Strangers Scarier Than Drugs in New PSAs

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OK so what would you do if you woke your kid up in the morning and they were a total stranger? You'd freak, right? Especially if they weren't a kid but were wearing your kids clothes. And especially if they were some of the, shall we say, ugliest people you'd ever seen.

Which is is exactly what happens in these two commercial PSAs from Energy BBDO for The Partnership at DrugFree.org. Of course the message here is that a teenager's mood, personality and appearance can drastically change when they take drugs. Which, of course, is what Energy BBDO is attempting to convey here.

So maybe it's a bit more relateable than a couple of eggs being dropped into a frying pan but we just can't get past the freaskishness of the actors in this PSA to even begin to absorb the don't do drugs message here. But, perhaps, that's just us. Ugly people frighten us.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Strange



Cataphiles Replace Parkour Practitioners As Latest Ad Trend

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Forget old school raves in undisclosed warehouse locations. That's so yesterday. Wait...even saying "so yesterday" is, well...so yesterday. Anyway, moving on, Sapient Nitro is out with new work for Footlocker that touts the Padded Collar Loopback from Converse. And, apparently, the fact that the only place hipsters party now is underground. Literally.

Yes. Cataphiles, as they are known, are urban explorers who traverse the catacombs of Paris and, according to this work from Foot Locker, have a really great time doing it. Who knew a few dank, dark, underground passageways could be filled with so much hipsteresque frivolity?

Previously in the strange land of Foot Locker advertising: Fetishistic Spanking.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Trends and Culture



Frozen Food Never Looked So Good

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For those of you who are into food porn - and who isn't these days with what seems to be every other TV show covering some form of cooking - you might like this new campaign from McCann Erickson for P.F. Chang's Home Menu from Unilever, a line of frozen entrees. A frozen entree never looked so good. And it will never look this good in your home either because, as you know, it takes great effort and skill to film and photograph food without it looking like it was just barfed up by your dog.

So enjoy the ads and just pretend you have your own food stylist at home when you open the package and a big hunk of freezer-burned food-like stuff falls into your fry pan. Launching today, the campaign will include :15's as well as online efforts.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Quiznos is Trippin' With Chicken Bacon Dipper Campaign

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Living up to the product tagline, "If this were an ordinary sub, you'd eat it in an ordinary way'" Quiznos is out with a seriously whacked commercial in which people go about eating the chain's new Chicken Bacon Dipper sandwich in very, very strange ways.

Topping the scales of weird is the dude in this commercial called The Hair Raiser. Seriously. Someone's on drugs here. A lot of drugs.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange



Skittles Gives Girl Facial

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All we can say about this Skittles video featuring a cute girl with Skittles all over her face is it's a good thing those Skittles are Skittles and not zits. Because zits would be gross. And zits would be a reason to point at this girl and make fun of the way she looks.

Wait. What message is this commercial sending? We're confused. Are we supposed to think a girl is hot because she's covered with Skittles? Or ugly? Or we should only love her for her beauty...or Skittles-covered face? Or are we supposed to...eat her face?

Please help. Thanks for confusing us, BBDO Toronto.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Grabbed Nuts and Anal Insertion Sell Power Equipment

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With some of the strangest ads for power equipment we've seen in a long time, you'll never look at airport security or a visit to the doctor the same again. Created by Cramer-Krasselt, these ads, out since January, for ECHO power equipment take a decidedly different approach to letting us know just ho important it is to buy professional grade equipment.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Three Olives Walk Into A Bar

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A new campaign for Three Olives Vodka from M&C Saatchi LA settles upon the age old opening line of the classic "three guys walk into a bar..." joke. Each of the three commercials are animated and eschew the usual upscaling approach to advertising.

Explaining the campaign's approach, Proximo (parent company to Three Olives) Senior Vice President of Marketing Elwyn Gladstone said, "It seems that all the fun has been taken out of vodka with virtually all brands scrambling for the same crowded, so-called 'luxury' positioning. The Three Olives brand is set apart from that stuffy niche because while we're seriously premium, we're also seriously fun."

Well said and these spots are, indeed, fun. Our favorite is Three Sugar Daddies Walk Into a Bar. Why? Because we love twisted humor like that.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-29-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Behind Megan Fox, MTV Does Facebook, Left is Right

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- A behind the scenes look at the recent Megan Fox Emporio Armani shoot. 'Nuff said.

- About.com Advertising blogger Paul Suggett has had it with ads that use actors who pretend to be a brand.

- MTV is doing a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook employees.

- Here's the latest Left Brain Right Brain ad for Mercedes Israel. Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive Tel Aviv created.

- Galpin Jaguar says, "If a customer buys or leases an eligible comparably equipped Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus or Porsche within 10 days after a new Jaguar test drive at Galpin, they will receive an American Express Gift Card valued at $1,000,"

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by Steve Hall    Mar-29-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Promotions, Social, Trends and Culture



Muscle Milk Will Make Your Body Awesome!

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Pereira & O'Dell is out with some sublimely goofy work for Muscle Milk. Super Bowl champion Clay Matthews and All-Star Left Fielder Ryan Braun star in the fictitious "You, Your Awesome Body, and You, Show" with a crazed host who can't keep his shirt on or stop freaking out about the athletes.

The spots will run though April 7 on ESPN, ESPN2, Fuel, Fuse, G4, MTV2, Versus and others. Radio and online will support the television effort.

Whacked.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-22-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Ford Puppet Hits on Sexy Reporter in New Campaign

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Chevy has its Angels and Ford has...well...Ford has Doug. Doug is a puppet. And a puppet with an attitude and an attraction to blond reporters and, well, any female of any kind. He's also a wise ass who carefully walks the line between making the brand message interesting and turning the entire thing into a comedy routine. He's witty and stupid all at the same time. And it kind of works. And in any event, it's far more interesting that a typical :30 or :60. Far, far more interesting.

Doug's best lines include, "may I smell your fingers?" and "are you all business or it is just that suit?"

Directed by Paul Feig and written by a host of comedy writers, the collection of videos touts the Ford Focus and its many features. The unveiling of Doug as the new spokesperson for Ford was preceded by several unbranded videos in which the puppet stops a convenience store robbery, saves a choking victim and performs CPR.

We like this advertainment. We actually watched all of it. Of course, that's out job but that's besides the point. We actually liked it and found it entertaining. Which is a very, very good thing.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-22-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Video








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