If Birds Pooped Candy

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Created 15 months ago by Weiden + Kennedy and directed by Buck Production, this "epic rock opera" for Coke Zero features "a singing bear, candy-pooping birds, an elk with sausage antlers, g-string wearing antelopes and honeycomb encrusted sheep."

And after a long 15 months, the spot has finally aired. In Brazil. Because awesomeness like this never makes its way to America.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-09    
Topic: Best, Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Ten Grenades, An Exploding Car and 5,426 Car Parts Say Slow Down

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This is drive safely commercial for Auckland's Rodney District is an amazing piece of work. Truly amazing. Not as technically amazing as Honda Cog or as emotionally charged as the classic The Faster the Speed The Bigger the Mess (which you can view here) but still, amazing.

Saatchi New Zealand, working with production company Flying Fish and a demolitions engineer, blew up a car with ten grenades and then reassembled the vehicle, piece by piece, creating a work of art. The finished piece is stunning. And the music. Well, that works too.

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by Steve Hall    May-19-09    
Topic: Best, Cause, Commercials, Creative Commentary



'Before Guy' That's Enough Out of You.

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We're diggin' Apple's new(ish) banner ad on The New York Times which has PC and Mac in a skyscraper ad to the right of the page commenting on a leaderboard banner at the top of the page which highlights a Forrester study touting Apple as #1 in customer experience as two guys in a hair replacement ad on the left join in.

It's so engaging it's as if news headlines like, "Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says" are just supporting characters in the ever expanding worldwide webisode that is Apple verus Mac.

These sorts of interacting banners are not a new thing. But this effort is among the better ones we've seen.

by Steve Hall    May-18-09    
Topic: Best, Online



Success of 'Signs' Springboards Schweppes into YouTube Top 10

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In a coup to position itself as the refresher of choice for discriminating grown-ups, last year Schweppes Europe launched the Schweppes Short Film Festival.

Like Little Minx's Cadavre Exquis ("Exquisite Cadaver") project, five directors from The Sweet Shop were tasked with creating short human dramas for the 'net, the only requirement being that each film contain a "Schhh Moment."

"Consequently all the shorts make reference to Schweppes at some point, however this product placement is thankfully subtle and clever," says Creative Review, which posted the films on its blog.

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by Angela Natividad    May-14-09    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Specialty, Video, Viral



Mojito at the Ready, Bacardi Saunters Through Time

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"Eras" marks the start of Bacardi's newest campaign. So many beautiful things are packed into it, and knitted together so nicely, that our cups runneth over. This is us, incoherently gushing.

We'll start with the end, because the end is the beginning: "Bacardi Mojito. Since 1862." Pan to the present, where a guy at a club realizes his mojito's spent, and walks to the bar for a fresh one. As he cuts unassumingly through the crowds, the decades slip slowly backward.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 5-09    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Stella Mashes Hollywood Grit Up with French Nouvelle Vague

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Okay. Just imagine for a sec that 24 were -- work with us here -- a French New Wave film.

Beautifully-coiffed, but crucially helpless, blonde in bath towel: Millions of people are going to die ... and we only have 24 hours to save them!

Blase half-dressed hubby: Yeah, but, oh, it's Saturday. Then he lifts a copy of The Stranger back up to his face and adds, 24 hours is tons of time. I could do save them in two.

The lady over-protests, as women are wont to do, so he gets all existentialist on her ass: Aren't we all going to die eventually?

Outfitted with Brigitte Bardot knockoffs, abstract antiheroes and -- in the instances of 8 Kilometres -- a painfully mod '60s style battle of linguists, Stella Artois re-imagines three contemporary action flicks in the style of old-school French cinema. The videos are best seen with the stunna shades off, a glass of vermouth, and an extra-long unfiltered cigarette, held in that special way.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-13-09    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Trends and Culture, Video



A Stirring Encounter of Coke Kind.

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McCann Erickson/Madrid's "Encounter" is an increasingly emotional progression toward the meeting of a centenerian and a just-born child. The music, timely words and that final culmination -- wedding the tail-end of a life to the naissance of new -- brought us near tears.

And then we saw the Coca-Cola silhouette. And it was like, "Jesus Christ, this came from the same people that brought us Happiness Factory."

Nothing against Coke, whose ads are consistently good, but there has to've been a more graceful way to incorporate the brand into this message.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-10-09    
Topic: Best, Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



Now You Know How It Feels Like to Get Motor Neuron Disease

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Trapped. Unable to escape. Unable to control your self. Helpless. Dignity stolen. Dreams evaporated. Life as you know it, over.

Nothing but you, your wheelchair and your life...such as it has become...locked in a prison. With no escape.

There are powerful PSAs and then there is this PSA for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

by Steve Hall    Feb-24-09    
Topic: Best, Cause, Creative Commentary



ALS Weaves Debilitating Maze Through Unwitting Hosts

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A few years ago we met a farmer who lost his wife to Lou Gehrig's disease. The process was short but painful: it hit her all of a sudden, and took her in a matter of months.

He ended up publishing their story under the title When the Music Stopped. When we asked why he chose it, he explained that Lou Gehrig's -- or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) -- functions by depriving you first of the muscles you use most. It spreads rapidly to the rest of your body, and finally ends in death. His wife was a piano player; in her case, things began falling apart when she could no longer play.

Imagine it: the slow dismantling of your life, beginning with the loss of your smallest, dearest pleasures. It's a terrible thing to hear, and a worse thing to experience first- or second-hand.

That's the crux of "Head and Shoulders," a powerful ad released by the ALS Society of Canada. Put together by Lowe Roche to the playful, active tune of "head and shoulders, knees and toes," it makes you privy to a father and his family as their universe spirals into painful stillness ... along with him.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-17-09    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



Facebook's Scary Content Stance, Gatorade's Mid-Brand Crisis, 'This is Why You're Fat'

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- Facebook revises TOS, Twittersphere goes apeshit.

- Wisdom from the front lines. Via.

- Gatorade's new packaging and naming conventions betray desperate need to fit in with the minimalist lifestyle 2.0 crowd. Here's an idea! from reader Elinora: "Make a drink that doesn't taste like vomit!" Come on, Ellie, it's not Gatorade's fault; those are the electrolytes.

- Hardees/Carl's Jr. slips into the Daytona via YouTube.

- "Do we need a new internet?"

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-16-09    
Topic: Best, Cause, Good, Online, Packaging, Social










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