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In fact, sex sells so well that it will make grown men want to buy women’s underwear.
Sports stars sell.
Jordan has sold everything from cotton to Big Macs, because we trust him. Tiger woods used to be among the most trusted, but not so much anymore.
Even Geckos can sell.
And he’ll tell you why. I wonder, does he have a name? Or is he just the Geico Gecko?
All those are tried and true tactics in the advertising industry that will make the average consumer go out and buy what they’re selling. But what about us smarter Frisbee playing folks who are immune to the subliminal messaging powers of commercials?
Well obviously, they have to use Frisbee to sell to us. Considering that there are approximately 4.5 million people who played Ultimate last year, that is quite a decent market to target. But the product they are promoting aren’t always in sync with what Ultimate represents.
If anything Ultimate players are concerned with their health. Our regular diet consists of bagels, apples, bananas, and peanut butter. We’ll have an energy bar or two on occasion, but a Snickers bar??? We still do like chocolate but this ad is just way off. I have never had the urge to eat a snickers while playing Ultimate. Except for on Halloween.
Snickers was bad, but Pepsi ain’t much better. Carbonated high fructose beverages during an Ultimate game? At least it’s only the spectators who are drinking it.
If anyone tried a behind the head catch during a game, they are either the stud, or they never played again. EVER.
I guess everyone uses cellphones so why not Frisbee players. This is probably the best made commercial. The message of connecting throughout the city is well executed.
This one has a pretty cool idea. Ultimate players love hiking and the outdoors, so tossing on the mountains fits the target.
However, the last guy makes a ridiculously easy drop. It would have been nice to see him make a layout bid for it. And also the commercial is about gas guzzling Jeeps, not very high on the shopping list of Ultimate players.
This one gets close. It’s Nike, it’s about sportswear and equipment, and we love good sportswear and equipment.
The commercial is well made with a decent sound track. But what is it promoting? Freestyle Frisbee? So I went to Nikefreestyle.com hoping to see some more Frisbee stuff and what do I find? Nothing…
Now we’re talking!
Yea it’s only light beer but hey, can’t really complain about beer. I say these two are the clear finalists.
Michelob Ultra takes the title due to:
1. It’s about Ultimate
2. The illegal self macking and the gratuitous layout
3. The hot girl who can score on you, or with you… whichever.
Comon guys, I’m sure those of us in the marketing and advertising industry can come out with something much better than those. You know any other good commercials out there? Let us know in the comments please!
For more commercials, check out Wham-o, and the story of the Frisbee
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Maybe you’ve seen the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox. If not, here’s the preview
I haven’t seen it myself, but that’s cause I’ve been spending most of my time finding great videos for this post, so there.
Fantastic Mr. Fox shows off some of the latest technologies and techniques of stop motion animation, an art form/film technique that started in 1898 in The Humpty Dumpty Circus created by Albert E. Smith and J. Stuart Blackton.
Stop motion animation also saw heavy use in George Lucas’ Star Wars Trilogy. The Tauntauns and AT-AT walkers were all animated using this technique. Other more recent notable movies include The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline, all directed by Henry Selick. I saw Coraline on the plan on my way back from Manila. It was good, but creeped me out a bit.
Enough with the history lesson, let’s get to the videos!
Today’s videos showcase the amazing skills of Patrick Boivin. I found his channel on Youtube and it became an instant favorite. I won’t show you all his videos, I’ll just show you my favorites. You should check out his channel for more great stuff.
Black Ox Skateboard
This was the first video of his that I watched
Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee
Just who is under that suit of armor?
Michael Jackson vs. Mr. Bean
Bumble Bee beats Optimus Prime
I love the audio dubbing!
Evolution of Dance – Optimus Prime
The parody of the world famous video
Jazz, with a general problem
How does he do it?! Is it dark magic? Luckily he demonstrates his techniques in this handy video.
The making of Jazz with a general problem
Youtube Street Fighter
Choose your character, and then fight! Stop motion style!
Did you enjoy those videos? Which one was your favorite?
I hope you’re excited for the next series of stop motion videos!
