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10 Ads The US Won't See

Hemos posted more than 10 years ago | from the it-rots-your-brain-it-does dept.

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prostoalex writes "Some ads made by world's leading advertising agencies for well-known brands will never be seen in the United States. The Gucci G-Spot turned out to be too risque, video for Drug-Free America was deemed too disgusting, Internet's favorite Honda "Cog" commercial won't air due to the high prices for a 2-minute spot, and Japanese commercials with American actors have contracts preventing the companies to run the same ads in the US. AdAge provides a link to the pictures and video (Windows Media .ASF format, alas) of the 10 best unaired commercials." I can get the ASFs working under VLC.

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Shit nuggets taste better than testicles?! (-1, Offtopic)

(TK10)Dessimat0r (672413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831092)

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DAMN YOU FAGGOTS ARE FAST, MY PANTS OFF TO YOU (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831107)

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GNAA ARE LOSER FAG GAY HOMOSEXUAL LOSERS! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831130)

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Re:Shit nuggets taste better than testicles?! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831136)

Dear Slashdot,
I find the above very offensive. Please terminate their account asap and block them for ever posting again. Thanks!

Re:Shit nuggets taste better than testicles?! (0, Offtopic)

Soulfarmer (607565) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831184)

Highly OFFTOPIC, but insightlful nevertheless.

Dear AC, I live happily outside the US, and were I live, if I find something offensive, I can stop finding it by not looking.

In other words, if you hate modern art (which the above is certainly not) or whatever, do you have to take a look at it?

Little offtopic, but in the US I have noticed that it is not correct to do something if there is POSSIBILITY to find that something offensive. I mean, like I shouldn't be able to swim nude in my own pool because highflying plane would make it possible for the pilot see my naked butt...

Also, if you are not searching, you cannot find. That goes for offensive also... and some blaa blaah to go with the above ranting.

Re:Shit nuggets taste better than testicles?! (5, Interesting)

Basehart (633304) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831245)

I saw a woman get kicked out of shopping mall once for breast-feeding her baby. I was sat close by with my wife and we didn't even notice. She was just sat quietly next to her stroller feeding her kid.

With that kind of brute insensitivity to the naked body you really expect the U.S. to show ads that just might disgust an audience that thinks breast feeding in public is perverted?

10 cocks your mother will devour (-1, Offtopic)

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I WANT TO STICK MY PEE PEE IN YOUR POO POO HOLE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831094)

I want to stick my pee pee in your poo poo hole

Re:I WANT TO STICK MY PEE PEE IN YOUR POO POO HOLE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831225)

I'll give you thirty minutes to stop that.

I 4 1 (3, Funny)

Zangief (461457) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831104)

don't welcome any new ads. The only good ad is the blocked/skipped ad.

Re:I 4 1 (1)

dildatron (611498) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831119)

true that my friend. Haven't seen many ads since I got my Tivo 6 months ago.

Ads will HAVE to become better very soon (5, Insightful)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831242)

don't welcome any new ads. The only good ad is the blocked/skipped ad.

Yeah, but I hate to break it to you: you're not the majority. How many non-football fans watch the SuperBowl each year because of the commericials? A lot. That's because it's the one time of the year that you can be guaranteed that advertisers are honestly trying to catch your attention. So much of the other advertisements are bland and uninteresting. They're just not trying.

I think as technologies like TiVo start to take off there is going to be more and more pressure placed on adverising companies to come up with innovative ads that people won't mind sitting through. The real pickle for these companies is constantly coming up with new ads that are entertaining and push the limits and still not offensive to the majority of the American public. When I was younger I often wondered why ads suck so much. Surely there are tons of witty people who could write clever ads! Why aren't they being given the chance? Well, as I grew older I started to realize that a lot of humor is actually borderline offensive to a lot of people. Or they're simply too slow to 'get' the joke. Humor is, of course, the cheapest way to construct an interesting commerical. Other ways include novel imagery but this takes more talent and, arguably, more money.

Anyhow, I'm thinking that in the next 5 years we're going to see an improvement in the quality of advertisements to the point that they start to become entertainment in their own right. If companies do not do this, their ads are simply going to get blocked/skipped by an increasingly dissatisfied viewing public.

GMD

To mutilate an old phrase... (2, Funny)

OtakuHawk (682073) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831108)

No ads is good ads.

