Loving Mother Smothers Son in Taco Bell's Smothered Burrito Ad


Who doesn't love the attention of a doting mother every once in a while? And the loving attention of a doting mother becomes ever more important when you're one of the 24% or so of 20-34 year olds living at home.

Deutsch LA gives nod to this statistic in a new Taco Bell commercial -- perfectly titled Smothering Mother -- which promotes the brand's Smothered Burrito. In the ad, mom buzzes about tending to her son's every need with rapid fire questions and commentary.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 6-13    
Topic: Commercials

Hellacious Children (Once Again) Prove Condoms Are A Good Thing


Here's yet another ad that uses children as a really good reason to make sure you use a condom when you have sex. This one for Durex was just dubbed Spec ad of the year by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. It was directed by Paul Santana and it's certainly funny but it breaks no new ground. And it, like all others of its ilk, has a gigantic strategic flaw.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 5-13    
Topic: Commercials

Baby Cracks Up While Viewing Dikembe Mutombo Geico Spot


How in the world could we not write about this? What's funnier than a baby laughing at a silly commercial? Or a baby laughing at anything for that matter? And, thanks to YouTube, we now have hundreds of these videos to enjoy in perpetuity.

Here's one of a baby cracking up while viewing Geico's The Martin Agency-created Dikembe Mutombo commercial. Via.

Predictably, a few fuck heads (and that's really what they are) had to make several idiotic racial comments.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-24-13    
Topic: Commercials

Nothing Ever Happens in This Awesome TelecomNZ Ad


Can someone please explain this ad? No. wait, we get it. Entitled Waiting is Over -- for TelecomNZ from Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand and produced by GoodOil -- it's all about waiting. Waiting for something to happen. Anything. Anything at all! Because nothing actually happens in this ad. It's just a bunch of dramatic still shots. Which, we suppose is the point. Because all you get with slow internet is...dramatic, frozen, still shots. Kind of like the way images would load back in dial-up days.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-13    
Topic: Commercials

Kate and William's Nursery Designer Makes Epic Fail in Carling Ad


"It's not quite Carling," says the butler as he offers a Carling to the nursery designer who has just completed his design for William and Kate's royal baby nursery. The work, from Creature, reminds us its important to know the details before you embark upon work as important as this.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-13    
Topic: Commercials

Downy Borrows Alphaville's Forever Young to Sell Laundry Detergent


Hmm. Nowhere near as awesome as a Lacta Chocolate love story but this Grey New York-created work for Downy which incorporates a cover of Alphaville's Forever Young -- that awesome early eighties, post punk-style ballad -- comes as close as any detergent ad could.

Entitled Forever Downy, the ad is an ode to the clothes we wear because we live our life in them. And they have meaning. Especially that t-shirt you got at a concert which led to a hook up which led to a baby which led to you letting your child wear that t-shirt which started it all.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-13    
Topic: Commercials

The Weirdest (And Best) Summer Sale Ad You Will Ever See


This BBR Saatchi & Saatchi Israel-created commercial for drugstore chain Super-Pharm features women dressed as lobsters, a guy who dances with the sun...and eats it along with Blue Man Group-like dancers who stand in for ocean waves. All of this activity is set to a very Charlie Chaplin-like silent film.

It's weird for sure but it's also a breath of fresh air. After all, how many more CVS-style price and item ads can you stand to watch? This is the third of a planned six ads for the chain.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-22-13    
Topic: Best, Commercials, Strange

Sexist TrueCar.com Ad Says Women Don't Need A Dude to Help Them Buy A Car


My how times haven't changed. Remember that classic Goodyear Polyglass commercial which many have dubbed the most sexist ad of all time? You know the one. The one in which...OMG...you wife has to drive alone!

On one hand, advertising culture has moved beyond portraying women like moronic, bikini-clad bimbos whose sole purpose is to drape themselves across the hood of a car or stand in front of a refrigerator. On the other, we have TrueCar.com which, in a serious headscratcher, thought it smart to imply women are still hapless nitwits who have no idea how to buy a car on their own.

A not-so-recent ad from the used car site features women telling us how the site gave them the necessary confidence to buy a car on their own with one particular woman saying...wait for it..."I don't even need to bring a dude with me."

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New Cosmopolitan Spot Delivers Seizure of Hipsterific Intensity


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is out with the third rendition of its much-lauded, Fallon-created, Gentleman Scholar-produced "Just the right amount of wrong" work that continues to position the luxury property as anything but normal.

Last year's Bohemian Rhapsody redux and 2011's original hinted at all manner of mischievously illicit behavior occurring inside the property and positioned the hotel as an adventure rather than a bed on which to sleep.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-19-13    
Topic: Commercials

Shaq Puts Tyga in His Place in Footlocker Ad


Like an annoying little gnat, rapper Tyga, aka Michael Nguyen-Stevenson, attempts to carry on a conversation with NBA legend Shaq in a new Footlocker commercial created by BBDO New York.

In the ad, Conversation Lift, Tyga and Shaq can't hear each other because of the significant height difference. Enter the Conversation Lift. Tyga uses it to rise to Shaq's level to the two can converse.

The ad touts Reebok's new Shaqnosis sneaker, something Tyga is far too young to appreciate.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-13    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

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