JWT's Anxiety Blog, Ogilvy's Recession Salve, Revisiting 'Like a Prayer'

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- 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.



Cannibal Pigs Plug Boost Mobile Over Dinner

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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.

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Kia Soul Gives Hamsters A New Way to Roll

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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.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Red Bull Big Tune is Coming.

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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.)

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



This Isn't Creepy at All.

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DDB/Vancouver's interpretation of arm wrestling, on behalf of BC Dairy Foundation.

POLL TIME!

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



SBUX Value Meals, Doe-Eye Prejudice, Recovery for Dummies

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- 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.



Okay, It's Not Quite a Sing-Along.

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Comcast's "Sing-Along" kinda reminds us of Dunkin' Donuts' "Moving" -- except in this case, the scruffy guy sings about Comcast offerings in a chill dry un-make-fun-of-able monotone.

The spot's also slathered in retro-style cartoonage.

Not unpleasant. Hard to imagine anybody singing to it, but given a few more variations we can picture people bobbing at the end of this and consecutive spots while mouthing "C-O-M-C-A-S-T." Time trains even the most resistant. Hey Comcast, you can be the Oscar Mayer of cable.

Work by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Nothin' Worse than Eating a Filet-O-Fish in Front of a Fish. That Sings.

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If you ever have one of those days where you wake up and lament that you've given your life to something as banal as advertising, just watch "Singing Fish" and you will laugh -- because this industry is so completely insane.

Way to go, Arnold. Your efforts made us choke on a cherry tomato -- and we weren't even out of our "Don't-fuck-with-me" state yet. (Take it from us: there's nothing worse than nearly gagging to death after spending the morning mean-mugging everyone who could potentially save your life.)

Arnold says "Singing Fish" has generated about 50,000 YouTube hits since Friday. Still more surprising: in that handful of days it's already seized the imaginations of really bored suburban kids.

Check out how nonchalant the McD's staffer is though. McDonald's employees must just be used to being randomly serenaded.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



It's Not Just A Beer Bottle! It's Legendary History!

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After watching this McCann Erickson Dublin-created commercial for Heineken which chronicles the life of a Heineken bottle as it falls from its perch atop a bookshelf, we have a new appreciation for the lowly bottle of beer. And, as this commercial would have us believe, it's not just beer. No, no, no. Notat all. It's blood, sweat, tears, love, determination and all sort of other legendary stuff the Mythical Gods of Beer would have us believe

by Steve Hall    Mar- 3-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Nestle Chocalate Bubbles Much Better Than Caddyshack Pool Poop

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While not entirely reminiscent of the Caddyshack candy bar in the pool scene, this JWT London-created commercial for Nestle does remind one of the pool poop queasiness that scene so brilliantly captured.

OK, enough bathroom humor. It would be pretty cool to skate through a pool filled with chocolate colored ballons

by Steve Hall    Mar- 3-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good










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