Virgin Mobile Canada Celebrates Birth of Jesus Breaker-Style


Virgin Mobile Canada likes to think a great battle took place between the breakdancing angels, shepherds and wise men of the east, in the barn where Jesus was born.

And we don't know why, but now we like that idea too. Does this mean John Travolta is God?

Back on-topic, the ad -- put together by zig in tangent with Virgin Mobile -- is a far cry from Virgin's belief-neutral Christmahanakwanzakuh effort.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good

Can't Read Your Kids? Ask a Celebrity, Courtesy of Best Buy


To help parents understand what their teenagers want for the holidays, Best Buy launched an online campaign called Wow the Un-Wowable featuring Nickelodeon's Drake Bell, a teen star who's really good at looking bummed.

In a series of videos, Drake "interprets" what teens want. Ideas include a laptop, a Lexus and a horse named iPod. (Yeah.)

In our expert view, the videos straddle parody and condescension. We haven't decided which halves of our emotional selves to give in to yet.

Whatever happened to the unfailing cash-and-card model? $20 may not buy a Lexus, but the recipient may score some fragrant pot.

Nothing says "I love you" like money with no strings!

by Angela Natividad    Dec-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online

Happy Holidays, From Apple -- Er, Alltel


Like Apple, Alltel Wireless looks to old-school animation to bring a festive feel to its holiday ads.

If that doesn't work, well hell, maybe free RAZRs will. Or a discounted MotoROKR with 50 free songs (snowflake-shaped ninja stars not included). Or both.

Attempts by competitors, vying feebly to beat the good guy, come stock. Hey, didn't Apple do that in its holiday ad too?

Put together by Bent Image Lab.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Mobile/Wireless

Kohl's Aims Easy for Sophisticated Sexy


We are brand snobs. "Sophisticated" and "sexy" aren't words we'd normally attribute to Kohl's, but this ad tells us the brand can reach yonder without embarrassing itself and alienating all its shoppers. You know, like WalMart did when it tried going luxe a la Target.

The spot's got a casual vintage feel, but isn't over-the-top decadent.

Agency: McCann Worldgroup; Production: Zoo Film; Editorial: Version2.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good

Out of Nowhere, Foster's Goes ENORMOUS


Nothing says BIG BRAND like a print ad with a big-ass typeface. With that, get to know the Foster's "BE ENORMOUS" campaign by StrawberryFrog.

Just another effort by a fermented beverage to make itself feel big -- real big -- by comparison. Instructions on BEing ENORMOUS are as follows (the spots are resisting our resizing tool. To see the whole thing, click on the ad and arrow down):

- Start an ATM conga line
- Become an urban legend
- Write your own theme song
- Make your middle name an adjective

Neato. Was "Australian for beer!" just not working out?

by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Magazine, Poster

Damn It, America Wants Its Whopper!


Ah yes, the Whopper Freakout. Or, "How Americans Obsess Over the Silliest Things." But don't listen to us bitch because this latest Burger King work from Cirspin Porter + Bogusky is good. Really good. They created an eight minute, candid camera-style video in which Burger King patrons are told the chain has removed the Whopper from its menu for good. People freak. We laugh. ANd the King shows up at the end to set the record straight: it's just a big joke. No worries. The Whopper is here to stay.

Particularly funny is a scene in which a man returns his bag to the counter because there's Wendy's burger in the bag. He gets angry. There were no fights though or they were edited out. It's nice piece of work. It's different. It's actually watchable.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Video

Happy Holidays, From Mac vs. PC


Here's a treat from Apple in the style of an animated classic. Mac, PC and Santa sing a Christmas song, and PC makes a feeble but earnest attempt to push his product.

Our hearts are something close to toasty warm. That could just be bacon, though.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials

'Dirty Old Man' Interviews Suicide Girls Founder


Who knew behind the grizzled, embattled facade of George Parker lay a man of intelligence, eloquence and insight? Well, we always did but for those who are new to George and his expletive-laden blog, AdScam, it might come as a surprise the man knows exactly what he's talking about when it comes to advertising having done it since the days of Mad Men.

For a recent PSFK Conference in LA, the self described "archetypal dirty old man" interviewed Suicide Girls Founder Missy (who apparently has no last name) talks about the community she started back in 2001 as an experimental art project as a way to give girls a place to express themselves. It's actually a nicely insightful look into something that's a whole lot more than a site full of hot women.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Publishing, Video

Facebook Affiliated, House Decorated, Brazil Mapped, Intel Reviewed


- Ad Lab has a piece on how you can make money with your Facebook profile by adding an affiliate banner.

- TBS has a sneak peak of it's Funniest Commercials of the Year 2007 which will air December 26 at 9PM.

- Look! Look! You can decorate a house! You can play music! You can send it to a friend! Yes! Yes! It's an agency Christmas...uh...Holiday card!

- In Brazil, LIVE launched Google Maps with a Google map pin-shaped hot air balloon and tracked its flight on a map.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials

Come On Now, Even Wales Got Schooled in Existentialism


Here's an ad for Brecon Five vodka that got people's panties in a twist because it plays on the stereotype that Welsh people are stupid. (We never heard that, but we did hear they were cannibals.)

Brecon Five is a label under the Welsh Whisky Company. It's not the only vodka ever to poke fun at its heritage to make itself look better.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Policy, Trends and Culture

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