History TheScrappy / Advertising

12th Sep '17 11:43:19 AM Wooboo
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* Making the rounds on American television in the mid-late aughts was a commercial for a 1-800 tax company called Blue Tax, which would have been utterly unremarkable had it not been for the fact that they had [[SpecialEffectsFailure some of the worst 3D modeling ever put to a screen]]. The centerpiece of these commercials was "Max from Blue Tax", a [[HumanoidAbomination misshapen, poorly rendered]] attempt at a cartoonish mascot with a shrill voice [[MotorMouth running at 200 RPM]] and the imaginative CatchPhrase of [[NoIndoorVoice "WAO!"]]. While plenty of people would argue that the sheer ineptitude being displayed in the advert pushes it into SoBadItsGood territory, there's no love for this annoying [[UncannyValley and downright unnerving]] mascot.
12th Sep '17 11:19:14 AM Wooboo
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** Perhaps one of the weirdest instances of GEICO (or any advertiser for that matter) taking a concept too far came in the form of the "Caveman" commercials. The general premise was that GEICO releases a slogan saying "So Easy a Caveman Could Do It", which in the universe of the adverts offends Neanderthals who are just like normal people and complain of bias. While the advertisements were moderately popular, GEICO decided that they had enough here to make [[LiveActionTV/{{Cavemen}} a sitcom based on a bunch of insurance adverts]]. The show ran for only a few episodes before getting a mid-season axing thanks to low ratings and terrible reviews, which tended to conclude that there simply wasn't enough to base any kind of plot on the provided material. Now associated in the public mind with one of the biggest TV flops of the decade, the GEICO Cavemen appeared in a few more commercials before getting quietly retired.
24th Aug '17 6:15:19 AM Savini24
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* The Atari Jaguar stands out among over-hyped consoles doomed to failure for its "do the math" advertising campaign, where it compared its alleged 64-bit processing power to the existing consoles at the time (Genesis and Nintendo had 16, 3D0 had 32). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls One of the commercials]] had a woman speaking condescendingly to a classroom of dull-witted adults meant to represent the competition ("Some of you believe your system is the most advanced in the universe!"), but her condescension ends up rubbing off on the audience. In the end, the Jaguar flopped, and to some people's satisfaction, this is somewhat reflected in the commercial, as the teacher is reduced from a smug know-it-all to shouting frustratedly at the ad's [[UnintentionallySympathetic intended Scrappy]], "Clifford."

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* The Atari Jaguar stands out among over-hyped consoles doomed to failure for its "do the math" advertising campaign, where it compared its alleged disputed 64-bit processing power to the existing consoles at the time (Genesis and Nintendo had 16, 3D0 had 32). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls One of the commercials]] had a woman speaking condescendingly to a classroom of dull-witted adults meant to represent the competition ("Some of you believe your system is the most advanced in the universe!"), but her condescension ends up rubbing off on the audience. In the end, the Jaguar flopped, and to some people's satisfaction, this is somewhat reflected in the commercial, as the teacher is reduced from a smug know-it-all to shouting frustratedly at the ad's [[UnintentionallySympathetic intended Scrappy]], "Clifford."
24th Aug '17 6:14:07 AM Savini24
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* The Atari Jaguar stands out among over-hyped consoles doomed to failure for its "do the math" advertising campaign, where it compared its alleged 64-bit processing power to the existing consoles at the time (Genesis and Nintendo had 16, 3D0 had 32). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls One of the commercials]] had a woman speaking condescendingly to a classroom of dull-witted adults meant to represent the competition ("Some of you believe your system is the most advanced in the universe!"), but her condescension ends up rubbing off on the audience. In the end, the Jaguar flopped, and to some people's satisfaction, this is somewhat reflected in the commercial, as the teacher is reduced from a smug know-it-all to shouting frustratedly at the ad's intended Scrappy, "Clifford."

