Archive for the ‘A plus’ Category

#2.11 — Volkswagen — Darth Vader

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

jtherkal: Everyone loved this. And you can’t deny the people. I thought is was cute. Throw the Star Wars music on anything and people will pay attention. A little Darth Vader is pretty cute. The doll shot is great. Overall I like most everything about this. Aside from the fact that it was leaked early, so people were already passing it around. A-.

sjbooher: A is for awesome. And I learned a new Papa tactic. A+.

Friskies — Feed The Senses

Friday, February 19th, 2010

jtherkal: I don’t even know where to start with this. Am I on mushrooms? Will my cat be on mushrooms? What is catnip? This is the very definition of overpromising. And of amazing. I can imagine the elevator pitch of this spot…

So the idea here is that opening a can of Friskies sends your cat into another dimension, where it meets a troop of dancing turkeys in a mystical field, it then quickly moves on to a field of cows with floating mountain windmills, then it boards an awesome fish sailboat and sails across the magical friendly fish sea into the chicken palace, where the dancing chickens and their babies welcome him. Basically, the cat is exploring and playing with all of the animals we chop up for it to eat. Also, we’ll write a special song that you can trip out to.

The sheer absurdity of this would put it #1 on my cat-food shopping list. A+.

sjbooher: It is memorable… and beautiful even though I, personally, would buy cat food based on nutritional value. Your cat’s (nor yours) tongue does not need to be happy. C.

#4.15 — Denny’s — Chickens and Birthday Cake

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

sjbooher: And one more time… say it with me, now… SCREAMING CHICKENS!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A+.

This is two consecutive years of Denny’s greatness. Nanerpus! Can we get a Screaming Chickens/Nanerpus collabo up in here?

jtherkal: I think I can make that happen. Give me a few days. The Nanerpus has lasting power, as that song is STILL my phone ringtone.

Ahhhhhhh! you’re eating my unborn children! B+.

#4.10 — Taco Bell — Charles Barkley

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

sjbooher: Strictly on the strength of Lamar Odom, the official player of L.O.N. A+. It’s actually probably too all over the place and did not reach the full potential of the idea. And honestly… what % of people watching this broadcast could even recognize Lamar Odom? And is T-Mobile pissed? Fave Five? 5 Buck Box? $5 Footlong? I do like “it rocks blocking shots, on guys with dreadlocks”, though. And even though I would never eat there, if at all possible, it does make me want to eat Taco Bell.

jtherkal: It’s rocka flocka flames lebron flocka james! I don’t even know what that means or why I’m saying it here, but I like it. When I first watched this during the game, I wasn’t paying attention and because I had seen and hated the poetry ad, I thought this would get an F. But this ad was 1000 times better. I like the song, I like Charles’ delivery, I like the randomness. As for Lamar, you’re too wrapped up in your basketball expert world. Get with the Karshadians! Rob’s Dream Factory! Lamar’s gone mainstream. B+.

sjbooher: I thought about the Kardashian factor… but I’m still not convinced. I need a poll conducted.

#4.8 — Denny’s — More Chicken Alerts

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

sjbooher: Screaming chickens! Yes!!!! Screaming chickens in space so you can’t hear the scream! Yes!!! Chicken president! Chicken secret service! I can’t get enough. A+

jtherkal: Maybe Denny’s should have used a Tim Tebow chicken and a Tim Tebow’s mom chicken to do an ad about preventing the murder of unborn chickens. A.

#4.6 — Budweiser — Clydesdales

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

sjbooher: Sorry, jtherkal, but the Budweiser Clydesdales are as traditional as baseball and Mom’s apple pie. It’s an institution. It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without them. I love them, and I love this. And if you hate this, that’s ok, because “Nothing comes between friends. Especially disagreements over ads.” A+.

jtherkal: It would have been great if when the Clydesdale was all grown up, he went by that field, but instead of the bull running to catch up, he was being jerked-off by a farmer who had to go inseminate other cows with bull semen, because that’s what farmers do. Then the bull just looks at the horse and his eyes say “have fun pulling that shitty beer cart, idiot.” Then the farmer feeds the bull a bucket of beer. C.

And do you know what does come between friends? Defensive Scrabble. I don’t know if I can play against you anymore.

sjbooher:No triple word scores on my watch, playa!

#3.5 — HomeAway.com — Griswolds

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

jtherkal: I bet I watch over three National Lampoon’s Family Vacation movies per year. As a movie franchise, that puts it up there with The Bourne series, Rocky, and Rambo. Well ahead of Superman and Friday the 13th. Watching the Christmas Vacation is one of my favorite parts of the holiday, and some of my first tits were seen with Rusty in Europe. I even suffered through Vegas Vacation one a few weeks ago. So I’m sort of excited to see the Griswolds here. I didn’t love-love the commercial, and I can’t view the episodes on the website on this shitty laptop, but I can’t give this any lower than an A-.

sjbooher: I may have never seen a Griswold movie… but I still recognized them. I can’t say that added or subtracted from the value of this ad, for me, though. It probably did hit the age demo that typically rents hotelts, though. I love puns and cats, so I laughed at both the “complementary” and cat poster jokes. I may even have had that poster as a kid, and if I didn’t, David Proudfoot did. This product seems like a good idea. A+

#3.3 — Denny’s — Free Grand Slam Chicken Alert

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

jtherkal: Did I notice it? Yes. Was it funny? Pretty funny. Did I remember what it was about? Yes. Do I want to think about eating unborn chicken babies for breakfast? Not really. That’s the only flaw I can find here, especially when I think of the follow-up ads they did. A-.

sjbooher: Complete agreement. I love those screaming chickens! Denny’s even took a subtle jab at themselves, after last year some of their locations ran out of ingredients during this giveaway. A+.

#3.2 — Volkswagen — Slugbug

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

sjbooher: At first I wrote, “Completely unmemorable”… But I think that’s because I was on beer 4, entertaining guests, playing with my 5-month-old, and logging all these damn ads! What could grab my attention over all that? Oh yeah… Megan Fox in a tub. Now that I watch it again, this is awesome, and completely memorable. Perfect Super Bowl Ad, to me — a known product re-emphasizing their product with a little star power and comedy. A+.

jtherkal: A nice way to showcase the cars and say absolutely nothing about them. Nothing like making a blind joke in a car ad. It’s not like they’re going to boycott your product. And until I went back and payed closer attention to the end line, I thought they had a flaw in their slugbug logic. But they did say ‘It’s a whole new Volkswagen and a whole new game.” B+.

#2.18 — Intel — Sad Robot

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

sjbooher: This was by far my favorite of the night. Maybe that is because I’m a so-called computer nerd. I love it though! If someone could invent a robot with real emotions that would be a world-altering invention, yet this guy thinks their no chip is the best invention! I love thinking about this joke. A+++++

jtherkal: I wish I hadn’t read your review before writing mine. Now thinking about you thinking about this joke makes me laugh. That said, I’m a big fan of new new Intel ads. Their “our jokes aren’t like your jokes” one is pretty good as well, and the premise that people who work there are different and smarter than normal people is a good one. Plus, ask anyone, I love robots! Which is the perfect opportunity to insert this:

A robot that automatically produces fun! I’m caught up in the robot spirit. A!