Yawn. 'Much-Anticipated' Dairy Ad Disappoints

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Much-anticipated? Seriously? Yes, that is how this new commercial, Arm Wrestling, for the British Columbia Dairy Foundation is being touted. Part of the BCDF's Must Drink More Milk campaign, the DDB Vancouver-created cinema ad pits one big arm against two smaller...but milk-drinking arms. The outcome is predictable.

Thankfully this is bit one of 14. One hopes at least one of the yet to be seen 13 is actually "much-anticipated."

by Steve Hall    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials



'Teenagers' Convince Teenagers to Drive Slower

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Every possible method of convincing young people to drive slower and more carefully has been done. Everything from light humor to horrifically gut-wrenching emotional manipulation has been put to use. Does any of it work? You'll have to ask the statisticians for the answer to that questions.

In an update to the Ad Council's Youth Reckless Driving Prevention campaign, Y&R New York is out with four new commercials which involve the goofball "teenage friend" joining a threesome in a car and, through different tactics, convince the kids to slow down. They're quite tame compared to many of the more extreme examples we've seen.

One might say they were lame but they are so ingratiatingly squirm-inducing, they just might keep people's attention long enough to garner at least a tiny bit of consideration.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials



Viagra's 'Couple' Touches Us Where We Least Expect It

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Everything about Viagra makes us laugh. We all know what it's for (and spam has ensured that we never forget!), but the ads are never really about doin' The Do -- they're always about love and intimacy, which in this jaded world is a lot like taking the sluggish scenic route to the same destination.

So, fingertips at the ready, we watched "Couple" with the full intention of taking the piss out of it. And get this: we couldn't. Because it moved us.

Yeah, we're embarrassed too.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Midea AC: Pretty and All, but a Bit Too Bright for Comfort

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Household appliance firm Midea tapped Transistor Studios and Ogilvy/Shanghai to promote its compact air conditioning (AC) product line.

"Dream" depicts a sleek, energy-efficient AC that self-repairs, senses changes in the environment and apparently morphs like the space ship in Flight of the Navigator.

That's exciting and all, but the skeletal arms and single eye had us picturing HAL, poring over us as we sleep, breathing frosty air onto the hair on our necks before spiriting us into cruel oblivion.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Tums: Not Animal-Tested, But Probably Animal-Friendly...?

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Tums manifests its antacid magic in "Angry Bear," where the aforementioned animal steals food, overeats and goes back in for one more score: the Tums.

There's something about the sight of a bear, far-off and out of decapitation range, that totally numbs us to its potential malevolence. It's like, "Aww, look at the bear eating all the pizza. Look at the bear breaking the watermelon. Look at the bear getting the Tums for its tummy."

You kind of want to curl up around it and fall asleep while it's lying against one of those gutted cars, nursing a food hangover.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Department of Energy Compels Kids to Lose Their Excuse

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To make kids act more energy-smart, the Department of Energy launched Lose Your Excuse, a painfully cute website* that encourages engagement and boasts a 10-step energy "action plan" to download.

Two quirky little ads drive traffic in its direction. Each features a kid getting caught in a lie about why s/he hasn't become more energy efficient. (I know that vibes like the Spanish Inquisition, but the execution is feel-good and funny).

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



Nike Conveys Jumpropers to the Happiness Factory

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Except there's no Coke, and lots of Domos.

"Jump Rope" -- chock full of delicious images and noises -- was put together for client Nike by AKQA. Creativity Online pegged its position "the escapism of exercise." Well-said.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Chinese Commando, Kellogg Krumbling, Tropicana Talkback

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- Somebody just sent us a link to KillaBanker.com, a little CafePress store where you can buy knee-jerk reactions to economic despair.

- Hanzi Smatter, a site "dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters in Western culture," is hilarious. See awkward interpretation of tattoo on a model featured in AussieBum's Commando ad.

- Kellogg's brand rep suffers following Phelps fallout.

- What ho, a Dairy Queen blog.

- More jibjab over Arnell/Tropicana.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Opinion



You Mean People Actually Get Laid This Way?

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Witness with a growing sense of unease as a couple on its first date quotes lines from Romeo & Juliet.

$5 says they met on eHarmony.

"How Romeo Pulls Juliet," which vibes like a middling tribute to Baz Luhrmann's '96 oeuvre, was put together by Madeinmilan Wine. The company wanted to "tell a story about having fun with wine, indulging in intense pleasure" while incidentally promoting a suite of wines named after iconic characters, like Romeo. (There's also a bottle marked Brutus. Hrm.)

For requisite engagement purposes, check out the "wine pairing" section, where you (apparently...?) pair wine to other things, like "travel" or "chill out." (We have NO idea.)

Click on "sex" for an exciting shot of a mad couple crawling around on all fours. We're not sure why it's there, but it struck us as one of the few things worth mentioning at all.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Hardee's Crowdsources Little Thickburger Campaign

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Remember those Little Thickburger commercials from last year? Riffing off that, Hardee's launched an ad generator app so fans could create their own Thickburger comparisons.

The company expected maybe one or two to shine, but it turns out about 16 spots turned out to be broadcast-quality. (Though when you think about it, it's a pretty tough formula to screw up: [Big thing. Little thing.] Extra points for wordplay.) See them here.

"And we didn't even offer them a million dollars. Or anything for that matter," Hardee's added, puffing its chest out for extra effect.

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