Puma Rides Volvo on the Shores of Rio

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There's this competition called Volvo Ocean Race, in which heavily sponsored boat junkies take their latent talents to the high seas.*

To promote both its participation and its nautical domination, Puma left Il Mostro signage and giant footprints in the sand on the beaches around Rio, which is where the competition goes down this year.

Il Mostro's the name of its boat. (Guess it's somewhat more resonant than O Gato Gigante.) Two lucky civilians will be chosen to join Il Mostro's boat crew for one day. Visit the Puma Enigma site for more details.

The site doesn't presently work the way it's supposed to -- where you click on a flag and go directly to a brand destination. As things stand, no amount of clicking gets you much of anywhere -- except for the innocuous Puma.com logo at the bottom right-hand side, which sends you to the Puma Ocean Racing blog.

Beachside stunt by Espalhe Marketing de Guerrilha for Puma Sports Brazil.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Events, Sponsorship



Coke's Happiness Factory Shakes the Sleepies Out

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"Happiness Factory 3" continues Coke's Happiness Factory/Open Happiness campaign with a Monday-friendly beginning we can all identify with. Mid-yawn, a guy hits up a Coke vending machine, compelling all the Wonderland creatures inside to yawn too.

There's a bit of authoritative clapping, then some feel-good pop music kicks in. Everyone snaps open their Cokes, and both worlds bloom into quotidian activity.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Sponsorship, Video



Arby's Makes Grease-Stained Tribute to Mona Lisa

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Ad land has this incredible talent for bastardizing beautiful things, and doing it in a way where we're like, hey, that's kind of cool.

That's the feeling you get when you watch "Burger Grease Art," where a guy uses the grease from non-Arby's burgers to create a giant reproduction of Da Vinci's enigmatic lady.

Across the bottom of the video -- which we really couldn't help sitting through, even as we clutched our stomachs and began to dry-heave -- is a link to burgergreaseart.com, which tackles your line of sight with three appealingly matte Arby's Roastburgers. (For some reason, we kinda hoped for an Etch-a-Sketchy painting game, except with grease, but no dice.)

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Promotions, Strange, Video



BlackBerry Tears Apple to Shreds -- Figuratively, Anyway

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Agency Guava threw together this spot in which a Blackberry literally shoots through Apple. (Both are helpfully represented as fruits, and the tagline hypes BB's first-ever touchscreen model.)

Crystal-clear and slightly reminiscent of a long genre of late-'90s films where bullets penetrated human flesh at high-speed, ripping it to ribbons in slow-mo. (We like pulpy shit.) But I wouldn't throw myself behind the current iteration of BlackBerry's Storm for any amount of money, let alone pro-bono.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-13-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Consumer Created, Video



Need a New Desk to Bend Over? Have We Got the Gig for You.

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American Apparel peels its sleaze off for a second to make a public service announcement: "American Apparel is ... Jobs."

This crucial message is illustrated by a muscly bald dude who appears to be in the stock room. Which begs the question: where'd all AA's eye candy go? In a clime this dire, is all that tap-worthy ass just unwilling to lift its own load?

by Angela Natividad    Mar-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Dockers Makes Shakeable iPhone Ad

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Dockers finally produces an ad that enables you to realize a fantasy you've probably had more than once: the ability to shake the living crap out of it.

The ad features urban street dancer Orbitron (Dufon) of Circle of Fire. He'll appear in iPhone games "iBasketball," "iGolf" and "iBowl," as well as lifestyle application iTV, AdAge says. At various intervals, users have to shake the iPhone to get Dufon to bust a move.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Games, Mobile/Wireless



...and Don't You Just Love How the Doc's Poppin' Candy Post-Op?

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Skittles continues its mile-high "WTF?" spree with "Transplant," which illustrates a new pack of cross-breed candies with a guy who recovers from an operation -- only to find he's been crossed with a dude named Jose.

There's this weird moment where a pack of Skittles gets tossed hither and yon, then they eat them while facing each other and delicately licking -- kissing, really -- their own fingers.

By TBWA\Chiat\Day\NY. See its last little bit of magic.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Mahou Makes You a Mite More Buoyant

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"A Lighter World," where a couple pops open a bottle of Mahou and does a gravity-defying dance, is deliciously infectious.

By Agosto; featuring a cover of Pump the Jam by Canadian band Lost Fingers. (I realize that sounds not-very-savoury, but with a guitar in the background and a tap-dancing featurette the song is surprisingly fresh.)

Tagline: "There's a lighter world" -- riffing off the Premium Light status of this particular Spanish bev.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Carl's Jr. Urges Doctors to Have A Bourbon Before Surgery

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For a company like Carl's Jr. to say "Eat Responsibly" is a joke. Oh wait, it's supposed to be a joke or at least we hope it is because they've been hyping their fat-filled, artery clogging burgers for years.

It was one thing to watch a hot socialite seductively eat a burger while making love to a Bentley. It's an entirely different - and a bit disconcerting - to watch a doctor scarf down a Kentucky Bourbon burger between surgeries.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Strange



Ladies, Join Wilkinson Sword's Garden Party

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Looks like Philips Shave Everywhere, pretty cool at the time, has been upstaged by Wilkinson Sword's Ma Garden Party (se video here)which officially launches March 16. Hooking up with French singer Simone elle est bonne, the brand is out to show just how much fun it can be to "garden."

It's a catchy tune. We're sure it'd be even more catchy if we could understand the lyrics. But you don't really need to to get what's going on and understand the message.

by Steve Hall    Mar-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Racy, Strange, Video








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