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DeleyanLee
09-29-2012, 04:31 AM
There's been many of them, but I just don't get what dancing hamsters have to do with Kia cars. I keep seeing them--lately it's the one at the opera--and I'm always "huh?"


(please move to Office Party if that's a more appropriate location--thanks!)

Sydneyd
09-29-2012, 04:34 AM
My first thought is that there isn't a hidden connection between hamsters and Kias but that the commercial did what it was supposed to do, you're talking about it.

DeleyanLee
09-29-2012, 04:36 AM
Not in a way that's going to inspire me to buy one, though.

I mean, the only thing that comes to mind is that the hamsters escaped the wheels that make the car go.

Nope, not for me. Thanks. ;)

Sydneyd
09-29-2012, 04:47 AM
Not in a way that's going to inspire me to buy one, though.

I mean, the only thing that comes to mind is that the hamsters escaped the wheels that make the car go.

Nope, not for me. Thanks. ;)

There is a radio commercial round these parts, some seemingly shady car loan company. Anyway, I loathe and despise their commercials, but I've also spoken with people about how I loathe and despise them. I hope I have not accidentally given them business :rant:

Charles Farley
09-29-2012, 04:51 AM
Christ . . . I'm so tired of fuzzy cute things trying to sell other things . . . from toilet paper to cars now . . . ENOUGH!

Seriously .. unless it's pet food what the hell do kittens have to do with anything I want to buy?

patskywriter
09-29-2012, 04:58 AM
There's another car commercial I don't quite get—the one with the slogan, "Love: It's what makes a Subaru a Subaru." Yeah, I'm gonna run right out and get one of those.

alleycat
09-29-2012, 05:00 AM
When the Infiniti line first came out they caught a lot of flack for their TV commercials featuring, I think, cows standing out in a field under a tree.

Kitty Pryde
09-29-2012, 05:25 AM
There's been many of them, but I just don't get what dancing hamsters have to do with Kia cars. I keep seeing them--lately it's the one at the opera--and I'm always "huh?"


(please move to Office Party if that's a more appropriate location--thanks!)

That's at least the third dancing hamster commercial in the series. They aren't just dancing hamsters, they're cool dancing urban hip-hop hamsters. I believe the point is that people who like cool dancing urban hip-hop hamsters should buy the Kia Soul.

jvc
09-29-2012, 08:13 AM
Any chance of a youtube link for those who have not seen these commercials? ;)

And on another note: has anyone actually watched a commercial and, as a direct result, gone out and purchased whatever is being advertised?

mellymel
09-29-2012, 09:02 AM
No, but I do love commercials (when they are really good). Here are just a few I love that I think were clever and funny:

Dorito: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5lBdLEi3ns

Budlight Swear Jar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5lBdLEi3ns

car commercials that are actually good (Volkswagon):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5lBdLEi3ns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0

Suzuki http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEuXbRKREX4

My all time fave: (warning, language) Siri parody commercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5lBdLEi3ns

Insurance commercials (Mayhem):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6126EzxCvDE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS2Ba9gTPOo&NR=1&feature=endscreen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtFkGT575sE

And there's a whole series of commercials I love from Direct T.V. that are pretty darn funny.

blacbird
09-29-2012, 09:46 AM
There's been many of them, but I just don't get what dancing hamsters have to do with Kia cars.

Auto commercials have long been way up on the list of the idiotic and unwatchable. Toyota has a vast history of awful commercials, as just one example. Think of this: Do car salespersons strike you as clever, interesting people? Do advertising execs? Combine the thinking of those two groups and you get car commercials.

caw

shadowwalker
09-29-2012, 05:35 PM
There are a lot of funny and just plain cool commercials out there - but most of the time, they're for things that people have already decided they either will or won't buy - Coke/Pepsi, Ford/Chevy/et al. They're really just entertainment for me, not an enticement to buy.

