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I don't know if ridiculous '90s style commercials like this completely disappeared or if it was just because I stopped watching Saturday morning cartoons, but I totally miss getting sold diabetes or useless toys from overexcited kids and crude special effects and weird parents. This parody of those '90s commercial nails them.

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One of the more memorable moments from yesterday's Super Bowl — at least before the end of the fourth quarter — was the latest Snickers ad that co-opted The Brady Bunch into selling candy bars. But if you thought the ad just used some clever editing and dubbing, over on FXGuide they have a thorough break-down of the complex visual effects needed to change what the characters were saying in the original footage from the TV series.

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The public service announcement is emotionally manipulative and strategically pulls at the most basic things everyone likes (cute kids! young love!) and might even be scripted and is definitely edited nicely but still, the message is something that even children know to be true: Domestic violence is not OK.

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Johnnie Walker has a pretty neat commercial on air these days that covers seven different backgrounds in just one long take. It's a well choreographed and perfectly timed spot, a man is at a bar and starts walking. As he moves along, the scenery changes along with him to give him a wild journey until he's back at the bar.

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An effective commercial doesn't necessarily have to be a multi-million dollar production. Remember that Nike ad with Tiger Woods bouncing a golf ball on his club? It was supposed to be completely different until the director saw his skills on set. VW had similar luck with this ad made with nothing but an action cam attached to the spinning wheel of a driving car.

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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.

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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.