Rather than focus on fractured families and the slow, tragic waltz toward death, the Norwegian Parkinson's Association (Norges Parkinsonforbund) decided to add a little jazz to its disease awareness campaign.
And by "jazz" we mean you'll probably release an involuntary smirk, then put on your Serious Creative Face and soberly acknowledge the work's incendiary nature, the poor taste, etc etc.
AT&T makes a deposit into karmic collections in this collaboration with TOMS Shoes, a cause-based shoe firm that gives one pair of shoes to a child in need every time you -- yes, you! -- buy a pair.
The spot features Blake Mycoskie, and the format's familiar: he's the TOMS founder, a character of apparent integrity, talking in somber, stilting tones about his company's cause while hugging children and citing the need for dependable network coverage.
In the event you thought you could go one day in ad land without a cheap pun, we're gonna help stop that ludicrous idea right now. Because you know you're gonna scroll down and watch Gene Simmons -- aka Dr. Love -- try his hand at being Dr. Pepper's new spokeslackey.
"Drink it Smooth" (with a KISS of cherry!) starts out slightly less watchable than "Drink it Slow" featuring Dr. J. But it manages to save itself when the over-the-hill rock star gets schooled by his son, a perfect specimen of apathetic offspring in the bloom of youth.
That's right, in this ad and this ad only you get two Simmons for the price of one! Plus, we never get bored watching people get told off by their kids. It's the American way.
Work by Deutsch/LA.
@emmanuelvivier of Buzz Paradise drew our glances to the first-ever Sprint ad to feature the delectable Palm Pre.
Yeah, we know how you feel about iPhone killers (death of the Storm, anyone?) but after seeing the Pre demo at CES we're feeling optimistic about it.
For "Black," a new Dunhill Fragrance, Atelier/London enlisted Henry Cavill from The Tudors to appear in this sultry, faced-paced spot. Think Modern Bond Gets the Girl in London.
We'll admit having to catch our breath when honey's thigh slams into that wet black car, and when Cavill meets eyes with the camera before undoubtedly ravishing her (or at least promising to before hopping back into his vehicle, knocking some buck-toothed bad guys off the road and cutting her a magnolia blossom with the sharp end of his umbrella).
But it's hard to take a drama-soaked ad like this seriously when the music's rising toward climax -- and there's a dude wailing in the background. Hey Ad Land, did you forget? We're a jaded race of man. (And for good reason.)
Produced by ASD Lionheart and edited by Cut + Run.
- Amsterdam's Pink & Poodle takes women on for Heineken cider brand Jillz.
- Sayonara to Enfatico (and about bloody time).
- LA Times positions Southland ad as news story. (Via).
- D*Face gives The Queen a facelift.
- Seeking greener pastures on the down-low? One headhunter's business card is edible.
- One prepaid mobile's bailout plan.
- Reason #4320984309384 why we can't visit mom and dad after Cannes.
- Visa Debit does Superfreak. We don't know why, but Morgan Freeman doesn't sound sold either.
One of the biggest complaints about CP+B's wacked-out Gates/Seinfeld campaign was that it didn't really do much to push the product. In fact, it didn't mention the product at all.
As you recall, that effort was fast followed by "I'm a PC," which did mention the product, but not in any technical or deeply informative way.
Here's the latest suite of MSFT fumbles, labeled "Laptop Hunters." In this installment, an incredibly smug human being called Giampaolo shows us all how precious, how picky, how tech he is(n't especially) -- while on a quest to find the perfect (MSFT-subsidized) laptop.
Liberty Mutual continues its ongoing Responsibility Project with this :60 ad. You get the gist: a kid talks about doing the right thing while a melange of intimate family images scroll by in soft light.
See previous work, which is equally sappy but for the most part well-produced. We may be over this idea, but LibMu's commitment to the Responsibility Project will probably go a long way toward making it the Coca-Cola of insurance.
Really. Give it a couple of years; it may be a one-way conversation, but for work like this, consistency is key.
Work by Hill Holliday in partnership with Harmony Korine, which -- oddly enough -- wrote and directed Gummo, another film with a sympathetic kid whose environment may or may not convince you to invest in a little bit of insurance.
Ray Ban's promoting a technicolor melange of plastic Aviators with a Cutwater-orchestrated ad called "Drill," where a big plastic drill with crayons strapped to the front of it wreaks havoc on a sedate canvas.
It's a fun watch. We wouldn't mind seeing it again and again, all over network TV. (Not nearly as engaging as "Super Chameleon" though.) Kinda reminds us of the Nano Chromatic campaign.
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.