Pepsi Will Make You A Rock Star...And A Garbage Climber

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As soda ads go, this one's pretty interesting. At least in terms of the special effects. Though we're not really sure what a city turned into a pile of junk says about our culture. Seriously. Are we to believe a sip of Pepsi makes it possible for a person to overcome all of life's insurmountable odds? Oh, wait. No. It's not that deep. All Pepsi does is create the delusion you're a rock star. Yea, that's it.

And yea, we know there's a "don't let life's meaningless crap get you down" message in there somewhere. CLM BBDO created.

by Steve Hall    May-13-09    
Topic: Commercials



Do Not Eat This If You Don't Want to Be A Doofus

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If ever there were a commercial which made us not want to be associated in any way with the product being advertised, it would be this Clemenger BBDO-created commercial for Campbell's Chunky Fully Loaded soup.

Seriously. It's like a bunch of Darwin Award winners crossed with Evil Knievel wannabes in search of McGuyver.

by Steve Hall    May-12-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Worst



Lost Tribe Craves Fry; Five-Second Rule Blocks Bounty

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Two guys are in a car. The passenger, who's inconsiderately grubbing, mistakenly drops a McDonald's french fry between the seats, compelling the driver to turn to him with a short, harsh "Dude" -- shorthand for "You better pick that shit up and fast."

If you've ever wondered what happens to the stuff lost in motor vehicle ether, here's your chance. Spare change, ballpen caps and -- yes, mislaid fries -- become window trimmings in a universe composed of lost souls, toiling for the pleasure of a crazed, invisible god.

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by Angela Natividad    May-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange, Television



3G Prius Brings Munchkins to the Fore

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Saatchi & Saatchi/LA busts out with "Harmony," a wee bit of weirdness in which a Toyota Prius drives leisurely through a dormant landscape and sets it blooming -- not just with flowers and and trees, but with what appear to be Munchkins.

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by Angela Natividad    May-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



French's Comes with 40% More Happy.

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Provided your definition of "happy" is yellow and zesty.

With help from Euro RSCG/NY, French's -- which is apparently over a hundred years old -- kicks off its latest campaign with "Happy Starts Here" -- a tribute to how each bottle of French's now comes with 40% MORE FREE!.

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by Angela Natividad    May-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Las Vegas Ad Confuzzles. Still Shows Lots of Skin Though

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As David Gianatasio writes on AdFreak, faux-newscasts do, indeed, trivialize the profession but, as always, they do provide lazy creatives an easy out when there's no energy left to come up with anything new. In this "What Happen Here, Stays Here" Las Vegas commercial, we are told by Candace Newman "the water's nice but no one's getting in" and "these cabanas are yet another troubling sign of the times."

Sadly, it's all very true. Las Vegas is hurting in a big way. But rather than sending an entire town to the city as part of a crazy marketing stunt (oh wait, they did that already), they are embracing economic reality and having fun with it.

While we might be led to believe Mirage's Bare is bare, as Newman finishes her report, strips off her jacket and the camera pans left to a pool full of party people, it seems Las Vegas is doing just fine.

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by Steve Hall    May-12-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



To Plug Transparency, Air New Zealand Strips Staff Down

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Air New Zealand promotes its no-hidden-fees policy with an ad where pilots, flight attendants and baggage jockeys sport nothing but paint in lieu of uniforms.

Maybe for morale's sake, CEO Rob Fyfe of Air New Zealand stars as one of the baggage lackeys/air traffic controllers. (He recently attested to being "absolutely flattered" after winning Hottest Businessman in a New Zealand BusinessDay poll.)

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by Angela Natividad    May-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Milk Saves Princesses from Bitchiness and Spinsterhood

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Who needs Disney when you've got the California Milk Processor Board? Watch with conviction renewed how two princes-to-be win royal mates.

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by Angela Natividad    May-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



German Bank Encourages Conjugal Co-Mingling of Funds

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In the movie Bulworth, Warren Beatty said, "If we all fucked each other we'd eventually end up the same color." That statement was meant to imply racial tension is caused by the differences among the people of the world and it could all be solved if we all just hopped in the sack with each other.

If you applied that logic to the world of finance, you might end up with this commercial from German finance company Bontrust in which German pianist Clara Schumann, the face of the 100 DM hops into the sack with America's Abe Lincoln for some stimulating economic activity which results in what would appear to be profitable co-mingling.

But Abe isn't the one one who gets in on the action.

by Steve Hall    May-11-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange



Sainsbury's: The Roots of Everything You Think is Trendy

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Sainsbury's takes responsibility for every awesome thing that's ever happened to us in its latest ad, "140," a tribute to how long it's been around.

An example of its modest achievements include:


  • Making good food affordable to all

  • Hiring women before the men were ready

  • Incorporating green thinking into packaging

  • Making reusable bags sexy


Among others.

Don't get us wrong, though. That piano melody and the overall Hovis-y vibe? Very charming. By Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.

Sainsbury's '140 ad' by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television










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