Because Nothing's Cuter than a Second-Hand Costume, Right?

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This painfully cute Goodwill Halloween ad is like a benign form of brainwashing: you've got a repetitive jingle, high-pitched voices and adorable versions of monsters -- including Jason, oddly enough.

It's never warmed my heart more to watch a drop of blood slide slowly down a vampire's chin. Seriously -- I think my pupils dilated.

For Goodwill Los Angeles. The spot'll run until October 31.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions, Strange



Asics Shine in Giant Lite-Brite

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Lori Kanary, an artist known for cobbling pictures together out of Lite-Brite, was recently commissioned to build the world's biggest Lite-Brite image -- a garishly-coloured Asics shoe.

Impressive. Though part of me is just relieved Asics didn't reach for the graffiti artists, which are making a tidy living off shoe labels experiencing crises of brand relevance. The other part of me is resentful of how, as a kid, I never even got to touch a Lite-Brite.

This time could be different, however. Splashlight Studios will be exhibiting the Asics Lite-Brite, starting with New York, for the next six months. Think there'll be guards around it?

by Angela Natividad    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Outdoor, Promotions



Wii Music Makes Nostalgia Play with Mario Bros. Theme

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This infectious Wii Music ad depicts people in shelves, sorta like notes in sheet music, playing individual melodies with a Wiimote. As the spot progresses, they all tap into the original Super Mario Bros. theme song.

Very cool. It reminds me a bit of those iPod ads that featured silhouettes of people jamming out to whatever they were listening to.

Like iPod, Wii's become a lifestyle brand, except it's less self-conscious and more democratic. Everybody plays, even grandma.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Promotions, Television



Sony Ericsson: Be the Star of Your Own YouTube Video!

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Because everyone knows that's tough to do.*

Check out Ericsson's Darkside campaign, where you plug your likeness into a pre-made spooky YouTube video.

Brando, the left-of-center agency responsible, even provided one-click ways to "viral it out" via Facebook and email. So, like, wow, you don't have to do jack to get your face on the front of the internets.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-24-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions



Draft/FCB Shake Up Coming, DirecTV Gets Ideas, Enfatico'd Ethics

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- George Parker's spies have informed him there may be a "major shake up" coming soon to a Draft/FCB office near you.

- You've seen all those DirecTV ads, right? The ones that play off the scenes of various movies? The current one pays homage to Poltergeist. Tirico Suave has plenty of suggestions for more.

- With Guns 'N Roses releasing its Chinese Democracy album soon, Dr. Pepper, who claimed they couldn't get it done this year (and if they did, would give a free bottle of Dr. Pepper to everyone in America) must now live up to its promise.

- Audi asks you to Meet the Beckers.

- If you want to hear a bunch of experts on the topic of the internet benefiting small businesses, sign up for the Solution Stars Video Conference. Apparently, I'm an expert because I'm one of the speakers. But, you'll have to watch and decide.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns



Rubicon Project Mocks its Own Merits

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The Rubicon Project tapped its "LA movie friends" to create this spoof vid, in which Channel 3 News goes behind the scenes to pinpoint the company's awesomeness.

I was told this would be "a tongue-and-cheek take on the magic" behind Rubicon's success, but until 1:25 it's nothing but pure pitch.

That was irritating. But afterward the whole thing was kinda funny.

Frank Addante is awesome as the young, arrogant startup douchebag. Know how Rubicon screens for talent and makes VC cash? Chugging contests. Not that that's a secret; anybody who's been to one of their parties could've figured that out.

Just wish I'd seen the hilarity coming before Minute One was up. Because seriously, I thought I'd been tricked into sitting for a demo. Actually, I still kinda suspect that I did.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-24-08    
Topic: Brands, Promotions, Spoofs, Video



Great Milk Comes from Happy Cows. And the Happy Cows are Casting!

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The California Milk Advisory Board is screening for its next bovine star. And guess who gets to pick her? You! Between October 13 and September 30, trawl audition vids and cast your vote.

Of 10 total, only two videos, "Alicia" and "Jenn," are currently available to view. Alicia reeks of The Real World, and little Jenn's being constantly goaded on by her attention-starved mom.

Videos of the hopeful heifers will be repurposed as TV spots. I hope one of Silk's renegade soy cows enters, because no audition series is complete without some wacked-out anti-establishment radical.



Bakers Molds Magic Between Flour-Stained Fingers

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"Precious Biscuits" uses the loose, altered threads of fairy tales to imbue Bakers Biscuits with wispy wonder.

It begins with pretty schoolchildren walking through a forest. Behind them, biscuits leap out of a cobblestone pavement (vestiges of Hansel & Gretel), bringing the environment to animated life.

Naughty piglets race across a canvas populated by blind mice, an egg that only almost dies, a lone social advocate made of gingerbread, and a round Red Queen with a teeny china mouth. You remember them, don't you? At the end, Bakers draws a subtle comparison between itself and other confectioners of myth.

Produced by the divine hands of Shy the Sun & Blackginger for Ogilvy/Johannesburg and client Bakers.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



T-Mobile G1 Brings Answers to You!

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Last night I saw the first ad for the T-Mobile G1, the first mobile handset built on Google's Android platform.

The spot depicts people in random situations, asking spontaneous questions that bug you at the time, but might not be important when you're back in front of a computer: "Do sharks have eyelids?", "Do monkeys make good pets?", "Can I get this cheaper somewhere else?"

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Obama Girl Backs Ack

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Believe it or not, Amber Lee Ettinger's career as Obama Girl was just preparation for a political endorsement that manages to be even more surreal. (Yes, it even outdoes her Giuliani dance-off.)

America's favourite lobbyist now throws her bikini-clad weight -- and lip-syncing skillz -- behind President Howard Ackerman of Red Alert 3. Love that "Let's screw 'em all with Ackerman" tee she's rockin'. And that intro -- it's so vintage Dick in a Box!

Isn't it awesome when an agency -- in this case, DraftFCB -- contaminates a good thing with a flinch-inducer? Whatev, this is officially The World We Live In. Expect to see "Back Ack" splashed across YouTube, RedAlert3.com and the Barely Political website.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-22-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Political, Promotions, Spoofs










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