Category Archives: Commercials

TV Commercial: Japanese Advertising Secrets

An interesting and unusual TV commercial for sushi from Japan.

Just For Fun: Le Trefle

Yeah, we’re back. Stranger things have happened.

The Flintstones: Fred And Barney And Winston

Return with us now to 1960 — the good old days — when you could sit down with the family to watch The Flintstones, while the folks at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company marketed Winston cigarettes to your kids.

As Fred says, “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should.”

By Marc Librescu

Saturday Night Live Black Friday Commercial Parody

This link is to a Hulu video of a Saturday Night Live commercial parody. I would have liked to embed the video in the blog, but there’s no way to do that with a video on Hulu and a WordPress.com blog.

If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted to it in  a long time. I’ve been (and still am) concentrating on finding paying work. In the meantime, I’m going to make an effort to continue posting here when I can.

By Marc Librescu

Charmin Ultra Strong: Enjoying the Go?

Unless you’ve been hibernating, you’ve seen the animated commercials for Charmin Ultra Strong featuring bears and their dingleberries. Are these commercials annoying? Does a bear sh*t in the woods?

To make matters worse, they’ve recently added the line “Enjoy the go!” Enjoy the go? Do they think I’m saying to myself, “Gee, I can’t wait until this afternoon when I can sit down and unwind with a nice long dump?”

Enjoy the go. Picture it — it’s Friday night. You had plans to go out on a hot date, but instead, you call her up and say, “Hey hun, I know we were supposed to go out to dinner tonight, but I think I’m just going to stay in and pinch a loaf.”

Don’t worry. She’ll understand. She knows how much fun doing a deuce is.

Here’s a parody I found on YouTube, followed by one of the actual commercials.

If you want to find out more about enjoying your go, you’ll enjoy going to Charmin’s website.

By Marc Librescu

EDS Keeps Those Doggies Rollin’

These are two of the funniest commercials I’ve seen in a long time.

Priceless line:

“It ain’t an easy job, but when you bring a herd into town, and you ain’t lost a-one of them, ain’t a feeling like it in the world.”

By Marc Librescu

Better Marriage Blanket Filters a Mighty Wind

This is a TV commercial for something called The Better Marriage Blanket. It has a layer of activated charcoal that is supposed to filter out your “flatulence molecules.”

My favorite part of this commercial is where they say: “It makes a great wedding gift, or anniversary gift!” I imagine that if you gave this as a wedding gift, it would be the end of your relationship with the new bride and groom. If you gave it as an anniversary gift, you’d probably be on the way to divorce court.

By Marc Librescu

Johnson Automotive: We Don’t Need No Badgers

This is a series of five brilliant commercials produced for Johnson Automotive. They’re hilarious and on point. The commercials cleverly use the badger character to parody car salesmen and let the viewer know that Johnson Automotive doesn’t badger its customers.

The badger is really a puppet that’s being controlled by five operators, who were later digitally removed.

Another winner of the coveted 5 Monkey Award!




By Marc Librescu

Just For Fun: Berlitz

Here’s a funny commercial for Berlitz.

Friskies Adventureland: Pass the Catnip!

Like the return of Sherlock Holmes, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, like some other “something was dead but is no longer dead” simile you can think of, AdMonkey boldly returns—this time with new posts when I find an ad I want to blog about, instead of daily.

I saw this Friskies cat food commercial last night while watching the Winter Olympics. The commercial suggests that feeding your cat Friskies will transport him to a surrealistic world where turkeys, cows, fish, and chickens dance about for his pleausre (presumably before they’re eaten). Make no mistake, this will be Fluffy’s introduction to the cat drug subculture (oh yes, there is one—they start with catnip and then move on to harder stuff).

I ran to the store to buy some of this magical Friskies cat food. I was in luck—there was plenty in stock, so I bought a dozen cans. When I got home, my wife reminded me that we don’t have a cat. I spent a long sad night on the Internet, staring longingly at photos of cats on I Can Has Cheezburger.

So, yeah, I like the commericial.

Speaking of the Olympics and commercials, The Wall Street Journal reports today that Friday night’s Olympics broadcast contained more commercials than sports. Since NBC isn’t making money from the Olympics this time round, someone over at the network decided to carpet bomb the Olympics broadcast with commercials promoting their new shows. Higher ratings translate to more ad revenue, so if they can get enough people to watch these shows, they can recoup some of the money they lost covering the Olympics.

Here are a couple of other cool Friskies ads featuring cats doing parkour. Parkour, as far as I can tell, is something crazy invented by the French that involves people running on top of things and jumping over things, while at the same time trying not to die.

Read my blog post that explains why most pet food is not something you should ever feed to your pets.


By Marc Librescu