Woman Gives Birth To Drug-free Teen Without Drugs.

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8 lbs. hurts from what I've been told. Full-size teen though? Yikes. Wondering what she's on because hardly a scream is heard in this drugfree.org spot after the jump from Martin Williams. Oh, and if slimy teens aren't your thing, try the print. It's much cleaner and safer! Sokay, apparently either there's an outbreak of SWSM (single white soccer moms) or only white suburban moms can keep a child off drugs. That shit takes two parents, planners. It takes two.

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by Bill Green    Apr-22-09    




Another One of Those 'Green is the New Black!!!1' Things.

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There's a lot you can say about becoming more eco-conscious: that it's responsible, forward-thinking and personally/socially fulfilling, for example.

But in a spot called "Good Green," the Sundance Channel takes the go-green hype and staples on a passel of adjectives that ring both hollow and wince-worthy: sexy, trippy, fierce.

Confusingly, there's also a shot of Isabella Rossellini flirtatiously hugging a giant lobster.

WOW. Thanks for all the abstraction, BIGSMACKtv. We're definitely feeling the backhand.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-17-09    
Topic: Commercials, Promotions, Strange, Television



Mastercard Trots Priceless 'Icons' Back onto the Stage

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"Icons," a McCann-Erickson/NY spot that aired during the '05 Super Bowl, is a fond standby of Mastercard's "Priceless" campaign.

Prep for serious warm-fuzzy syndrome: it's composed of brand mascots -- Count Chocula, the Vlasic stork, Jolly Green Giant, Pillsbury Doughboy -- having Soul Food-style dinner as Mr. Clean slaves merrily over the sink. Some of the icons weren't even animated for TV prior to this. (Thank Calabash for bringing them to life.)

Too much good stuff. There's even some illicit Facebooky pokeage between Doughboy and Morton Salt girl. Scandale!

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Post Concedes to Putting the 'No' in 'Innovation'

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Post Shredded Wheat, that most generic of cereals, did itself a favor and passed on that most generic of cereal commercials: a shot of mom, dad and the happy kids, pouring cascades of milk onto yielding gobs of grain.

Instead it went for another gimmick: Formidable Authority Figure, touting the dangers of progress.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-17-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Because Watching Kids Cry Just Never Gets Old

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Your tax dollars at work. Hey, pushing a kid to emotional breaking-point is small potatoes compared to all that guilt equity! the New York State Health Department will raise among smokers for the 5.5 minutes they could be spending with a cancer stick.

Contemplate the moral dilemma with fellow creatives-in-arms, and then ask yourself, just ask -- are a few seconds of anxiety worth it? It's not like smokers don't know about the health consequences, or that their priorities are mildly screwed up (I always feel a little guilty lighting up in front of tots); does one sappy spot a quitter make?

This emo thinkpiece brought to you by Quit Victoria.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-16-09    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Television



K-Y Swears It Can Intensify Female Pleasure.

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I just showed a Sexually Active Female Friend (SAFF) a spot from the latest campaign for K-Y Intense -- a product that claims it's scientifically proven to get girls off harder.

SAFF's response: "This makes me entirely uncomfortable."

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Bruins Vs. Canadiens Playoffs Comes With Strict Rules

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When it comes to sports, there are rules. RULES! And they must, at all costs, be followed. No, we're not talking about a sport's *actual* rules. Rather the rules sports fans must follow lest they be...um...attacked my a huge guy in a bear suit?

And what are these all-important rules? Let us share with you:

1. Don't date within the Division.
2. Never, under any circumstances, tuck in your jersey.
3. Never take a call when all you should be doing is watching the game.

Simple, right?

The work was created by Mullen and shot by Station Films Director Harold Einstein

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Norwegian Parkinson's Association Pokes Fun at, Uh, Parkinson's.

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Rather than focus on fractured families and the slow, tragic waltz toward death, the Norwegian Parkinson's Association (Norges Parkinsonforbund) decided to add a little jazz to its disease awareness campaign.

And by "jazz" we mean you'll probably release an involuntary smirk, then put on your Serious Creative Face and soberly acknowledge the work's incendiary nature, the poor taste, etc etc.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-14-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



New Energy Drink Suffers Serious MTV Envy

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There's a hot new energy drink on the block. It's called Guru, and it boasts clean energy for dirty minds.

We don't know about all that, but the spot's a solipsistic mashup between The Real World circa 1995 and Girls Gone Wild, shortly after Mean Girls gave it brand equity with the under-13 crowd. All it needed, really, was an LFO song -- and possibly a bored American Apparel photographer looking for an extracurricular portfolio opp.

Lovin' the random incorporation of product -- as if those saucy co-eds really are running on Guru as opposed to, say, poorly-mixed drinks and hot Chee-tos.

Derivative treacle, brought to you by Virtue Worldwide. (Oh yeah, and Kanye's a fan,* if that means anything to you.)

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-14-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials



AT&T Helps Hype the TOMS Cause

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AT&T makes a deposit into karmic collections in this collaboration with TOMS Shoes, a cause-based shoe firm that gives one pair of shoes to a child in need every time you -- yes, you! -- buy a pair.

The spot features Blake Mycoskie, and the format's familiar: he's the TOMS founder, a character of apparent integrity, talking in somber, stilting tones about his company's cause while hugging children and citing the need for dependable network coverage.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-14-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television








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