In the 1980s and 1990s more than today, there were tons of commercials for products that you had to call or write to an address to order from. Putting aside the fact that nobody would really want most of the stuff that was being advertised, how did they ever expect the following to happen... [more inside]
On the Qubo channel (we like "Animal Atlas"), we saw a commercial for sets of little velcro pom-pom things that kids could stick together to build various shapes (bugs, mushrooms, rockets, etc). The schtick was that you could undo them and build something new. They were called something ridiculous of course (Squishoos? Stickums?) and my Google-fu is failing me. Ring a bell with anyone?
Did the amount of ads shown during Hulu Plus shows suddenly double or triple? I could swear we were only getting 30-45 seconds of ads at a time during shows. Now, it seems like we get 90 seconds worth and at more regular intervals. Did I imagine this? If it is happening, is it happening everywhere? Or could they have been tamping down my ads while I was a new subscriber and then ramping them up later?
Does anybody know the name of the woman working the heavy bag in this commercial? Is she a big deal in the fighting world, or just someone Gatorade wanted to use in their spot? [more inside]
I'm recalling a TV commercial where a wealthy businessman is walking through an airport, talking on his cellphone. He indicates his tremendous wealth by saying into the phone something like "Ten million dollars, twenty million dollars, what's the difference?" Then he walks up to Brand X Airlines's ticket counter and asks to buy a ticket somewhere. They say it'll be like $3,000, he's stunned, says nevermind and walks over to the Southwest counter to buy a ticket for much cheaper. It was probably on the air between 10 and 20 years ago.
Help me impress my 14-year-old daughter (for once). Who is the young actor portraying the college student in this Southwest Airlines commercial? She thinks he might have been in one of the Harry Potter movies. [more inside]
Why do so many late-night talk show guests leave before the commercial break? [more inside]
I am looking for data on how many minutes there are of programming in a typical hour of public radio. [more inside]
I, and likely most of you reading, consider myself jaded towards advertising. But I've been wondering, have marketers effectively come up with ways to influence people like me who routinely ignore ads? [more inside]
How much more footage does a director tend to shoot for a 60 minute show than for a 45-minute show (i.e., 60 minutes with commercials?)
I'm trying to track down a television ad for instant soup that aired in Latin America in the 1990s. A young woman arrives home, prepares the advertiser's instant soup, and sits down to eat in front of a computer. On the screen, a man is waiting to welcome her to dinner, which was science fiction when the commercial aired. [more inside]
I'm looking for as many examples as you can find of commercials where young kids are in a stereotypical "kindergarten play", wearing costumes like "tree" or "caterpillar" or "broccoli". I found this example on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3vbzeA2Hsk and I'd like to find more. [more inside]
What was that old (80s/90s) British TV ad with the boy who comes home from a camping trip and says "Pretty exhausting, really"? I'd like to find it on YouTube if possible, but even knowing the name of the product would help.
There was a Gatorade commercial released in 2000 featuring an LL Cool J song, and I'm looking for a way to track it down. Thank you! [more inside]
How does one get into commercial writing? [more inside]
Is there, anywhere, a website or database of actors and actresses who appear in commercials? [more inside]
Help me identify this song. I've tried searching by lyrics to no avail. YouTube link.
Last year, I asked this question about innovative and original public service announcements, and I got some very helpful answers. I was wondering if any new ones have come out that I should know about. [more inside]
I like cheesy rock commercial jingles such as this, this, and this. I'm looking for songs such as these.
Asking for a student: we're looking for TV commercials that have any kind of identifiably "world music" or more generally non-western musical styles in their soundtracks. [more inside]
What are the most interesting, thought-provoking, and innovative television or internet public service announcements of the past few years? [more inside]
So, anyone seen the new State Farm commercials? The recent series stars a mid-30 something guy either walking into a coffee shop, browsing a news stand, waiting by the curb in a city where a server brings him his....coffee.....and some other ones... [more inside]
Point me towards recent mainstream media man-ifestos -- jokey calls for the reclamation of masculinity, like the recent Dockers campaign (static screenshot here) or less-recent Miller High Life campaign (manifesto here (PDF)). [more inside]
How did Quaker tally the votes in the great Quisp vs Quake cereal war? [more inside]
Can you point me to any commercials or print ads available online that use text messaging or instant messaging lingo? Along the lines of this.
