Rob Rants: Christmas Commercials

And now to start one of the new categories here, a “Rob Rants”. We’ll start with Christmas Commercials.

Best Of

OfficeMaxRubber Band Man (OfficeMax) – This is a great example of how cool an advertisement can be. Retro, classy, catchy, fun. I can’t get enough of this one. It’s fun. And I don’t even like OfficeMax. I’ll miss this ad after the holidays. It’s one of the few tunes that doesn’t get on my nerves. Not to mention the animation is pretty cool. It’s also not overplayed. I see it maybe a few times a week, not bad. I can live with this one.

Chrismahanukwanzakah (Virgin Mobile) – This commercial isn’t bad. I don’t mind watching it, it’s catchy (it even sticks in your head), it’s not overdone, it’s funny. I’ve yet to find anyone who didn’t get a good laugh from it. This ad really did make this Chrismahanukwanzakah season the best one ever! Also not overplayed. I think this is one I’ll remember years from now, since it’s was creative. Hopefully they will bring it back next year. Kind of wish they did more with props though. I love how they combined all the holidays into 1 lump, but they didn’t really combine decorations and props. Would be interesting to see a MenorahTree :-D, I’m sure there are many other wacky things people can come up with… perhaps a Fark photoshop contest?

Worst Of

Old NavyOld Navy Caroler’s (Old Navy) – I’ll admit they all make great models I’m sure, and perhaps they even have vocal talent (who knows if there voices are real in the commercial or done Ashley Simpson style)… but this ad is by far the most annoying ad of the year, and just when one ends, they put on yet another one. They apparently decided doing it on TV wasn’t enough, so they decided to pollute Time Square with this one. Not to mention this article takes commercializing Christmas to a whole new low. Sorry, but this ad gets the award for most annoying commercial of Holiday Season 2004. Please Old Navy, if you love America, you’ll dump this campaign in the sea.

So what are your favorites/least favorites?

Disagree? Agree? Want more ads with Monkey’s in Santa costumes? Leave a comment.

5 thoughts on “Rob Rants: Christmas Commercials

  1. What the hell r u talking about? “rubber man” is any thing but…there are a lot of other potential dancers out there that don’t have big *** afros, not to mention the fact that the whole basis of Officemax’s commercial appears to be a stereotype of a holiday drug dealer handing out his goods for free…did you not see that? That has been the basis of their previous commercials as well. I guess I don’t see things the way others do…IGNORANT ME! Yeah…right. Dman.

  2. I’m glad you mentioned Chrismahanukwanzakah ,.. was my favorite commercial this year… err last year you know what I mean lol hopefully we’llsee it again in 2005.

  3. :grin: I’ll agree with your take on the OfficeMax Christmas commercial. It’s deffinately creative and classy and not over played. I’ve been with this company for a number of years and they have always treated me great. We try to reach a broad audiance in our ads. And what is Dana’s problem? I say your reading into it WAY too much.

  4. I too LOVE the Rubberband Man Christmas commercial! It’s such a great send-up of the old Rankin/Bass specials that I grew up watching. Here’s hoping they run it again this year! Happy Holidays!!! :)

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