Unthink Chicken? Unthink THIS. IT'S CHICKEN THROWDOWN MADNESS!

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In response to KFC's free Chicken Monday, Southern California-based El Pollo Loco is going them one better by inviting people to try their food free on Tuesday April 28th until 8:00 pm. FREE IS THE NEW...! See all the gory details here.

*waits for Burger King to announce counter-gueril... er, chicken stunt*

by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Announcements, Commercials, Television



Heinecab.

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Freaking. Love. This. Spot. It has such a great vibe in showing the idea of safe rides, doesn't even need the line at the end. [Post-jump.] Heineken almost has that Bud thing down now, where it can do both high-larry-tee and real. They just need a touching Super Bowl spot with an animal. Oh, and if you needed to know, yeah, it's from W+K. Guess you want the song too. Okay: Biz Markie's "Just a Friend."

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by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Commercials, Television



Mercedes-Benz Drives Out of This World.

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What else to say, this Little Fluffy Clouds spot for Mercedes-Benz is slick as hell.
by Bill Green    Apr-23-09    
Topic: Television



Why Pharma Sucks.

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Regular readers of my blog know the special place I hold in my heart for the pharma side of advertising. Any category has good and bad work in it, but the limits placed on pharma by the government affect the look and feel like nothing else. All pharmaseutra brainstorms usually end up in an orgy of medaphors: "Can't say power, but we can say strength. No, can't say strength, but we can say long-lasting. NO? Damn. Okay, what about mild. Can we say mild? No, (Brand X) owns that. SHIT." And so on.

The fair balance info that needs to accompany ads is worse than anything you'll find in financial or automotive work, but more importantly, the government watches over how things are worded and what you can claim. This is so you are not duped in :30 seconds into making a life or death choice. Ironically, what FB doesn't protect consumers from is the real stuff that matters: Product recalls or misleading ads by brands like Yaz.

No, today it really sucks because this Viagra spot in Canada from Taxi and The Perlorian Brothers shows how good pharma work could be if we would just lose all the legal requirements.

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by Bill Green    Apr-23-09    
Topic: Television



Always Have Your Hockey Dance Ready.

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Just because Adrants is Boston-based, doesn't mean we're rubbing it in or anything. But why not celebrate today with a little old time hockey dance and our new favorite character, yah! If you're a Canadiens fan, you can't bear to watch though. GET IT? Funny, eh! Post-jump bear freaks.

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by Bill Green    Apr-23-09    




Philips and Their Insane Clown Fosse.

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It's like getting your heart set on going somewhere, but the trip along the way turns out to be far better than the destination. As it is with Philips Carousel, a cool as hell stop-motion one-shot trip through tightly choreographed clown bank heist madness. [ Post-jump ] Even though I can't figure out what it's for at the end unless I'd read the background, it's an amazing piece. (Or, maybe no explanation needed as to who it's for because people will just pass it around: "Hey, did you see this clip from Philips?") It's the first cinema-scaled screen at 21:9, hence the "cinematic" vibe. Hurray end to letterbox! Yea! The microsite though takes it to another level. Scroll back and forth inside the scene and watch extra commentary as you move through by clicking on the blue icons in the timeline. (Via Corey.)

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




I'm a Little Short, Can You Spot Me a Hug?

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In an Absolute world, we wouldn't need money. At least in London with this latest promotion where Absolute exchanged hugs for real stuff. (Clip post-jump, Twitter here.) Not sure it would fly here, maybe though:

"Hello? Yes, this is he. Yes, I know. Two months late. No, yeah, we were going to send a check out soon as we can. Yeah, I understand. Looks bad on our credit history, yep. Collections? Whoa, hang on for a sec... sorry, had to check with my wife. You guys take hugs? You do? OH, but not over the phone. Gotcha. Yeah, makes sense. So then, guess smiles are out. HEY. What about jokes. You take jokes? You do? Awesome. Okay, two bill collectors walk into a bar."

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




Beards, Not Bears.

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Bears not your thing? Try growing one for the team. If, your team is the Boston Bruins. Sorry Ranger fans. More info on this Cenergy work at Beardathon.com/bruins and in the clip below.

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




Woman Gives Birth To Drug-free Teen Without Drugs.

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8 lbs. hurts from what I've been told. Full-size teen though? Yikes. Wondering what she's on because hardly a scream is heard in this drugfree.org spot after the jump from Martin Williams. Oh, and if slimy teens aren't your thing, try the print. It's much cleaner and safer! Sokay, apparently either there's an outbreak of SWSM (single white soccer moms) or only white suburban moms can keep a child off drugs. That shit takes two parents, planners. It takes two.

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




Peter Murphy Channels John Lennon For Chase Bank.

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Hmmm. I would gone with "Cuts You Up" and had someone destroying their credit cards. BUT THAT'S ME. Okay, besides the fact that Lennon and Los Beatles had generally been off-limits for years, or that Peter Murphy was Marilyn Manson sans make-up and obnoxiousity long before Marilyn was, let's take a look behind the scenes at the creative brief for this mcgarrybowen effort:

"Chase's objective was simple--they wanted people to know: we're Chase, we're a bank and we're in California. With WaMu being such a toxic brand--the largest bank failure in history--and with the country (especially California) hit hard with the recession, Chase also wanted the spot [after the jump] to provide people with a little hope and convey the dawn of a new day."

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by Bill Green    Apr-21-09    
Topic: Television








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