Honda shoved their new Super Bowl ad starring Matthew Broderick up our Inter-butts today. The ad sees Broderick parodying his most well-known film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as he calls in sick to work and goes on a wild adventure in his Honda CR-V. His stops include the Museum of Natural History, singing in a parade, and outfoxing the studio head. Pretty entertaining spot. Though his tiger-striped vest is sorely missed.
Over the years, advertisers have relied on film parodies to help peddle their wares to varying degrees of success. Below are some that made us laugh, made us groan, and made us change the channel.
Back To The Future fans have been waiting years for the chance to own Marty McFly’s fresh kicks. Nike finally decided to get around to doing it and as a result, we have this maxi-commercial starring Bill Hader, Kevin Durant, and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd. It’s no surprise to see Lloyd reprise the role for an advertisement. He’s done so in the past and has appeared in a string of low-budget projects in the past few years. Which is a shame. The man’s a great actor. That’s why the BTTF fan in me is happy to see Doc on the screen again.
However, when Spike TV decided to honor Back To The Future at the 2010 Scream Awards, they landed a coup by putting Michael J. Fox back in the driver’s seat of the DeLorean (which was destroyed by a train last I checked **smug nerd noise**). Previously, Fox had never reprised the role and this appearance was an awesome salute to pop culture. Here’s hoping they never remake these films.
Using computer sorcery, FedEx found a way to travel back in time and take control of The Wizard of Oz‘s Lollipop Guild. Either that or they used a really good graphics program. It’s a pretty clever ad that shows the dangers that can happen when supplies are cut off to the Munchkin’s Village.