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March 30, 2009

Some Funny Commercials: Lotto 649 Happy Dance, Steve & Cheerios, Jenny Craig Hunger Monster, and The Oatmeal Man

A while ago I ranted about how advertisements are ruining my ability to enjoy my favourite tv shows; there are too many of them, the breaks are too frequent, and seeing the same ones over and over again makes me almost homicidal. I hate to be interrupted at crucial parts in a story to hear about the latest sale at Badboy furniture, or hear a long list of crazy side effects of a new medication. I’d say that’s a pretty valid complaint. I’m so glad to have the PVR now, where I don’t have to watch commercials, every 5 minutes, during Grey’s Anatomy. It was either PVR, or no more GA; the ads were killing me.

All that said, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to advertising since the original post, and a different sort of idea has occurred to me. While there are some commercials that are completely, and ridiculously, annoying, there are also some that are interesting, funny, and somewhat entertaining. You know what I’m talking about: once in a while, a commercial hits the air you love, or at least, it doesn’t quite make you want to hang yourself. Yes, they are rare, but they are out there, and they deserve a moment of recognition.

Lotto 649 Happy Dance: I love this commercial. Everytime it comes on, I feel like getting up and dancing myself! The song, called “Swing Baby Swing” by The DNC, has become my new favourite song in the last few weeks. It’s catchy and upbeat, and the perfect song for advertising. The dancers make me smile, too; they truly seem happy, like they’re having a good time.

Steve & the Cheerios: Oh Steve, you need to stop talking! Yes, Cheerios are good for you, but asking your wife if she is watching her weight is only going to earn you a night on the couch! The wife’s expressions, especially the way she crinkles her nose at the end, make me laugh every time. And Steve’s heavy sigh, “The box says, ‘Shut up Steve’” is understood by men everywhere. Open mouth, insert foot, repeat as necessary!

Jenny Craig Hunger Monster: Everytime this ad comes on, I double over with laughter. I know the hunger monster should be a scary thing, but he’s way too cute and way too funny to be scary. I love watching the unger monster open his pizza box, and wiggle his fingers to make food magically appear; my favourite is when he gives up in the end and falls on the floor under the pile of books. The look on his weird Muppet-y face is priceless, and it gets me every time.

The Oatmeal Man: This is an oldie, I don’t even think it’s on anymore, but everyone knows what I’m talking about. The angry Scottish man who tries Oatmeal Crisp, to announce that while it is a tasty breakfast cereal, “It’s nae oatmeal!” The accent, the wild look in his eyes, and the angry tone make for an entertaining combination. It might not be oatmeal, but it’s great advertising!

Once in a while, miraculously, an advertisement will pull itself out of the rubble of its gut-wrenchingly awful peers, and show itself to be worthy of more than groaning and a click of the remote. Those ads are out there, like little hidden gems, waiting to be discovered. Don’t expect to find anything too soon though; you’ll have to watch a lot of terrible ads before finding one or two that tickle your funny bone. SHAM-WOW!

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5 Comment(s)

  1. Brad | Apr 27, 2009 | Reply

    The Cheerios commercial is not funny; it’s annoying. The poor, spineless man whipped into submission by his bitch of a wife? This is part of an overall generalzation of men and dads on TV as stupid, inept, unmanly, and weak. When she says, “What else does the box say, Steve?” he ought to respond, “It says, fuck you, bitch.”

  2. blogreader | Apr 27, 2009 | Reply

    I like the cheerios ad. Its funny specially for women! They would like nothing more than make a man spinless!

  3. Gord | May 15, 2009 | Reply

    Good lord I HATE that terrible lotto ad. What’s with ad’s that depict humans as the dumbest creatures on earth? Whenever I see that ad or hear that godawful song, I wish a meteor would take out our planet. I didn’t think there was actually one person who could see/hear this ad without wanting to gouge their eyes out, let alone find it entertaining.

    Guh.

  4. gieneh | Jun 28, 2009 | Reply

    The Hunger Monster is Weight Watchers, not Jenny Craig.

  5. Rick | Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAMEN Bruddah!! This totally shocking trend over the last decade or so making men out to be the ultimate boneheads of the world regardless of race or creed. If anyone out there thinks that this is over stating the issue (and it is an issue) then just take the same commercial or show or situation and place a woman in place of the man and everyone would be outraged. Stand up guys and say this is enough! Cheers!

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