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Power Wheels Perfectly Parodies McConaughey's Lincoln Ads

Video: They have been parodied ad nauseam already, but Mattel delivers what is possibly the definitive spoof of Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ads. Driving a pint-sized Ford F-150 pickup, this kid seems like he’s been pitching Power Wheels long before anyone paid him to pitch one. All that’s missing is that smooth southern drawl.


This Rube Goldberg Machine Is Powered By Light

Video: It’s always fun to see the chain reaction of Rube Goldberg machines and how one action can cascade into a whole bunch of things happening. This one, from an ad for Japanese technology company au, is particularly cool because it’s just powered by light and lens and optics.


Watch John Malkovich Play A Vampire In This Funny French Commercial

Video: John Malkovich is a great actor, no doubt about it. That’s why it’s not surprising to see him nail the role of a vampire in this cinematic — and quite funny — TV commercial for a French video streaming service.


The Bizarre And Controversial World Of American Late-Night Lawyer Ads

When it’s three o’clock in the morning and everything is going wrong in your life, there’s a certain kind of ad you might see on basic cable. Lawyers — usually guys — promise to battle the heartless, tight-wad insurance companies on your behalf. There’s disaster footage and stiff readings off of cue cards. The ads look like they were made in a high school computer class.


The 98-Year-Old MS Paint Prodigy In Microsoft's Super Bowl Commercial

Remember Hal Lasko, the 98-year-old semi-blind artist who makes beautiful prints using Windows 95-era Microsoft Paint? He was in Microsoft’s gorgeously sentimental commercial that aired during last Sunday’s Super Bowl, as Mashable points out. Which is great, because we love the guy and his gorgeous work.


This Incredibly Touching Ad About Whisky Is Better Than Most Movies

This moving commercial about Bell’s whisky does more in two minutes than most movies do in two hours. Give it a try. I went in expecting nothing — I mean, it’s a commercial! — and walked away gently holding my heart. It’s definitely better than any commercial that aired during the Super Bowl and probably more heartwarming than some Oscar movies.


Sony Makes Volcano Spew Eight Million Flowers In Stunning 4K Ad

If there’s one thing Sony knows how to do, it’s sell its technology with cool imagery. In past commercials the company has blasted buildings with paint, sent millions of rubber balls bouncing down a street, and even unleashed a small army of Play-Doh bunnies. But this time around, Sony’s dumping eight million flowers — three-and-a-half tons worth of petals — into a volcano and onto a small town to sell its 4K TVs in the UK.


Watch How Every Tech Commercial Is Exactly The Same

People finishing each other’s sentences. Indie rock. Video editing that’s way too fast. CollegeHumor is spot-on in its demonstration of how every tech commercial is exactly the same.


If Vine Tried To Make A Commercial About Vine Using Vine

Because Twitter wants to force lightning twice with self-imposed limitations on communication, Vine has been awkwardly limited to 6 seconds of video. But what does that 6 seconds mean? Could Vine promote Vine in 6 seconds? Could you explain what Vine is in 6 seconds? Is 6 seconds longer or shorter than you think?


The First He-Man Toy Commercial: Master Of The Universe, Master Of Marketing

Fresh off Star Wars, which taught the corporate world how to overmarket any property to kids, the 1980s was one of the greatest decades ever when it came to toys — and toy commercials. Originally shown at the Mattel Booth at Comic Con last year, this is believed to be the very first He-Man and The Masters of the Universe toy commercial that originally aired back in 1981 or 1982.


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