But... (5, Interesting)

Click 0 Nett (525613) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831110)

I was under the impression that the Honda "Cog" commercial wasn't released in the US was because the car which was being advertised was a UK-only model! Anyway, I've seen it, and it's very impressive if you can stand the low-quality file from the Honda site.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831155)

We got the same ad but a different car in Australia.

Re:But... (4, Informative)

Buran (150348) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831157)

Actually, we do get it here in the US (though not the wagon version -- a huge shame, as the wagon is gorgeous) -- as the Acura TSX [acura.com] .

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831196)

"Cog" is a blatent rip-off of Peter Fischli and David Weiss's "the way things work". I hope they made some money from Honda. It's scary how similar the ad is to the art.

Re:But... (2, Insightful)

SiliconJesus101 (622291) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831275)

And Peter Fischli and David Weiss's "the way things work" is a blatant rip off of anything Rube Goldberg did (http://www.rube-goldberg.com/ ). At least credit the originator of these contraptions and not some other imitator.

Re:But... (1)

switcha (551514) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831336)

"Cog" is a blatent rip-off of Peter Fischli and David Weiss's "the way things work".

Except it's actually well done and there's not 27 shots of a stuffed garbage bag spinning down.

While the weighted tires rolling uphill is taken right from it, Cog is more a well-done and brief homage to a really boring frickin' movie.

Re:But... (1)

HillBilly (120575) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831263)

We got the Ad here in Australia, But I think they split it into 2 parts.

Re:But... (2, Redundant)

Afrosheen (42464) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831264)

Just as a post-script for those interested.. the cog commercial is ALL REAL. Nothing was rigged in the whole commercial, it's just a perfectly timed, well-executed setup. The tires were all counterweighted inside at the top to get them to roll uphill. I think there is only one place they cheated..and it took them around 60 takes to get it right.

Re:But... (4, Informative)

NeuroKoan (12458) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831289)

Actually, it took 606 takes

http://www.snopes.com/autos/business/hondacog.as p

Re:But... (1)

Film11 (736010) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831296)

I got this DVD devoted to that COG advert free after a movie at WB. It was good watching the full thing then watching the making ;). Theres also another section where it tells you all the parts as its going through the ad. Pretty good since it's free =).

Good God. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831111)

Please tell me this bullshit didn't make it to the front page.

Allow me. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831113)

I, for one, welcome our new advertising overlords.

Another ad America won't see (5, Funny)

Gyan (6853) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831122)

NOT safe for work...

Hand-rolled cigars [lycos.co.uk] (MPG)

Yet Another ad America won't see (5, Funny)

Dukeofshadows (607689) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831205)

Microsoft Windows...stability guarenteed or your money back!

Re:Another ad America won't see (1)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831243)

One reason it wouldn't be aired, besides the restrictive FCC content laws, is that most American consumers would be able to notice that in the beginning of the video there's nothing between her breasts. :P

Re:Another ad America won't see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831270)

Only homos would notice.

Re:Another ad America won't see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831252)

I swear I thought that "crackling noise" was going to be silicone. Was surprised by the cigar, as was Clinton, I'm sure.

What about ads you can only see here? (5, Insightful)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831126)

I'm more interested in the ads that won't be shown in other countries because they are too "racy", "religiously offensive", etc. It's always fascinating to see how another culture rules out elements that we think are normal. The other way around is not so surprising, since we all watch the TV here all the time, and we know what shows and what doesn't on our own tv's.

Ultimately, I must agree that the "best" commercial is no commercial at all.

Re:What about ads you can only see here? (3, Informative)

RatBastard (949) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831158)

I can't see anything advertised on American TV offending anyone else. Save for ads for pork products getting shown in Israel or iin Islamic countries, that orgasmic shampoo in those few spots in the world more uptight that the USA, those horrid infomercials with those insultingly sterotypical "Australian" hosts, or the plethora of ads that are just insulting to the intellegence of a demented bee. Other than that, America is hopelessly anal-retentive and whitebread. Hell, we bore ourselves to death!

Re:What about ads you can only see here? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831192)

Well... you're wrong

Take anything that has to do with WWII and the nazis, look at how France and Germany react to things like that. They're way more restrictive than we are. And Germany has serious limits on the realistic depiction of violence in video games, so that will certainly affect what can be advertised there.

We're pretty serious prudes, but we dont have the market totally cornered.

Re:What about ads you can only see here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831227)

Take anything that has to do with WWII and the nazis

Yeah, because there are lots of companies that have commercials featuring Adolph Hitler.

In Canada, you can see full frontal nudity, on public televsion, during prime-time. When was the last time you saw something like that in the states?

