Awesome Commercials

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

I Want My Baby Back (Ribs)

I Want My Baby Back (Ribs)

Chili’s “I Want My Baby Back (Ribs)” is one of the most memorable jingles ever associated with a brand. Now go inside one of the tune’s recordings session courtesy of singer Alvin Chea of Take 6, along with Louis Price of The Temptations, and the late Willie McCoy aka “Wolf Johnson.” Does anyone want a half slab tonight?

The Wiener’s Circle Is Here for You

The Wiener’s Circle Is Here for You

(PG-13: Language) Chicago fast food staple The Wiener’s Circle offers peace of mind that despite all of the change going on in the world, we can rely on them for their trademark abusive approach to customer service, no matter what, and even if you order via Facetime or do curbside pickup.

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Stay Alert Song

Stay Alert Song

“Be aware to trim your nose hairs, cause they could put up a fight!” Japan’s state of emergency has been lifted after their initial bout with COVID-19. To both cautiously celebrate, and to remind people to be diligent, disinfectant company SMV Japan released this silly animated music video. Japanese version here.

SNL: Grocery Store Ad

SNL: Grocery Store Ad

If there’s one universal experience we’ve all shared during the coronavirus lockdown, it’s that grocery stores can’t keep high demand and essential items in stock. This hilarious fake commercial from SNL invites customers to buy some of the items that they can count on being in stock.

Jeep: Groundhog Day

Jeep: Groundhog Day

Jeep managed to assemble Bill Murray, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, and a look-alike for Punxsutawney Phil in this hilarious Super Bowl spot for the Jeep Gladiator. This time, the human Phil is inspired to change things up right away as he heads off-road with his groundhog pal in his rugged new truck.

Walmart: Famous Visitors

Walmart: Famous Visitors

For their 2020 Super Bowl commercial, Walmart invited a variety of sci-fi characters to come pick up their online orders. We’ve got the extended version of the ad spot, which includes visits from Bill of Bill and Ted, Marvin the Martian, Groot, the aliens from Mars Attacks, Men in Black, Arrival, and Flash Gordon, among others.

Beetle: The Last Mile

Beetle: The Last Mile

The Volkswagen Beetle made its first appearance all the way back in 1938, and was produced in one form or another all the way until 2019 when the model was retired. VW sends off the bug with this moving animated tribute to the little car that could, accompanied by children’s choral version of the Beatles’ “Let It Be.”

A Holiday Reunion

A Holiday Reunion

It may be a thinly-veiled commercial for Xfinity’s cable and internet services, but with a grown-up Elliott reuniting with E.T. more than 30 years after they first met, this holiday promo will still tug at your heartstrings. Still, it made us wonder if E.T.’s telecommunication provider has data caps too.

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