Did you guys see this one for Dove beauty products called, "Evolution"? It shows that those "perfect" models you see in ads aren't always what they seem. And yet, women are made to feel as though they need to live up to that "perfect" example.
Very well done, and the kinda-creepy music is a nice touch.
Excellant, Siren! Dove's done a wonderful job with their ads, I think, during the last few years, trying to get the message across that all women are beautiful regardless of body shape, or age. I think they started their 'self-esteem campaign" a few years ago with a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, about young girls wishing they looked different.
That is a great spot, and so poignant. Makes me think of my little nieces, who aren't so little anymore.
My cynicism keeps reminding me that, as noble as Dove's campaign seems, it IS still an ad campaign, though, with selling their product the top priority. Still, I think good has and will come of it. So good for Dove!
Did they really think that would be appealing to little kids?
Apparently, it was. Funny....this same commercial was on a television show we watched Monday night: The Food Network's "Heavyweights", which compares competing companies producing the same type of food products. Monday's episode was about fast-food hamburger restaurants; McDonald's and Burger King were shown.
That scary clown with the disposable cup nose was Willard Scott! McDonald's came to him asking if he'd be their spokesperson, and it was his idea to use a clown, (he was the original "Bozo" too). He said the kids absolutely loved him, paper cup nose and all, whenever he made a public appearance.
That's a wild bit of tv trivia. Who'da thought Willard was the first Ronald McDonald?? I wonder if he got paid for coming up with that idea. Willard made an appearance here in OKC last year to help celebrate our state's centennial. The little old ladies were thrilled!
Here's another classic. I was just a kid when it debuted, but after all these years, I could sing along with a lot of it!
The Olympics are over, and as with any huge televised event, there were quite a few commercials produced specifically to be shown during its run. I loved a couple of the GE commercials; the one in which the Chinese villagers brought offerings to the dragon, so he'd breath fire to heat up the village's hot tub was fun. I also liked the one where the Chinese man chased through the marketplace just trying to get a glimpse of an attractive woman, until he stumbled, causing quite a bit of destruction to a lot of the stalls....and himself. In the end, poor guy's all broken up in the hospital, and in walks his doctor....who is the attractive woman he was trying to glimpse.
Coke had some good commercials; they always do. And Morgan Freeman narrated for Visa; I could listen to him talk forever.
Then there was Budweiser....interesting that a beer would be an official sponsor of an athleticism event. But commercially speaking, Budweiser has had some of the best commercials out there - everything from those talking frogs, to the 'real men of genius'. And who could forget the Clydesdales? This was the one aired during the games:
It originally appeared as a Superbowl ad; I don't know which one because I can never keep those X's, V's. and I's straight.
Love the Budweiser Clydesdales; here's another that was a Superbowl commercial, and could have doubled as an Olympic commercial. Teamwork is in the spirit of the games, and the young 'un in this commercial is just too damn cute.
A current commercial that tickles me is from T Mobile. Mom and dad are looking at a web page that lets them control the minutes on their kids' cell phones. Meanwhile, outside the patio door, their kids, brother and sister in their mid teens, are wrestling and fighting over the garden hose and water bucket while washing the family car out on the driveway. The fight looks real in a very funny way. Always makes me laugh when that spot comes on.
I just saw that T-Mobil commercial for the first time this evening, Siren. Another I saw tonight that a friend thinks is funny is....(cover your eyes, Moonglum and Katina, and do that stick-your-fingers-in-your-ears La-la-la I-can't-hear-you-cuz-it's-a-femal-topic thing)....for Tampax.
A woman is boarding a plane, getting ready to leave for vacation. Another woman shows up bearing gifts. It's Mother Nature, and she presents the woman with a pretty pink package tied with a bow....her period, just in time for her trip to the beach. No worries, the woman has Tampax.
At the beach, Mother Nature is miffed the woman is not miffed with her gift, and turns to walk away....then gets excited.....because she's found newlyweds to present the pretty pink package to.
One of the longest running advertisements in history is "the Breck Girl". It was the idea of Edward Breck, a member of the family that started the Breck Shampoo Company, to feature wholesome girls with gorgeous hair. The ads began in 1936, although they didn't go national until 1947. Only two artists were used during the 40-year ad campaign. Cybill Shepherd, Kim Bassinger, and Brooke Shields - all unknown at the time - were Breck Girls.
Olga Nelson Atkins - the first Breck Girl in 1936.
I knew a woman who swore by Breck shampoo as a laundry aid. She said to pour Breck on grass stains, blood, and other tough stains. Said she pre-treated clothes that had been blackened while fighting a fire by putting them in a bucket of water and Breck. Got them spotlessly clean. If the shampoo is THAT strong, could it be that good for your hair? If it's still around after all these decades, I guess so.
Funny thing, Siren - I found the Breck Girl information in a neat book I got for my birthday titled, "Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things". Although, they don't name Breck specifically, they do claim shampoo is a great laundry aid - especially for delicates.
Other than laundry and washing hair, shampoo can be used for revitalizing leather shoes and purses, lubricating zippers, resizing a shrunken sweater, washing houseplant leaves, washing cars, removing sticky gunk from pet fur, lubricating nuts and bolts, removing bandages painlessly, removing eye-makeup, bubble baths, as a substitute for shaving cream, cleaning grimy hands, removing hairspray from walls, cleaning tubs and faucets, and cleaning brushes and combs.
I like this one: "Revitalize your feet - give your feet a pick-me-up while you sleep. Rub a little shampoo all over your feet and put on a light pair of cotton socks. When you wake up, your feet will feel all smooth and silky."
And I'm assuming free from stink and dandruff too.
Have you guys seen the animated spot for CVS Pharmacies, using the song "Ordinary Miracle"? The song was originally sung by Sarah McLachlan on the "Charlotte's Web" soundtrack. But in the commercial, it is beautifully performed by Kathy Fisher.
Kathy is in a band called Fisher. You can check them out here:
It's that time of year already - seems like every time I turn on the television, I'm bombarded with Christmas commercials. Some of them, I think, are just tacky - 'gimme this; gimme that' kind of in-your-face advertising that makes the season seem...well...so commerical.
Coke, I think, has had some nice holidays ads over the years; I like the polar bears they've had in the last few. One of the Coke commercials I remember best though, is this one from the early eighties.