And you know what? Canadian TV is tame compared to TV in parts of Europe.

Re:What about ads you can only see here? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831285)

I can't see anything advertised on American TV offending anyone else.

You've never seen me during an H2 (fake Hummer) commercial.

Re:What about ads you can only see here? (5, Interesting)

Zarhan (415465) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831244)

I made my first trip to States in September. I didn't have too much time to watch TV, but I kept it on when I was in my hotel room, and I noticed a few things about the commercials compared to Finnish ones.

- Commercials every 5-7 minutes (and they lasted 5-7 minutes, too!)
- LOTS of car commercials. And the arguments were not about fuel economy, environment, or safety, but how fast and impressive they were.

The most absurd commercial I saw were clips advocating coal energy. The tagline was like "Electricity from coal: Cleaner, more
affordable and abudantly better.".

Also, regarding the article: I remember watching some sort of short documentary by Playboy a few years back, and they also covered commercials in Europe. I was quite fascinated when the narrator and commentaries were like "How can you even remember what they are advertising, this is hot stuff" - In a Rexona ad, two women get sweaty at the gym and afterwards go take a shower and use Rexona's soap. I don't think anyone in here would have considered that erotic or arousing, but apparently to American eyes it was like hard-core porn :)

Re:What about ads you can only see here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831256)

Peter Kay's 'John Smith' beer adverts are fucking brilliant... but I can't see them working in the U.S.

Anyone who's every seen the competition diving one will agree.

Re:What about ads you can only see here? (2, Interesting)

puz (222978) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831308)

In America, you see many ads saying brand A (ours) is better than brand B (our competitor's), and I think there's nothing wrong with that. FWIW, in Japan, you aren't alowed to mention your competitor by name and trash them, because doing so is considered undignified.

best commercial? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831313)

Ultimately, I must agree that the "best" commercial is no commercial at all.

TV Programming has come to the point where the shows themselves are simply vehicles for product placement.
Look at all the coca-cola and ford positioning in the American Idol show for example of extreme product
placement.

I'd rather see a good well-done commercial than another half hour of typical drek television any
time. The expense per unit time of the commerical
is hundreds of times more than the show, especially
if the show is animated or syndicated.

Then again, I'd rather watch a Seinfeld rerun than a new episode of that stupid P. Hilton moron any time.

kazaa (5, Informative)

Pompatus (642396) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831129)

Do a search on kazaa for banned commercials. It's too bad they are banned from tv because most are hilarious.

Re:kazaa (0)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831180)

There's no such thing as an ad that's truely banned from TV.

If the FCC doesn't like it, put it on cable where there's no government censorship, or air it from 10pm to 6am local time which is declared the "safe harbor" where anything goes because kids aren't likely to be watching.

If the major networks won't take it, air it on the minor networks. Sure, the major media companies control a lot of cable networks, but there's still a few standalone cable networks and until you've asked them all, you can't say there's nobody who will take your ad.

And, besides, there's always being talked about on /. That's good for something at least...

Re:kazaa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831315)

There's government (FCC) censorship on cable. Pay channels are largely exempt, so most Americans are left out.

If no major network will take an end-the-war-on-drugs ad at any price (fact), I say we don't as much free speech as I think a democracy needs. I understand that many don't agree.

Re:kazaa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831259)

there's one commerical you can download that features some really attractive asian girl slurping away at something. her head is bobbing like crazy and the noises are really wet. all you can see is her face from the nose up. then the camera pulls back and you see that she's actually enjoying a bowl of ramen noodle soup instead of giving some lucky stiff the blowjob of a lifetime. it's worth downloading, for sure, but there's no way in hell this would ever get shown on american tv. no fucking way.

Doge Aries K Class (3, Funny)

dildatron (611498) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831131)

Even though it's not a real commercial (used to be on AdCritic back when it was good), I loved the Dodge Aries K-Class car commercial. It was a hilarious spoof of car commercials...

98 horsepower... standard.

map light... standard.

etc.

Re:Doge Aries K Class (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831153)

AM Radio... standard.

Ah man, I miss that old car. It scarred me for life driving that thing to commute to college 25 miles each way every day. It had a tendency to stall if you didn't shift into neutral at stop lights and keep the engine revved up. What an enormous piece of shit.

Re:Doge Aries K Class (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831173)

0 to 60?

No.

Re:Doge Aries K Class (1)

dildatron (611498) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831207)

Cool, I found a link to it once again. Check it out here [ifilm.com] if you haven't seen it before.

