Sunday, December 20, 2015

K.A.C. 2015 - T - 5 ...

     Forget Rudolph, forget Frosty ... behold your NEW Christmas Mascot Overlord ... SPROUT BOY! 

     In what may be the strangest ad campaign in a LONG time, the BBC aired (with narration by current Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi), Sprout Boy just wants what we all do ... to be wanted by someone at Christmastime ... but nobody loves a Brussels sprout!  The cheery little fellow keeps getting the boot from place after place until The Doctor invites him to dinner with all the other BBC stars ... read that again ... invites the Brussels Sprout ... to dinner ... there's a reason the ad ends where it does!  :(  Watch and shudder as the little green guy goes blindly to his doom (and see if you can name all the BBC stars at the table)!

     For sheer carnage, you can't beat the Christmas ad from Sainsbury's (a chain of UK supermarkets, second only to Tesco's). In this commercial, Mog the family moggy (or cat, for those readers on this side of the Pond) starts a chain reaction of disaster and winds up the family hero! Well done, puss! 

      By the way, if you're not familiar with the character, Mog is the star of a long-running children's book series by Judith Kerr. To read more about her, read her Wikipedia entry here:

     Then there's the John Lewis ad for 2015. This department store chain has had numerous memorable commercials each year (check out some of the earlier ones on YouTube) and this year is no exception. Entitled "Man On the Moon", it shows just how far the power of friendship goes at Christmastime.

     But the MOST controversial Christmas ad this year comes not from Britain, but from Germany and the EDEKA supermarket chain. It features a family patriarch who is facing yet another Christmas alone, thanks to his children who are too busy and harried with their lives. Dad decides to do something about it and fakes his own death to force the family to come together! The ad has been viewed over 27 million times already and has the Internet buzzing - maudlin sentimentality about the importance of family or shameless hucksterism? And what exactly does this have to do with groceries? You decide! 

     To see even more clever holiday ads, click the link below:  


     Coming Tomorrow: We begin the Final Four entries of the K.A.C. - join us! 

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