Despite what 'Mad Men' Would Have You Believe, Things Back Then Sucked.

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To promote its pension plan, AMF uses tact and a tongue-in-cheek tang to explore the actual merits of the good old days.

We were hooked from the first scene, where a kid with a dated haircut is stuck in the car with his chainsmoking parents. But the scenarios just kept getting better. Think life before Lisa! Think dinner pre-pizza.

The voiceover wraps with a niggling question: "Were the good old days really that good ... or do things get better and better all the time?" (We're really glad Forsman & Bodenfors resisted the temptation to license the Beatles.)

On-screen text: "Funds for the future. AMF Pension."

NICE!

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-23-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Daredevil Carves Pavement with Skis in the Name of ... Audi.

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Adgabber's Elyse drew our attention to this fresh online ad for Audi, which features an extreme skier doing crazy shit all over San Francisco -- a city known for its treacherously steep hills, railed streets, and slow-moving, trolley-shaped obstacles. Oh -- and lack of snow.

The German ad is a promotion for Audi's quattro Gefuhl. We don't know how or why, but there you have it. Fun work by Kemper Trautmann.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Pro-Skaters Call Foul on BBDO Content Rip

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From the Adrants mailbag:

My skater friends have been sending me a link all day long that shows a blatant - and I mean blatant - BBDO rip off of a [Spike Jonze] directed skateboard video [...]. The original was from the most popular skate video in years, but obviously, someone's creative director hadn't seen it:

o Original, and far superior.

o The fraud.

The only way that is legit, would be if Spike did it himself... but quality-wise, it just doesn't stand up.

The ad labeled "the fraud" was put together by BBDO Mexico for Snickers, oddly enough. Pro-skaters Steve Berra and Eric Koston are so pissed about the Spike Jonze rip-off that they posted it on their blog and are trying to drum up some righteous rage.

More on this over at Agency Spy, which has a translation for the Mexican Snickers spot as well as comment from Berra.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Cisco Explains Mobile Internet to Common Man

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Okay. See the hands at left grasping greedily for the giant diamond? That's supposed to represent the mobile web ... and the faceless villains that will immediately try to exploit it.

This is the first of a three-part video series that explains the whole "4G=IP" thing to people that buy tech items, such as iPods, primarily because they like the pretty colours.

We're suckers for smooth animated magic -- and for Cisco in general -- so we kept our eyes on the piece, which was a comfortable length and not too stuffed with strange-sounding geek noises. It's possible we even learned things.

That squeaky Adventures in Odyssey-sounding narrator kinda pissed us off though.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Video



Scion Whips Out Fresh Sample for xD

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Here's "Samples xD," the latest spot from Scion's fresh-out "Samples" effort. The latter launched in January and features car customizations mashed-up to the din of mixed beats.

From ATTIK CD Simon Needham: "These newest ads energetically combine actual owners' xBs, xDs and tCs with stock models in ways that convey the distinct personalities of Scion's vehicles and their owners - while also showing how their individuality ties them together."

Metaphor for life if we ever heard one. Sound design -- a mere window-shopper to Aphex Twin's Window Licker -- by Face the Music.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Old Spice Cures Tony Stewart's Escalator Phobia

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In this cockle-warming story about a hyperventilating geek who now wears onesies and gets his pick of trophies (both metal and collagen-enhanced), Tony Stewart reinforces the power of Swagger.* The Old Spice product previously de-geeked Brian Urlacher and LL Cool J.

Actually, LL Cool J's still pretty square. Sometimes getting all muscly to stop being square will only make you squarer.

But we digress. What were we talking about? Oh yeah, the Swagger campaign. It's starting to feel a little less highlariously kitsch-tacular and more like Axe/Lynx. Which sucks because once upon a time, both brands were uniquely neat, and now they're almost exactly alike, except Old Spice is too red and Axe/Lynx is too potent.

Work by Wieden + Kennedy/Portland -- which succeeded, as always, in stimulating provocative discussion on YouTube.

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Is That An Animation Biting My Ass?

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Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco is out with another Sprint NASCAR commercial and, thankfully, there are no short shorts in the one. This one's called Speedway and it hypes the NASCAR Sprint Series and the ability to watch it on your Sprint phone.

Having just caught Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder on cable recenlty, we can identify with the on-track mania depicted in this commercial. Though we're not entirely clear why Goodby decided to get MassMarket to visual effectify the spot into something resembling a video game. Oh alright, we'll agree it's far more interesting that just watching "regular" cars crash into each other and it does capture the take-no-prisoners competitive aspect of the sport.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



You Remain Anonymous, Criminals Don't

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Hoping to battle the apparent escalation of violence in Vancouver and to encourage people to come forward if they have information about criminal activity, a new pro bono PSA campaign from DDB Canada informs, "You remain anonymous, criminals don't."

The out of home and print campaign for Greater Vancouver Crime Stoppers depicts crimes in progress with the criminal in focus and the victims and witnesses pixelated which supports the campaign's tagline.

Explaining the strategy behind the creative, DDB Canada Creative Director Dean Lee said, "Pixelation is instantly recognized and commonly associated with the reporting of criminal activity. But this time it's used to illustrate the anonymity of providing crime-solving tips. People need to realize their tips are completely anonymous, that tipsters have nothing to fear and can make a real difference in helping make Vancouver a safer city to live in."

We like the simplicity of the campaign. It's not over-engineered and it, both visually and sith copy, makes the point quickly.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good, Magazine, Outdoor



Ominous Helen Bamber Ads Highlight Abuse and Trafficking

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JWT Dubai recently created two spots for the Helen Bamber Foundation. In one, Vows, a couple stand before a priest as if you exchange vows. Vows are certainly exchange but they are not of the normal variety.

In another, Auction, a room full of seedy-looking rich people continue to outdo each other's bids for the auctioned item onstage...which turns out to be a child.

Both spots do a decent job of twisting your perceptions and creating a sense of suspense.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Good



Ibiza Targets the Skaters of Yesteryear

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"Skaters," an ad for the Seat Ibiza, features a beautiful cover of Forever Young that made us tuck a chin in our collective hand and sigh, because we were thinking about Freaks and Geeks and childhood in general. Vintage footage of kids on skateboards only fueled the cozy flames of nostalgia.

Then there was this awkward cut to a car. Everything changed: the feel of the ad, the imagery, the sounds. And then our souls, which were floating up somewhere above our heads, collapsed onto concrete.

We get what agency Atletico International, and production company Agosto, wanted to do: tie the Ibiza into youth and freedom, personify that spirit in a vehicle that in some ways is decidedly less whimsical. (Not much wind in your hair, no risk of elbow-scrapes.)

But it could have been done better.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-19-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television










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