Re:Doge Aries K Class (2, Funny)

dildatron (611498) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831237)

Well, poop. Here is a link [dariusrudis.com] that doesn't require an evil subscription.

Censoring ad agencies (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831135)

First it was an attack on those evil amendment thingies. Now this. I feel our freedoms slipping away.

Re:Censoring ad agencies (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831190)

First it was an attack on those evil amendment thingies. Now this. I feel our freedoms slipping away.

Don't think of it as your freedoms slipping away, think of it as complying with the Patriot Act.

Have you seen those little announcements around? I went to a credit union and saw one, you can't open an account unless you swear allegiance or some muck.

Think what a fine commercial you could make around that!

THIS WAS ON METAFILTER TWO WEEKS AGO (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831137)



Damn. Slashdot is teh sl0w. [metafilter.com]

The ones that got away... (1)

tenchima (625569) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831138)

... But what about the Nibble Nobby's Nuts ads in Australia?

There are some things money can't buy... (2, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831139)

Production costs: $1.2 million
2 minutes of network airtime: $2 million
Mention on Slashdot: Priceless.

Re:There are some things money can't buy... (0, Offtopic)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831286)

"Production costs: $1.2 million
2 minutes of network airtime: $2 million
Mention on Slashdot: Priceless."


This is not off-topic.

Re:There are some things money can't buy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831293)

YOU SUCK. GET OFF THE STAGE.

The solution to TV advertising (3, Interesting)

Jonah Hex (651948) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831143)

Sick of seeing the same old ads on TV? Seems like every hockey game I see involves 5 minutes of ads, 3 minutes of which are repeats! Well I've got the solution!

All advertising must be done live. No pre-taped commercials, ever. Even if it's the same script read by the same person there will be some difference. Now if a company spends a mil or two on a commercial it'll really mean something.

Of course it'll never happen, but if it did I'd be alot happier with advertising.

Jonah Hex

Re:The solution to TV advertising (1)

bryanthompson (627923) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831340)

At the radio station I work at, we started using Live Copy for some commercials. What happens is when the commercial comes up, there's a little block of text, which you can use to make up an ad-lib commercial. We don't use it on most spots, but there are a few.

Also, During the morning show, businesses pay to have a live commercial, where someone from the advertiser, which is usually a local store, calls and talks to the announcer. A lot of the time it doesn't even sound like a commercial.

Call it a hunch... (4, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831144)

Something tells me the second ad, "Gucci's G Spot," will be the one primarily responsible for the site's eventual Slashdotting.

Re:Call it a hunch... (1)

chipster (661352) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831202)

What are you nuts?!?! This is Slashdot!

Re:Call it a hunch... (4, Funny)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831290)

If only because people will be curious as to what a G Spot is.

Re:Call it a hunch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831306)

It might be just me but I find it pretty boring, tasteless and cliche.
If they're wanna show porn, why not go all the way there?

I bet we'll never see an ad for this... (3, Funny)

Sevn (12012) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831145)

*useful product. [dangpow.com]

*credit goes to some person on fark a while ago.

Re:I bet we'll never see an ad for this... (1)

Dr Reducto (665121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831212)

Well never see ads like this [onlinehome.us] or this [onlinehome.us] .
I made them myself in Photoshop!

Ad Blocker (0, Offtopic)

m0rph3us0 (549631) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831148)

I tried to go to the site but my ad blocker filtered teh it. I thought /. was against ads, I guess only until they are censored from us, then we insist on seeing them.

What about TiVo? (2, Interesting)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831149)

Why not break up a block of late-night "paid programming," and broadcast some of the more enticing ads within that time so TiVo can pick them up separately.

Stick a line on the Now Showing screen labelled "Check out the ads THEY don't want you to see!" or something like that.

If the ads are compelling enough to straddle the advertisement/entertainment line, people will watch. I watched those BMW commercials that ran in the same slot a while back-- didn't make me run out and buy one, but they were entertaining.

~Philly

Re:What about TiVo? (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831201)

Your Tivo already does that, it records a lite night infomercial on the Discovery Channel and they call it Showcases.

How do you download? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831150)

I like downloading it then looking at it first. I can't seem to right click on it to download though, does anyone know what's wrong?

Thanks

Also not to be seen (0)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831152)

Also not to be seen...

The advertisement which violates the Windows Media EULA by pointing out bugs, flaws and general lack of quality control in Microsoft products.