SomethingOrOther
09-29-2012, 05:48 PM
My favorite commercials are always the bad ones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NTwpNqS8so&list=UUrEB15PS9BvdJzXKbon6pYQ&index=3&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vao-IfsMROA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4fzO9whly8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtA6tD179hA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=qtA6tD179hA)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4-e4nlfdRI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvHNNOLnCk

Carrie Valentyne
09-29-2012, 11:54 PM
This commercial may have heightened Domino's business with SCA people: Epic Feast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptAjD-qTKl0).

backslashbaby
09-30-2012, 12:25 AM
Want to know my biggest pet peeve, other than the ridiculously loud commercials? I have a running offer of $50 to the first person who can find a man or boy in a household cleaner commercial actually cleaning something up.

There are men and boys in them who play football in the house, etc, and spill a lot of things. But look at who always cleans it up. It's 2012, and it's all still on Mom or the daughter!

Sometimes they use male hands in the real scientific ones where they pour a controlled spill from a beaker :ROFL: But that's a scientist, see, so he's a dude ;)

Sydneyd
09-30-2012, 12:26 AM
Want to know my biggest pet peeve, other than the ridiculously loud commercials? I have a running offer of $50 to the first person who can find a man or boy in a household cleaner commercial actually cleaning something up.

There are men and boys in them who play football in the house, etc, and spill a lot of things. But look at who always cleans it up. It's 2012, and it's all still on Mom or the daughter!

Sometimes they use male hands in the real scientific ones where they pour a controlled spill from a beaker :ROFL: But that's a scientist, see, so he's a dude ;)

Not a household cleaner commercial, but there is a Digiorno pizza commercial where the guys blame the mud tracks on the carpet on the pizza delivery, BUT it's not delivery, it's Digiorno, and then the wife makes the scrub the carpet...

LadyV
09-30-2012, 04:47 AM
There are a lot of funny and just plain cool commercials out there - but most of the time, they're for things that people have already decided they either will or won't buy - Coke/Pepsi, Ford/Chevy/et al. They're really just entertainment for me, not an enticement to buy.
This is how I feel. Rarely do I ever want to buy something after I've seen a commerical. I just like them for sheer entertaingment value.

BenPanced
09-30-2012, 05:20 AM
And on another note: has anyone actually watched a commercial and, as a direct result, gone out and purchased whatever is being advertised?
Twice.

But because of commercials sandwich chain Quizno's has run in the past, I've sworn to never buy anything from them ever.

The spongmonkeys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZrks-BPeLQ)

They try to combine 2001: A Space Odyssey and frat boy penis humor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LQpRQh2KSQ)

And no matter how hard you've tried to forget, one of the creepier-than-hell Baby Bob commercials (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GYaFPPQFMo)

Jim Parsons: raised by wolves. Yeah. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APbUGnt2DaM)

Jealous bitch. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aILGY9fOU8M)

Meat girls like meat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9WT8tSjl7U)

Thank ghod I can't find the one featuring a woman pulling a Quizno's wrapper from the trash and licking it.

veinglory
09-30-2012, 06:00 AM
Because hamsters are small and cheap. So if they can be cool so can Kia cars.

jvc
09-30-2012, 07:54 PM
Anyone else think that Christmas doesn't officially start until they see the Coca Cola 'Holidays are coming' advert? Even though I saw a shop in the town today with a Christmas tree in the window. Sheesh, it's still freaking September.

Shadow Dragon
09-30-2012, 08:55 PM
The true king of unusual commercials is Old Spice. They just outright embraced the idea of being the identity of the company with weird commercials.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTvtFp_iPKc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-t6AIMSCdw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jE5VJxBUGU

patskywriter
09-30-2012, 09:17 PM
I remember participating in some consumer research many years ago. A bunch of us normal, everyday citizens were asked to watch a TV (snackfood) ad in the works and then to give our opinions. We all said that the commercial was terrible and that under no circumstance should it air. Well, the company ignored our advice and aired the ad anyway. It stunk up the airwaves, quite badly.

backslashbaby
09-30-2012, 09:39 PM
I remember participating in some consumer research many years ago. A bunch of us normal, everyday citizens were asked to watch a TV (snackfood) ad in the works and then to give our opinions. We all said that the commercial was terrible and that under no circumstance should it air. Well, the company ignored our advice and aired the ad anyway. It stunk up the airwaves, quite badly.

