My favorite is the one with Jake talking about his Grrreat Grrrrand father in the Scottish Accent! I love the scene of the Clyde running the race with the TB's!!! Also love the scene of him on the boat looking at the Statue of Liberty!
Yeah...but these sure lacked the heart of those in past years. Kind of silly and, seemingly, aimed at that 18 to 35 year old male demographic who find this type silliness effective. And why all the CGI to create silly situations?
The fetch one was halfway decent but I was looking for a really big treat there at the end, not a bunch of winking.
Daisy, the circus horse was kind of a dog, he could have done better.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.
Being no sort of sports fan I didn't even turn Superbowl on until halftime - just in time to see Bruce Springsteen slide on his knees (bet that hurt the next day...)
As a result I failed to see a single commercial!
Oh well, the Clydes are the only ones I really wanted to see anyhow.
The Fetch Clyde was cute and I'll have to view the others at home as I have no speakers in my PC here at work.
I'm with you, twinkle - the 911 spot still gives me chills.
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Now they are silly/stupid. But I guess that is what the current trend is heading for, dress them up and make them act way too human and loose their horseyness.
I agree - they risk becoming passe like the once-highly popular Budweiser frogs. Keep the Clydes regal, less animated, and the indelible symbol of heritage and grace. If they want to tinker with the dalmation or even their true symbol - the eagle - have at it.
My hometown - where Glimmerglass is - has long ties to the Busch family going back to 1880 with the summer residence of Adolphus Busch being there. It also helped that Otsego County (NY) was also one of the foremost locations for hops growth in the US at the same time
In the early 1970's their 400 acre property, Farmlands, overlooking Glimmerglass converted a portion of it into "Busch Woodlands". A natural theme park, not unlike Grants Farm in STL, that celebrated wildlife, the Clydesdales, and the Leatherstocking Tales series of characters (such as Hawkeye) and books from James Fenimore Cooper.
Opened only seasonally I can still recall to this day, despite being a little kid, these two huge wooden carved Clydesdales on the Lake Road signifying the park. A very family friendly place it even had a small railroad that took passengers into an otherwise unreachable part of the dense woods park where there were park benches, food, slides, swings and non machine operated rides. It was popular - ranking just behind the Baseball Hall of Fame and Farmer's Museum with visitor numbers. Alas it closed several years later with the oh so lovely 1970's economy
"The appearance of famed Clydesdale horses, representing our hop history, will be remembered by future generations as a once-in-a-lifetime event," she continued.
Hops and the Busch family figure prominently in Cooperstown’s storied past.
It has been estimated that in 1861, almost 90 percent of the hops produced in the U.S. were grown in New York state, with more than a third of that crop coming from Otsego County. Hops farming continued to flourish in the region until the end of the 19th century.
Thanks FrankB. I love this thread. I'm at work corrupting my co-workers. we are watching all the oldies.
I was disappointed this year too. I wonder if it is because the business was sold to a business in another country. Maybe they don't "get" the Clydes. I love them,,,
I loved the ad featuring Jake. It's about coming to America without a talent and doing what needs to be done in order to survive. By working hard and a little luck you can become famous or successful. In this economy we need to laugh and feel better about ourselves and this ad reminds us as Americans we can become successful again.
The circus ad reminded me of a romance novel for horses or Cinderella.
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I love all the Clydesdale commercials. I loved to see them when they came to Savannah for St Patrick's day when I was a kid, the guys let us get into the trailer with them.
And when I lived in St Louis we could go to the farm, and also right downtown where the hitch stayed during the week.
While the horses are better than the beer, it's still OK.
Besides, I always wanted a retired circus horse. I wonder what the circus does with the retirees besides breeding? I'd love to have an old mare, but she'd have to fall in love with a WB, not a Clydesdale.
I agree that it seemed to me the ads this year totally did not "get" the Clydesdale's heritage. They made them cartoonish, un-horsey, and silly. I was very disappointed, really, as the Clydesdale ads are always my favorites. They are beautiful, regal horses and the ads using them should honor that.
But hey ... I guess everything is going to crap these days. Either that, or I am just a dinosaur.