Between Films, Scorsese Works for AmEx


Voila: an American Express ad for The Members Project, resulting from a collabo between Lost Planet and Martin Scorsese, via Ogilvy. It is surprisingly likable.

Poking fun at self-satisfied cause-whoring like Gap (red) and Kenneth Cole's Are You Putting Us On?, the spot includes Ellen, Andre Agassi and Sheryl Crow, sitting against a generic backdrop and admonishing the sympathetic to go forth and make a difference.

For those whose ears automatically perked up at Scorsese's name, there's no gunning-down for the cause. But amid the usual vagaries about doing your part, a casually-dressed guy (Tim from the office next door!) suddenly walks across the shot and points out the importance of keeping Lake Winnipesakee clean.

This sparks confusion between the stars and a general, if hesitant, admission that Lake Winnipesakee is probably worth keeping clean.

The spot ends with an empty stool and the usual closing jibjab about submitting your idea to website X. The winning entry gets not $10,000 (the going idea rate) but a whopping $5 million, which may mean this contest is actually worth someone's while.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Promotions, Television

Watching CNN Will Warn You, Distract You While Robbers Clean House?

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Our first reaction to this Turkish CNN ad by DDB&Co., Istanbul, was "Hey, they're staring at us." Our second reaction was, "...Hey, that's mean." (See variations uno and dos.)

Consequent two-second bummed feeling aside, we thought the in-the-box effect was mighty clever. But one could probably argue CNN more distracts than informs, because while the watchers idly admire us looking doe-eyed and confused, their houses are being robbed/hit by helicopters/scorched.

Slogan: "Be the first to know." Right, so you don't find out during 15 minutes of consequent lame, post-disaster.

by Angela Natividad    May-31-07    
Topic: Brands, Magazine

In Print Form, Corona's a Moonstruck Experience


This simple piece by Corona is a nice demonstration of why the nation's favourite beer import should be seen and not heard.

And per AdCritic, which dropped the ad into our laps, it's a nice way of illustrating why its dependency on the lime should be considered a luxury, not a euphemism for its otherwise-ick factor.

It kind of brought this to mind though, which is totally not Corona's fault.

by Angela Natividad    May-31-07    
Topic: Brands, Poster

Nike Builds Spanish 'Momentum' with Carnal Drumbeat


We're taken by the infectious pulse of this Spanish Nike ad by Villarosas and production team Agosto. Dubbed Momentum, it showcases an underground battle between famous sports stars, flanked by gypsy drummers.

The audience, which ranges in flavor from urban grit to the polished elite, share a proud-faced intensity that pretty much embodies the emotional Nike ethos.

The press release calls "Momentum" a recognition to "the optimum moment that Spanish sport enjoys." Nice way to put it.

Translation of the closing challenge: "Are you brave enough to be the next?"

by Angela Natividad    May-31-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television

Virgin: 'You Rule! Oops, Except Not.'


For its new geo-specific campaign "You Rule," meant to push its no-commitment cell phone service, Virgin Mobile made a big oops in the Big Apple, installing neighborhood-specific ads in the wrong neighborhoods.

This wouldn't be a huge issue if not for the fact that some wrongly-placed ads are actually trashing the neighborhoods they've found themselves in.

To note, an unspecified number of Upper West Side posters have been placed on the Upper East Side. And they say really clever things like, "...because up here it's not cool to be tied down and uptight. If you want to live like that, move to Greenwich, or at least across the park."

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by Angela Natividad    May-31-07    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Outdoor

Lee Cooper: Great Ass-Cop, or Just a Great Ass?


In case you wondered what happened to Buddy Lee, he's taking advantage of his height and conducting ass inspections.

This winning spot demonstrates for maybe the umpteenth time that most anything can be sold with a whole lot of ass and a whole lot of tacked-on moan tracks. And while we've never felt inclined to see another person's southern comfort that close, we're sure somebody got off on it, which means the ad wasn't completely for naught.

Dude what is with the tent camera?

by Angela Natividad    May-30-07    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials

Carl's Jr Gets Butthurt Over Butt Joke


Under the playful slogan "Where's the Angus," Jack in the Box released an ad in which Jack shows JITB employees where sirloin is located on a cow.

In the ad, one employee points out that the competition is selling Angus Burgers and asks where "the Angus area of the cow" is located. After a pause, the puzzled Jack, standing beside the, uh, rear region of the illustration, says, "I'd rather not." End spot with the usual brand roll-up.

But the cute schoolyard poke is not the funniest part. Apparently the butthurt (read: peevishly pissed-off) CKE Restaurants, whose Carls Jr. chain pushes the Angus, is taking Jack to court.

The paperwork claims the ad (and others under the same slogan) creates "The erroneous notion that all cuts of Angus beef are derived from the anus of beef cattle."

Before you point and laugh, step back and remember how upset you felt when some boy looked at you and asked if you had a pencil sharpener. And you totally fell for it. Then and only then can you fully conceive of the private angst the Angus-pushers must be suffering.

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by Angela Natividad    May-30-07    
Topic: Bad, Brands

Skoda Fabia is the Stuff of Dreams


To demonstrate the super-awesomosity of its Fabia, Skoda lets users watch them build one.

Out of cake ingredients.

We've never felt more inclined to run a hand across the hood of a vehicle and hope against hope that the finish will come off. Plus, there's something so psychologically soothing about Poppins. Thanks Shedwa for the good word.

by Angela Natividad    May-30-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Video

Altoids Unveils Sindy in Google-Powered Search Game


You know how much we love games. Find Altoids' Sindy in a game built right into Google Earth. We were never superkeen on Carmen Sandiego, but Sindy probably won't have trouble inspiring a chase.

Nice to see Altoids is over its frightening identity crisis. We salute you, Hal Riney WDDG (oops, sorry about that, guys).

by Angela Natividad    May-30-07    
Topic: Brands, Games, Good, Online

United Colors of Benetton Returns From Dead With New Campaign


The United Colors of Who? Oh, Benetton. Sorry. It's just been years since we've seen anything from the clothier. In fact, we figured they went out of business but no. They are back and this time they are taking on the cause of domestic violence. Each ad stylishly coordinates their clothing line's colors with the bruises on women's faces to drive home the message. Damn. Did we just say "drive home the message?" Sorry, we thought we left that in the conference room years ago after realizing a message can't actually be driven and that saying stuff like that makes one appear to be an idiot. OK so maybe mobile billboards are an exception but we digress.

Benetton is back and they have a message. And as a bonus, maybe the campaign itself will deliver its own version of violence in the form of a slap upside the head of fashionistas who are more concerned with how they look than the plight of women around the world. Damn, that was bitchy.

UPDATE: Surprise, surprise. They're fake. Yawn.

by Steve Hall    May-30-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Good, Magazine

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