I was the market research once, too, for a few bucks at the mall. The questions were really stupid and I wasn't allowed to say that I didn't have an answer. The research guy got angry with me :ROFL:

"Which were your 3 favorite parts of our glorious commercial?"

"Who was your favorite character in the ad?"

"Who did you identify most with?"

"Name 3 parts that you really enjoyed."

*rolls eyes*

jvc
10-01-2012, 12:00 AM
I did market research for a film once. I was pulled off the street and asked to go to a hotel (very posh one, I liked it), for research about the a Tom Cruise film (which the name escapes me -- the one where he is a killer and the taxi drives him around to kill people). Didn't get paid to do it, but got lots of food a drink and a million questions about what worked and didn't for their ad campaign.

Shadow_Ferret
10-01-2012, 08:23 PM
That's at least the third dancing hamster commercial in the series. They aren't just dancing hamsters, they're cool dancing urban hip-hop hamsters. I believe the point is that people who like cool dancing urban hip-hop hamsters should buy the Kia Soul.
Creepy. They're creepy hamsters. So my takeaway is that whatever car it is -- now I know it's Kia but I never get that from the commercials because I'm creeped out by giant hamsters -- it's designed to attract creepy break dancing rodents.

Lavern08
10-01-2012, 08:30 PM
...And on another note: has anyone actually watched a commercial and, as a direct result, gone out and purchased whatever is being advertised?

Yes.

Most recently, a skin-care product by Garnier. ;)

Sydneyd
10-01-2012, 10:05 PM
Yes.

Most recently, a skin-care product by Garnier. ;)

I thought about this too and realized the only time I buy something after seeing a commercial is for beauty products and food.

Gravity
10-01-2012, 10:45 PM
Dunno if it's just a local thing, but here in Cincinnasty I think there's a law that states every single TV car commercial must be done by the owner of the dealership.

I mean, that has to be it. There really can't be another reason these grinning, talentless, no-charisma yahoos are doing their own ads unless they're being forced to.

Right?

Lavern08
10-01-2012, 10:54 PM
I went out and tried that Dorito-shelled Taco @ Taco Bell after I saw the commercial, because I lurve me some Doritos, yanno...

It was horrible. :flag:

DreamWeaver
10-02-2012, 08:18 AM
I've never bought a Nissan, but I love two of their commercials. One was a GI Joe/Barbie story set to Van Halen playing "You Really Got Me"; the other was a border collie/Aussie surfing his master's recliner (with the master sleeping in it) to the Nissan dealer to admire the trucks. It ended with a little old man popping up out of a manhole to say, "Dogs love trucks!"

Would love to find those on YouTube. Probably could if I actually went and searched :D. But still unlikely that I'd buy a Nissan.

ETA: Seek and ye shall find:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8QKK5IDSXE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aYZrvG5BkY

BenPanced
10-02-2012, 08:36 AM
Dunno if it's just a local thing, but here in Cincinnasty I think there's a law that states every single TV car commercial must be done by the owner of the dealership.

I mean, that has to be it. There really can't be another reason these grinning, talentless, no-charisma yahoos are doing their own ads unless they're being forced to.

Right?
TV Lenny of Wisconsin's American TV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orO5aK04cn0)

Apparently that still wasn't all! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elM8uvR4jcw)

By the time I moved to the area, he was known as Crazy TV Lenny, slowing becoming Screamin' TV Lenny because he got louder and more obnoxious as time went on, even taping a commercial on water skis at the nearby Wisconsin Dells.

Brightdreamer
10-03-2012, 01:39 AM
Want to know my biggest pet peeve, other than the ridiculously loud commercials? I have a running offer of $50 to the first person who can find a man or boy in a household cleaner commercial actually cleaning something up.

