Video: The best ad ever?

posted at 10:22 am on September 2, 2007 by Allahpundit

Don’t ask questions. Just lose yourself in the moment.

Then go buy some chocolate.

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Mmmmmm, chocolate!!!!

Yakko77 on September 2, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Eh, pretty good. But I like this Heineken ad better.

flipflop on September 2, 2007 at 10:28 AM

I think I had my expectations waaay up, given the hype. So I was a little deflated.

Was that Phil in the monkey suit?

TexasDan on September 2, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Still laughing. Love Cadbury

Zorro on September 2, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Such mental and emotional (almost spiritual) concentration on a large gorilla will sell anything, to anyone, anywhere.

Weight of Glory on September 2, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Got me goin’!

james hooker on September 2, 2007 at 10:36 AM

The best ad ever? Nope. That title goes to the Wendy’s ad that takes place at a Soviet fashion show with a big old ugly woman wearing the same clothes everytime except she ads on ‘accessories’ like a flashlight and a beachball and the announcer in his Red Army uniform saying:

“EEEZ next, DAY vear, veddy nice. EEEZ next, EEEVENING vear, veddy nice. EEEZ next, SVIM vear, veddy nice.”

Then something about Wendy’s having more choices.

I like Flipper’s Heineken ad too!

Tony737 on September 2, 2007 at 10:40 AM

Sweet

USCitizen on September 2, 2007 at 10:41 AM

Made my day!

KC-135A on September 2, 2007 at 10:42 AM

That Heineken ad was cool but I like this one better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dvT1KSvEd8&NR=1

Speakup on September 2, 2007 at 10:57 AM

Tony737 on September 2, 2007 at 10:40 AM

Oh man, I remember that ad, and a great Reagan Cold War era ad it was. Oddly enough, I couldn’t remember what the ad was for.

flipflop on September 2, 2007 at 10:58 AM

Was that my brother in law?

Babs on September 2, 2007 at 11:00 AM

Nothing special here. Gives me a craving for chocolate covered banana peels, at the most.

Shy Guy on September 2, 2007 at 11:01 AM

Ahhh…the missing link, chocolate! I guess for Easter they’ll have the Cabury Bunny on sax promoting those creme-filled eggs…

Well, according to the guy who posted THIS COMMERCIAL on youtube, it was voted best in Europe.

JetBoy on September 2, 2007 at 11:04 AM

I think I had my expectations waaay up, given the hype. So I was a little deflated.

Yeah, and it was Cadbury chocolate. How (below) average can you get?

Christoph on September 2, 2007 at 11:06 AM

Well, according to the guy who posted THIS COMMERCIAL on youtube, it was voted best in Europe.

JetBoy on September 2, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Heh. The dad in that commercial looks a lot like Boris Becker.

flipflop on September 2, 2007 at 11:07 AM

Texyank on September 2, 2007 at 11:05 AM

After all his soft pop music over the past 15 years or so, it’s easy to forget that Phil Collins is an absolute percussion demon.

flipflop on September 2, 2007 at 11:10 AM

Yeah, and it was Cadbury chocolate. How (below) average can you get?

Yeah, they won’t even allow that chocolate-flavoured vegetable fat dreck to be sold as chocolate in most of the civilised world (before you say anything, the Cadbury’s sold in America has a completely different formula. And it still isn’t very good).

jic on September 2, 2007 at 11:15 AM

After all his soft pop music over the past 15 years or so, it’s easy to forget that Phil Collins is an absolute percussion demon.

flipflop on September 2, 2007 at 11:10 AM

Absolutely. And Genesis was one of the best live shows. Better (although before my time) when Gabriel was on vocals and Collins was on sticks. Makes me wanna put on A Trick of the Tail…

JetBoy on September 2, 2007 at 11:17 AM

This just proves gorilla’s rock. Go Urko!

- The Cat

MirCat on September 2, 2007 at 11:20 AM

Wendy’s Soviet fashion show ad.

flipflop on September 2, 2007 at 11:00 AM

There’s another Soviet spoof-type ad I remember. It might have been from one of the phone companies, and like the Wendy’s ad, asks us to imagine a world without variety. I even remember the dialogue.

In the ad, a man walks into a store and requests, “Give me meat.”

The clerk (whom we never see) says, “No meat, fish,” and hands the customer a fish.

In the next scene, the same customer says “Want meat!”

The clerk again says, “No meat, fish,” and hands the customer another fish.

In the 3rd and last scene, the customer holds up the tail of a fish, and says, “Fish no good”.

