Sausages Pimp Dildos, Arby's Gets Andy, UK Riots Solved


- Dildos and sausages. Only in advertising.

- L.L. Bean has hired Weber Shandwick to create a campaign for its upcoming 100th anniversary celebration.

- Here's Andy, Arby's new commercial boy.

- Sam Pepper thinks he has the answer to the challenge of ending riots in the UK.

- What to look for in an app according to L'Oreal's Men Expert.

- AOL is out with an iPad magazine.

by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Agencies, Consumer Created, Mobile/Wireless, Racy, Social, Video

Tide Does Not Hate Tomboys


When I was a kid, tomboys were just tomboys. They weren't lesbians in training wheels as some kooks would, today, have us believe if we were to give any credence to the "uproar" over Tide's Hoodies & Cargo Shorts commercial.

AdFreak calls attention to the kerfuffle that has terms such as homophobic, lesbian, stereotypes and gender norms being tossed about. It's all really very simple, people. We'll break it down in easy-to-comprehend terms. Ready? It's a fucking detergent commercial! Move on with your lives, people!

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by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Opinion

Aussies Attack Town, Eradicate Boring Furnishings


Hmm. A bit like that Carlton Draught Big Ad, IKEA is out with new work from The Monkeys (formerly Three Drunk Monkeys) called Have A Go. In the ad, thousands of Australians line up Braveheart-style with their favorite IKEA piece and, upon command, charge down a hill towards a town to "fight boring" and add a bit of IKEA-styled fun to suburban life.

Sadly, more than a view YouTube commenters can't see the humor in this and are blaming IKEA for somehow supporting violence.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials

Ladies, Take A Shave-Cation


Ladies, ever worry about unsightly stubble during bikini season...or any season for that matter? Well, it seems, Schick has the solution for you. And it's so good you can even take a day off from shaving that all important bikini line. In fact, you can take a...Shave-cation. Yes, a Shave-cation. All courtesy of the new Schick Quattro for Women.

But wait a minute. Something's not right here. Gillette offers up five blades. Why does Sschick only give women four? We smell a conspiracy here!

by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange

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Velveeta Does Hamburger Helper


Apart from the product's similarities to Hamburger Helper and the commercial's similarities to the Old Spice campaign, we guess Wieden + Kennedy has put an acceptable new spin on selling people Liquid Coronary...uh...excuse us...Liquid Gold, otherwise known as Velveeta cheese.

In these new commercials, which pimp Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, we have a blacksmith type, played by Lost character David S. Lee, which WK has borrowed heavily from the Isiah Mustafa Old Spice character to create. The man is all knowing when it comes to the fine art of creating easy-to-prepare, horribly unhealthy meals lazy parents can serve their families.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange

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