These clips are also from Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai Ya Arahende!! A ridiculous game show on Japanese TV which features “Batsu” games where contestants are subjected to painful and cruel punishment for the enjoyment of the audience. Thank you Japan!
Eating marshmallows with a rubber band pulling your face
The Chinko machine (The penis machine)
Welcome to the wild and wacky world of Japanese game shows! Where pain is good and laughter is uncontrollable.
This clip is from a showed called Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende! The cast members must try to remain silent while acts of pain and cruelty are performed on them during a segment known as the Batsu games.
The way this particular game works is that each cast member must choose a card, and the ones who get a card marked with a X must suffer the consequences. The consequences start off with having your nose hair plucked and eating rolls filled with wasabi, but it quickly gets worse. Luckily for the audience, it also quickly becomes more funny.
Animaniacs was one of those shows that everyone liked, if not loved. It was hard to understand why we liked it so much as a kid, but looking back on the episodes and clips, it’s amazing to see The Animaniacs again with fresh eyes.
One great aspect of the show were the original songs. Almost every episode had an original song, and many of them remain with us even till today. This is one of the most popular Animaniac songs of all time.
Yakko’s nations of the world song (with subtitles!)
The amount of talent and creativity that went into the show is astounding!
Here are some other great songs with an educational twist. I didn’t embed the videos but did put the links down below. Let me know if you prefer to have the videos embedded.
Parts of the brain – performed by Pinky and The Brain
No, these are not videos of terrible American Idol auditions where people embarrass themselves with their utter lack of skill and talent.
These are videos of American Idol audition rejects who were invited back to perform during the actual show because of the impressions they made during their auditions.
The first of his kind, William Hung made such an impression on the American Idol judges and fans that his audition video became an internet sensation. His speech about giving it his best and not having regrets earned him much respect, and even a performance during the show.
After his American Idol claim to fame, William Hung became a pop star in China. Go figure.
Renaldo burst onto the American Idol scene in 2008 in his self-made white suit and cape outfit. Armed with his own composition, he sang the same 4 lines over and over again for 5 minutes. His performance was so captivating that the judges even got up to join the act.
And since you can’t just watch Renaldo once and be satisfied, he performed again during the American Idol finale that season.
Renaldo even performed the national anthem at a baseball game in Texas, doning his now signature white suit and cape.
American Idol became a worldwide phenomenon with franchises and copycats in dozens of countries, including this one. I think it’s Kazakhstan.
A remixed version of Bomfunk Mc’s Freestyler, I think
And that, led to this.
What does this all mean?
Achieving success through American Idol does not require good looks and singing skill. Heck, it doesn’t even require good fashion sense. Whatever you do, be memorable. Let’s learn from the William Hungs and the Renaldo Lapuzes, and not get lost in the crowd, but stand out above it.
Some of these videos are not new, some of them are. I just happened to see them for the first time this week and now I’m sharing them with you. Hope you like them!
Swype vs. Qwerty
This one is new. It shows off a new way to type on touch screen phones that is supposedly much faster than the standard Qwerty keyboard on the Iphone.
What happens if you tell your girlfriend you’ll be backpacking for two weeks in Europe and she forgets? What happens if she’s also a bit of the nutty side?
Peter Chow on how New Moon will get you laid
Normally I don’t like guys who pretend to have Chinese accents, but this guy does it well, and he’s funny!
Nude It app for the Iphone
X-ray vision? There’s an app for that.
A pretty funny mash up of all the classic board games of the 80’s and 90’s.
Kobe over the backboard shot
Awesome shot, but pass the ball Kobe!
A great backpack
Is it a backpack? Or a transformer?
CNN hero of the year acceptance speech. He started a pushcart classroom to teach kids in the urban slums of Manila basic reading and math skills. His efforts have kept thousands of children away from street gangs and in classrooms.
Drawing Rome from one helicopter ride
Photographic memory + artistic skill = awesome art
Take it to the next level (Nike)
What being a professional footballer would be like, every man’s dream.
And that is your week in videos.
Feel free to share these with your friends. If there are other awesome new videos, let me know by posting a comment. Thanks!