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January 05, 2020

Remember Budweiser’s Funny Commercial That Became a Fond Memory for Many

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Budweiser is known for many of its innovative and eye-catching adverts, but one that remains in the minds of many people is the "Clydesdales Donkey" advert, which had a great story attached to it. 

The commercial began with a donkey narrating his story of how the donkey had always dreamed of being a Budweiser Clydesdale, but that the only problem was that he was born a donkey. 

Of course, being born a donkey was a problem because Clydesdales are horses of a powerful breed, which are used for pulling heavy loads. 

Budweiser beer is seen as the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Baltimore Orioles and clinching the National League West Division Title at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 10, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland | Photo: Getty Images


Hence, the donkey had to prove himself to be a good fit for the role of a Clydesdale, which he did, right from birth by practicing the Clydesdale walk, the Clydesdale pull, amongst other things.

Continuing his story, the donkey narrated how the day of his interview with the Clydesdale horses finally arrived. He said:

"And then came my big interview. They looked me in the eye and said, 'What makes you think you can be a Clydesdale son?'"


That part of the video proved to be the most hilarious, as the donkey in his reply brayed loudly, while the Clydesdales looked at him intently.

The donkey must have said something right, as the next scene of the commercial showed him, now a member of the Budweiser Clydesdales, leading the other horses as they walked majestically. 

The follow-up advert to the Budweiser Donkey advert showed just how much of an effect the little donkey had on other animals too.


The Budweiser Donkey advert is one of the beer brand's most iconic and got many people anticipating what they would come up with next. 

The advert made its debut to the television screens for the 2004 Super Bowl, and one thing that was learned from it is that it pays to be perseverant. 

The majestic Budweiser Clydesdales made their first appearance in April 1933. The horses were given by August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father as a gift in celebration of the end of Prohibition. 


Since that appearance, the horses have been seen touring the country, featured in Budweiser television commercials, Presidential Inaugurations, and other major events. 

The follow-up advert to the Budweiser Donkey advert showed just how much of an effect the little donkey had on other animals too. The advert which aired during the 2005 Super Bowl was titled "Audition."

It showed animals of all types rushing to a red barn where the Budweiser Clydesdales and the donkey from the previous year's advert are seen waiting. 

The hitch driver, surprised, looks at the donkey and says, "Now look what you've started," while the advert ended with a pig wearing hoof hair extensions as he strives hard to catch up with the other animals.