Ford Upset by Web Ad Showing Decapitation

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Sparky's, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    They get away with a lot more in Europe.... Anyone seen the "Ad" in question?
  2. kylos macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2002
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Re: Sportka Playing with Cats and Birds

    Yes they are quite realistic, and we were doing our best to keep it going around.

    And the Sportka pigeon ad..

    [Note from Sun Baked: Caution - Portrays the death of a bird.]
  4. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    I saw the "Ben & Jerry" ad which is quite typical of them. A very funny ad, don't see anything to complain about that one.

    The cat and pigeon ad are quite disturbing. I'm an animal lover so it is very sad. :( I do not see what the point would be for either. It would turn me against Ford.
  5. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    seriously. what could one be trying to express with this sort of commercial? that the sliding roofs are really powerful? :confused: :confused:
  6. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.

    Holy crap they made those ads?

    Geez... you killed the frikken animals.


    Damn Ford, I thought your SUV's were bad gas-milage... but this -- this is horrible.
  7. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    Yeah, those ads are quite shocking...and funny. I can imagine their being upset over them. Shock value goes a long way.
  8. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    First of all, no *real* animals were harmed. It's all special effects.

    Second, there is no real point to them, it's just humour (keep in mind that in general, Europeans have a different sense of humour than Americans).

    I for one, think that they are dead funny ads. I'm fed up of having birds poop on my windshield... :eek: :p :p
  9. cjc343 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    In the apple store, in front of a G5.
    I like animals. or rather, I love animals.

    No animals were hurt.

    The ads are funny.

    My opinion.
  10. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    I thought the bird ad one was funny, but the cat one was kind of disturbing. It's more sadistic and disturbing seeing the cat actually struggle like that. At least with the bird, it just got flipped and tossed onto the pavement in a comedic fashion.
  11. coopdog macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2002
    The Great Midwest
  12. MacRAND macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2003
    Phoenix AZ USA
    British humor is so ....dry. Cats: BEWARE

    Neither cats nor pigeons are my favorite animals. :)
    To be fair, the cat should have been given a
    WARNING not to jump / piss on the car, you know,
    like the windshield wiper swats at the cat. And a sign...
    (including CATS)

    Then, if the cat doesn't take the WARNING... it would at least be FAIR.

    Pigeon eradication :( that's what CATS are for. :mad:
    Serves the cat right for not doing a proper job on pigeons,
    forcing the poor little FORD to hood wink ;) the s*** dive bombing bird.

    Now, had that cat been a PUPPY, :eek: I'd be up in arms over such a disturbing, twisted bloody ad.
    But, it was a cat. :rolleyes: A cat. :cool: Yeah, still disturbing.
    Rating: PG - 3 :p
    Strictly enforced to protect
    3 year old girls
    unless accompanied by a parent
  13. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i think the ad is in bad taste, but i think they intended it to get this kind of attention. it's exactly what they asked for in the first place, and the video is mysteriously "leaked" in the US when it's not supposed to be. The demographic that they're targeting wants, i'm sorry, an asskickin' car, cheap. But again I think they could have made their message clear without resorting to (virtual, i know) violence against animals... has PETA issued a statement yet? heh...

  14. IndyGopher macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    I think it would be PETAA in this case... being an Animated animal. How does PETA feel about the Roadrunner cartoons, I wonder... it would not surprise me if they came out against that, too.
  15. agreenster macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2001
    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    If that's CG, thats some damn good cg. I'd like to see a full res version.

    It was kinda sad though....but funny that the car is a "bada**"
  16. Dippo macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
    I saw this awhile back.

    I didn't think it was funny. I thought it was very disturbing.

    But to each his own I guess...

    (of course I could see how ford could be upset)
  17. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    I saw that ad and I was shocked, I don't think it apropriate, there are better ways to advertise for your car!
    Soon a band of rabid cats will be invading the advertising studio who did this ad beware :eek:
  18. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    The bird one was rather amusing (in part because of the standard dislike of birds for what they drop on cars), but the cat one was just sick. As somebody said, there was no reason for the evil car to hate the cat--it hadn't done anything wrong--making it distrubingly malicious instead of funny.

    I'd be livid if I were Ford; edgy viral marketing is one thing (note that they weren't complaining about the bird one), but pointless animal cruelty is just that.

    Besides, what's the message here: Instead of "This car is a rebel with attitude--the Bart Simpson of compacts." (the bird one), you've got "This car has the mindset of drunken high-school dropout trailer trash who try to run over dogs and blow up bullfrogs with firecrackers and end up being arrested for some disturbing assault charge at the gas station they grow up to run."

    Yeah, that's the car I wanna drive.
  19. evoluzione macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be
    the cat one, yeah, i agree, very disturbing, but the pidgeon one, made me chuckle.

    after seeing that cat one, i'd quite happily boycott Ford, they're sh**e anyways.

    and as for PETA protesting against roadrunner...are you f***ing serious? it's a completely different thing. to a lot of people, that ad is real, so many millions of people in this world have no idea you can do something like that with computers. that's the issue. if it was a cartoon, fine, it'd be a lot less disturbing.
  20. MacRAND macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2003
    Phoenix AZ USA
    Here, kitty, kitty, kitty...

    Also, notice how the sound effects are critical to telling the story, which adds to the realism of the whole thing. Without the power open & close, and the frantic scratching...the tragedy might go unnoticed.
    Where can we get one of those little FORDS to park in my neighborhood - the neighbor's cat has been using the porch right outside of my bedroom window to advertise her availability to every Tom, dick and hairy within 2 miles :( ALL NIGHT LONG for the last week! :mad:
    Here, kitty, kitty, kitty, climb onto the nice little car...that's it, now peek inside...:D
  21. leftbanke7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2004
    West Valley City, Utah
    The pigeon one is much more palatable than the cat one.

Share This Page