Commercials!Filter-- help me track down an old 80s/90s commercial [more inside]
LaughTrackFilter: Trying to find a specific laugh track featuring this annoying little boy's giggle, which seems to be prominent in all commercials featuring children at play. Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
When did rock (or at least faux rock with rock instrumentation) become the mainstream music in television themes and commercials? [more inside]
There is a commercial from the late 1980's that I really want to watch. I can't find it anywhere so far. It is a 7-UP commercial and in the commercial it's really hot, then people open up 7-UP and it starts raining and it all looks so merry and refreshing and there is a song in it...the only part I remember is when they would sing, "Gotta take a break, I wanna play in the rain and take a break". This has haunted me for years and I would LOVE to see this commercial again.
I'm looking for a video link to Nuprin commercial with Michael Chang. Slogan:"Little, Yellow, Different." [more inside]
What do actors in nationally televised commercials typically get paid? Do they get paid each time it airs or a flat fee up front? [more inside]
What are some examples of racism [subtle, or not-so-subtle] in advertising? [more inside]
Apologies in advance for the lack of details. I'm trying to find a beer commercial from, probably, about ten years ago. It said something to the effect of, "we've never sent a man to the moon. we've never cured a disease. we just make beer, but we do it well. pursue your passion." Does anybody remember seeing this? Do you know what beer it was for? Do you have a link to it on YouTube?
ProAudioFilter! Help a long-time Pro Tools user switch to Logic. My major concern is audio EDITING more than creating. Bonus Question: I have Logic Pro 8 and I'm considering upgrading to 9 if it's worth it. Is it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a video of an Italian vespa commercial from the early 60s (probably aired on the show Carosello), which featured the scooters driven by the boys and all the girls sitting side-saddle behind them. It had snappy music that was punctuated every few seconds by the single lyric "Ves-PA!" (The commercial I'm looking for isn't this one... It was instead made earlier and the kids should be dressed more formally.) Can you help me find it?? Thanks!!
Could you help me identify some commercials my girlfriend found to be adorable? [more inside]
I need a reasonable quality video stream captured from recent US network television, with the commercials still in it. Oh, and no subtitles. And, actually, maybe more than one, if that's possible. The usual pirates, you see, conveniently strip the commercials. [more inside]
My favorite beer commercial ever... I remember it but can't find it. [more inside]
Can you help me find a specific Wendy's commercial? (Not the banned one, and certainly not the "where's the beef" one.) [more inside]
Music in a commercial: can't remember the commercial or the artist. Futile! Help? [more inside]
Where can I find an old school commercial of "other" cereal bowls in which they compare how many bowls it takes to equal the nutrition in ONE BOWL of Total? [more inside]
Where can I access transcripts of currently running political ads and/or political speeches? [more inside]
Indie songs in commercials? [more inside]
There's a tv commercial that I can't get out of my head! I think it was for heartworm med. There's a little girl singing, "me and my dog. . ." It describes all of the fun things they do together. I think she was a redhead. It hasn't been on in a few years. Does anyone else remember this?
What would happen if we banned all advertising? [more inside]
What's the term of art for songs that are written to sound very similar to well-known or current pop songs? For example, lots of commercials and TV shows use backing songs which are clearly meant to evoke (rip off?) a song you already know and might hear on the radio. [more inside]
1980s series of commercials told a love story. No, not Taster's Choice. Help! [more inside]
ResearchFilter: I'm looking for summaries of advertising content at different times of day on different television networks. [more inside]
How the fuck do they make those DirectTV ads? [more inside]
I've been trying really hard to find this commercial for a long time with no luck. It is from the late nineties I think and it is most likely a cereal commercial. Description: A guy is eating cereal but his long hair keeps falling in the bowl, so he goes to the bathroom and bends over as if he's eating cereal. He cuts his hair so that it won't fall in bowl anymore. Then he goes back and eats cereal without hair in the way. The song playing in the background has lyrics that go: "The time has come for us to say 'sayonara.'" Anyone remember this? Have links to commercial or song? Any info would help.
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