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45 Great TV Ads 1974 – 2014

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Some of the best TV ads of the last 40 years from Bell’s Whisky “The Reader”,
 2014, to Smash Martians, 1974. 
Compiled by Ed Mahony of Newsdrilldigital.com 2014
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Newsdrilldigital.com’s TOP 10:


Guinness – Surfer

1999. Surfers, tick-follow-tock, big wave, and wild-eyed horses. AMV BBDO, London 


Sony Bravia – Balls

2005. Thousands of balls bouncing along the streets of San Francisco to the music ‘Heartbeats’ by Jose Gonzalez. Fallon, London


Cadbury – Gorilla

2007. A gorilla on the drums suddenly blasts into Phil Collins’ ‘In the air tonight’. Fallon, London


Lego – Kipper

1981. Pieces of Lego turn into animals and objects that try to dominate each other. TBWA, London


Smash Martians

Martians laugh at human beings’ primitive skills in potato-cooking. BMP DDB ad agency


Unison Bear

2003. Single big bear is no match for an army of ants


Guinness – Dancing Man

1994. Man dances around a glass of Guinness as he waits for it to be poured. Arks ad agency


Kit Kat – Pandas

1989. Photographer takes a break from his camera and misses the perfect shot. JWT, London


Boddington’s – Melanie Sykes Icecream

1996. Runner in a desert served a pint of beer with a flake in it. BBH


Heineken “Majorca”

1985. Reverse of Eliza Doolittle (Pygmalion) as a Sloane Ranger tries to learn cockney. Lowe Howard-Spink


THE REST OF THE ADS:

(click on the red text to view ad on Youtube)

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Bell’s Whisky: The Reader
2014. Illiterate father learns to read in order to read his son’s book. King James (advertising agency), Cape Town



Smart Fortwo – Offroad
2013. Cheeky, little car, offroad. Comes into its own onroad / parking etc. BBDO, Berlin



Back to the Start: Chipotle
2012. Farmer returns to sustainable methods. Nexus Creative Artists Agency, LosAngeles



Canal+ Bear
2012. A passionate bear directs a film after watching endless films as a bear rug. BETc Euro RSCG.



Old Spice: The man your man could smell like
2010. Old Spice guy – now a cultural phenomenon. Wieden + Kennedy, Portland



Compare the Meerkat – comparethemarket.com
2009. First appearance on television of Aleksandr Orlov, the anthropomorphic Russian meerkat. VCCP, London



Cadbury – Eyebrows
2009. Two children, moving eyebrows, and a balloon (with music ‘Don’t Stop the Rock’ by Freestyle). Fallon, London.



Audi Q5 ‘Unbox the Box’
2009. A two-dimensional character within a cardboard box turns the box into a car. BBH.



Anchor – Great Escape
2009. Based on the last scene in The Great Escape, this animation sees a cow playing the role of Steve McQueen. CHI & Partners



Drench – Brains
2008. Thunderbird character dances to Snap’s very unThunderbirdish ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’. CHI & Partners



Cadbury – Trucks
2008. Baggage-handling trucks racing on a runway. Fallon, London



Nike – Take it to the next level
2008. The ad follows the career of a footballer from obscure beginnings to success. Directed by Guy Rictchie. 72 and Sunny ad agency



Audi – Vorsprung durch technik
2008. Various cars driving in choreograph through tunnel. Lowe Roche Untitled Films



Sony Bravia – Bunnies (Play-doh)
2007. Hundreds of play-doh bunnies run along streets in New York. Fallon, London



Skoda Cake
2007. The ad follows the making of a cake (in the shape of a car) to music from The Sound of Music. Fallon, London



Audi Ryhtym of Lines
2007. Ribbons of lines form into the shape of a car. BBH



Sony Bravia – Paint
2006. High-rise housing blocks splashed from top to bottom in paint. Fallon, London



Citroen – Transformers
2006. A car turns into a robot and skates on ice. RSCG, London



Nike – Park Life
2006. Football in the park with Eric Cantona and others. TBWA Simons Palmer



Guinness – The Rhythm of Time Evolution
2005. Evolution of man shown in reverse order: three men drinking in pub to primitive life. AMV BBDO, London



iPod – Shuffle
2005. Black silhouettes of people dancing against a strong, green background



Honda Accord – Cog
2003. A chain of near-impossible mechanical-like events. Wieden + Kennedy



Carlsberg – Nightclub
2002. The perfect nightclub experience. Owens DDB Dublin



John West Salmon – Man Fighting Bear
2000. Man and bear fight over a salmon. Leo Burnett



Budget Rent a Car ‘Jet Propulsion’
2000. Man on jet propeller out of control. Cliff Freeman & Partners ad agency



Guinness – Swimmer
1998. A retired man has to swim across a harbour within the time it takes for a pint of Guinness to be poured. AMV BBDO



Reebok – Slow Rain
1997. Slow motion of rain and basketball in black-and-white



Tabasco ‘Mosquito’
1997. This tabasco is so hot it can fry a mosquito. DDB Needham ad agency



Budweiser – Frogs
1995. Group of frogs croak ‘Bud’, ‘Weis’, and ‘Er’. Goodby, Silverstein and Partners



Heat Electric – Creature Comforts.
1991. Plasticine animals share their everyday thoughts and concerns to mike and camera. Animated by Nick Park (of Wallace and Grommit)



Stella Artois Flower Seller.
1991. Going to cost the flower seller a lot of flowers for a pint of Stella. Based on the film Jean de Florette



‘Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet’ – Baldy Man
1989. The camera in the photobooth is intent on photographing the top of the man’s head. Collett Dickenson Pearce ad agency



British Airways – Face. 
1989. Choreographers come together to create a giant face. Saatchi and Saatchi.



Federal Express ‘Fast talker’
1982. Really fast talking boss. Ally & Gargano



Kio Ora
Cartoon crow characters with catchy music


 
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One Comment

  1. Brilliant list, some real classic ones there, the old ones bring back memories and the fact that TV ads can stay in the memory for years is a testiment to their genius. However I can’t believe you’ve missed off the Carling Black Label Mission Impossible squirrel ad from 1989… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY9GBl7UmVs – pure gold!

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