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26th Jun '17 1:11:46 PM DragonRanger
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** A similar commercial by [=FedEx=] lampshaded this Trope when they claimed to have found the formula for [[http://youtu.be/34SxslBJKH4 the perfect Super Bowl ad]] - 1: [[CelebrityEndorsement Celebrity spokesman]] (Burt Reynolds) 2: Animal (Bear walks into [=FedEx=] building) 3: Dancing Animal ([[DancingBear Bear dances with Burt Reynolds]]) 4: [[DeliberatelyCuteChild Cute Kid]] (Kid comments on the bear being able to dance) 5: [[GroinAttack Groin Kick]] (Bear kicks Burt in crotch) 6: TalkingAnimal (Bear apologizes for kicking Burt in crotch) 7: [[SexSells Hot Chicks]] (Two cheerleaders comment that the bear can talk) 8: Product Message (optional) (Burt recites slogan) 9: [[RepurposedPopSong Hit Song]] (Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believing" plays over [=FedEx=] logo) 10: Epilogue Scene (Bear admitting to Burt that he loved him in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'').

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** A similar commercial by [=FedEx=] lampshaded this Trope when they claimed to have found the formula for [[http://youtu.be/34SxslBJKH4 the perfect Super Bowl ad]] - 1: [[CelebrityEndorsement Celebrity spokesman]] (Burt Reynolds) 2: Animal (Bear walks into [=FedEx=] building) 3: Dancing Animal ([[DancingBear Bear dances with Burt Reynolds]]) 4: [[DeliberatelyCuteChild Cute Kid]] (Kid comments on only one of the bear being able to dance) 5: [[GroinAttack Groin Kick]] (Bear kicks Burt in crotch) 6: TalkingAnimal (Bear apologizes for kicking Burt in crotch) 7: [[SexSells Hot Chicks]] (Two cheerleaders comment that ten items involved was the bear can talk) 8: Product Message (optional) (Burt recites slogan) 9: [[RepurposedPopSong Hit Song]] (Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believing" plays over [=FedEx=] logo) 10: Epilogue Scene (Bear admitting to Burt that he loved him in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'').Message, and it was labeled "optional".
23rd Jun '17 12:16:49 PM Jeduthun
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** On the subject of Mountain Dew, there's also the infamous ''"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql7uY36-LwA Puppymonkeybaby!]]'' The Super Bowl spot at least managed to show a can of the beverage, but it was completely overshadowed by the [[UncannyValley sheer bizarreness]] of the mascot with the [[MixAndMatchCritters head of a Pug, body and tail of a lemur, and feet of a baby]] dancing jerkily, chanting its name, shaking a rattle, and [[{{Squick}} licking one of the human characters on the face]]. After that performance, people can be forgiven for not recalling that the ad is in fact for a new drink called Mountain Dew Kickstart. (The intended message was that the beverage is "three awesome things combined: Dew, juice, caffeine", but even this fails to connect to the product since [[BrokenAesop regular Dew is caffeinated already]].)

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** On the subject of Mountain Dew, there's also the infamous ''"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql7uY36-LwA Puppymonkeybaby!]]'' Puppymonkeybaby]]"!'' The Super Bowl spot at least managed to show a can of the beverage, but it was completely overshadowed by the [[UncannyValley sheer bizarreness]] of the mascot with the [[MixAndMatchCritters head of a Pug, body and tail of a lemur, and feet of a baby]] dancing jerkily, chanting its name, shaking a rattle, and [[{{Squick}} licking one of the human characters on the face]]. After that performance, people can be forgiven for not recalling that the ad is in fact for a new drink called Mountain Dew Kickstart. (The intended message was that the beverage is "three awesome things combined: Dew, juice, caffeine", but even this fails to connect to the product since [[BrokenAesop regular Dew is caffeinated already]].)
23rd Jun '17 12:16:09 PM Jeduthun
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** On the subject of Mountain Dew, there's also the infamous ''"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql7uY36-LwA Puppymonkeybaby!]]'' The Super Bowl spot at least managed to show a can of the beverage, but it was completely overshadowed by the [[UncannyValley sheer bizarreness]] of the mascot with the [[MixAndMatchCritters head of a Pug, body and tail of a lemur, and feet of a baby]] dancing jerkily, chanting its name, shaking a rattle, and [[{{Squick}} licking one of the human characters on the face]]. After that performance, people can be forgiven for not recalling that the ad is in fact for a new drink called Mountain Dew Kickstart. (The intended message was that the beverage is "three awesome things combined: Dew, juice, caffeine", but even this fails to connect to the product since [[BrokenAesop regular Dew is caffeinated already]].)
22nd Jun '17 9:49:03 PM Jeduthun
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-->-- '''Andy''', ''Film/TheOffice''

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-->-- '''Andy''', ''Film/TheOffice''
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19th Jun '17 10:29:27 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Carl's Jr is notorious for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjCigJyu3lo commercials that advertise their hamburgers]] with EroticEating; the product is clearly visible, but isn't what most viewers focus on.

