History TheScrappy / Advertising

9th Dec '17 5:29:28 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* Aaron Priceman a.k.a. "Mr. Caffeine", who hosted Creator/{{Ubisoft}}'s press conference at E3 2011. Virtually everyone hated his schtick and considered it the low point of the entire expo.
* Wendy's:
** The old lady that yelled "Where's the Beef?" was a funny joke that got old quickly. There's even a reference on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where it is used as an example for [[JustIgnoreIt the best way to get rid of an annoying advertisement.]]
** From Wendy's came the two guys eating Frosties, who suddenly take note of its texture and declare "something that's not a solid or a liquid can only be a soquid!" ([[CriticalResearchFailure apparently they never heard of the word "semisolid"]]) along with dubbing the spoon the frosty spoon, or "fpoon" and acting like this was a ''huge'' discovery on par with the cure for cancer. Mercifully, Wendy's got the memo and these guys vanished without a trace after only two ads.
** Wendy's first post-Dave Thomas mascot was Mr. Wendy, "Wendy's Unofficial Spokesman," an annoying twit who would scream insults at people eating non-Wendy's food. Occasionally, he'd be chased away by embarrassed Wendy's employees in, presumably, a feeble attempt at meta humor. This campaign was so ill-received, it was [[http://adage.com/article/news/wendy-s-drops-mr-wendy-ad-campaign/41475/ actually blamed for a significant dip in Wendy's sales]]. Mr. Wendy was retired in November 2004, less than a year after his introduction.

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* Aaron Priceman a.k.a. "Mr. Caffeine", who hosted Creator/{{Ubisoft}}'s press conference at E3 2011. Virtually everyone hated his schtick shtick and considered it the low point of the entire expo.
* Wendy's:
Wendy's has struggled whenever they've tried mascots and spokespeople outside of their founder, Dave Thomas (who died in 2002).
** The Back in the Eighties, the old lady that yelled "Where's the Beef?" was a funny joke that got old quickly.quickly. When it got to the point that [[AscendedMeme presidential candidates used it as a punchline during the 1984 election]], the public's tolerance towards the ads wore thin. There's even a reference on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where it is used as an example for [[JustIgnoreIt the best way to get rid of an annoying advertisement.]]
** From Wendy's came the two guys eating Frosties, who suddenly take note of its texture and declare "something that's not a solid or a liquid can only be a soquid!" ([[CriticalResearchFailure apparently they never heard of the word "semisolid"]]) along with dubbing the spoon the frosty spoon, or "fpoon" and acting like this was a ''huge'' discovery on par with the cure for cancer. Mercifully, Wendy's got the memo and these guys vanished without a trace after only two ads.
** Wendy's
Their first post-Dave Thomas mascot was Mr. Wendy, "Wendy's Unofficial Spokesman," an annoying twit who would randomly scream insults at people eating non-Wendy's food.food and demand that they eat Wendy's instead. Occasionally, he'd be chased away by embarrassed Wendy's employees in, presumably, a feeble attempt at meta humor. This campaign was so ill-received, it was [[http://adage.com/article/news/wendy-s-drops-mr-wendy-ad-campaign/41475/ actually blamed for a significant dip in Wendy's sales]]. Mr. Wendy was retired in November 2004, less than a year after his introduction.introduction.
** More recently were the two guys eating Frosties, who suddenly take note of its texture and declare "something that's not a solid or a liquid can only be a soquid!" ([[CriticalResearchFailure apparently they never heard of the word "semisolid"]]) along with dubbing the spoon the frosty spoon, or "fpoon" and acting like this was a ''huge'' discovery on par with the cure for cancer. Mercifully, Wendy's got the memo and these guys vanished without a trace after only two ads.
5th Dec '17 1:42:30 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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* Erin Esurance was once quite popular, but by 2010 (six years after her debut) she had become pretty ''un''popular, doing [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-erin-esurance-autopsy-she-was-less-popular-than-microsofts-clippy/ worse than Clippy]] in a survey of corporate mascots. Oh, she ''did'' have fans... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic fanart of her frequently showing up alongside official images on Google, stigmatizing the character and forcing Esurance to get rid of her to avoid association with pornography.

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* Erin Esurance Advertising/ErinEsurance was once quite popular, but by 2010 (six years after her debut) she had become pretty ''un''popular, doing [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-erin-esurance-autopsy-she-was-less-popular-than-microsofts-clippy/ worse than Clippy]] in a survey of corporate mascots. Oh, she ''did'' have fans... [[MisaimedFandom the wrong kind, that is.]] Thanks to her attractive design, she gained a RuleThirtyFour following, with pornographic fanart of her frequently showing up alongside official images on Google, stigmatizing the character and forcing Esurance to get rid of her to avoid association with pornography.
25th Sep '17 5:34:37 PM 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 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."

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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 disputed 64-bit processing power to the existing consoles at the time (Genesis (Sega Genesis and Super 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."
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.)
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