Re:Also not to be seen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831198)

Shut up, karma whore.

So? (1)

WildBeast (189336) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831154)

Just why exactly would I want to watch even more ads?

This is wrong (3, Interesting)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831166)

Some ads made by world's leading advertising agencies for well-known brands will never be seen in the United States.

So basically, the good ads aren't broadcast, and I have to Tivo-triple-fast-forward all the ones I *do* get on TV because they're such a tripe.

Here's a suggestion for TV networks : instead of trying to sue DVR manufacturers because it lets customers skip your crap, why don't you replace the crap with good ads (and no, I'm not talking about Budweiser or Taco Bell ads)? Of course, you may have to leave good taste behind once in a while, but I bet good ads would being better brand recognition with less airtime, meaning less ads for viewers overall and less DVR zapping.

Re:This is wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831217)

The problem is that a 'good' as is only good the first several hundred times you see it and then it starts to get a little old/stale.

Re:This is wrong (1)

valkraider (611225) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831282)

"I would have looked out for the water main..."

Re:This is wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831312)

then live porn is the solution. have two chicks screwing each other with Craftsman Powerdrills with a "screw-do" attachment, while wearing some verchase sunglasses, on top of a new Infinity(r).

Guaranteed to get the 14-65 male market watching and keep them watching for 30 seconds, and for them to never turn the channel waiting for the return of said lesbians. Not to mention men get paid more than woman, and spend more than woman (partially because of the prior statement of fact)

You knuckleheads,
-FuckYourYankeeBlueJeans

Re:This is wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831271)

you meant to say "Here's a suggestion for TV networks : instead of trying to sue DVR manufacturers because it lets customers skip your crap, why don't you replace the crap with good ads (and yes, I'm talking about naked bitches rolling cigars between thier boobs... boobs... booooooobs...)

Holy crap (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831170)

Trollkore is stomping the GNAA.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking (4, Funny)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831183)

After watching the Simpsons and the 10 minutes of commercial I get from that and coming to slashdot to waste some time geeking out and seeing an ad for "OSDN personals [osdn.com] " (WTF, by the way...) I just got the feeling that I wasn't watching nearly enough commercials.

Drug-Free America (1)

tstorm (227535) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831189)

The drug ad wasn't a Drug-Free America ad, it was for a New Zealand anti-drug campaign.

PENIS IN MY PANTS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831195)

PENIS IN MY PANTS
PENIS IN MY PANTS
DO A LITTLE DANCE
PENIS IN MY PANTS

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UK ads (1)

Master Of Ninja (521917) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831203)

It seems like UK ads have a different kind of humour to them than US ones (especially taking #4 as an example).

There's a brand of crisps (US=potato chips?) in the UK. They got a very famous footballer, Gary Lineker, to do the ads for them. The ads were basically taking the piss out of him. The US company who owned the brand were absolutely against doing that as in the US it wouldn't be done. Suprisingly it worked a treat in the UK.

Ads (2, Funny)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831208)

Speaking of ads, my roommatte pointed out something funny about my TiVo:

I got the tivo partly to skip ads, now I never have to watch them during the shows I record (thank GOD for the 30-sec backdoor)

However, every week a new add will show up on the tivo main screen and I always watch those. He asked me why, if I hate ads so much, I watch the longer-form ads just because tivo wants me to see them.

thats some Zen shit i tell ya....

Excellent (1)

HermanZA (633358) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831216)

Who in his right mind would want to see them?

The Drug Commercial (1)

Savage Conan (736365) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831222)

That drug commercial had to have been inspired by the movie Bad Taste. An oldie but goodie from New Zealand directed by Peter "lord of the Ring" Jackson.

no, please welcome the cocaine/eth/etc ad (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831231)

Cocaine is an evil, evil, deadly substance that should be stamped out along with the thoughtless fucking morons who want to get rich selling it.

If you see a crack pusher on the streets, call the cops annonymously.

-FuckYourYankeeBlueJeans

Re:no, please welcome the cocaine/eth/etc ad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831284)

Inanimate objects are not evil.

Re:no, please welcome the cocaine/eth/etc ad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831334)

pffft.

Allow me to introduce you to my Dell Dimension XPoS 166 with 64 MB RAM.

The biggest tragedy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831232)

is that the U.S. won't get the brilliant parody of the Honda advert that the U.K. 118-118 directory service hippy-athletes are "running" at the moment, consisting of two men alternating their way through a similar but funnier sequence.

Except it is probably on P2P by now. Link anyone?

