Save the Pinatas

by The Good Reverend on September 2, 2004 · 2 comments

in Entertainment

I made a commitment to track down all the ads from TurnPike films and post them as a step toward your Enlightenment.  Well, for all my faults I am at least a man of my word.  So, enjoy the next in the series.

Alpha, SS:  This ad is made by the same people that did the Nutrigrain one, which as we all know, you both found to just totally suck.  I will spare you both the pain and anguish of yet another poor, completely talentless ad by advising you to move on to the next post.  Oh and SS, I like a lot of SNL’s ads – which I suppose completes the circle on my poor tastes. smile

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  • .alphamonkey.

    Au contraire, my friend. I thought the ad sucked as an ad. It’d have been funny as a short. 

    Just like this one.

  • Shadow Stalker

    Okay, this is funny.  Other than the slight horror in the back of my mind at realizing that you could replace the pinata with a live animal and it would be a sad truth rather than a funny joke, I like it.

    As an ad, it sucks.  The crucial line, we need to find a new form of entertainment, (I’m paraphrasing, because it wasn’t emphasized enough to remember) is almost lost.  It’s clever and well produced, but take the ‘N’ off the end and the meaning wouldn’t change at all.  How does that sell the product?  This is an ad that people will talk about for years, and the conversation will always start, “I don’t remember what the ad was for, but it was about pinatas…”

    As for the Nutrigrain one, I just thought it totally sucked, as an ad or not.  It could have been funny, but it was too over the top and stretched the premise too far, just like every SNL skit since 1986.  I too have laughed at a lot of SNL ad parodies, but they are melodramatic and overenthused because they are making fun of ads; it doesn’t work as an ad.

    On the other hand, I can’t claim to have set up ads in 34 countries, nor have I toured with ad campaigns for decades, so what do I know.

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