Since the 1960s, Mr. Potato Head toys have come with a fake potato body made of plastic. But when they first came out in the 1950s, they were strictly bring-your-own tuber. Vintage TV Commercials dug up this 1952 Hasbro promo that shows just how creepy and weird looking the original Potato Heads could be.
This wildly inventive 60-second promo spot for Amazon Music combines a variety of different filmmaking techniques including stop-motion, 2D and 3D animation, rotoscoping, and even puppetry – each executed with top-notch quality. Directed by Stevie Gee & Essy May for Blink.
German grocery and department store Netto Marken-Discount created this adorable commercial in which their human shoppers have been replaced with cats. As they push their miniature carts down the aisle, they skip the cat food and litter and go with treats like candy and soda pop… and definitely no cucumbers.
This commercial by Dorian & Daniel uses incredible miniature scenery to deliver a powerful message about humanity’s impact on the environment, and how we’re the only ones who can change it. The promotional spot is for Erste Sparkasse, the first bank to join the EU Green Consumption Pledge.
Director Kim Gehrig created this warm and fuzzy promo spot for Airbnb about a family of long-haired monsters enjoying a relaxing lakeside vacation. The commercial aims to encourage inclusivity for hosts in a delightfully effective way. We just wouldn’t want to have to clean monster hair out of our hot tub.
There are few places on our planet as spectacular as Iceland. To encourage tourism to their beautiful country, Inspired by Iceland created this amusing promo video that pokes fun at the whole Metaverse concept, reminding us that visiting real places will always be better than virtual ones. (Thanks, Rob!)
Buttered Side Down’s latest video is a blatant advertisement for Welch’s Fruit Snacks. Regardless, we think he did a brilliant job integrating the juicy treats into his usual POV shenanigans while showing off his sponsor’s product in the best possible light – as the Earth’s savior.
To promote their electric G-Class Concept EQG, Mercedes-Benz enlisted director Nina Holmgren to create a lighthearted promotional film that imagines this futuristic vehicle from the perspective of a 1970s television viewer. The style of the cinematography, color grading, and voiceover work are spot-on.
If you can believe it, September 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. To celebrate the occasion, here’s a compilation of the original promo segues that ran between shows on the late-night animation block. Soon enough, that’ll be us swimming with the old folks in the pool.
We couldn’t help but think of the Apple TV+ series For All Mankind when we saw this excellent commercial featuring two astronauts competing to be first to plant their nation’s flag on the Moon. The spot was directed by Edouard Salier for Wanda to promote SEGA’s civilization-building game Humankind.
German supermarket chain EDEKA enlisted musician Marc Rebillet to create a song about shopping for groceries in their stores. The result is this delightfully silly commercial spot. Naturally, the robe-wearing performer turned the fruit and veggies into musical instruments.
Award-winning director Sam Pilling and a very talented creative team pulled off this bonkers commercial for Winamax. After winning big on the online betting site, a man treats his mother to a first-class flight, only she doesn’t get in a cab and head to the airport, she takes the elevator.
We know they help support content creators, but we’re as guilty as anyone of skipping the ads on YouTube after five seconds. But what exactly happens after that point in the pre-roll? Comedy Central’s truly warped video delves into the mystery of what lies beyond. And no, you can’t click “Skip Ad” no matter how hard you try.
Nexus Studios and director Hideyuki Tanaka created this wild and wonderful promo spot for a Japanese tourism campaign back in 2004. The clip features a flock of ostriches as they take to the ski slopes, fully embracing their gangly and awkward bodies as they head down the snowy mountainside, and into the city.
Italian furniture company PLANK sent director Lucas Zanotto some of their modern furniture and asked him to do “something” with it. So he and his nephew spent two weeks of trial-and-error incorporating the furniture into ping pong ball trick shots. It took over 2000 attempts to capture the 90-second ad spot.
Ready for a trip back to the 1980s? The guys at We Are the Mutants spotted this gem of a commercial that perfectly captures the sci-fi aesthetics of the era. This big budget ad spot that implies General Electric’s cassette tape players will free the oppressed was obviously influenced by Apple’s famous 1984 Super Bowl spot.
This commercial spot from UAE telco company Etisalat sums up some of life’s many catastrophes in 60-seconds. The fail-filled video offers a heaping helping of slapstick comedy, and perfect pacing to get its message across. It’s got more disasters than a dozen Farmer’s Insurance commercials.
To promote their LYRIQ EV during Super Bowl LV, Cadillac remembers Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. Timothée Chalamet plays Edward’s son, who also has scissors for hands, and is pleased to find that the new Caddy has a hands-free driving mode. Winona Ryder reprises her role as Edgar’s mom Kim Boggs.
2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year. But if you’re the devil, you have a different perspective on things. Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort created this hilarious ad spot for Match about the relationship between Satan and the Worst Year Ever. If you missed the first MatchMadeinHell commercial, be sure to check it out.
With the advent of online shopping and rapid delivery services, Santa Claus has become increasingly disenchanted with his job. This holiday commercial spot for The Norwegian Postal Service combines dark comedy, political commentary, and just a dash of cheer at the very end.
After leaving his family to work thousands of miles away, a man realizes he never dropped his daughter’s letter to Santa in the mail. Naturally, the only thing left to do is to deliver the letter to the North Pole personally. Coke’s holiday commercial is filled with dramatic moments and has the requisite tearjerker ending.
Most of you probably weren’t born when these cartoons and commercials originally aired. Still, whether you’re here for nostalgia or to see what your parents watched when they were kids, this compilation is packed with great retro goodies, from Fat Albert to Jonny Quest to the “hanker for a hunk of cheese” guy.