Smooth-Talkin' Beetle Flatters Model into Frenzy ... and Vice-Versa

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Meet Max, the classic '64 Volkswagen Beetle and star of VW's new campaign. In it, Max is a German talk show host who interviews people like Heidi Klum and David Hasselhoff of Baywatch.

He's not the tough-truths type. Check out the Heidi Klum interview. If Heidi and Max each had a phallus, they'd both be bent double.

Nice shoes though, Heidi. The soles matched Max's hood after that "German engineering is so sexy!" line you gave him.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Gorgeous Hair Comes with Responsibilities. Yeah, Well, So Does Branding.

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Watch some catty females try outdoing each other with violent voluminous hair-flips.

Cheesy as hell, but in a way that could have sparked many a feel-good spoof. (You know, like the Herbal Essences ads.)

Produced by Identity for JWT, NY and Sunsilk, the ad aired last year and was followed by that horrific diva thing we hate so much. Too bad. It could have been the beginning of a beautiful gimmick.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television, Video



'Will You Ever...?' is Probably a Better Question.

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Here's a tense, exhilarating survey of things many aspire to do, but most never will (even with two weeks paid vacation):

o Freefall into a bottomless canyon
o Dive into mysterious ocean depths
o Glide across the Antarctic plains
o Drive a Land Rover

One of those things doesn't belong. We're just not sure which.

The spot was put together by HSI Productions and a52 (which did the VFX) for agency Young & Rubicam, which was commissioned by guess-which-company.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



'Under the Same Moon' Takes the Piss Out of Lou Dobbs

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Spoof meets the big-leagues in this trailer for Under the Same Moon, a Hispanic-American film with a title so sappy it could itself be a spoof.

The trailer pulls the sympathy card with child star Adrian Alonso while mocking Lou Dobbs, whom HuffPo dubbed "CNN's anti-immigrant crusader."

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-08    
Topic: Commercials, Political, Promotions, Spoofs, Television



Ew, Gross. It's a Big Shiny GUT.

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French company Tefal is promoting a newfangled muscle:fat tracking scale for beachside midlifers that suffer the indignity of sucking it in.

Simple. Relatable.

We've heard the gut-clench is common practice. Not that we'd know. We were born with abs of steel. Because we're robots.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television



Imagine If the World Was Made of Bubble Wrap

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Wouldn't it be delightful? You could fling yourself at walls. Roll down stairs. Jump off skyscrapers. (Well ... no, not really. But at least there wouldn't be a mess all over the concrete.)

Yeah, a bubble wrap world would be awesome.

Now buy Snapple antioxidant water. It will protect you, much like your hypothetical dream world of bubble wrap. It's not like you're eating broccoli anyway, right? Antioxidants are like bubble wrap for your cells.

This ad was created for Snapple by agency Cliff Freeman & Partners, production company Anonymous and Post/VFX firm Asylum -- which, from experience, knows a thing or two about padded spaces.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



So, Uh, About that Rape Thing.

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Yeah, that was kind of a stretch.

Here's what happened. Some tipster emailed us sounding off all offended about rape connotations in an ad on Wienerschnitzel's homepage. So we looked and saw this shit with the hungry Eskimos, and we were like, "Okay, whatever. We can kinda see the creepy rape angle."

The dude emailed us again today and said the spot on the site had been changed, which is why the whole Eskimo thing jived so badly with rape. Apparently the previous ad featured a wiener being harassed in an office setting, after which an HR woman says, "you asked for it."

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Opinion, Television



MTV Tr3s Deluges Latin Kids with Culture's Colour

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Check out this dope Hispanic pop culture mash-up for MTV, put together by PandaPanther. It's totally random, but maybe random is better than seeming too focused. Interstitials like this one will appear in the MTV Tr3s Top 20 countdown show. Each number will feature a different vignette.

MTV Tr3s launched in mid-2007. Its goal was to encourage marketers to start looking at Hispanic youth culture instead of always focusing on Spanish-speaking adults.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Brands, Television, Video



Don't Leave Home without the Precious!

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Have you ever been to Build-a-Bear? You know how the employees give you a little heart pillow to wish on and put inside your bear, right before it's sewn up?

Graft that process onto your daily run. Put a piece of Nike in your shoe.

We didn't really get this ad so we read the pressie for clarification. This is what it says.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Packaging, Television



Rape is Funny When It's Happening to Hot Dogs ... Right?

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... in the world according to Wienerschnitzel. (Push play on the right-hand side.)

Well, maybe the vibe is less like rape and more like cannibalism. Either way, it's malicious and creepy.

To demonstrate the irresistibility of its wieners, Wienerschnitzel's running an ad where a talking hot dog tries convincing Eskimos to move beyond an all-blubber diet. Horrors ensue when they look to him for comfort.

Neither funny nor appetizing.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-25-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Television








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