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* Carl's Jr is notorious for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjCigJyu3lo commercials that advertise their hamburgers]] with EroticEating; the product is clearly visible, but isn't what most viewers focus on. Averted as of April 2017, in which the heads of CKE Enterprises admitted these commercials were not increasing sales and switched the focus to fictional CEO Carl Hardee Sr. and his egotistical college-age son, Carl Hardee Jr. These have a ''lot'' more focus on the foods being advertised than before: Each commercial is about how one Hardee or the other came up with the new menu item, with the exception of their introductory commercial. That one, in turn, [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this trope]] by explaining that Senior left Junior in charge of the company, who proceeded to make those commercials with the half-naked women and run it into the ground, requiring Senior to take the company back and steer it back to its intended purpose of selling hamburgers.


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* During the height of Series/MaxHeadroom's popularity, the titular (fake-)CGI head was used in a Coca-Cola TV commercial in which Max angrily interrogates a can of Pepsi about its inferiority. Essentially, this was a Coca-Cola advertisement in which a can of ''Pepsi'' was given a lot of screen time. Naturally, lots of people watching the commercial thought it was for Pepsi, and lots of others thought it was promoting the ''Max Headroom'' TV show, far more than the people who correctly identified it as a Coca-Cola commercial.
14th Jun '17 12:53:32 PM DaibhidC
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** Given that irrelevant adverts were one of the things Lord Sugar nominated when he was the guest on {{Room 101}}, you'd think they'd catch on to this.

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** Given that irrelevant adverts were one of the things Lord Sugar nominated when he was the guest on {{Room 101}}, ''Series/{{Room 101}}'', you'd think they'd catch on to this.


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* The John Lewis Christmas Ad is parodied in the ChristmasEpisode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'', in which an advertising copywriter working for a [[BlandNameProduct John Lewis-like]] department store astounds everyone with the revolutionary idea of ''actually talking about the things they sell''.
6th May '17 3:22:05 AM unokkun
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* In early 2017, it was made obvious that recently-inaugurated President of the United States {{Creator/Donald Trump}} watched a ''lot'' of cable TV, particularly Fox News's ''Fox & Friends'', which prompted some to buy ads on the show just to get the President to listen to them. Most notably, the team of HBO's show ''{{LiveAction/Last Week Tonight}}'' bought air time just to inform Trump of things he would need to know but doesn't seem to. Their ads are a parody of a catheter ad, but they don't sell anything; and while a few make more or less clear who their intended target is, the rest don't make it obvious.
17th Apr '17 8:19:36 PM Hong00
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*** They then procceeded to [[AvertedTrope avert it]] in the mexican versions of the ad by inserting the brand name into the dialogue and showing the chocolate interspliced with the rest of the commercial. It made the flow awkward and the dialogue unnatural, but it hammered the brand onto the customers' heads with so much success that "eat a Snickers" became a temporary catchphrase between young people when someone was being annoying. Then Snickers took it [[UpToEleven even further]] by launching Snickers chocolate bars with phrases like "You're being petty", "Hater", "Prissy" instead of the name.
9th Apr '17 5:48:39 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Football fans watching the 2017 Superbowl were likely wondering WTF [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxhdrVP_L_8 this commercial]] had to do with Victoria's Secret. (It's a commercial for lingerie where the models are playing football wearing feminine-looking jerseys. Possibly done as a joke for anyone who was expecting what they usually wore, but still has absolutely ''nothing'' to do with the product.)
7th Apr '17 4:29:40 PM nombretomado
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* State Farm's hands aren't completely clean here to go by their 2010-2011 ad campaign, saying their slogan out loud will cause sensitive, rebellious, lantern-jawed guys to appear and sit on your car. There may be something in there about coverage or some shit, but who needs ''that'' when you can spawn chunkheads (and [[ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker]]!) from thin air? Also, apparently, saying their slogan summons a State Farm agent from thin air so you can get anything you want -- that has ''nothing'' to do with insurance coverage.

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* State Farm's hands aren't completely clean here to go by their 2010-2011 ad campaign, saying their slogan out loud will cause sensitive, rebellious, lantern-jawed guys to appear and sit on your car. There may be something in there about coverage or some shit, but who needs ''that'' when you can spawn chunkheads (and [[ThePriceIsRight [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Bob Barker]]!) from thin air? Also, apparently, saying their slogan summons a State Farm agent from thin air so you can get anything you want -- that has ''nothing'' to do with insurance coverage.
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