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I can't help thinking Snow White's childhood would have been less tragic if her evil stepmother was fed marketing propaganda, and not beauty validation, from her enchanted mirror:
"Mirror mirror, who's the fairest?"
"You're very close! Here's a projection of what La Mer can do about those unsightly crow's feet."
If, like other emotionally unavailable moms, she spent all her free time working on herself, she would probably never have gotten hip to the "fact" Snow White was -- le gasp! -- prettier than she was.
I'm thinking these thoughts because Alpay Kasal and Interference Inc. created something called the Interactive Mirror, which lets people "draw" across reflective surfaces or interact with stuff that's already there (like ads!).
See a demo. I like it when the girl runs her finger down the mirror and flowers bloom along the trail. Oh, it's also neat when the guy customizes a shirt. The photo-viewing feature is cool too.
This is pretty nifty all around, actually. I can imagine it seeing it in "ambiance" stores like Virgin.
Appearing today in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, Stihl offers confidence to wary consumers that, of late, hear nothing but bad news about the economy. With so many portfolios in shambles, Stihl promises to be a sharp investment in today's crazy market.
Say what? Is that a chainsaw in the ad? So, like, the solution is to take a chainsaw to your portfolio and dramatically carve it up because, given Wall Street, anything less would be wimpy?
Oh wait, Stihl isn't a financial management firm. It makes power tools. And not just any crappy power tools like the ones you can find cheaply priced at Home Depot or Lowe's. Nope. Stihl is an investment, not an expenditure because, unlike the cheap tools you have you buy over and over because they always break, Stihl is a life long investment. Or so the ad would have us believe.
"Precious Biscuits" uses the loose, altered threads of fairy tales to imbue Bakers Biscuits with wispy wonder.
It begins with pretty schoolchildren walking through a forest. Behind them, biscuits leap out of a cobblestone pavement (vestiges of Hansel & Gretel), bringing the environment to animated life.
Naughty piglets race across a canvas populated by blind mice, an egg that only almost dies, a lone social advocate made of gingerbread, and a round Red Queen with a teeny china mouth. You remember them, don't you? At the end, Bakers draws a subtle comparison between itself and other confectioners of myth.
Produced by the divine hands of Shy the Sun & Blackginger for Ogilvy/Johannesburg and client Bakers.
Adrants reader Candace sent us Palin as President, a just-for-kicks interactive site "updated daily until November 4th!"
Palin sits behind the desk of the oval office, wearing a frozen doll-like grin. Click on the items around her and along the walls.
"Where'd Russia go?" she wonders when I brush by the window. For bonus points, take a shot every time you see or hear the word "Maverick."
In highschool, the legendary food fight is always just that, a legend...until it happens and you find yourself in the middle of it, adrenalin rushing, throwing tray fulls of fries, chicken cutlet, American chop suey and soggy salad across the cafeteria at no particular target. After all the trays have been thrown and are on their way to their final, undetermined target, the "sky" above the cafeteria becomes a surreal event mentally captured for all time in Hollywood-style slow motion.
It's as if you were a camera filming The Matrix, slowly capturing every angle and every last detail as the food moved ever so slowly towards its destination. This imagery becomes so vivid, so real, so indelible it never leaves the mind and continues to replay itself at random moments throughout life.
I saw this ad for Resistance 2 last night while watching Fringe. Maybe it was the context, or the very large screen, but I found it deliciously chilling.
Product footage and 'net research reveals it's just another shooter game with an old premise: mankind versus an alien race.
Meh. How very Stargate SG-1, circa '98.
Somehow I thought Resistance 2 would be richer, like Heroes before everybody had a power, or like Fringe, which has me stuck on genetic manipulation, corporate conspiracies and string theory.
Where's my MMOG?
For the record, we think Crumpler's* Paint By Numbers toilet paper rolls -- in a stall near you! -- are totally rad. (Read the colour key!)
With that said, the effort lit a spark in us that ignites every time we see yet another brand trying to do something with toilet paper. Like the occasional outbreak of insanity, every few months somebody pitches us with some TP-oriented thing that they're sure will bring ruminations of their genius to public stalls everywhere. See examples one and two.
The girl featured in this Trojan Evolve One Evolve All Community video sums up the teen sex/sex education problem quite well when she says, "What really gets me...is that health care covers Viagra but they can't cover birth control or teach about effective birth control."
Trojan aims to change that with its Evolve One, Evolve All community site on which videos from the community and well know artists point out the problems and offer solutions to what Colangelo (Trojan's agency) Chief Digital Officer Craig Lambert calls "a terrible, epidemic problem."
Those Mac vs. PC ads? Tame in comparison to this grudge match between Mac and PC advocates created by Canada's Accident Factory. Cool. Very, very cool. Very very graphic. Very, very gross. Very, very awesome. The ending, though, is the best. It illustrates the absolute silliness and irrelevance of the Mac vs. PC wars.
A while back when I was actually creating advertising rather than shamelessly trashing it, we held a video contest for a jeweler and asked people to send in videos of their marriage proposals. We picked the best, worst, strangest, funniest, etc. and give them a big discount at the jeweler. I know...giving a discount after the ring's been brought and the proposal's been made is, to say the least, illogical. Then again, this is advertising. More likely, I can't remember the details and the promotion was something completely different that how I remember it.
Anyway...here's yet another in the long line of marriage proposal gaffes that offer never ending hilarity. It's for Aviva Insurance (not even a jeweler!) and was created by Taxi Toronto.