Amnesty International Takes Pulp Comic Tack

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Vaguely Russian kitsch and vaudevillian melodrama infuse this new spot for Amnesty International/Portugal. It's the usual global atrocities, all in-your-face and extra-extra, but tempered by a comic-book feel. The tagline seals the deal: "EVERYBODY IS AGAINST EVERYBODY BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO BE FOR THEM."

It's a big message, delivered in a heightened reality, given appropriate weight without vibing like overbearing charity bullshit. We likes.

By Leo Burnett/Lisbon and Lobo, a Brazilian production co.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Good, Television



Honda Insight Commercial's Carbon Footprint Not What It Seems

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A hybrid vehicle is supposed to save energy and be kind to the environment, right? Honda hopes to drive right up that alley with its new Insight hybrid vehicle. All good.

But, while watching this new W+K Amsterdam-created commercial, Let It Shine, we can't help but wonder how much gas was used to power all those cars in the commercial. But wait, wait. You will be pleased to know that while the agency intended to shoot the commercial "live" with real cars flashing real headlights, the were concerned with the carbon footprint and opted for another solution.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



It's the JCPenney Speed Dressing Girl!

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Oh look. There is life after appearing in a fake ad that won a Bronze Lion. If we're not mistaken, the girl in this Baskin Robbin's ad is the same girl who appeared in the famed JCPenney Speed Dressing commercial.

In this ad, dad and daughter set out on a driving lesson but don't get very far. Does dad get angry? Nope. Not al all. He lauds his daughters mirror adjusting abilities and thinks they should head to Baskin Robbins after all

by Steve Hall    Mar-26-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



KFC Mascot Gets Community Service-Savvy

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When we first heard that KFC Colonels were circulating Louisville and filling in potholes, we had this horrible mental image of street cavities being retrofitted into giant buckets of fried chicken.

The reality behind KFC's road-refreshment project is more benign, if not as nice-smelling. To celebrate its dedication to freshness, KFC plans to re-tar potholes and refresh roads in five major cities across the nation.

Instead of luring stupid-hungry drivers out of their cars with chicken in dangerous places, the filled-in holes will feature a road-stenciled "Re-freshed by KFC." (Temporary chalk, natch.)

Oddly satisfying to see a corporate mascot don a yellow vest and do something for the community. What are the odds we could get Karl Lagerfeld to re-tar roadsides?

by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Good, Guerilla



Classic Movies Call Attention to Dirty Water

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Messing with old movie clips for use in advertising isn't a new thing so here's more of that from Good Magazine to hype World Water Day. The premise is there's a lot of dirty water in the world doing a lot of harm to a lot of people. And yea, nice job titling the videos "(dirty version)" on YouTube.

There's a Psycho version, a Cool Hand Luke version and a Crocodile Mile version.

Their downfall? Their all too long. The message drags. Except, of course for the Cool Hand Luke version featuring a woman washing a car Paris Hilton-style.

by Steve Hall    Mar-24-09    
Topic: Cause, Good



Serioulsy. Real French Fries Are So Much Better Than Fake Elvis

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Remember this? No? Perhaps it was the distracting imagery that took your attention away from the product advertised in the ad. Something about really big, fake breasts as a metaphor for the increasing fake-ish world we live in and how wonderful and counter to that are New York Fries.

Yea, big breasts selling stuff. Who knew?

Well now we have an Elvis impersonator attempting to draw the same metaphor albeit in a much less curvaceous manner. Does it work? Do you care?

This one comes to us from zig.

by Steve Hall    Mar-24-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine



Possibly the Only Time 'Blah-Blah' and 'Click-Click' Will Resonate Like Ear Candy.

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"Smart Play" illustrates Cosmote's melodic marriage of mobile, landline and internet with a three-part orchestra whose only instruments are phones and laptops.

Pretty nifty. Fun fact: a team of musicians wrote the score specifically for this ad. It's an amiable watch, and the tagline wraps it up nice n' easy: "The most harmonic combinations of mobile, landline phone and internet on the go."

Work by Bold Ogilvy for Cosmote, a major telecom in Greece.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-24-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Numa Numa Guy Gets Down with GEICO Gecko

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Remember Gary Brolsma, the Numa Numa Guy? Of course you do. Hoping to tie his lovable lip-syncing magic to a big brand, The Martin Agency tapped him to produce "Numa Numa Guy with GEICO," an amateur-style vid where he sings Somebody's Watchin' Me while GEICO's trademark gecko dances behind him.

What makes the video awesome is you don't really notice the gecko at first. But as you acclimate to the context, suddenly you're like... "WTF is that thing in the terrarium, shimmying in the background?"

And then you LOL, just a little.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-24-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Social, Trends and Culture, Video



Our Foot-Long Is Sexier Than Your Foot-Long

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Put that foot long in me, sexy. No, that's not us editorializing about sex in advertising in a far off life. Nope. That come directly from Quiznos and their new commercial for their $4 foot long sandwich. While we haven't seen the spot yet, we hear juicy phrases like "say it sexy" and "put it in me" are delivered by a seductively soothing voice.

Say what? Put. It. In. Me? In an ad? The horror! Hey, we don't write the stuff. We. Just Write. About. It.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-23-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Racy



'...Ah, Feels Like 2006 Again.'

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JetBlue continues pitching execs with tarnished golden parachutes in a tongue-in-cheek series of online videos. The objective is to acclimate bigwigs, accustomed to their own jets, to the somewhat-less-private JetBlue experience.

It's funny shit -- imagine that Old Spice Bruce Campbell campaign, except for down-and-out silver-spooners instead of green youngbloods.

We love it when dude makes an allusion to private jets on craigslist in Episode 3. And that douchey PowerPoint moment? Priceless. For those so inclined, worldly wage-earners with a sense of humour can "Have [their] assistant's assistant book now."

by Angela Natividad    Mar-23-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Video








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