'Hey, Guy, Take a Free PC for Being in Our Ad and Talking About How Special You Are.'

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One of the biggest complaints about CP+B's wacked-out Gates/Seinfeld campaign was that it didn't really do much to push the product. In fact, it didn't mention the product at all.

As you recall, that effort was fast followed by "I'm a PC," which did mention the product, but not in any technical or deeply informative way.

Here's the latest suite of MSFT fumbles, labeled "Laptop Hunters." In this installment, an incredibly smug human being called Giampaolo shows us all how precious, how picky, how tech he is(n't especially) -- while on a quest to find the perfect (MSFT-subsidized) laptop.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Parents Desert Kid For Hogging Ovaltine

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OK so yea. Like this would ever fucking happen. A kid comes home from school only to find his house empty, his parents gone and a note on the fridge which reads, "We told you that there would be consequences for hogging all of the Ovaltine. PS. Don't try to find us."

Seriously?

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-09    
Topic: Bad, Commercials



Harmony Korine Does Heartstring-Pulling LibMu Spot

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Liberty Mutual continues its ongoing Responsibility Project with this :60 ad. You get the gist: a kid talks about doing the right thing while a melange of intimate family images scroll by in soft light.

See previous work, which is equally sappy but for the most part well-produced. We may be over this idea, but LibMu's commitment to the Responsibility Project will probably go a long way toward making it the Coca-Cola of insurance.

Really. Give it a couple of years; it may be a one-way conversation, but for work like this, consistency is key.

Work by Hill Holliday in partnership with Harmony Korine, which -- oddly enough -- wrote and directed Gummo, another film with a sympathetic kid whose environment may or may not convince you to invest in a little bit of insurance.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



This is Not the Raciest Commercial Ever Made

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OK, we're like days late to this new Lifestyles Skyn Condoms commercial and all its domestic, international and web-only versions. But when a release screams, "quite possibly the raciest commercial ever made," our interest is peaked.

Sadly, it's no where near the raciest commercial ever made, online or off. Oh yea, it's got all kinds of sexual gyrations, racy shots of barely dressed hotties and a condom fairy but it's far from the raciest anything. Seriously. How racy can a commercial featuring people having sex be if the people having sex are still wearing their underwear?

Created by AMP Boston and produced by Best Company Ever, the ad...wait for it...uses sex to sell a sex-related product. How revolutionary! Brilliant! Call Cannes!

by Steve Hall    Mar-31-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good, Racy



Well At Least Granny Isn't Pissing On A Test Diaper Here

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Many brands use analogies to help explain their product features and benefits. Even makers of diapers for grownups. But seriously, WTF? Touting the new line of Depends by comparing the fact they're different to the fact men drive differently than women and commentary on who rules the world; men or women?

Relatable? Yes. Lame? Definitely.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-31-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Yawn...Tom Cruise...Risky Business...Guitar Hero...Yawn

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Oh please. Can we finally put that Tom Cruise Risky Business scene out of its misery? A moratorium, please? I mean seriously. Is there no creativity left? Do we have to keep riffing off famous movies scenes and other things until they've been so defiled they aren't worth riffing off any more? Please. Make it stop

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Worst



McDonald's Coffee Helps Dad Show the Love

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OK, can you say forced? Yes you can. It's easy. First you elude to the fact your daughter is or isn't on the hockey team with the rest of the boys. Then, when she asks, "Dad, do you wish I was a boy?", you pull out some lame hockey references and deliver them with the demeanor of a guy making excuses to his girlfriend for blowing off their date last night.

And then, for the money shot, you quick cut to a close up of a McDonald's coffee cup...and OMFG...deliver the killer line, "If you were a boy, who'd be my little girl?"

Amazing what a cup of friggin' coffee can do for tongue-tied men of the world.. Thanks for sharing, Cossette.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-09    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Colorgasmic Drill Plugs Kiddie Aviator Line

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Ray Ban's promoting a technicolor melange of plastic Aviators with a Cutwater-orchestrated ad called "Drill," where a big plastic drill with crayons strapped to the front of it wreaks havoc on a sedate canvas.

It's a fun watch. We wouldn't mind seeing it again and again, all over network TV. (Not nearly as engaging as "Super Chameleon" though.) Kinda reminds us of the Nano Chromatic campaign.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television, Video



Amnesty International Takes Pulp Comic Tack

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Vaguely Russian kitsch and vaudevillian melodrama infuse this new spot for Amnesty International/Portugal. It's the usual global atrocities, all in-your-face and extra-extra, but tempered by a comic-book feel. The tagline seals the deal: "EVERYBODY IS AGAINST EVERYBODY BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO BE FOR THEM."

It's a big message, delivered in a heightened reality, given appropriate weight without vibing like overbearing charity bullshit. We likes.

By Leo Burnett/Lisbon and Lobo, a Brazilian production co.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Good, Television



Tums Relieves, Peeps Judge, ad:tech Extends,

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- Tums comes to the rescue of those who love really good food.

- New York and London-based editing company Peep Show is hosting a judging panel at the Association of Independent Editors Awards April 2.

- The Early Bird discount for ad:tech San Francisco has been extended through Friday, March 27. Save 40 percent using discount code SFCONF2.

- The One Club will host its first ever Creative Week NYC May 4-8. The event will consist of the One Show, One Show Interactive, On Show Design, parties, screenings, museum exhibitions and other events.

- Adidas House Party gets Simpsons spoof treatment.

by Steve Hall    Mar-26-09    
Topic: Commercials, Industry Events










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