Gwyneth Paltrow.... (1)

vchoy (134429) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831240)

Check this out (link) [news.com.au]
in a Martini [mymartini.it] commercial is another you will not see in US, Britain or Australia. Quote from the article:

In one of the commercials, Paltrow is seen rising apparently naked from a hotel bed shared by an equally unclothed male.

"Pausing to put on only a shirt, she tiptoes downstairs, hoists herself over the bar and prepares Martinis on the rocks for herself and her bedmate."...But what distinguishes Paltrow from previous faces of the company is her very public, healthy living image.

"She particularly asked that the advert was not shown in Britain or the US because people in those countries are much more aware that she doesn't drink," a source at Martini & Rossi's headquarters in Turin said.



The inspiration for Honda's "Cog" ad (4, Informative)

elflet (570757) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831246)

Honda's "Cog" ad is a direct homage to The Way Things Go [frif.com] , a 30 minute film [yahoo.com] of an amazing kinetic art installation (here's a video clip [tcfilm.ch] .)

You have to see this at least once in your life -- it's the most amazing "Rube Goldberg" contraption you'll ever see.

Re:The inspiration for Honda's "Cog" ad (1)

oberondarksoul (723118) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831287)

The best thing about the Honda "Cogs" advert, is the fact that absolutely none of it is CG. Everything was performed live, in one final take (although it took one hell of a lot beforehand to get it all working). Knowing this, and seeing the advert again, it all seems much more 'special'.

That's odd... (1)

Simon (815) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831258)

I thought these were the ads [mediacarta.org] that the US won't see.

In a totalitarian system, you aren't allowed to talk back to the government; in the capitalist system you can't talk back to the sponsor.

--
Simon

Re:That's odd... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831277)

WOW A TV AD ABOUT HOW MUCH TV SUCKS TALK ABOUT 3DGY!!!!! EXXXXTREME CULTUREJAMMING!!!!!!!!!!!!

funny == good && good > bad (4, Funny)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831262)

Dear advertising execs:

If you're going to put ads on the air, make them good and funny. And I don't mean ha-ha-shut-up funny, I mean really funny, maybe even piss-my-pants funny (but only the first ten times). I still won't buy your product, but you could at least entertain me.

With much contempt,
bersl2

Yeah - don't buy a Honda - buy two :-) (1)

northwind (308027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831268)

Thanks - I liked the Christmas play, the drug abuse adv and the Honda in particular. Just what the Doctor ordered for a Monday :-)

That anti-drug ad... (2, Interesting)

vorpal22 (114901) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831288)

...is just about the most intelligence-insulting thing I've ever seen. I mean, really... the truth of the matter is that the majority of widely used drugs don't cause considerable brain damage, or at least brain damage on the level that is wreaked by say, alcohol abuse.

I think it should be banned for sheer stupidity rather than for any sort of inappropriateness.

Avi Player works with asf files too (1)

weathergeek (565005) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831299)

Avi Player [sourceforge.net] works; but since that site uses mms links, I had to paste the *asf urls to the command line.

one of the funniest... (4, Funny)

quacking duck (607555) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831322)

Won't see this in the U.S., been trying to find a download of it since coming back from Australia but no luck. Goes something like this...

Beautiful woman is sitting at a restaurant table. The waiter delivers her drink and says "take your top off for a chance to win $10000!"

Woman: "You're joking!"

Waiter: "No, really!"

Woman: "Take my top off, that's all I need for a shot at $10000?"

Waiter: "That's right."

Woman has her already-skimpy top off in a flash. Cut back to the Waiter with a stunned expression.

"I meant the top off your Diet Coke..."

Drug Free America? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7831326)

From the slashdot:

video for Drug-Free America was deemed too disgusting

But the article says this:

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America produces tame stuff compared to this nauseating Saatchi & Saatchi, Auckland, anti-drug spot for Care New Zealand.

So... didn't even bother to read it yourself, huh?

And then what's up with the AD disguised as #10 for another web site?

Entire archive (1)

$exyNerdie (683214) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831335)


Here is the entire archive [japander.com]

whoa (3, Funny)

Digypro (560571) | more than 10 years ago | (#7831338)

How about this---
John Smith's wildly popular U.K. beer spots by TBWA star well-known comedian Peter Kay as an overweight, useless parent who uses a sausage and a beer glass to illustrate the facts of life. Only a U.K. marketer would endorse such a loser as a brand spokesman
Umm, hello?
Dell Dude anyone?
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