Commercial Parodies Get Spotlight

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Ooo, ooo, ooo! Who doesn't love a good parody ad? Well, Nerve's collected 50 of them and put them all together in a list of The 50 Greatest Commercial Parodies of All Time. Most are From Saturday Night live but there are a few from SCTV, Dave Chappelle and other places.

There are goodies such as Eddie Murphy's I Wanna be a Ho, Phil Hartman's Colon Blow and Gilda Radner's Jewess Jeans. Check them all out here and then let us know which one is your favorite.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Spoofs



Yet Another Nippleless Ad Messes With Nature

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From favorite new site, Photoshop Disasters, comes this oddity. On Swedish lingerie site, Mer Kroppanara Mode, a model is seen wearing a bra that isn't meant to cover the breasts, rather to simply support therm. The model's nipples have been erased leaving her with odd looking, nippleless breasts.

A Jordache ad featuring Heidi Klum did this back in March and it was equally disturbing. Breasts have nipples. Are we suddenly supposed to believe they don't? Quick freaking us out, people! See the full on freakishness here.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Racy, Strange



Sickos Suck Face With Mentos Hottie

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There's really nothing else to say about this Mentos site on which you can choose a hottie of your liking, pop a Mentos and then have a virtual tongue twirl with the girl. Except, of course, to say that if you actually do go through with this, place your lips on your screen and embrace your computer like you've been missing the love for weeks, you are one sick sicko!

by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Games, Strange, Video



Renegade Espouses Marketing as a Service

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It would be easy to toss off this Renegade video which espouses its belief marketing should be a service to consumers rather than an intrusive method to get people to buy stuff. It's not new and it's been voiced by many an agency eager to illustrate they know marketing has to engage, enable conversation, provide benefit, offer participatory experiences and provide a service that goes beyond an excuse simply to sell product.

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by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Social, Trends and Culture, Video



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Israel's Iturn Creates GPS-Enabled Search Engine

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To illustrate the benefits of it GPS device, Israel's Ituran, with help from Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Tel Aviv, created a GPS-like visual search engine. Using offline GPS technology, Ituran mapped 300 Israeli sites, their relationships to one another and "mapped" it all for easy navigation.

While we can't read a thing on any of he sites, the process seems to work quite well offering up an alternative to the typical way of browsing the web and searching for destinations. This video explains it all.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Online



Hillary Gets Support From...Last Surviving Supporter

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So here's one of those things that's so bad it's good or, well, perhaps it's just so bad it's just bad. You decide. Here's a dude who's portrayed as the last supporter of Hillary Clinton as the convention nears. Obama Girl he is not. Newsgroper's great at the fake blog thing but it's not so clear they're all that good at making spoofish video. Sorry guys. That's just how we see it.

Hey wait. We get it. It's supposed to suck! Genius! Brilliant! Awesome! The last standing Clinton supporter is a buffoonish emo idiot who can't lick and ice cream cone without getting it all over his face.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Good, Political, Video, Worst



Freeze-Packed Used Condoms Call Attention to Beach Pollution

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If you're one of those beach police dudes, you might want to make sure you take your keys out of your little beach cart before you inform a beachgoer they're on a private beach lest you want an angry walrus to drive off with it. That particular scenario is part of a Saatchi & Saatchi LA-created campaign for the beach protection cause group Surfrider.

Along with an amateur-style video with the walrus antics, which, let's be honest, is pretty lame, comes seafood packaging placed in local farmer's markets which don't contain fish, rather various collections of trash collected from the beach. Not exactly the sort of thing you'd want to see when digging through the cooler for that prefect cut of fish.

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A World Without Frogs Would be Creepy

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American Shelf Life's Amanda Mooney sent in this ad seen on Ads of the World which she described as "creepy." And creepy it is. Often, nature's delicate balance isn't top of mind; particularly when it has to do with frogs and their affect on the world.

The ad, from Vancouver's TAXI, is for the Vancouver Aquarium and illustrates quite graphically what a world would look like if frogs suddenly disappeared. You see, frogs eat insects. Lot's of them and without frogs, that relaxing evening bath might not be so pleasant.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Good, Magazine



Chuck's Richer than Sin, But He Won't Treat You Like a Dog

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I spent most of the weekend catching up on Desperate Housewives and Lost on ABC.com. As a result, I got really chummy with Charles Schwab's "Talk to Chuck" campaign.

"Talk to Chuck" brings interpolated rotoscoping -- the process of animating over live action -- to a fresh audience. (Think Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. All the effects without the substance abuse!)

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by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online



Darfur Cause Aims for Paris Hilton-Like Publicity

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Forrester Senior Analyst Jeremiah Owyang has written a concise summary with insightful commentary on the Louis Vuitton brand-jacked Darfur t-shirt situation. Briefly, an artist, Nadia Plesner, created a t-shirt showing a Darfur child holding an LV bag and a little dog.

Imagery sound familiar? It should and that's Plesner's point who explains, "My illustration Simple Living is an idea inspired by the media's constant cover of completely meaningless things [ie. Paris Hilton]. My thought was: Since doing nothing but wearing designer bags and small ugly dogs apparently is enough to get you on a magazine cover, maybe it is worth a try for people who actually deserves and needs attention."

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by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Celebrity, Consumer Created, Opinion, Social



College of Notre Dame Straps Students to Space Ships!

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The College of Notre Dame takes lessons from the surrealists to draw students to its desks -- or, well, "rockets."

Some things are better left to the imagination. Can you imagine how crappy it would have been if Magritte had elaborated on his "not a pipe" concept? "This is not a pipe. It's a funnel! A schoolbus! A sneak-peek into your soul!"

by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online



Say, How About You Bring the Fleshy One a Little Closer.

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The Calgary Zoo is running a warped print campaign that depicts how animals must see people -- and their drool-worthy spawn -- from within the steel cages.

Might make you think twice about parading your kid around all the lions, tigers and bears. Ads of the World has more.

by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine, Strange



Because Isn't It Time that Gorilla Was Knocked Off Its High Horse?

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You may feel finished with 2007, but that doesn't mean you've seen the last of its advertising. (Far from it, actually.)

Visit OneShow.TV to vote for one of the top 100 TV spots of 2007. We've seen most of them (remember Skittles Touch and Levi's Dangerous Liaisons?), and probably trashed a lot of them, but hey, it isn't ultimately us that ends up doling out the One Show People's Choice Award.

The Cadbury gorilla ad by Fallon -- the one with that catchy Phil Collins song -- is currently leading the audience sentiment race.

The People's Choice Award winner will be announced this Wednesday on May 7 at One Show.

by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Commercials, Industry Events, Online, Television









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