Feed Your Kids the Arts ... Before the Arts Feed Them First.

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I was watching Heroes on Hulu last night when I caught these two utterly-bananas PSAs by Americans for the Arts.

Each ad spoofs prototypical cereal and junkfood ads in a fresh, over-the-top way. And they are hilarious, even after 80 watches (which you'll inevitably endure if you're watching any streaming TV on a network-owned site).

In "Raisin Brahms," Johannes Brahms bursts into a family's breakfast nook, Kool-Aid Man-style, and offers the kids Raisin Brahms -- "fortified with increased test scores and creative problem-solving skills!"

Pan to Dad. "Bobby? Susie?!" he whispers, aghast, when Brahmsy beards appear on his kids' faces.

"Don't worry, that's just the POWER of the ARTS!" Brahms explodes.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Good, Online, Television



'Regis Doesn't Like Change. Regis is Getting Nervous.'

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Disturbed by the perks he's being freely given since TD Bank's absorption of Commerce, Regis Philbin gets some pop therapy from his TD Bank representative.

This ad precedes a more recent spot that takes place in a therapist's lounge and depicts Regis and Kelly as puppets. Aside from some slight tweakage, the ads repeat the same jokes (Regis TALKING in the THIRD PERSON! Har!!!), drive the same points home (two banks now one, and friendlier than ever!) and are equally forgettable.

Okay, that's not entirely true. The primal scream therapy spot sticks a little. And I guess there are few things "not to like!" about a bank rep that prescribes breathing exercises for you.

By Tierney Communications.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Television



TREO Executes Cartoon Tagalongs with Disturbingly Efficient Ease

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Got a distracting case of Cartoon Lovebirds Syndrome (CLS)? What you need is Treo, a handy tube of "fast-acting headache effervescent tablets."

"Headache effervescent tablets" my ass. I know bleached Dip when I see it!

Fun, fancy-free work by Garbergs/Stockholm, with assistance from St. Paul Film and Fido.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



Snapple's in the Music Business Now

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Earlier this year, Snapple ran an ad to promote its new antioxidant-enriched water. It featured a guy leaping around in a bubblewrap world to the semi-infectious Cat's Meow by The Bad Eliots.

The commercial didn't exactly fare swimmingly, but Snapple's seed firm M80 claims it drummed up plenty of interest for The Bad Eliots in the blogosphere and elsewhere. So, partly to help them out and partly to make itself look more creatively robust, Snapple helped The Bad Eliots produce and release a snazzy new music video.

It's quirky and low-def, making it obvious blogger bait.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Online, Promotions, Video



Lyric Tees Come with Music, Help Charity

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I love rock n' roll. I will survive. I'm a hustler baby.

Why Tweet that profound, self-affirming lyric when you can rock it? Check out i/denti/tees. Each tee comes in its own album cover -- developed by agency POV -- and the ability to download any 10 iTunes tracks you want. (US residents only.)

Lyrics are printed on tees provided by EDUN LIVE, a charity started by Bono and his wife Ali, so a percentage of your purchase also goes to benefit sub-Saharan Africa.

All this for just $35!

Available at Hard Rock Cafes, where people are usually too drunk and/or high ("On life, man, on LIFE!") to notice price tags anyway. Also, Bill Green says Jennifer Aniston is serving as an unofficial brand evangelist. What other endorsement is there in life?

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Celebrity, Packaging, Promotions



As Bratz Threat Fades, Sun Rises Afresh on Barbie

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And who's she going after? Mom.

In its latest "Wanna Play?" ad, Mattel shelves hot pink outfits and snazzy accessories in favor of mothers -- colored by neutral almond light, flanked by nostalgic music -- reminiscing about their first Barbies as their spawn brandish new ones at their feet. The piece ends with a small, excited voice shouting, "Hey mommy! Wanna play Barbie?"

The Wanna Play? subsite features old-school dolls (pre-dating the Bratz-inspired DSL trend) and solicits moms for favourite Barbie memories.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Print Ad Puts 3D Cabrio in Hands of Auto Fanatics

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This print ad -- which appeared in German car magazines last Friday -- is more than ink on paper. It's a magical holding tray for your own teeny-tiny Mini Cabrio.

See how it works. To try it, print the ad out, visit this site and install the 3D plugin. Webcam at the ready? Good. Look at the screen. YOU'RE HOLDING A WEE INVISIBLE CAR!

Twist and turn the page in your hand to check out all angles. "Augmented reality" technology provided by metaio. Such a playful way to build engagement and spark Mini love (which I now have in spades).

Par for the course, though. Mini Cooper has a habit of engaging customers in creative and fun ways. See billboards that talk to you and its White Rabbit banner ad campaign -- where users could follow a white Mini from one website to another.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Online



A Flash of Toe, and Shades of Gray, Encapsulate Chanel's Mystique

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Fashion slave Jeremy Dante drew our attention to this demure print ad for Chanel. Devoid of slogan and famous face, it reveals nothing and leaves us wondering what the label has in store.

What is the shape of that dress? Where's that ribbon falling from? How wide are the windows giving off that hint of light? And can I get a 360 on those shoes?

We're not sure when the ad went live, but it's much in keeping with Karl Lagerfeld's Coco Avant Chanel teaser and silent film (now on chanel.com), which weds personality to the enigma of Coco at a painfully protracted pace. It's also the polar opposite of Marc Jacobs' latest interpretation of Louis Vuitton, featuring an accessory-heavy Madonna and gratuitous splashes of orange.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Magazine



Diesel Gets Its Freak on With Kids

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OK first of all, who knew Diesel made clothes for kids? And who would assume they did given the nature of most of their past advertising work which has included bondage, strippers, near nudity, porn, a meat puppet, disco dancing, S&M and voyeurism. Not exactly child-friendly behavior.

But that hasn't stopped the brand from going after kids. Sadly, though, they appear to be having a tough time getting the word out. A six minute video which some might call enchanting and worthy of being called a film has been on YouTube since September 29. It's received just 2,212 views and no comments. What's up with that?

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by Steve Hall    Dec-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Strange, Video



GoDaddy Throws Massive Fete...

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... to celebrate a record year amidst so much suckage.

Down to crash it? Hit Chase Field in -- wait for it -- downtown Phoenix. It all goes down Saturday. If you're lucky enough to know an employee, you'll be flown in and put up in a plush hotel, all expenses paid. 4000 people are expected, all of which will be showered in food, drink and gifts.

No word on if Danica's beaver will make an appearance. But the company is expected to kiss away at least $2 million on the shindig, and they'd like you to know they're hiring.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Events










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