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Possibly the Best Climate Change Awareness Video Ever

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Cannes Young Lions competition entries for client Oxfam Great Britain have been mixed -- and the stuff we've seen has been wince-worthy, running the "Horrors!" gamut from complete mundanity to gratuitous panty-dancing violence.

That all changes with "Douchebag Pie," arguably the greatest climate change awareness ad for Generation: YouTube ever created.

And if it singlehandedly brings the word "douchebag" to the French lexicon, then all the better.

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Custom Kicks Share Carbon Footprint Stories

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There's this cute little "climate change art group" called The Canary Project, which in turn is working on something called Green Patriot Posters, which looks to me like kids marketing climate change awareness in various ways.

Look: they have billboards! And adorable little tennis shoes!

The cute custom sneaks are the work of students at McCormack Middle School in MA, which were encouraged to express their knowledge of their carbon footprints on a pair each. The sneakers now appear in associated billboards along with the tagline: "The Kids at McCormack School know their CARBON FOOTPRINT. What about YOU?"

Peruse more earnest little posters, or make your own, at the website.

by Angela Natividad    May-21-09    
Topic: Cause, Consumer Created, Guerilla, Outdoor, Packaging



Garnett Invites Camera Eye to His Digital Habitat

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"Kevin Garnett: All-Arounder" elevates HP's ongoing campaign, "The Computer is Personal Again," to heights of chill elegance.

In the early work, the contents of celebrities' computers were manifested between their two hands, divulging the creativity and personality that lives inside a well-worn hard drive.

This time around, Kevin Garnett casually saunters through a habitat of interests, calmly suspended in mid-air, waiting for the illuminating touch of his hand. In addition to getting a voyeuristic view of his projects, you get a sense of the eclectic pursuits that compose one person.

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by Angela Natividad    May-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Television



E-Ink Hoodoo Spooks Prince of Darkness

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Ozzy Osbourne appears in his third (or fourth?) Samsung spot, this time for the Alias 2.

The aforementioned handheld boasts snazzy E-Ink technology that enables the keyboard to right itself no matter which way you're holding the phone: sideways or upright. It's pretty cool actually. But Ozzy freaks, starts murmuring "Samsung voodoo," lifts up his cross and leaves.

Soon after, a scientist attempting to pursue him and explain the technology is Tased for a really, really, really long time.

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by Angela Natividad    May-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Cartoons, Creators, Chali 2Na Cross Paths for Adidas

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Jurassic 5's Chali 2Na brings narrative weight and a forceful, poetic pace to "The Inner Workings of a Creator," a deconstruction of NBA Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose.

Rose is frozen in space. Sections of his body are highlighted and zoomed as 2Na describes what makes the wunderkind tick: yo-yo magic, and a Peregrine falcon, among other things. (Seriously though? Falcons don't eff around. See one take a deer.)

Note how Rose's high-top sneaks are targeted twice.* That's because this piece is for Adidas' "Impossible is Nothing" campaign, a nice transition from the Beijing Olympics subset, which was equally epic and also animated, albeit to a totally different tune.

These particular illustrations are by FreeDarko for agency 180LA. See related material at the Adidas Basketball website.

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Simply Put, Samsung Fails at Amateur Video

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It's with relief that we can say successful online videos have evolved from the astroturf amateur days.

But Samsung must've been sick when that memo went out -- it's still stuck on that low-budget "Is it real? Can't be!" crap.

In its latest online effort, "Awesome computer comes to life," a woman at a trade show stops by the booth for Samsung's new mini-Notebook, the N310. Two Notebooks, side by side, boast the two lamest faux features imaginable: some kind of hologram effect, and the ability to give life to mischievous putty people.

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by Angela Natividad    May-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Promotions, Video, Worst



How Banner Ads Made Genetic Modification Fun.

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Okay, not really genetic modification.

The other day we came across this supersized contact lens ad on MySpace. The banner lets users swap the eye colours of the featured model, and even change the model herself. Choose from ethnically unambiguous options like Gabriela (at left), Jada and Kate.

You can also upload a picture of yourself, the better to gauge how to improve on nature with pupil shades in Sterling Gray, Brilliant Blue and Gemstone Green.

We were all, "Ooh! Engagement features!" -- a trite enough inclusion, but certainly worth a few minutes' distraction. Hopefully one day we'll be able to customize our children this way.

by Angela Natividad    May-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange



Only in Advertising Can Plaid Skirts Be Twisted Into Selling Point

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We've heard of Plaid Skirt Marketing before but we've never really thought much about the agency or its name. Much like Wexley School for Girls, it's a bit, well, not very typical as in, oh, Wieden + Kennedy or Crispin, Porter + Bogusy or just plain old Arnold.

The agency plays on what it calls the "duality of a plaid skirt." At this point we're thinking, "Oh no. They're not going to go there are they?" Well, they sort of do describing the plaid skirt thusly, "It's a seductive temptress. It's strict uniformity. It's an iconic fashion staple. It's even punk self-expression."

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by Steve Hall    May-20-09    
Topic: Agencies, Strange



Peugeot Goes Classic Eletronica With Bond

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To aid the launch of its 308 Coupe Cabriolet, Peugeot commissioned female electric string quartet, Bond, to arrange the classical work Four Seasons. You can check out the arrangement here. And you can see the ad here. It's really quite good. The music, that is.

by Steve Hall    May-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Sponsorship, Video



Dance, Girl, Dance. Die, Girl, Die.

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This is madness, thick and black, I Know What You Did Last Summer-style.

To spread Oxfam's global warming awareness message, and as (yet another) entry to the Cannes Young Lions ad festival, some dark-humoured cat put together this creepy piece of work.

Ooh, it's getting hot in here. Like a seedy American Apparel ad, some dancing hutch starts peeling off her clothes. And suddenly...

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