Killer Vines Bring Varicose Nightmares to Waking Life

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Yarg. To promote The Ruins -- a movie that, from what we can tell, is all about evil parasitic vines -- Ralph & Co. is encouraging internet users to disseminate this genuinely icky video. It literally hurts to watch and reminds us of this one time we had an ingrown hair that kept growing under our skin until finally... well, forget it.

Killer vines. Okay. Guess that's scarier than improbable monsters. But is it scarier than toothy vaginas and randy chlamydia?!! Well, maybe.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Strange, Video



Filth, Squalor and Vice Generate Pot Noodle Domino Effect

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Pot Noodle's latest spot (released just in time for St. Patrick's Day!) isn't super-appetizing, but it kept us watching. It's a spoof on Guinness' Tipping Point, where a domino effect travels from a luxe office to the seedy interior of a village overflowing with costumed extras from every movie set ever.

Alternatively, Pot Noodle's Tipping Pot starts out with farts, bars and cigarette cartons before traveling through somebody's working-class home and ending ... well, you can guess.

We're not eating that. But we did make a dry coughing sound that approached a laugh, so ... cheers. See AKQA's previous Pot Noodle viral effort.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange, Video



CementWorks Yields Quadruplets! Ouch.

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To celebrate the birth of four distinct company arms (with four unique specializations), The CementWorks launched a baby shower campaign for quadruplets. Watch the intro on their website -- very cute. (Possibly painful.)

Dividing itself into four realms followed the logic of "growing big by growing small." Read more about The CementBloc, The IronWorks, The StoneWorks and The CementBond.

An agency with industrial chic. Ayn Rand would be so proud.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online



Bad Breath Burns Skin off Skulls, Says Scope

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Test your breath on an innocent bystander, courtesy of Scope and the fine people at Dentsu and Crush (Toronto). What have you got to lose? It won't be the last thing that attacks your ego today.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Loaded Pizza Pops Burst When Provoked

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To show consumers their wannabe Hot Pockets are loaded with pizza stuff, Pizza Pops enlisted Cossette, Toronto, which got some boys that remind us of Smosh to star in these spots, Woodchipper and Campers. In each, the boys get a Pizza Pop to explode -- with results that would make Wes Craven beam. (Guess this whole dumbing-down-for-YouTube thing isn't over yet.)

The spots drive traffic to www.PizzaPopsareLoaded.com, which was hijacked by Citizens Against Pizza Pops, which is actually located at www.PizzaPops.ca. It has testimonials from people with pizza guts on their faces.

And that's about it, really.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Video



Oh Look! Abercrombie & Fitch Does Nudity. How Novel

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OK, OK, we'll cover it. Geez. Just because all everyone thinks we write about here are boobs and booty doesn't mean we're always going to cover the latest nudie film from Abercrombie & Fitch. But, since you beg, we aim to oblige so here it is in all it's NSFW glory.

We could comment on how it degrades human morality or how, conversely, it celebrates one of the most normal human states we know, nudity, but we're not going to burden you with endless pontification that would amount to nothing more than endless babble. Speaking of endless babble, have we reached our word count so this text will properly wrap around the ubiquitous (obligatory?) racy image we've included here for you?

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Racy, Video



Surprise, AOL Buys Bebo

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In a surprise twist of social networking fate, AOL buys Bebo, which is like MySpace with a British accent, less garish colours and funnier videos.

Word is that Bebo will help AOL expand internationally -- and by "help" we mean Bebo's gonna expand internationally and AOL will point and go, "That's totally US!" This year Bebo plans to breach Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and France.

Meanwhilst, AOL itself continues to hemorrhage value. Supposedly it's going to shaft half its sales force. Also, ad exec Curt Viebranz just left, and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes openly admitted they're whoring for an offer. Or in his words, "whatever configuration makes it the strongest and most valuable."

Uh-huh.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Online



Comfeze Brings Uncomfezable Twist to Typical Diaper Ad

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Wow. This is warped. That's apt, because it's a spoof spot for Scream TV, which wants us all to (tagline, tagline!) "Get scared more often." And we're definitely feeling the fear.

The spot for fictional brand Comfeze was put together by Zig, Toronto.

Does Depend make ads? Maybe Zig should look into that. There's a whole market of fear and absorbency waiting to blossom before our eyes.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Spoofs, Strange



Bravia Teases, Spitzer's Sporty, Sienna Sexes, Gentlemen Go Ginger, ABSOLUT Greens the Scene

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- Check out the 2008 Sony Bravia ad teaser, pop-infused and action-packed with controversial bunnies.
- Support your local politician's private life. Sport a Spitzer 9! (Thanks, Rob.)
- Watch some beach-combing models turn each other on over a Toyota Sienna. We love how Toyota isn't afraid to take the piss.
- What, bored with the Flugtag? See Red Bull surf.
- Don't just be gentle. Or ginger. Be a gingerbread gentleman. For Starbucks' Pass the Cheer (thanks, BG!).
- Obama Mobile. Seriously.
- Bill Gates has joined LinkedIn, stirring rumours that Microsoft might look to collaborate with the social networking site. Or take it over. Maybe he's just lonely.
- ABSOLUT Vodka tries saving the planet with uncut films from the Live Earth film series. Next time somebody offers us a plastic bag, we're going to slap him in the face. With an iron glove.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Political



Adrants Airs Political Bias? Never That.

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Having sent us this contextual ad flub from a recent story, Adrants reader Eddie playfully accuses us of drinking the Hillary Haterade.

Why would we ever disseminate subliminal messages of Clinton distaste when other people are so good at doing it for us? We're pleading on the side of ignorance -- this is all Google's doing.

But while we're on the topic, come have a giggle at Hillary proposing Obama be her Vice President -- after he pwns her with more states and delegates. There has to be a better expression for this than "grace under pressure."

by Angela Natividad    Mar-12-08    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Online, Political








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