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"Hello, Thoroughbred Owners of California? This is Vegas calling. We want our tagline back!"
"Vegas, this is Thoroughbred Owners of California calling. We didn't steal your tagline, we just had fun with it. Come on. Can't you take a joke?"
"Thoroughbred Owners of California, we're casinos. We never joke. Besides, every one knows 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.' You can't tell people 'sometimes things don't stay in Vegas.' It's just not right."
"Vegas, what - are you some sort Bermuda Triangle where things enter and never leave?"
"Well, yes, Thoroughbred Owners of California. We do have a lot of dead bodies buried in the desert here but since corporate America bought everything, the body count seems to have dropped. Besides, our only claim to fame now is NBC's Las Vegas and that damn tagline you're fucking with!"
"OK, fine, Vegas. After we let the commercials run a few times so RPA creatives, with help from Tool, can enter them into 2,387 award shows, we'll pull the spots. Fair?"
"Agreed, horse lovers. Otherwise James Caan will be knocking on your door."
AdPunch points us to this campaign launched a couple years ago for Centreforce by agency Better World Advertising. It ran in San Francisco and Oakland.
Seeking to humanize inmates and fellow prison alum, ads feature friends and family members who really want their dads/sisters/husbands back and are asking for community support as they reintegrate.
We're sort of reminded of Benetton's We, On Death Row campaign. Boy oh boy did Benetton get hell for that - a possible reason why they devolved from provocation to potato-pushing.
Granted, Death Row inmates deserve all the flak they can get considering they aren't really people.
...or are they?
This dalmation standing at graceful attention poses with a price tag - like a handbag or fancy gloves - because 80 percent of people who become pet parents do it on a whim, according to the Foundation for the Adoption, Patronage and Defense of Animals.
Thus armed, Contrapunto Barcelona created a set of fashion spreads that included well-matched pups to air both the vacuity of such life-changing impulses and the seriousness of consequent pet abandonment cases. The awareness ads were then run in fashion magazines for the most devastating effect.
A clever way to make a point. It could probably be used for, you know, other types of irresponsible impulses.
The unlikely ingenues at Ogilvy put together a moving set of prints that sweetly admonish, "Adopt. You will receive more than you can ever give."
The campaign is for the Indian Association for Promotion of Adoption and Child Welfare. We love it, we really do, but we wonder whether it doesn't ever so softly whisper, "Adopt. For love."
Adidas goes graffiti way with End to End, a snazzy collabo that includes graffiti artists from around the world drawn together to bring hype back to the sleepy brand. It's got a playful mishmash of colour that reminds us of the Asics Made of Japan effort.
Fresh Creation has a more elaborate intro and some neat videos too.
Priceline takes William Shatner, who's pompous by default, and makes him pompouser still with the use of a falcon and an eyepatch and ads that seem to drag on and on and on.
Check it all out at Falcon of Truth. You need a code to get in but we can assure you of either one of these two soothing facts:
* You're not missing out on much, as it contains the usual peppy text, promotional images and downloads
* You'll probably get some sort of invitation to see it eventually
We will leak one thing, though. Be among the first 100 to e-mail Priceline with your name, address and size and you could get a Falcon of Truth shirt. No, we're not kidding. Scramble for your Outlook right now.
For its client the Skill Language School, Leo Burnett, Sao Paulo puts together an interesting trio of prints involving animal-shaped balloons with wince-worthy getting-to-know-you dialogue on the bodies.
The balloon animals they selected made us LOL in real life: choose from a dog (at left), an ass and a snail. All that's missing, really, is a douche, but that would probably be hard to define in balloon-animal language.
The tagline: "Don't risk sounding ridiculous in [English/Spanish]. Skill Language School." Straightforward. We like it.
mcgarrybowen/180 Amsterdam and anonymous content/Gorgeous get together to create this neat spot called Run Easy, part of the Run Easy campaign Reebok recently launched.
While Nike and iPod nailed the intensity and exhiliration of music and the dash, Reebok slows the pace and captures the conversational camaraderie that occurs between runners. The use of snippets to tell tales out-of-context adds to the effect, considering runners tune in to some weird convos in those instances of jog-by earshot.
A far cry from the hip-hop effort of last year.
Celebrating its status as the first country to have a female president (because they don't think women are good for only one thing), its preference for vodka flavored vodka (as opposed to banana...which you could just eat if you wanted banana flavor) and its similarity to Jesus who turned water into wine (as opposed to turning water into vodka without wearing sandals because it's too cold), Reyka Vodka trots out some understated dry humor to promote its spirits. The result oddly transfixing in a "wow, this doesn't look like an alcohol ad" sort of way.
Last September the famed (in New England, at least) Hood blimp crash landed in the appropriately named Massachusetts town Manchester-by-the-sea. After the crash the dairy company placed an ad thanking the residents of the town for their patience and cooperation during the blimp's clean up. Either out of sentiment or true adoration, the ad, created by VIA, was handed The International Dairy Foods Association's "Best Overall" award in the print ad category at the organization's Smart Marketing 2007 conference held last month in Las Vegas. Did that blimp really crash or was that planned all along? OK. Just kidding.
VIA also won a Best Radio Ad for their Hood holiday eggnog spots and a Best Public Relations Campaign award or its press conference with Boston Red Sox star Coco Crisp as well as an award in the "Best Promotion" category for their Sox Tops for Kids program.