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* The Atari Jaguar stands out among over-hyped consoles doomed to failure for its "do the math" advertising campaign, where it compared its alleged 64-bit processing power to the existing consoles at the time (Genesis and Nintendo had 16, 3D0 had 32). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls One of the commercials]] had a woman speaking condescendingly to a classroom of dull-witted adults meant to represent the competition ("Some of you believe your system is the most advanced in the universe!"), but her condescension ends up rubbing off on the audience. In the end, the Jaguar flopped, and to some people's satisfaction, this is somewhat reflected in the commercial, as the teacher is reduced from a smug know-it-all to shouting frustratedly at the ad's [[UnintentionallySympathetic intended Scrappy, Scrappy]], "Clifford."
24th Aug '17 6:13:35 AM Savini24
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* The Atari Jaguar stands out among over-hyped consoles doomed to failure for its "do the math" advertising campaign, where it compared its alleged 64-bit processing power to the existing consoles at the time (Genesis and Nintendo had 16, 3D0 had 32). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuna944dls One of the commercials]] had a woman speaking condescendingly to a classroom of dull-witted adults meant to represent the competition ("Some of you believe your system is the most advanced in the universe!"), but her condescension ends up rubbing off on the audience. In the end, the Jaguar flopped, and to some people's satisfaction, this is somewhat reflected in the commercial, as the teacher is reduced from a smug know-it-all to shouting frustratedly at the ad's intended Scrappy, "Clifford."
25th Jun '17 7:44:11 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Any and all human children in the Advertising/{{Trix}} commercials. Viewers tend to [[UnpopularPopularCharacter side with the Rabbit]] more often than not, viewing the kids as selfish monsters.
9th May '17 3:38:27 AM jormis29
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* Dee Lincoln, founder of the Del Frisco Double Eagle steakhouse chain in Dallas, did her own radio ads - much to the chagrin of radio listeners due to her Fran Drescher-like voice. (Like Drescher, she wasn't a bad-looking woman in person, but that sadly doesn't translate over radio.)

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* Dee Lincoln, founder of the Del Frisco Double Eagle steakhouse chain in Dallas, did her own radio ads - much to the chagrin of radio listeners due to her Fran Drescher-like Creator/FranDrescher-like voice. (Like Drescher, she wasn't a bad-looking woman in person, but that sadly doesn't translate over radio.)
24th Apr '17 10:34:12 AM rjd1922
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-->'''[[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver John Oliver:]]''' Shut up! Shut up!]] What is this charity? You're kids! ''You can't fucking drive!'' What money laundering scheme are you operating?

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-->'''[[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver John Oliver:]]''' Shut up! Shut up!]] up! What is this charity? You're kids! ''You can't fucking drive!'' What money laundering scheme are you operating?
17th Apr '17 11:26:18 AM faunas
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* Basically every RepeatingAd ever, because people eventually get fed up with repeats.
29th Mar '17 7:25:08 PM fragglelover
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-->'''[[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver John Oliver:]]''' Shut up! Shut up!]] What is this charity? You're kids! ''You can't fucking drive!'' What money laundering scheme are you operating?* Cara Confused, a cartoon character who was the face of UK car insurance comparison website ''Confused.com''. Viewers mocked the bizarre appearance of the character (who in turn was based on the company's original logo) and the way the adverts appeared to show her pulling out random items (from microphones to cars to a HOUSE) from under her skirt-- not helped by the way the company tried to excuse this by saying the objects came from her [[AccidentalInnuendo "magic pocket"]]. Viewers also disliked her singing voice-- performed by professional West End singer Louise Dearman-- and in her later commercials, her chest becoming more defined and noticeably...[[GainAxing bouncier]], which came off as simply weird rather than attractive. One of Cara's adverts featuring a cover of "Somebody to Love" by Queen was eventually pulled when it emerged that [[MisaimedFandom the commercial was leading people to think Confused.com was a dating site.]] The campaign was finally dropped and Cara was replaced with a new mascot.

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-->'''[[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver John Oliver:]]''' Shut up! Shut up!]] What is this charity? You're kids! ''You can't fucking drive!'' What money laundering scheme are you operating?* operating?
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Cara Confused, a cartoon character who was the face of UK car insurance comparison website ''Confused.com''. Viewers mocked the bizarre appearance of the character (who in turn was based on the company's original logo) and the way the adverts appeared to show her pulling out random items (from microphones to cars to a HOUSE) from under her skirt-- not helped by the way the company tried to excuse this by saying the objects came from her [[AccidentalInnuendo "magic pocket"]]. Viewers also disliked her singing voice-- performed by professional West End singer Louise Dearman-- and in her later commercials, her chest becoming more defined and noticeably...[[GainAxing bouncier]], which came off as simply weird rather than attractive. One of Cara's adverts featuring a cover of "Somebody to Love" by Queen was eventually pulled when it emerged that [[MisaimedFandom the commercial was leading people to think Confused.com was a dating site.]] The campaign was finally dropped and Cara was replaced with a new mascot.
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