Awesome Commercials

Introducing the Icelandverse

Introducing the Icelandverse

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!)

Saving the World

Saving the World

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.

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Mercedes-Benz: Future 2021

Mercedes-Benz: Future 2021

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.

Adult Swim Original Promos

Adult Swim Original Promos

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.

Humankind Moon Landing Commercial

Humankind Moon Landing Commercial

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.

Super Marc at the Supermarket

Super Marc at the Supermarket

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.

Transition Contact Lenses

Transition Contact Lenses

We like prescription sunglasses that automatically change from light to dark depending on the amount of sunlight. But this parody commercial from John Milhiser shows us just how wrong things could go if they put the same technology into contact lenses.

No Country for Old Chicken

No Country for Old Chicken

This commercial spot for Korean fast food joint Barun Chicken starts out as a tribute to the Coen Brothers’ creepy 2007 thriller No Country for Old Men. But things lighten up quickly after it’s revealed that’s not Javier Bardem under the wig.

Anything for Your Mum

Anything for Your Mum

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.

When You Don’t Skip the Ads

When You Don’t Skip the Ads

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.

Skiing Ostriches

Skiing Ostriches

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.

Ping Pong Ball Trick Shot Commercial

Ping Pong Ball Trick Shot Commercial

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.

The Most ’80s Ad

The Most ’80s Ad

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.

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Etisalat: Moonwalk

Etisalat: Moonwalk

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.

Cadillac: Edgar Scissorhands

Cadillac: Edgar Scissorhands

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.

When Satan Met 2020

When Satan Met 2020

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.

Posten: Santa

Posten: Santa

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.

Coca-Cola Xmas Commercial 2020

Coca-Cola Xmas Commercial 2020

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.

1970s Saturday Morning Cartoon Intros + Commercials

1970s Saturday Morning Cartoon Intros + Commercials

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.

Die Hard is Back

Die Hard is Back

Or more like DieHard is back, as in the car battery. Advance Auto Parts enlisted the help of Bruce Willis to promote DieHard batteries, returning to his role as John McClane and taking on old and new enemies along the way. Bonus points for the return of Argyle.

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Guess the Product

Guess the Product

Japanese commercials can be so creative, weird, and funny. Start watching this ad spot and see how long it takes you to try and guess what the product is that they’re advertising. If you guess some kind of interactive torture experience, you’d be very wrong.

Mr. Delicious

Mr. Delicious

Back in the 1980s, Rax Roast Beef was a popular fast-food chain. But the company lost its way, trying to reinvent itself in the face of competition and is down to its last few locations. And then there’s this disastrous ad campaign which certainly didn’t help. The Vlogbrothers offer their take on the one and only Mr. Delicious.

IKEA: The Hare

IKEA: The Hare

Created by Mother, this spot for IKEA offers a modern take on the classic fable The Hare and the Tortoise. In this version, the bunny spends his nights out partying with friends, while the turtle gets a good night’s sleep in his IKEA bedding. Stellar creature FX from Robert Allsopp and VFX by 1920 helped bring the characters to life.

The Flow: Gojek

The Flow: Gojek

Just because something is a commercial doesn’t mean it can’t be a work of art. This clip from director Henry Scholfield and Mathematic Studio for Indonesia ride hailing and tech company Gojek is proof positive of that. For all 60-seconds the clip is on screen, it will fill your eyes with magical, VFX-powered sensory overload.

Carl Needs Fiber

Carl Needs Fiber

This lighthearted commercial from New Zealand features an ordinary man named Carl, who just happens to suffer from a slow, laggy, and stuttering connection to his entire life. Internet company Chorus thinks he simply needs to upgrade to their fiber broadband service to keep up with the rest of the world.

Murphy Ladder Commercial

Murphy Ladder Commercial

The compact and collapsible Murphy Ladder looks like an impressive product all on its own, but this hilarious commercial spot for the product makes us even more likely to run out and buy one… then use it in the wrestling ring on our opponents.

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