Skip to comments.Ad of the Day: Geico's Camel Is Back, and Obsessed With a Different Day
Posted on 10/02/2013 12:39:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
GGeico's advertising from The Martin Agency is consistently funny, but the company rarely has a giant viral hit. That changed this summer, thoughand the big winner wasn't a gecko, a caveman or a pig. It was a camel.
The insurer's "Hump Day" spot, which broke in May, has earned 15 million YouTube views, more than every other current video on Geico's YouTube channel combined. (The ad also has the obvious though still peculiar distinction of being shared on Wednesdays vastly more than any other day.) Given the success, it's not surprising Geico and Martin are trotting out the motormouthed mammal once again, in one of two amusing new cinema spots urging people to silence their cell phones.
The camelwho is named Caleb, apparentlyis in fine form as he patrols the aisles of a movie theater in the new 40-second spot, munching on people's popcorn and loudly looking for people who are talking on their phones. (In fact, Caleb is the most obnoxious creature in the room, but let's ignore that.) In the end, he spots coworker Mike (aka, "Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike") from the original spot and convinces him to end his phone call, since the movie is starting.
The second of the two spots stars the gecko, the longtime Geico mascot, and plays off the vintage "Let's all go to the lobby" singing-concessions video from the 1950s. This is hardly the first parody of that old classic, but it's a good one, as the snacks all get on their phones when they're off cameraand get a light admonishment from the gecko as a result.
The new spots are part of a deal brokered by Horizon Media with NCM and Screenvision. It includes cinema-lobby advertising.
What’s with the camel fixation?
I assumed the answer was “Date night”.
Would it walk a mile for a human?
One of the best and funniest ads since the FedEx caveman ad.
FWIW I never got Flo.
One hump or two?
“Is that your mom? That’s cool. Movies with your mom, I can dig it.”
:: FWIW I never got Flo ::
That’s OK, Laz does and wants to.
Not Cletus...that Flo is one THICK chik.
I will be surprised if anyone else here understands that reference to Ahab the Araab, sheik of the burning sands.
In fact I’m going to see if it’s on YouTube.
Don’t buy insurance from Warren Buffet.
He’s a Baraqqi...
Whats with the camel fixation?
Llamas are cooler!!!
Right next to the Streak.
Oh, it is, my friend.
I’d hit it.
Wow! I just learned...should have known...Jimmy Savile did that in 1962. Ray must have covered it!
“Would it walk a mile for a human?”
BTW, don't bother with the "Lighten up, Francis" picture. I hate communism in all forms.
Backpeddling on a previous post I see Ray DID get credit for writing it. Still ...1962!
Didn’t some faggot in their ads get fired for the hate call he left on Sarah Palin’s messaging system?
It was either the gecko or the announcer but neither of those voices sound any different to me than the originals (the incident happened several years ago).
Or did they just lie about firing the offender?
Don’t buy insurance from Warren Buffet.
He’s a Baraqqi...
I caught it. Ray fan from long ago
You, like me, must be old, Lol!
IIRC it was the voice of the gecko. Yup...don’t hear him much anymore!
Hope they do one for the Superbowl with the camel walking in an NFL locker room asking all of the players what day it is, and a player says it’s hump day. And then the camel says, “No it’s the Superbowl!”
You’re thinking about the guy who did the voiceover for the Affleck commercials.
No the gecko voice guy is still there and as a correction to my previous post he was the voiceover guy for the Geico commercials not the Gecko.
It's another reason to loathe the baby-killing machine, including GEICO, funded by the evil Warren Buffet.
Here ya go
GEICO voice actor fired after insulting tea parties
washingtonpost.com ^ | April 21, 2010 | David Weigel
or Lance Baxter, otherwise known as “D.C. Douglas,” currently known as the man who informs you how much GEICO can save you on car insurance, left a message last month with FreedomWorks in which he asked the group how many “mentally retarded” people it had on staff and what it would do when a tea partyer “killed someone.” On April 14, FreedomWorks put his voicemail online.
Today, Douglas reports he’s been dropped from GEICO’s campaign. His dramatic news release is here; he claims to have been motivated by “the recent gay and racial slurs slung by Tea Party members at Congressman Barney Frank and Representative John Lewis during the Health Care Reform Weekend,” and says he’s “open to any attorneys taking on this case pro bono.”
As I say, the voices still seem to be the same to me.
Ahhh... I started to google but got listening to Ray....that got listening to John Prine and Steve Goodman. Good Lord I get lost looking for stuff!
The (ex) Geico guy defended the ex-AFLAC guy:
Fired Geico Insurance Spokesman Defends Gilbert Gottfried
10:49 PM PDT 3/16/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke
Hey not saying, I would buy Geico stuff, but as a marketing guy and as a consumer I do think it is a hilarious video. I will admit that Geico did do the right thing and fire the guy. But, unfortunately almost everything I use supports some evil out there: Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Starbucks, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Adobe, etc. I do ban when I can though, unnecessary goods from firms like American Girl won’t get a cent of my money for supporting Planned Parenthood. But, the Barillas of this world and the Chic Fil’ As will get my cash whenever possible.
Thanks! Mrs p6 will ...enjoy it....when she gets home...
Wonder if anyone could do something like that today?
search engines can do that to you ;)
The choice is between Caleb the Camel and
Flo the Cashier.
I wonder what Laz would do?
Same here -- I make a point to purchase from companies that support Christian values. And I'm one of those who always "looks for the union label" and then buys a non-union product.
Not as funny. “Hump Day”, that’s funny.
“Movie Day”? Not funny.
Could have been unsaid but, as CEO of the IIHIL (International I’d Hit It League), you need to keep the org front and center.
Reference: Post #20 in this thread.
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