Recently a TV4 poll in the UK listed 100 best television adverts of all time. Top of the list was the Guinness Surfer ad. And second in the hearts of the British was the 1974 Cadbury Smash ad – featuring Martians sniggering about the obsession of British people for mashed potatoes. Beats me how this ad managed to reach cult proportions. However – it’s online at DDB London’s flash site, in mpeg form, along with some other classics and current work.
Click on the image below to play the Martian Smash video in YouTube (HD)
The only ad on the DDB London site I remember seeing down under is the PG Tips Chimp ad from 1971 – the one where the piano falls down the stairs. There was a long tradition of PG Tips Chimp ads – from 1956 to 1994. The ads were finally pulled because it was considered unacceptable to exploit chimpanzees.
Click on the image below to play the PG Tips video in YouTube (HD)
PG Tips is now promoted by the T Birds, four claymation birds who share a flat. There are five online tv adverts at the current pg tips moments site – along the lines of Wallace and Gromit.