If 'Precious Moments' Had an Adorable Death Frolic, This Would Be It


Here's a happy Valentine's day message from Psyop. It all started cavity-sweet until the back-shaving, tooth-pulling, organ-dissembling and decapitating happened.

And what's going on with the gaunt stranger giving away razorblades, candy and saws of varying strength?

Wait a second ... we get it now! This is based on "The Gift of the Magi," isn't it? You know, the story where that couple buys gifts for each other at the expense of something they love, and the things they get directly relate to the stuff they give away, so neither can use their gift, and they're both miserably poor, so all they have left at the end is each other?

Wow. Brutal interpretation, Psyop. But hey, the ending is less pathetic (and way more literal) than O. Henry's version.

Oh, and for those dying to know, the song is by VHS or BETA and it is called "Love in My Pocket," which now we won't be able to listen to without thinking of ... scissors.

Anyway, we went ahead and sent the message to everybody we love.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online

Thirsty for a Mother's Love? Hit a Mother's Milk Bank


Advanta Bank Corp's ideablob, which awards cash to entrepreneurs with great small business ideas, just handed Naomi Bar-Yam $10,000 for her business.

Bar-Yam is the co-founder of Boston's Mother's Milk Bank of New England.

*canned laughter*

The world probably laughed at blood banks, too. And sperm banks!

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Specialty

Don't Just Love the Puppies; Spread Puppy Love in Puppy Tongue


Remember that Talking Pets campaign for Purina? Probably not -- unless you're from Canada, or just way into the idea of communion with your furriest chums.

Anyway, for Valentine's Day you can send a Valentine in dog language.

We're not really sure what to say about that, so we'll go with the generic "...awww."

by Angela Natividad    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange

Cupid Brings V-Day Color to 'Hate Late' Campaign


To bring holiday character to its ongoing "Hate Late?" campaign for Pizza Hut, BBDO Guerrero Ortega ran this ad for Valentine's Day.

Cupid -- who needs to either shoot someone or pass a stool really badly -- hates late. And in a country known for its tardiness, the Pizza Hut delivery guy is his only friend.

Cute. Cuter still if he helped out on deliveries. Looks like he brought some unnecessary stress to that cargo.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Poster

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Ugly Mug Coffee Goes Bold With Brand Re-launch


Sometimes even lowly coffee brands needs the occasional boost and that's what Indianapolis-based Young & Laramore did for Memphis-based Ugly Mug coffee as part of a complete re-branding. Focusing on coffee's true purpose, to dramatically kick your head into gear each morning, Y&L went bold. Very bold.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Packaging

Mmm, That Pizza Was Good...OMG! WTF is That???


We've seen all kinds of pizza box advertising. Some are better than others. Others are just shocking such as this ad for an extermination company which was placed inside a Mamma Mia pizza box. Since the ad is placed under the pizza, it isn't seen until the pizza has been finished. We're thinking a few people might fill that pizza box right back up with puke after seeing this ad. See all the images here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Good, Specialty, Strange

Pinky Vodka Competes With Forlorn Cupid


Yes, today is Valentine's Day. It's suppose to be a happy day. A day filled with love. But poor Cupid is having a tough time of it with all women seemingly falling in love with Pinky Vodka. It's making Cupid's job a tough one. So tough he's enlisted the help of his entire family to fight the attraction Pinky Vodkas seems to have over women. We wish him luck. Vodka's great. But we'd have to say love and sex are better.

by Steve Hall    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Good, Video

Truth Campaign Explores Broadway Musical-Style Entertainment


There was this TV show a while ago from Steven Bocho, who gave us NYPD Blue, called Cop Rock. In the show, which was a serious police drama, the character would suddenly break out in song Broadway style. The show didn't last long. On last night's Boston Legal, guest star Scott Bakula serenades Candice Bergin. While Bakula might be a great actor, we quickly fast forwarded until the cheesiness was over. Musical scenarios like this happen all the time. Unfortunately, they mostly never work.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Strange

Mobile Phone Pictures Provide Discounts at Hong Kong Pizza Hut


So Dominos Pizza has its cool new build your own pizza thingy. In Hong Kong, Pizza Hut didn't want to left out of the party so they hooked up with MyClick Media for a mobile promotion which enables people to use their cell phones to snap shots of images on Pizza Hut promotional material to get discounts and prizes. Of course, people have to have the MyClick software on their phones. In Asia, that's just another normal day using one's cell phone to manage every element of one's life.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Good, Mobile/Wireless

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