Choking Child Illustrates Importance of First Aid Training


If you think pre-movie ads in the theater are annoying, you won't like this one from St. John Ambulance. While the ad is for a good cause - having knowledge of first aid - there's just something wrong with dragging lighthearted theater-goers into the drama of a joking child.

The scenario is typical. We see an ad play out on the screen. Then a person in the audience becomes part of the ad. It's not a bad execution if a bit longer than it needs to be. Still, we're just not a fan of this sort of advertising.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-10    
Topic: Commercials

Morgan Freeman Angered Over Claim He Voiced Political Ad


In the fourth district North Carolina congressional race, Republican candidate B.J. Lawson ran an ad his opponent, Democrat David Price, claims was voiced by Morgan Freeman. Freeman denies ever having voiced the spot telling the Huffington Post, "These people are lying. I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson and I do not support his candidacy. And, no one who represents me ever has ever authorized the use of my name, voice or any other likeness in support of Lawson or his candidacy."

If you listen to the spot, it does, indeed, sound like the Freeman we have all come to be familiar with. But if you listen closely, you'll soon realize it's not him. It's a very good impersonation but it's not Freeman.

But...stranger things have happened.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Political

Charlie Chaplin Time Traveler Device Perfect For Branded Apps


If you're not one of the almost 5 million people who haven't seen the George Clarke video in which he shares his discovery of what he claims to be a woman talking on a cell phone in some 1928 Charlie Chaplin archive footage, then watch it now.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Strange

Happy Hunters Digital Flashmob Brings Happiness to Internet


Bloggers are a lonely bunch. People don't comment enough. The internet isn't happy enough. Well, at least that's how Desigual sees it. And they've set out to make a change. A new campaign called Happy Hunters asks people to leave "happy" comments on selected blogs which are then picked up by the campaign and turned into...wait for it...a digital flashmob.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-10    
Topic: Online

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Angry Woman Punches Hole in Glass Wall For Cervical Cancer

cervarix.jpg We really don't know how to react after viewing this Michael Maxxis-directed spot for GlaxoSmithKline's Cervarix entitled tatoo Punch which calls attention to a cervical cancer vaccine. Let's break it down.

Up to four to five women...every six hours a woman is diagnosed...everyday one off us dies...

All in slow motion

Cut to really pissed off woman.

Cue Apple's 1984 commercial

Show tough ass broad punch a hole through a glass wall.

Breathe sigh of relief you didn't create this commercial.

For his part, Maxxis comments, "We are dealing with a product that will save lives. Nothing is more important, therefore we must deliver the message with fire, poignancy, and impact. I want the viewer to get goose-bumps and tingles this spot must overwhelm everyone in the audience with hard emotion. The overall tone is both serious and heavy, but also inspiring and uplifting. We want to empower women and motivate them to live healthy, productive, and meaningful lives. As much as this spot will make a woman want to get the vaccine, it will empower her to be strong and optimistic."

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-10    
Topic: Commercials

Dell Streak Assists Meet Cute


So here's Mother's new work for Dell. Basically, it's a Meet Cute all played out with help from Dell's new Streak pocket tablet. It's the first part of a global rebranding campaign. We could nitpick but it's nice to see anything at all from Dell these days. Now out from under the Enfaticao disaster, the brand just might have a chance at repositioning itself.

What are your thoughts? Is this a viable direction or Dell?

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-10    
Topic: Commercials

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