   If you do remember without watching the video, you should overwrite that wasted memory with something productive.  Anyway, this is lame.  And watch out for bad puns!

You might have noticed a pirate near the end.  That was Captain Crook (whose parents really pigeonholed him into a career with that name!).  He tried to steal Filet-O-Fish sandwiches while avoiding capture by Big Mac, the chief of police in McDonaldland.  I reckon the producers figured you could have different characters stealing different types of food.

Well, that concludes our journey into the history of McDonald’s commercials.  Did anybody learn anything?

Thank you, drive thru…

funny TV commercials

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It’s rather unfortunate that most TV shows now contain as much commercials as actual program.  If the advertisers would put a little more effort into their commercials, using some creativity and humor, it wouldn’t be quite so bad.  At least there are a few that do, even though it’s a low percentage.

Today I’m going to link to a couple of funny commercials that I’ve seen recently.  One is for cereal.  Just by the title, you may think it’ll be boring, because it’s about bran cereal, but it’s got all kinds of visual puns in it, about being “regular”.  So check it out.

The other commercial is a newer one for , where a young boy brings his jam box with him to the dinner table, playing a “funky” beat and getting down with it.  He gets in the groove and times his eating to the beat.  It’s funny to see how his parents respond.  🙂