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KCA Rebels Confuses Us, Wreaks Havoc

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So somebody emails us and goes, "Holiday time is more than just stupid f'in holiday cards, isn't it?" and we sigh with relief and go, hell yeah it is. And then we realize this is actually a plug for what they think holiday time is all about.

The cause is KCA Rebels, a liaison between Keep a Child Alive and Blender and the usual college hipsters who all want to be in bands and get famous. The winning band gets a record contract and a feature in Blender, but mainly this is to "promote awareness" (we love that phrase) about ... hm. Something related to keeping children alive. We're almost sure of it.

And because we were asked to, we'll link to this FLiP article too. Upon closer inspection it occurred to us the article has little or nothing to do with KCA Rebels and more to do with giving for the holidays with a web 2.0 tie-in to Facebook. And since this is completely fucking all over the place anyway, guess what? We're listening to Madonna's "Lucky Star" right now. And to give this an appropriate philanthropic tie-in, we're thinking of donating something to the kids at St. Jude. And for the requisite hipster 2.0 tie-in, lookie lookie - we're blogging about it.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Events, Online



Korbel Becomes Wine Cooler, Calls it Champagne Cocktail

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We really like these ads for Korbel Royal and Korbel Blue Hawaiian, which made Steve want to dive into his computer screen, pop the cork and down a bottle while I experienced a bizarre craving for champagne with essence of coconut.

Korbel tagged agency Carmichael Lynch and Gasket Studios, who with their animation wanted to turn the ads into an experience of "visual taste." Gasket founder Greg Shultz adds, "Fluidity, fun, Americana and nostalgia are mixed with a very current aesthetic - the very essence of the Korbel champagne cocktails." He appears to have some trouble committing to just a couple of good adjectives there. In any case the wine cooler - oops, champagne cocktail - ads leap off Time Square this month but expect to see them elsewhere.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Online, Outdoor, Television



Amalgamated Liberates True Color of Bodily Fluid ... in Space

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We've all seen sterile ads for feminine products in which piss or menstrual fluid comes out blue. We all know that piss and menstrual fluid are not actually blue. Those crazy cats at Amalgamated, the very guys who brought us Ben & Jerry claymation, decide to stomp on the polite institution of blue bodily fluid for their client Clearblue Easy and its new digital pregnancy test.

We would have respected them for that. But they took things one step further and put the pregnancy test in space, a la Dark Star, and then let fall a stream of disembodied space piss! And then our brains exploded.

Check it out here. But be careful. It's a little crazy.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Good, Strange, Television



One Club Wants Your Creative, Beer Better Than Woman

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- The One Club has announced its Call for Entries for the One Show 2007, the premiere international awards show recognizing the year's best creative advertising. The deadline for entry is January 31, 2007.

- Here's some less-than-kind Christmas buttons from Lowe Roche in Toronto.

- The iTunes PC Guy has a book.

- Thirty Reasons Why A Beer Is Better Than A Woman. If we you read the thing, we'd share it with you.

- Conde Nast gets it MySpace on with Flip.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Industry Events



Mini Makes Small Scene in Baggage Claim

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A Madrid airport recently featured a wrapped Mini waiting for its loving master in baggage claim like any other snowboard or piece of luggage.

This was for "It comes with me," a campaign thrown together by Dommo which wanted to demonstrate obsessive love of the zippy little car by suggesting somebody brings it everywhere, even onto the plane.

We can only imagine how much imagined bullshit an airport would have to go through to accommodate a douche who insists on bringing his car everywhere. We can only imagine the "what the fuck?" thoughts going through the minds of the guys whose bosses asked them to plastic wrap a vehicle. So by suggestion the placement is kind of funny. Only kind of though. Like, almost just microscopically funny.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Outdoor



Identity of the Burger King Revealed!

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For a long time, everyone's been wondering who's really behind that freakish looking Burger King mask. OK, so we're the only ones wondering but has anyone seen Jack Kevorkian lately? The euthanasia dude seems to have disappeared. Oh wait, is he in prison? Anyway, we think we've found him along with the true identity of the Burger King.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video



The Richards Group's YuleTube Gives Us 'Snowvivor'

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The Richards Group, endeavoring, as all agencies do, to be a bit different with their Christmas cards, has launched YuleTube on which a collection of holiday-themed videos can be found. There's reverse cookie eating, fighting claymation and a campaign smearing Santa. It's moderately amusing.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-06    




Unleash Your Creativity With Holiday Sweater Horror

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We think we've found one of the more amusing agency holiday cards with Sullivan Higdon & Sink's We Love Holiday Sweaters. But come on guys. Leave the political correctness at home. It is a Christmas sweater after all and not a "holiday" sweater. You don't want to encourage the horror of people wearing these fashion faux pauxs every holiday do you? Once a year is enough! Anyway. On the site, not only do you get to wallow in the absurdity of the Christmas sweater, you get to create your own! Yes, advertising people. Leave that boring client work behind for a moment and test your true, unapproval process-hindered creativity in the knitting section of the site. Let's see who can create the best (or is it worst?) sweater. Email your creation to sweater@adrants.com and we'll feature them here. Or, just leave the link in comments.

absurdity of the Christmas sweater

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online



Agency Holiday Card Meets Second Life

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Pop quiz. What do you get when you combine an advertising agency Christmas card with the Second Life fad? An agency Christmas card video set in Second Life, of course. Leo Burnett Detroit, one of the early agency entries into the virtual world has forgone the typical, boring, so yesterday, "real world" holiday card and, instead, given us an avatar-filled, winter-themed, Second Life hip hop jam. Hmm. Different. Nicely produced (by Millions of Us). Though it doesn't look like the Second Life we know. No lag. No half-built sims. No clunky interface. Just a lot of happy, dancing agency avatars. What's not to like?

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online, Video



Hoover Vacuums Up 'Unsightly' Hip Hop

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Our friend Bucky Turco, wrigin over at Complex, points us to a recent Hoover radio commercial in which promises to rid the world of dirty, unannoying unsightly.....um...hip hop? Yes, the vacuum manufacturer thinks, as James Bond did of the Beatles in one of his early flicks, the world should clean itself up and it's promising to do it's part. Check the spot out here (ignore the video ad and just click "download")

by Steve Hall    Dec-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Radio, Strange



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