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Mycroft_
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posted 23 May 2003 10:27 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm usually not very susceptible to commercials but, I have to admit, I'm about to go out and look for a Baskin-Robbins because I want to try that new chocolate vortex sundae. Not that I'm a big Matrix fan or anything but it looks so darn good.

Yeah, I know, during the Vietnam war Baskin-Robbins turned over the membership list of their "birthday club" to the US military so they could threaten males on the list who didn't register for the draft once they turn 18, but dammit, the sundae looks so good in that commercial.


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rob.leblanc
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posted 27 May 2003 01:42 PM      Profile for rob.leblanc     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have to admit, once I saw the ads for vanilla coke I had to try it. I like mafia films, I like the actor, and I just found it funny. Since then, I haven't had a Vanilla coke.
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audra trower williams
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posted 27 May 2003 03:00 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I really like the Kodak commerical, with the kid and the picture of his gradma playing baseball.
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sophrosyne
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posted 27 May 2003 03:35 PM      Profile for sophrosyne     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Funny you should write that, the only commercial that sticks in my head is the Kodak one. "Share the moment, share life." Nice sentiment. I haven't bought film in years though (digital all the way), so I guess it's not that effective a commercial even if it's memorable.
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audra trower williams
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posted 27 May 2003 04:28 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hee. My sweetheart is a photographer, so we buy film. Not Kodak, I don't think, though.
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paxamillion
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posted 27 May 2003 04:48 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I agree, audra, that's a beautiful commercial. I especially love the line the grandmother uses when the boy asks if she can still pitch: "Let's see."
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Pimji
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posted 27 May 2003 11:19 PM      Profile for Pimji   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love the Telus commercial with the galloping sail fin lizards, especially the one at the end with the goofy smile. I still wont get a cell phone though.
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Timebandit
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posted 28 May 2003 01:52 AM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The screaming bunny-rabbit on the Blockbuster commercial... The one where he catches the hamster in a mud mask and curlers.

Makes me laugh every time I see it, no matter how often.


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TommyPaineatWork
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posted 28 May 2003 02:18 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I find a few commercials entertaining, but I'm hard pressed to think of any that actually inpire me to buy a product or service.


I did think that telescopic garden hose attachment for cleaning eaves troughs I saw on T.V. was just the thing I needed, and I bought one.

Of course, it doesn't work as well as I had hoped it would. It may do well to keep the eaves clean once they are mucked out, but it won't keep me off the ladder.

The recent ad campaign by ING Direct, on mortgages, has me curious.


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 28 May 2003 04:39 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Waht's the deal with car commercials these days? None of them talk about cars, they just have models lip-synching 70s pop tunes.

I mean, "Born to be Alive?"


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'lance
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posted 28 May 2003 05:07 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know I'm the target of some carefully thought-out demographic marketing* when I see a car commercial featuring some song from, oh, 1986 or so. Thing the creeps behind it don't know is, I don't want to be that age again.

*either that, or the hacks of my generation who went into advertising just can't think of anything more interesting.


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TommyPaineatWork
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posted 29 May 2003 01:44 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
......or how about the GM commercials using a clip from "paradise by the dashboard lights" asking people to "sleep on it"?

The song is about being stuck with the consequences of bad, impulse decisions......


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posted 29 May 2003 04:40 AM      Profile for speechpoet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For me, it's the Canadian Tire ads with the couple touting whatever new gadget they've picked up. Must... have... the pressure washer... (I'm thinking it could be the perfect alternative to shaving: just blast the stubble to kingdom come.)
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Rebecca West
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posted 29 May 2003 10:17 AM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Occasionally a commercial will provide me with the urge to buy something. But then I sleep on it, and the urge goes away.
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 29 May 2003 10:34 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
The screaming bunny-rabbit on the Blockbuster commercial... The one where he catches the hamster in a mud mask and curlers.

Listen very carefully to this rodent and lagomorph. The Guinea Pig is voiced by James Belushi, the rabbit by James Woods.

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For me, it's the Canadian Tire ads with the couple touting whatever new gadget they've picked up.

The couple wierd me out in a big way, but I can't deny lusting after that steam cleaner. I've been doing an ok job cleaning without one, but I haven't really been scalding the dirt alive, which might feel empowering.

Other than that, I've always been a sucker for "the new flavour". New "Dingleberry" Kool-Aid? Sign me up! "Ham sandwich" flavour Doritos? Gotta have some! Etc....


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 29 May 2003 12:51 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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For me, it's the Canadian Tire ads with the couple touting whatever new gadget they've picked up.

I hate those ads. That New Age, eternally-smiling, constantly upbeat, squeaky clean freak with the neatly-trimmed beard makes me want to take a Canadian Tire Iron and beat him into compost.


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Rebecca West
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posted 29 May 2003 01:59 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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Timebandit
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posted 29 May 2003 02:16 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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For me, it's the Canadian Tire ads with the couple touting whatever new gadget they've picked up.

I don't want most of the stuff they're advertising, since it generally looks like it won't work worth shit. I was watching the food network, and they were advertising this gizmo that's basically a pair of scissors, but with two parallel blades on top and a flat thing underneath for chopping food that's already in the bowl... Most stupid, awkward thing I've seen in a long time. And then there's the paint gizmo... Guaranteed to cost you money, waste paint and generally make a godawful mess.

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Listen very carefully to this rodent and lagomorph. The Guinea Pig is voiced by James Belushi, the rabbit by James Woods.

Yes, pretty unmistakable. But the screaming bunny just cracks me up.

I still don't rent a Blockbuster, though.


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