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Websites like ours rely on advertising to pay the bills Please Whitelist MakeUseOf In Adblock: A Plea From a Former Adblock Filter Developer Please Whitelist MakeUseOf In Adblock: A Plea From a Former Adblock Filter Developer It’s no secret that we’re not huge fans of Adblock here at MakeUseOf. But we know that some of you won’t let go of Adblock until it’s pried out of your cold, dead hands. If... Read More – but that doesn’t mean you have to like them. TV adverts are particularly relentless, hammering their message deep into our thick consumer skulls by means of repetition and catchy slogans.

Spurred on by the Commercial Cuts subreddit, YouTube’s talented community has decided to have some fun with television advertising with some clever editing. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never look at them the same way again.

Still Want A Halfords Bike?

Halfords are a British retailer who sell car tyres, two-stroke and bicycles; and their 2011 advertising campaign was particularly touching. I’d like to think children still get as excited by the prospect of a new bike as I did when I was a child, but I’m not so sure. Though I appreciate the sentiment, the cut here is a vast improvement over the original.

Folger’s Christmas Tension

I don’t blame you America – this Folgers advert from 2009 has one of the lamest musical slogans of all time, and I’ve only seen it a handful of times. If I saw this every morning I’d probably want to throw hot coffee into my eyes. And ears.

The recut above killed me the first time I saw it, for all its subtlety and wrongness. Bravo.

A McDonald’s Bonding Moment

McDonald’s produce some of the worst adverts. Not only do we have whistling slogans, food that looks like painted plastic and the outward appearance of “healthy” food; they often run multiple campaigns at once. This recut features very smart editing and focuses on subtlety over laugh-out loud. And it’s brilliant.

Wendy’s Defining Moment

This recut takes the idea of making snap decisions about where to eat while driving and runs with it, and while I’m sure Wendy’s won’t be best pleased with the result, the message is a surprisingly valid one. Remember kids: don’t merge without looking, regardless of the fast food chain coming up on your right.

Hell’s Kitchen Ramps Up The Heat

Gordon Ramsay is known for his no-tolerance attitude in the kitchen, but I’m not quite so sure he’s this gung-ho. Much like the Wendy’s advert above, this advert takes a small slice of reality and drops it into the pre-season trailer. It’s brief enough so that you barely notice, but outrageous enough to look out of place even on Hell’s Kitchen.

Glade Plug-Insane

Take one part air freshener, two part juggalo and one talented video editor and you’ll be left with this rather foul-mouthed advert for Glade Plug-Ins. It must be said that the chroma keying (layering two videos on top of the other) on display here is particularly excellent.

Oreo Should Have Foreseen This

Sometimes the quickest, dirtiest edits are the best – and in this instance, I’d say Oreo deserved it. Much of the time advertisers will leave slightly suggestive elements in their adverts, and regardless of whether this was intentional, the rest of us were crying out for a subtle edit like this.

“Japanese” Furby Commercial

This last video doesn’t quite conform to the usual format (the editing isn’t so subtle, as you’ll see) but it’s still entertainingly demonic. I’m not sure what’s funnier, the incredibly twisted results or the fact that some people on YouTube mistook this for being a real advert. You decide.

More Fun With Adverts

You can hit up the Commercial Cuts subreddit to find even more videos and follow the emerging scene. We’ve also featured similarly hilarious recuts in the past in the form of Jaboody Dubs Repurposing Bad Adverts Into Hilarious Comedy With Jaboody Dubs [Stuff to Watch] Repurposing Bad Adverts Into Hilarious Comedy With Jaboody Dubs [Stuff to Watch] Last week I stumbled across Jaboody Dubs, a YouTube user with more than 300,000 subscribers and only around 50 videos. The bulk of these are cleverly dubbed, side-splittingly funny infomercials for products so bad they... Read More , which focuses on transforming infomercials with hilarious voice overs.

For another look at advertising, check out these classics from years gone by Classic Commercials: An Important & Entertaining Insight Into Advertising & Television [Stuff to Watch] Classic Commercials: An Important & Entertaining Insight Into Advertising & Television [Stuff to Watch] Unless you’re old enough to remember the films I’m about to talk about, it’s likely that the advertising campaigns of years gone by will be both alien and oddly familiar in equal doses. This collection... Read More – they’re not funny, but they are public domain (so you could always make them funny). If you need some tools, check out the top free Mac OS X video editors The Top 8 Free Video Editors For macOS The Top 8 Free Video Editors For macOS The best video editors for macOS cost a lot of money, but what if your budget is $0? Read More , these Linux offerings 7 Free Open Source Video Editors For Linux 7 Free Open Source Video Editors For Linux Read More and a selection of web apps that are up to the job 5 Free Tools For Online Video Editing 5 Free Tools For Online Video Editing Online video editors have helped to turn everyone into armchair filmmakers. Most online video editors give you the basic cutting, splicing, and merging tools. Then there are the ubiquitous sharing options. What else do you... Read More .

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