The clerk says, “No refund, exchange.”

All of the above dialogue in a Russian accent, as you might expect.

Bigfoot on September 2, 2007 at 11:26 AM

Jetboy, I agree, saw them 4 times on the Wind and Wuthering tour.Also got to see Phil playing in a small club in Milwaukee with Sweetbottom,it was great.

bbz123 on September 2, 2007 at 11:50 AM

This ad rules
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0T1C5lOKjQ

bbz123 on September 2, 2007 at 11:51 AM

OK AP, I’ll bite…Phil Collins, drums, gorillas…

It’s Rosie in the Gorilla suit, right??

Dung.

Moose Dung on September 2, 2007 at 12:00 PM

Studies show that these types of ad actually make people not remember the product sold, only that a big ape was playing drums.

The most classic example is the Alka-Seltzer commercial of a spaghetti sauce commercial being filmed over and over and over and at the end the actor needed, alka-seltzer. Everyone who saw the commercial thought it was for spaghetti sauce.

Neo on September 2, 2007 at 12:11 PM

Something a bit more risque

jihadwatcher on September 2, 2007 at 12:11 PM

That was…I must be missing something. Best ad evah? The “sales aren’t up, they’re down…” ad with the chimps…

JWS on September 2, 2007 at 12:20 PM

That was awesome

Spirit of 1776 on September 2, 2007 at 12:22 PM

Hey Flipper, thanks for finding and posting that Wendy’s ad! Another great anti-soviet ad starts with a cold, dark shack in the snow, wind blowing, people trying to keep warm by the fire, the announcer says “Monday night, in Russia.” Then all of a sudden there’s a flash of bright light and you hear DAH DAH DAH DAAAAAAH! Monday night in America! NFL Monday Night Football!

Then there’s Budweiser ad with Yakov Smirnov “In America, you can always find a party.” (Girls dancing, loud music, etc) “In Russia, the Party always finds YOU.” (KGB finds people hiding)

Jetboy’s ad was pretty good too but that’s the problem in Europe, too many native people wearing condoms!

Tony737 on September 2, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Cadbury is good stuff. It is the best of the standard chocolates you can get at your local convenience store. It is a helluva lot better than Hershey’s or Nestle’s.

Of course, Cadbury is nothing more than a field expedient compared to the high brow Godiva or Fannie Mae. When it’s time for the really good stuff, you go with the specialty brands not likely to be found at 7-11. But if you just need a fix, and it’s a Tuesday afternoon, Cadbury more than suffices.

As you can see, I have given this matter much thought.

moc23 on September 2, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Pretty kewl. Was expecting something totally different.

But after 30 years, lest we forget:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_70CQkitT5o&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48nwgoOtgbQ&mode=related&search=

Milky Way Cadbury Cream Eggs….mmmhhhmmm, good!

Wuptdo on September 2, 2007 at 12:35 PM

Japanese baseball commercial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QAqiqTQWJg

Need I say more?

Asher on September 2, 2007 at 1:08 PM

One more Japanese commercial…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OobrfR125uc&mode=related&search=

Watch sincerely!

Asher on September 2, 2007 at 1:24 PM

I hope that wasn’t a Muslim gorilla (lest I be offended)

BobH on September 2, 2007 at 1:44 PM

I can’t eat Cadbury eggs.. It makes me think of eating a giant pimple. Gag.

GoodBoy on September 2, 2007 at 2:12 PM

I like the new GEICO commericial.

Bicyea on September 2, 2007 at 2:19 PM

GoodBoy, you should be BANNED for that comment!

Although my husband likes those more than I do, so I’ll be laughing next Easter when he’s eating one. He has the good sense not to ask me why, usually…

MamaAJ on September 2, 2007 at 2:23 PM

Sorry MamaAJ…

Here’s my favorite commercial.

http://www.theforbidden-zone.com/video/serta00_so.mov

GoodBoy on September 2, 2007 at 2:43 PM

The link to whatever the image is pointin to is broken. Can’t see it.

georgej on September 2, 2007 at 2:55 PM

Never mind, it was a Flash issue.

georgej on September 2, 2007 at 2:57 PM

Mr. Dumass

The Race Card on September 2, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Awesome!

I think this is still my favorite.

Tanya on September 2, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Remove Phil Collins from any commercial and it’s a good commercial.

Kini on September 2, 2007 at 4:08 PM

That Carlton ad is one of my favorites too . . . thanks for posting it, Tanya.