There are men and boys in them who play football in the house, etc, and spill a lot of things. But look at who always cleans it up. It's 2012, and it's all still on Mom or the daughter!

Sometimes they use male hands in the real scientific ones where they pour a controlled spill from a beaker :ROFL: But that's a scientist, see, so he's a dude ;)

Ack - I'm glad I'm not the only one who's noticed! (I remember only one commercial in recent years where a child helped Mom clean up their mess. One.) Moms are also the only people who can apparently pack a child's lunch or give a dang about their families. So... what, single dads raise their kids on moldy pizza crusts and wash laundry with the garden hose?

Another pet peeve I have: It used to be that a company showed the smart, nice, friendly people using their product or service in an ad, while the stupid, loud, selfish jerks used the competition. At some point, within the past 10-15 years or so, things have changed. Now, it's the jerks that we viewers are supposed to identify with. (And then there's the trend of obnoxious children and talking babies pushing parents/adults around... whole 'nother rant, though.)

regdog
10-03-2012, 02:40 PM
I hate all of the Jack Links beef Jerky-Messin with Sasquatch commercials.

backslashbaby
10-03-2012, 10:47 PM
Ack - I'm glad I'm not the only one who's noticed! (I remember only one commercial in recent years where a child helped Mom clean up their mess. One.) Moms are also the only people who can apparently pack a child's lunch or give a dang about their families. So... what, single dads raise their kids on moldy pizza crusts and wash laundry with the garden hose?

Another pet peeve I have: It used to be that a company showed the smart, nice, friendly people using their product or service in an ad, while the stupid, loud, selfish jerks used the competition. At some point, within the past 10-15 years or so, things have changed. Now, it's the jerks that we viewers are supposed to identify with. (And then there's the trend of obnoxious children and talking babies pushing parents/adults around... whole 'nother rant, though.)

I saw a commercial about a presumably-single dad! His little boy leaves him notes everywhere to remember some item to put in his lunch. I actually thought, 'why is the dad doing that?' because this was commercial-world, not real life ;)

Of course, it still implies that men need a lot of help to pull off any household stuff, which is what led (imho) to the 'stupid dad' stereotype that pisses me off, too. But that one was used so often to get out of household work that it was bound to bite guys on their ass eventually.


Oh, y'all have to watch this when you get a chance. NSFW unless you can keep the volume low :D :

http://current.com/shows/infomania/89317322_sarah-haskins-in-target-women-cleaning.htm

Shadow_Ferret
10-03-2012, 10:59 PM
TV Lenny of Wisconsin's American TV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orO5aK04cn0)

Apparently that still wasn't all! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elM8uvR4jcw)

By the time I moved to the area, he was known as Crazy TV Lenny, slowing becoming Screamin' TV Lenny because he got louder and more obnoxious as time went on, even taping a commercial on water skis at the nearby Wisconsin Dells.
I was stationed in New Jersey in '82 and there was a guy there, forget his name thankfully, and he was doing the Crazy TV Lenny schtick before TV Lenny. He used to yell at the TV, throwing his hands out, as the camera focused in his face, "our prices are INNNNSAANE!!"

Duncan J Macdonald
10-04-2012, 04:28 AM
Crazy Eddie.

He was doing those spots long before 1982 (1975 for the earliest ones.)

Tinman
10-04-2012, 10:11 AM
The hamster commercials don't bother me. The Skittles-pox commercial does. Gross. To me, the commercial is basically saying that eating Skittles is like eating pox scabs.

Sorry if I grossed anyone out. Thank God I never cared for Skittles.

Seraph
10-06-2012, 05:04 AM
figaroooooooooooooo

DeleyanLee
10-06-2012, 05:44 AM
The hamster commercials don't bother me. The Skittles-pox commercial does. Gross. To me, the commercial is basically saying that eating Skittles is like eating pox scabs.

Sorry if I grossed anyone out. Thank God I never cared for Skittles.

Kinda like that cereal commercial where the pieces of cereal eat each other and lick their lips afterward? *shudder*