McCann Erickson/Madrid's "Encounter" is an increasingly emotional progression toward the meeting of a centenerian and a just-born child. The music, timely words and that final culmination -- wedding the tail-end of a life to the naissance of new -- brought us near tears.
And then we saw the Coca-Cola silhouette. And it was like, "Jesus Christ, this came from the same people that brought us Happiness Factory."
Nothing against Coke, whose ads are consistently good, but there has to've been a more graceful way to incorporate the brand into this message.
To kick off its "engineering smiles for 50 years" campaign, PING puts founder Karstein Solheim on the platform. The work is a more bearable version of the sap-saturated Sprint/Dan Hesse material: it's just a simple, no-frills voiceover with product imagery.
Unpretentious, nice and neat. By The Martin Agency, whose class-act status was heavy on the spin last week as the result of news that it would lay off staffers -- and give competing agencies up to half the shafted Martinites' first month's pay in exchange for hiring them.
In this new commercial for Hulu, Eliza Dushku, while strutting across the set, describes her new FOX show, Dollhouse, saying, "It's a potent blend of twisty plot lines and insane action that'll keep your eyes glued and your brain rotting."
And at the exact moment she says "eyes glued," she takes her jacket off to reveal a tidal wave of gyrating pulchritude that does, indeed, keep the eyes glued.
We tip our hat to the Crispin Porter + Bogusky creative team of Dj Pierce and Justin Ebert for ever so perfectly timing their copy to the action on screen. We do, however, wonder just how many times they chuckled at their little joke as the readied the spot for presentation. Nice work, guys.
Not quite sure what to think of this new Pam spot, which plays on the slogan "Pam Helps You Pull It Off." Teflon makes accidents like this one a non-issue.
Points for being odd without being off-putting, though.
- Flashback to Madonna's banned Like a Prayer ad for Pepsi.
- Wolff Olins brings minimalist flickr magic -- and a forum for inquiry -- to "scientific" cosmetic brand Living Proof.
- Tracking (corporate accounts on) Twitter.
- The Guardian makes good observations about Twitter (scroll down to the bulletpoints).
- Ogilvy-branded solutions to a recession. Take that hype with a few spoonfuls of salt. Hat tip to our favourite mad man.
- JWT launches a blog called Anxiety Index.
- ScapeNation: another tween-targeting web destination, brought to you by Red Tettemer.
Boost Mobile's "UNwrong'D" campaign continues with two fine-dining pigs that like ham. (Think of it as enjoying the flavours of a fallen friend. Don't act like you're too good to tear into the carcasses of the downtrodden, literally or otherwise.)
The talkier pig puts their behaviour in perspective by telling users the real wrong in life lies in mobile carriers charging hidden fees. In contrast, Boost Mobile charges a flat fee for dependable, unlimited nationwide service.
Hear-to-the-fucking-hear, then, and pass that human flank real quick.
At a loss for words? Doff your hats to 180LA.
Hmm. Maybe Agency.com watched this David&Goliath-created Kia Soul commercial and heeded its tagline before they debuted their Skittles work. In this commercial, we see the mundane lives of frustrated hamster going about their daily routine played out until a group of hamsters have found...wait for it...a new way to roll pull up in a flaming red Soul. Sweet.
This April BET will be airing a "documentary webisodic series" called Red Bull Big Tune. (I guess nobody needs to tell you this will be sponsored content.) The show follows an ongoing nationwide battle between music producers, culminating in an event between finalists in New York this December.
Opening credits for the show were produced by Monkeyhead, and it's all very slick and bangin' -- whether you're the type of person who gets a thrill seeing your city represented, or you've just always fantasized about seeing Ghostwriter go on tour. (Because that's kinda what it looks like.)
- The Obama Administration's recovery.gov logo kinda reminds us of...
- MoMA shoots for socially-minded redesign. (It should probably start here, though.)
- Google's Eric Schmidt's a Twitter-hater. Well, maybe "hater" is too strong a word.
- For once, an instance where extreme prejudice may improve your online quality of life. (Via that one guy whose site's all covered in Skittles.)
- Hella happy over drillwork.
- Starbucks value meals? Seriously? Sell your stock. Now. Because a licensing partnership with Hello Kitty is just around the corner.