Along with

Home Improvement

Berlitz Language courses

VW Polo

Silva Navigational Equipment

heroyalwhyness on September 2, 2007 at 5:36 PM

Ackkkk , . . .Try that Berlitz Language Courses one again

And although not really an ad . . .this recent post by Dissident Frogman . . .Cartridge vs. Bullet from this site.

heroyalwhyness on September 2, 2007 at 5:44 PM

jihadwatcher wins this one AP.

That’s some damned hot noodles!

Here’s something in a more bubblegum vein.

Gene Krupa, Keith Moon and Carl Palmer beat the skins off whiny Phil whatzisname any day.

profitsbeard on September 2, 2007 at 6:08 PM

Best. Ad. Ever.

Oh, and i can’t believe no one has posted this yet.

madne0 on September 2, 2007 at 7:05 PM

Oh, and here’s the best outtakes for a ad EVER.
Careful VERY colourful language, but well worth it. You’ll be laughing so hard you’ll pee yourself.

madne0 on September 2, 2007 at 7:07 PM

This commercial only works because Phil Collins is the man.

Nonfactor on September 2, 2007 at 8:05 PM

Most of the posted ads were good.

The first time I heard the song In the Air Tonight was on MTV. I was not actually watching TV at the time, so I had no idea the title of the song or the artist. I was 19 years old on active duty in the US Coast Guard aboard the CGC Boutwell out of Seattle, WA. I was your typical young black man angry about nothing for any particular reason. We were leaving on a 90 day patrol the next day. But, something about that song made sense to me. Later during that patrol I was involved in the largest rescue operation at the time, when the luxury liner USS Princendam caught fire in the Gulf of Alaska. My cutter was the on scene command during that operation and all during the rescue the song keep ringing in my head. It seemed to pinpoint the actual event in which I was then participating; the moment of truth for me, as I was stretched to my limits both physically and mentally. We were able to successfully rescue everyone. And I found myself no longer an angry man. But I was a man that had truly fulfilled his destiny. And found his purpose in life. 22 years later I retired from the Coast Guard. But that song and that moment will always be a part of my life.

I know this is a bit maudlin, But hey I couldn’t help myself.

Zaire67 on September 2, 2007 at 8:21 PM

Zaire67 on September 2, 2007 at 8:21 PM

Great story, thank you for sharing it with us.

Mojave Mark on September 2, 2007 at 8:46 PM

I can’t eat Cadbury eggs.. It makes me think of eating a giant pimple. Gag.

GoodBoy on September 2, 2007 at 2:12 PM

I will Never. Eat anything. Filled. Again. *runs to bathroom, vomits*

inviolet on September 2, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Z67, thanks for your service, you’re a LifeSaver! God has a special place in Heaven for you guys!

Tony737 on September 2, 2007 at 9:20 PM

That must be one of them sign language gorillas.

Dork B. on September 2, 2007 at 10:31 PM

George Bush can play drums? Who knew?

shaken on September 3, 2007 at 1:04 AM

Not even close. This is the best ad ever.

dm60462 on September 3, 2007 at 1:51 AM

Well, I turned off the sound and watched. I expected the gorilla to kill someone.

That’s what I’d do if you made me listen to Phil Collins… but maybe it’s just me.

gekkobear on September 3, 2007 at 3:36 AM

Amateurs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLgNF6cEX3I

max on September 3, 2007 at 3:44 AM

Music sooths the savage beast. But eventually you can only take so much, then you have to take out your frustration on something.

Great idea to have the drums there to allow the gorilla to send his message out loud and clear, guitar would have been too complicated for him.

MSGTAS on September 3, 2007 at 11:02 AM

Nope, it’s still jihadwatcher.

Barking fish? Reggae fleamarket? Cursing Winnebago clown?

Nah. Hot noodles trumps all.

profitsbeard on September 3, 2007 at 1:19 PM

Looks like the vid jihadwatcher posted has been pulled.

TBinSTL on September 3, 2007 at 2:51 PM

TBinSTL-

Dang!

It was a real Korean noodle commercial.

With a comic tight shot of a cute girl’s face, shown only from the nose up, slurping on something delicious… below camera view… with B.J. Clintonian suggestiveness implied.

But, when the camera pulled back at the end, you could see it was only a college girl in her room leaning over and eating a bowl of the advertized noodles.

Very droll and hot.

And clearly too sexy for youtubby.

(Or maybe the soup company objected?)

Dang!

profitsbeard on September 3, 2007 at 9:27 PM