Kohl's Aims Easy for Sophisticated Sexy


We are brand snobs. "Sophisticated" and "sexy" aren't words we'd normally attribute to Kohl's, but this ad tells us the brand can reach yonder without embarrassing itself and alienating all its shoppers. You know, like WalMart did when it tried going luxe a la Target.

The spot's got a casual vintage feel, but isn't over-the-top decadent.

Agency: McCann Worldgroup; Production: Zoo Film; Editorial: Version2.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good

Damn It, America Wants Its Whopper!


Ah yes, the Whopper Freakout. Or, "How Americans Obsess Over the Silliest Things." But don't listen to us bitch because this latest Burger King work from Cirspin Porter + Bogusky is good. Really good. They created an eight minute, candid camera-style video in which Burger King patrons are told the chain has removed the Whopper from its menu for good. People freak. We laugh. ANd the King shows up at the end to set the record straight: it's just a big joke. No worries. The Whopper is here to stay.

Particularly funny is a scene in which a man returns his bag to the counter because there's Wendy's burger in the bag. He gets angry. There were no fights though or they were edited out. It's nice piece of work. It's different. It's actually watchable.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Video

Animation, Exercise, Rodents, Charity Theme Holiday Messages


Here it comes... Here it comes... Here it comes... No, not Dove's Onslaught. The ad industry onslaught of holiday cards. We know there will be many more but for now we have a few to share.

First up is Damashek Consulting which went green with its wildlife and environmentally focused approach that actually involves selling holiday-themed art created by artist Diane Grappasonno. All proceeds from the 200 signed prints will be donated to the World WildLife Fund. Nice. After all, Christmas is all about giving, right?

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Good, Online

'Dirty Old Man' Interviews Suicide Girls Founder


Who knew behind the grizzled, embattled facade of George Parker lay a man of intelligence, eloquence and insight? Well, we always did but for those who are new to George and his expletive-laden blog, AdScam, it might come as a surprise the man knows exactly what he's talking about when it comes to advertising having done it since the days of Mad Men.

For a recent PSFK Conference in LA, the self described "archetypal dirty old man" interviewed Suicide Girls Founder Missy (who apparently has no last name) talks about the community she started back in 2001 as an experimental art project as a way to give girls a place to express themselves. It's actually a nicely insightful look into something that's a whole lot more than a site full of hot women.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Publishing, Video

Bar Stools Cause Waitress Great Pain


Now that Hal Riney has shit on Adrants, we thought it might be nice to offer up some related news courtesy of DulcoEase, a product that, in this commercial, is aligned with saving a waitress from a rogue stool. It's one of those monotonous videos with an excruciating slow set up that's so long it gives you plenty of time to figure out exactly what's going to happen. If you don't want to wait, just skip to half way through the video and you'll get the point.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Good, Video

Hal Riney Shits on Adrants For the Holidays


This is too funny. Our friends over at Hal Riney like us so much they sent us some holiday cheer in the form of a nice, warm, well presented...uh...pile of shit delivered by a squatting Caganer which translates from Catalan to English as "pooper."

Yes, that's right, Hall Riney took a dump on Adrants. Which, after years and years of our shitting on the ad industry, is probably the most appropriate gift we'll ever receive. We humbly accept the warm holiday gift and wish Hal Riney and the entire ad industry a warm, well presented holiday greeting of their own.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Strange

Some Holiday Cards Actually Wish People A Merry Christmas


You've got to love a Christmas card which doesn't pretend to be a politically correct "holiday card" featuring the caricature of a sexy, buxom, bikini-clad, bubble-headed blond that comes from a company run by a woman. Yes, the very beautiful (yup, we did just say that) Buffy McCoy Kelly who heads TattooProjects has no problem latching on to a stereotype and using sex to sell. OK, so it's just a holiday card but we like it. And we like Buffy too.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Specialty

Tased Guy Begged to Be Left Alone in The Iraq...For AOL News


OMG! AOL did something funny! So where do you find taser guy Andrew Meyer, "leave Britney alone" guy Chris Crocker and "um...the Iraq" Miss Teen South Carolina all together in one place? In an AOL commercial for its new AOL News site, of course. Two other videos will be released and if they are as funny as this one, we just might forgive AOL for buying Time/Warner back in the day. The witty creative gurus over at AKQA are to blame for this brilliance.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Good, Video

Butternut Beer Takes Its Nice Cans to Times Square


Butternuts Beer & Ale has taken its farm-themed campaign to Times Square with two new pieces of creative which will appear through New Year's Eve on the CBS SuperScreen. You can view the creative here. Number nine and ten. It's amusing enough and appropriately crafted for outdoor style viewing.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Good, Outdoor

iStudio Do-Not-Want Ads Provide Chance to Unload Tasteless Holiday Offerings


There's a streak of sadism in this year's holiday efforts (observe 1 and 2). We blame it on the hell CGM has wreaked on our psyches.

To illustrate this devolution in goodwill, last year iStudio was all about helping people on their holiday consumer journeys. This year, loud and clear, they DO NOT WANT to deal with you. Or your crappy gifts!

The "greeting" lets voyeurs sift through a bunch of weird shit the agency's been sent. If you like something (we kind of dug the zodiac thong), highlight it in red and send the agency a note about why you deserve it.

Flippin' awesome.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-12-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online

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