This Video Has Been Viewed Every 4 Seconds Since It Went Live.


It's called "Ken Block Gymkhana Practice." (But what is Gymkhana?, you ask.)

We didn't really get the big deal, but that was before we realized our fingers had burrowed into the glass tabletop. Then Ken Block did donuts around a guy on a Segway, and it was like, "Ohhh."

(It's racer porn. Plenty sexier than that one time you watched two Ford Fiestas tango in London. Even if you're not a speed junkie, the handling depicted in Gymkhana is fit to give you tingles.)

Mad Media put the video together in collaboration with Ken Block, DC Shoes and Subaru. Stats listed below.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-23-09    
Topic: Brands, Events, Good, Online, Sponsorship, Video, Viral

Despite what 'Mad Men' Would Have You Believe, Things Back Then Sucked.


To promote its pension plan, AMF uses tact and a tongue-in-cheek tang to explore the actual merits of the good old days.

We were hooked from the first scene, where a kid with a dated haircut is stuck in the car with his chainsmoking parents. But the scenarios just kept getting better. Think life before Lisa! Think dinner pre-pizza.

The voiceover wraps with a niggling question: "Were the good old days really that good ... or do things get better and better all the time?" (We're really glad Forsman & Bodenfors resisted the temptation to license the Beatles.)

On-screen text: "Funds for the future. AMF Pension."


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by Angela Natividad    Feb-23-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television

Daredevil Carves Pavement with Skis in the Name of ... Audi.


Adgabber's Elyse drew our attention to this fresh online ad for Audi, which features an extreme skier doing crazy shit all over San Francisco -- a city known for its treacherously steep hills, railed streets, and slow-moving, trolley-shaped obstacles. Oh -- and lack of snow.

The German ad is a promotion for Audi's quattro Gefuhl. We don't know how or why, but there you have it. Fun work by Kemper Trautmann.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video

Cisco Explains Mobile Internet to Common Man


Okay. See the hands at left grasping greedily for the giant diamond? That's supposed to represent the mobile web ... and the faceless villains that will immediately try to exploit it.

This is the first of a three-part video series that explains the whole "4G=IP" thing to people that buy tech items, such as iPods, primarily because they like the pretty colours.

We're suckers for smooth animated magic -- and for Cisco in general -- so we kept our eyes on the piece, which was a comfortable length and not too stuffed with strange-sounding geek noises. It's possible we even learned things.

That squeaky Adventures in Odyssey-sounding narrator kinda pissed us off though.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Video

Scion Whips Out Fresh Sample for xD


Here's "Samples xD," the latest spot from Scion's fresh-out "Samples" effort. The latter launched in January and features car customizations mashed-up to the din of mixed beats.

From ATTIK CD Simon Needham: "These newest ads energetically combine actual owners' xBs, xDs and tCs with stock models in ways that convey the distinct personalities of Scion's vehicles and their owners - while also showing how their individuality ties them together."

Metaphor for life if we ever heard one. Sound design -- a mere window-shopper to Aphex Twin's Window Licker -- by Face the Music.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television

Old Spice Cures Tony Stewart's Escalator Phobia


In this cockle-warming story about a hyperventilating geek who now wears onesies and gets his pick of trophies (both metal and collagen-enhanced), Tony Stewart reinforces the power of Swagger.* The Old Spice product previously de-geeked Brian Urlacher and LL Cool J.

Actually, LL Cool J's still pretty square. Sometimes getting all muscly to stop being square will only make you squarer.

But we digress. What were we talking about? Oh yeah, the Swagger campaign. It's starting to feel a little less highlariously kitsch-tacular and more like Axe/Lynx. Which sucks because once upon a time, both brands were uniquely neat, and now they're almost exactly alike, except Old Spice is too red and Axe/Lynx is too potent.

Work by Wieden + Kennedy/Portland -- which succeeded, as always, in stimulating provocative discussion on YouTube.

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Is That An Animation Biting My Ass?


Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco is out with another Sprint NASCAR commercial and, thankfully, there are no short shorts in the one. This one's called Speedway and it hypes the NASCAR Sprint Series and the ability to watch it on your Sprint phone.

Having just caught Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder on cable recenlty, we can identify with the on-track mania depicted in this commercial. Though we're not entirely clear why Goodby decided to get MassMarket to visual effectify the spot into something resembling a video game. Oh alright, we'll agree it's far more interesting that just watching "regular" cars crash into each other and it does capture the take-no-prisoners competitive aspect of the sport.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good

Ibiza Targets the Skaters of Yesteryear


"Skaters," an ad for the Seat Ibiza, features a beautiful cover of Forever Young that made us tuck a chin in our collective hand and sigh, because we were thinking about Freaks and Geeks and childhood in general. Vintage footage of kids on skateboards only fueled the cozy flames of nostalgia.

Then there was this awkward cut to a car. Everything changed: the feel of the ad, the imagery, the sounds. And then our souls, which were floating up somewhere above our heads, collapsed onto concrete.

We get what agency Atletico International, and production company Agosto, wanted to do: tie the Ibiza into youth and freedom, personify that spirit in a vehicle that in some ways is decidedly less whimsical. (Not much wind in your hair, no risk of elbow-scrapes.)

But it could have been done better.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-19-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television

Yep, NASCAR's Still NASCAR. Next!


Superfad partnered with The Martin Agency to jazz NASCAR up for the Sprint Cup.

The result of this collabo was "Dogfight," an adrenaline-infused cat/mouse game between two NASCAR drivers. It was cool, it felt intense while still being tame, which is the line NASCAR's always walked.

On the print side is a triage of pieces that look like they were drawn on the binder covers of rice rocket fans. One's at left; see another and another.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-19-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Events, Television

Birth of Twitter, Mac Conversions, Remembering Lee King


- AdGabber members remember Lee King. Reading about other peoples' experiences with King brings his body of work to life for us. Also, here's a nice memorial from AdWeek.

- How Mac's Genius Bar experience makes loyalists.

- Hey, AmEx, that's not very nice.

- Twitter started out on legal sheets. Look at them, all innocuous and ordinary, like so many ideas-cum-dustbunny-conventions lying dormant under your bed.

- Old Kraft logo, new Kraft logo.

- In case you ever wondered how influential you are on Twitter. What's that saying? Being powerful is like being a lady...

- Food for thought: The top 10 chains -- Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, Macy's, Dillard's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Sears, Bon-Ton and Belk -- had sales of about $110 billion last year, about one-fourth of Wal-Mart's total.

- Cow pee bevvies. Um ... yay?

- Congratulations on still having a job!"

by Angela Natividad    Feb-19-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Social

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