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For Sri Lankan society magazine Hi!, Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. put together three ads with a dark (but friendly!) feel.
The tagline: "Everyone smiles for Hi!" The angle: Even in miserable situations (a funeral, a riot, a stampede of Nazis or psychotic clowns) you're still gonna smile for a Hi! photographer.
The effort will appear on TV and in magazines, as well as at high society functions in the form of what the PR people call "quirky activations." Is that a euphemism for "overhead projectors"?
If you're on the hunt for creepy new fables, find out how the Christmas tree fairy came to be. It's twisted.
Now Jim Beam is in on the holiday fun with a new, holiday themed website created by Chicago's Wirestone. It's first holiday site, all manner of facial uploading, holiday card design and FAQ nonsense provide those of us just watching the clock tick b y until it's, say, noon tomorrow and we all head out for the holidays. Hmm, after playing with this site, you'll have a subliminal urge to pick up a bottle of Jim beam on the way home.
We told you the latter half of this pre-Christmas week would soon devolve into nothing buy silly games and an endless supply of agency Christmas cards. And that seems to be exactly what's happening. Try as we might to scour the industry for "real" news, all we seem to come up with is fun little Christmas-themed timewasters like this Red Christmas game from UK agency Thought.
It's simple and we like simple. All you have to do is make sure Santa gets down each of the chimney's to deliver his presents. As a sick little bonus, while delivering presents, you can have Santa wield his chain saw (yup, Santa has a chain saw in this game) to bloody the elves who, according to this game, are making slave labor allegations against Sr. Nick. Good, sick fun.
Having some fun with their new neighbor, Denver Colorado agency Thomas Taber & Drazen created this holiday card which ask those sending "lavish holiday gifts" to address them to the company's new address in Denver. It also directs those sending fruitcakes to address them to Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder Colorado. Friendly joke or just jealous the Miami shop is now in their backyard?
For its holiday card this year, PETA is offering you to get your aggressions out against those who've done some not so nice (in PETA's mind) things this year. You can choose from Colonel Sanders, Mary Kate and Ashley, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Michael Vick or Dick Cheney, stick them in a snow globe and shake the crap out of them. Good, clean fun. Have at it.
And yes, it's becoming clear there won't be much "real" news in the ad biz until next year.
Simple, brainless fun. That's what's so special about this year's JWT holiday card. For a while there, we thought the ad industry had decided to forgo the annual rite of creative passage known as the holiday card but now we have so many submissions we just don't know what to do with all of them.
We like this one because:
A. It arrived via email with a single URL in the body of the email. No lame sales pitch.
B. It's actually good in the most simple of ways. You get to hlep that A Christmas Story doofus detach his tongue from the light pole with various items like a blow dryer, a spatula and a chain saw.
C. You don't have to log in.
D. Even your buffoon on a boss who still refuses the Internet will amount to anything can work it.
[16:55] meeboguest722271: Hi there.
[16:56] meeboguest722271: I'm trying to get the word out about a great site redesign I stumbled across and as an avid reader I thought this would be a great place to start. How do you recommend I do that? The site is www.snapple.com
Why do people do this? Do they think we are dumb? Are we to believe someone actually "stumbled across" the website of a tiny little company called Snapple? By accident? Do they think we are so stupid as to not see through their lame promotional efforts? Is it so hard to simply say "we were involved in the redesign of" or "we are helping promote" Snapple's new site and we'd love to take a look at it."
If you, like every other college student suckling from Facebook, enjoyed the first Powerthirst ad -- a spoof on testosterone-rich energy drink ads that make ridiculous promises -- then you'll be marginally interested in watching the spot for Powerthirst Rocket Edition, brought to you by Picnicface and College Humor.
Now your favorite non-existent drink comes toting new flavors (MANIMAL! FIZZBITCH! GUN!) and new words for your lexicon like "beveryman," "preposterone" and "douche-fag."
And not only will you be preposterously good at sports, you'll win at irony, art and "everything forever!"
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Recycling is the last thing most people think about over Christmas. Unless you're Ed Byrne.
The above video is worth watching for reasons besides the green guilt-trip, though. Looking for lame ways to mask your holiday alcoholism in the face of nosy and judgmental neighbors? Push play. (We took notes.)
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