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Bizarre Commercials, Volume 6

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Up to this point, we’ve illustrated ads produced with the intention to sell products. However, there are some television spots that are just out to make people aware (and, possibly, still sell sell products, but not in such an obvious manner. They’re called Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and here are a few of the more bizarre ones.

* G.I. Joe on Petting Strange Dogs

The National Child Safety Council created several animated PSAs to run at the end of episodes of the G.I. Joe cartoon series back in the 80s. This one cautions youngsters of the dangers of petting animals you don’t know. Admittedly, this is a fairly innocuous subject for badass military functionaries like G.I. Joe to bring up. Perhaps Mutt really wanted to say “you should never pet a strange dog because it’s loaded down with enough C-4 to blow your fuckin’ ass back to Beirut, numbnuts!”, but standards and practices thought it was a little harsh. Anyway, knowing is half the battle.

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Written by Soylent Ape

June 2, 2008 at 5:32 am

For all your Entertainment and Primate Needs

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This was on an old roll of film I’ve just had developed.
If you zoom really tight on the first window you can see Soylent Ape‘s reflection. Nice tie, handsome!

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Written by The Bagel of Everything

May 22, 2008 at 4:39 am

A Bagel New World

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This ad is old. I hate old ads. I want all new ads.

Mark over at The Skwib has challenged me to create a vintage-style ad for a fictional future product, taken from a literary source. After much grueling masturbation, I went with the first thing that popped into my head: Soma, from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. As everyone with a crappy spam collector knows, Soma already exists; I think I should get bonus points for cheating.

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You can play, too. There are prizes! 
Base image from here. All text taken from the novel via this site.

Written by The Bagel of Everything

April 7, 2008 at 12:24 am

Bizarre Commercials, vol 4 – Different Drummer

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British Chocolate Bar Ad

It’s a phenomenon that started last year, when British chocolatier Cadbury plunked down over $12 million to have the Fallon ad agency create a viral video campaign for their Dairy Milk bar (that’s kind of like “milk chocolate”, only British). Well, they got what they paid for, thanks to macro lenses, clever editing and the most famous drum fill in the history of popular music. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Soylent Ape

February 27, 2008 at 7:52 pm