Diesel's Five on Fifth: the Rabbit Hole You've Always Wanted


For better or worse, Diesel knows how to seize attention. ("Pete the Meat Puppet" is STILL stuck in our heads, and there's no way on earth we can ever unwatch "XXX SFW.")

But its gaze-gathering talents aren't strictly 'net-based. To draw mass appeal to the grand opening of its Five on Fifth (Ave.) location, the label balked at the notion of a one-night celebu-fete. Too bland. Not exclusive enough. Instead, it threw together a hodgepodge of quirky personages -- think Mad Hatter's tea party for grownups -- and held multiple dinner parties at its storefront window.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Events, Good, Guerilla, Promotions

Seriously, Is There Anything a Japanese Fetish Game Show CAN'T Sell?


There's something about Japanese pop culture that compels us to watch and not look away. Japan is the seat of all fetishes, magnified for your viewing pleasure. (And we're not just talking* sexual ones.)

To ensure eyeballs for Nivea's line of shaving products, DraftFCB and Rubber Republic tapped into "glabermania" -- the addiction to shaving and being smooth. Inspired by our game show-crazed Japanese cohorts, here's what they came up with.

Come on, don't knock it. What else do you and your jaded creative homies have to do on Saturday night? Grab a camera and pool your shaving cream; think of it as a company morale-builder.

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Don't Pay to Learn Words You'll Never Use; Just Read Billboards.


Continuing its quest to make every nut-loving man we ever met sound like an asshole, Snickers ramps up "Snacklish."

"Snacklish" exists solely to leak Snickers Speak into the vernacular. Impressionable minds will be exposed to various iterations of Snacklish on TV, billboards, print and digital.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Outdoor, Packaging

Sagami Keeps 'Love' Needfully at Bay


In "Love Distance," two lovers nearly two billion millimeters apart race toward each other as a meter ticks off the amount of space left between them. Their ecstatic embrace results in emotional spikes between 0 mm and 316 mm.

The tagline ties it all together: "And yet, love needs distance." Sagami's thinnest condom does the job with the fewest millimeters of all: 0.02.

By GT/Tokyo for Sagami Original Condom.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television

You Know, I Must've Missed the Fire-Breathing Seahorses Exhibit.


If this new Visa Go ad is any authority, America's favourite check card wants you to take your kids to the nearest (kaleidoscopic, CGI'ed-out!) aquarium. On a Tuesday.

OK work, nicely cinched with wonderstruck expression of child and soothing voice of Morgan Freeman. By TBWA\Chiat\Day for -- you guessed it -- Visa Go. (AKQA joint-orchestrated the campaign at large.)

More on Go's interactive features here.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television

'Gonorrhea? Oh ... You Shouldn't Have!'


Trojan illustrates how nobody wants to get an STD with help from a girl who gets one for her 21st birthday -- and is pretty stoked about it, actually.

"No one wants to get an STD, but 1/3 of sexually active people do by age 25," a sobering textover says, at which point Birthday Girl screeches, "Wait 'til I show my mom!" and we shudder in quiet agony.

By Kaplan Thaler Group/NY and production company Hero Content.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television

Baby Vlogger Touts Cause, Crispin Rips Again, Skittles' Twitter Lift


- Devil heckles cyclists.

- 1% of the tweets you've seen were all about Skittles.

- 10 compelling, authentic brands.

- Google has announced winners from YouTube's crowdsourced symphony orchestra contest.

- Crispin's "Secretary of Taste" sounds a lot like...

- Little French vlogger becomes Edurelief/Mongolia advocate. Ohh, look at her telling the funny story! Look at her eating all the candy! Look at her tricking the tooth fairy!

- Hey, remember Candystand? It's got a sassy new game -- sponsored by The Harlem Globetrotters.

- Not ad-related, still perusal-crucial: "You don't win a race by huffing and puffing as hard as you can. You win it by going faster."

- Heh. The rumors are true about beer and "the goggles."

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Games, Online, Video

Why Chain Yourself to a Rock When There's Earth-Friendly Rouge?


It's an unfortunate stereotype that eco crusaders look more like the wildlife they seek to protect than they do their fellow man. And it's apparently not unique to the States: riffing off this cruel assumption, Air/Brussels developed the ad at left for cosmetic firm Biocorner.

The side of the ad marked "Avant" (Before) depicts your standard tree-hugger: stringy hair, sordid complexion and whale-watcher clothes. On the side marked "Apres" (After), the same woman is transformed into a black-clad vixen with Pantene locks and Scarlett O'Hara eyebrows.

Tagline: "No Need to be Ugly to Save the Planet." I don't know -- she's gonna be pretty cold on that whale boat unless she puts her layers back on.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine

Ad Babe Britney Spears Returns As New Candie's Girl


For years, we wrote about Britney Spears here on Adrants. It was almost obsessive. Then...she met Kevin Federline and, well, things changed. No longer was she the darling of global marketers but rather fodder for Perez Hilton, Jezebel and The Superficial. It hardly seemed appropriate to mention her antics here on Adrants so we didn't.

Apart from her ill-conceived appearance on the MTV Music Awards and her recent campiagn for her Hidden Fantasy fragrance, Spears has been all but absent from Adrants for three to four years.

While we're not going to label her return as the new face for Candie's Only at Kohl's triumphant, it's nice to see the girl back in the world of advertising. Yes, she never really left but you do have to admit she did take quite a hiatus.

The deal, which puts Spears in Kohl's 2009 print, TV, online and in-store efforts. ties Britney's sponsorship role to her concert tour which kicks off March 3. And there will be all kinds of Candie's pink along for the ride in the form of VIP pink carpets and lounges.

Tonight, Spears' "First Look" tour video will debut exclusively on the Candie's website.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Events, Sponsorship

Viagra's 'Couple' Touches Us Where We Least Expect It


Everything about Viagra makes us laugh. We all know what it's for (and spam has ensured that we never forget!), but the ads are never really about doin' The Do -- they're always about love and intimacy, which in this jaded world is a lot like taking the sluggish scenic route to the same destination.

So, fingertips at the ready, we watched "Couple" with the full intention of taking the piss out of it. And get this: we couldn't. Because it moved us.

Yeah, we're embarrassed too.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television

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