Our Balls Are Crunchier Than Yours

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There's just something wrong with food that resembles left over KFC chicken breading that's congealed to the point where it's nothing more than a fat-laden ball of over-cooked floor scraps. Perhaps Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Clusters aren't quite that disgusting but we (apparently) have a problem with food that, well, doesn't look like food.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Stupid Guys And Bikini-Clad Bimbos Need Not Apply

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OK, Carlton Draught, maker of The Big Ad, we do love your quirky approach to selling beer. For years, you managed to do it without making guys look like idiots or tantalizing us with bikini-clad bimbos. For that alone you should get some kind of award.

We like your new Drop the Bomb ad. Getting a car to hit a target from 14,000 feet above is more fun than watching two busty babes in bikinis wrestle in the mud. Oh wait. Well, maybe not as much fun but at least your effort required some brain power and skill to pull off.

Yes, you've done the skydiving thing before but tossing a car out of an airplane (yea, that's been done before, too) doesn't require breast implants. Huh? Anyway, it got a girl - who is fully clothed - a new car. How sweet.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Iggy Pop Jiggles Belly for Swiftcover

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We're a coupla months late on this one. But when a shirtless rambling Iggy Pop pushes insurance (--"ON MY INSURANCE!"), you can't let it lie without imposing it on others.

This is better than that one time Gene Simmons tried reigniting relevance through cola. Or almost anything Ozzy Osbourne's ever done for anybody.

Props to @tamega for sharing.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Kaiser Hits Creative Bargain Bin to Stretch 'Thrive' into '09

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Kaiser Permanente continues its insufferable five-year-old "Thrive" campaign with two new ads, Kabuki and Mural.

The latter targets Spanish speakers without trying too hard (Latin music + "Viva bien." Way to go). Meanwhile, Kabuki features a Kaiser employee performing "Kabuki" with an electric guitar and selective gravity. He is later joined by a bunch of grinning people that tear off their clothes to reveal medical gear.

Campbell-Ewald (with help from Miami-based sister agency Accentmarketing) came up with this and the tagline du jour: "You and your Kaiser Permanente team. Together, you rock."

Fucking kill us. The campaign cost $50 million, and we apologize to the inhabitants of California, Oregon, Washington, Southern Colorado, Hawaii and Georgia, which will have to see it all over their daytime TV.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Students Urged to Take Action For Darfur

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JWT Toronto has created a new commercial for STAND (Students Take Action Now Darfur) which follows a boy and his family as his village is attacked and the boy is killed while his brother looks on. The commercial closes with the boy stating his name and the tags, "Every death has a name. Every name has a story."

The spot points to Stand For the Dead where visitors can be "assigned an individual who has been killed in the genocide and carry on their fight now they are no longer able."

The commercial is oddly soothing for something that's supposed to call attention to a horrific situation. However, it's accessible as opposed to an in-your-face live action commercial that would just come off like some action movie with no meaning. This commercial draws you in and gives personality to the issue.

by Steve Hall    Apr-28-09    
Topic: Cause, Commercials



Because Sending a Package Shouldn't Feel Like the Temple of Doom.

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There's something ballsy about the UPS Store comparing itself to complex acrobatics or death by amphitheater. So, props for being flagrant.

But while the cardboard animation is fun to watch -- enchanting, even -- we could've done without the Universal Studios soundtrack, the extra-extra voiceover and the trite ending ("Hey, we do more than shipping!").

Apart from all that, pretty work by agency Doner and production firm Psyop.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-28-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Airlines Don't Understand Width More Important Than Length

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Airlines need to stop deluding us into the fact flying, apart from First Class, is anything other than the nightmarish scenario depicted in the first half of this JetBlue commercial from JWT New York. After showing us the horror of the reclining seat, we are transported to the nirvana of JetBlue's extra legroom.

While extra legroom may be great, it does nothing to address the problem of getting stuck next to a fat person for a cross country flight. And the person doesn't even have to be all that fat, if fat at all, to make life miserable for six hours.

As they always tell us in an entirely different arena, it's the width that matters, not the length. The spot was produced by Blacklist and dirested by againstallodds.

by Steve Hall    Apr-27-09    
Topic: Commercials



When High Blood Pressure Is A Good Thing

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Oh how we love us a weird-ass, whacked out Japanese television commercial. This one, which, yes, is old, is for Suntory tea which claims to help those with high blood pressure. Though it's a very good thing the guy in this commercial has high blood pressure. Nothing like putting a positive spin on a health issue.

Sadly, we'll never see commercials like this here in America. Luckily, Japan hasn't yet heard of cause groups whose sole purpose is to remove every last vestige of humor from our lives...and from all out TV commercials.

by Steve Hall    Apr-27-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Inspiration Being, You Know...

What do you do when you don't have a big budget or a lot of ideas? Homage! I don't mean a great spoof for spoof's safe, but actual commercials for products, like...

- The Cleveland Cavaliers add a twist to the Heinken shoe closet spot. Score! (The extended version, too long.)

- Next, Dear Jane Sample finds a damm good Obama impersonator for Lastman's Bad Boy Furniture in Toronto. (Extra points on the name alone.)

- Freecreditreport.com? Hold up a sec, Uncle Sam fires back with annualcreditreport.com.

by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Commercials, Spoofs, Television



Unthink Chicken? Unthink THIS. IT'S CHICKEN THROWDOWN MADNESS!

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In response to KFC's free Chicken Monday, Southern California-based El Pollo Loco is going them one better by inviting people to try their food free on Tuesday April 28th until 8:00 pm. FREE IS THE NEW...! See all the gory details here.

*waits for Burger King to announce counter-gueril... er, chicken stunt*

by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Announcements, Commercials, Television








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