This passed weekend, while in Bristol, I attended the Cinema (that is what they call the movies here) to catch a viewing of the popular movie, Magic Mike. Yes, this movie probably left me with less brain cells then I had before I watched it, but the advertising before the movie was what really caught my attention. Previews played for about fifteen minutes before the movie started and during that time, some very strange commercials were played. There were three ads that were cartoons. This was surprising considering the movie we were seeing was the equivalent of America's R rating. One particular cartoon was about a Jamaican sauce used for grilling. There were hot dogs jumping around singing a song about the sauce. I'm not sure who the target audience for the ad was, but I have never seen an ad like that one before an R rated movie in the United States. I had the opinion that the advertiser did not really think about his or her audience when creating the commercial, or perhaps did not plan well where the ad was to be shown. There was another commercial with a cartoon lion for some sort of Bank. These ads were nothing like those that would be shown in the U.S. before an R rated movie. They were kiddy-like and cheesy, and I don't know how they would appeal to adults even though they were advertising adult products.
Lastly, something I noticed about Bristol was how many aspects of it were American. Not only were American stores all over the city, but they were also in Cabot Circus, which is a huge shopping destination there. My friends and I did not want to shop in American Stores, because we can do that at home for cheaper. This left us with almost nowhere to shop. In addition, almost all of the movies playing in the theater were American, something I did not expect. I guess most films are made in Hollywood, but I just thought a large city in England would have more originality and individuality than to have so many things American.