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Amazing Hovis commercial

Oh, man. I just saw this commercial on TV and it's gorgeous.

Okay, so everything lately makes me cry (everything) so it probably doesn't mean much that this sent a shiver down my spine and put tears in my eyes, but still. It's a fantastic, fantastic advert. It's also pretty strange how a commercial for bread can fill you with such a huge sense of pride of being British, dammit.

Edit: My mood icon is strangely apt. :)



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Sep. 14th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
You must visit! I'll give you a guided tour :)
Sep. 14th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh damn. I had the exact same response, and I'm American! (This ad also reminds me that America was not NEARLY as ravaged by WWII as England was. Granted, we had Pearl Island, but London was being bombed every night!) Also omg Winston Churchill. :) Did you get the shivers when the fireworks went off? I did.

Okay, American bread companies, I call upon you to make an ad half as good as this one. Seriously. Man I wanna move to England D:

Also, my history's bad: when the kid runs between the police and protesters, who are they protesting?

Edited at 2008-09-14 08:21 pm (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Minor's strikes in the 1980s. It was a very, very bad time for us (mainly for the Notherners) - see 'Brassed Off', 'Billy Eliot', 'The Full Monty' and just about... every non-Hugh Grant (London/Southern based -_-;) British movie.
Sep. 14th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
But the music made up for it! The 1980s gave us the New Roamntics, the Synthesizer, Electropop, and the Keytar!!
Sep. 14th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
You can't beat British 60s (I say begrudgingly), 70s and 80s music. ESPECIALLY British 80s music. We RULED the New Wave scene, man.
Sep. 14th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Great advert, though how stale is that bread going to be after running with it for all those years! :P
Sep. 14th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
That commercial is absolutely gorgeous. Wow.
Sep. 14th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
That is a very lovely advert. :)

I felt oddly proud to be British when watching Wife Swap, where a relatively-repressed man was surprised to have a man as his 'wife' for the week, and made a comfortable joke along the lines of: "I was going to bat my lashes at him, but he's not really my type!" It was just lovely. Dry humour - so very British.
Sep. 14th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Haaa, I was going to watch that tonight and completely forgot. What a shame! It sounds like it was a cracker.
Sep. 14th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, that ad made me proud to be British, and I'm Australian! I'm quite impressed that I recognised most of the events, too. Haha, I now have a sudden urge to visit England and eat bread (my dream will be reality soon!)

This kind of makes me sad that our most epic commercial was for beer.
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Wow. That's ... That's the best bread commercial ever! I mean... all we eat is Hovis when I go over there...but...

that's amazing and gorgeous.

If I may make a recommendation? This one makes both my husband and I cry... but... we kind of lived like this off and on for 3 years?

Sep. 15th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
That is beautiful. I love paper cutout animation and the style is really nice. The bird flying through the hole where her heart was is a stunning image.
Sep. 15th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! My husband showed it too me the other day... saying "It makes me think of you."

He told me later that it made him cry (which is really rare for either of us).

It hits close to home for us, but a bittersweet happy reminder.

And the bird through the heart... GOD. yes. EXACTLY.
Sep. 15th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Also! If you look on Youtube (or go to United Airlines website) You can view the other commercials made by the company AND the making of this one! They have some really gorgeous inside info and some really cool commercials to see!
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Okay, that was actually awesome. I love how the boy's clothes subtly changed each time as well.
Sep. 16th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Well, it made ME cry and I'm not even British.
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