Ovation: Favorite (And Least Favorite) Animals In Commercials.
When it comes to animals in commercials, I either love them or I hate them. Sometimes it makes perfect sense to include an animal in an advertisement, be it on television or in print, because the product for sale actually involves an animal or there’s a clever play on words, etc. Be they computer generated, animated or actual animals, critters can make or break an advertisement. Below are my most favorite and least favorite animals starring in commercials:
Favorite Animals In Commercials
Every time we pass a Kia Soul on the road someone in our car (usually me) says “Oh, look! There go the Kia Hamsters!” In their most recent outing, they’ve spent some time in the gym and appear with a new slimmed-down look to promote the “totally transformed” 2014 Soul.
Cross legged cats everywhere are having a hard time finding their litter boxes because they can’t smell them when they’re filled with Fresh Step kitty litter.
Charlie the Tuna has been the cartoon mascot for StarKist brand since 1961. The hipster with “good taste” appeared in more than eighty-five advertisements until the 1980s when the “Sorry Charlie” campaign was retired. But he made a comeback in 1999 when StarKist revived him to introduce a new line of healthier tuna products.
The Budweiser Klydesdales brought us one of the best advertisements premiering during the 2013 SuperBowl.
The Geico Owls featured in a recent commercial make me smile more than their Gecko ever did.
Least Favorite Animals in Commercials
Charmin Bears doing their thing in the woods is at the top of my gross commercials list. I’ll never forget the ad about “crumbs” or this treasure featuring history’s first cartoon “skid mark” …
It was sad to see the AFLAC Duck get a debilitating injury, but I’d be on board with his early retirement. Once he stopped sounding like Gilbert Godfrey I no longer found him amusing.
I always got a racist vibe from the Taco Bell Chihuahua. I’m not sure why that little guy annoys me every time I see him. I guess I wonder if Latinos are offended.
Duke Bush of Bush’s Baked Beans fame works my nerves mostly because of the quality of the commercials. They always look like someone was trying to stay under budget.
Snuggles the fabric softener bear is the kind of television animal that I’d like to give to my dog so I could watch her pull the stuffing out of it through a hole in the side seam of its head. Is it supposed to be a baby bear? Is it supposed to be cute? Ugh. I can’t stand that bear.
I would appear that I have something against bears and dogs but that’s not true. Just THESE bears and dogs. Fortunately, I’m getting better at fast-forwarding through the commercials on my DVR.
What animals would you add to this list?
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