Viagra's 'Couple' Touches Us Where We Least Expect It

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Everything about Viagra makes us laugh. We all know what it's for (and spam has ensured that we never forget!), but the ads are never really about doin' The Do -- they're always about love and intimacy, which in this jaded world is a lot like taking the sluggish scenic route to the same destination.

So, fingertips at the ready, we watched "Couple" with the full intention of taking the piss out of it. And get this: we couldn't. Because it moved us.

Yeah, we're embarrassed too.

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



Midea AC: Pretty and All, but a Bit Too Bright for Comfort

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Household appliance firm Midea tapped Transistor Studios and Ogilvy/Shanghai to promote its compact air conditioning (AC) product line.

"Dream" depicts a sleek, energy-efficient AC that self-repairs, senses changes in the environment and apparently morphs like the space ship in Flight of the Navigator.

That's exciting and all, but the skeletal arms and single eye had us picturing HAL, poring over us as we sleep, breathing frosty air onto the hair on our necks before spiriting us into cruel oblivion.

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



Tums: Not Animal-Tested, But Probably Animal-Friendly...?

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Tums manifests its antacid magic in "Angry Bear," where the aforementioned animal steals food, overeats and goes back in for one more score: the Tums.

There's something about the sight of a bear, far-off and out of decapitation range, that totally numbs us to its potential malevolence. It's like, "Aww, look at the bear eating all the pizza. Look at the bear breaking the watermelon. Look at the bear getting the Tums for its tummy."

You kind of want to curl up around it and fall asleep while it's lying against one of those gutted cars, nursing a food hangover.

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



Department of Energy Compels Kids to Lose Their Excuse

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To make kids act more energy-smart, the Department of Energy launched Lose Your Excuse, a painfully cute website* that encourages engagement and boasts a 10-step energy "action plan" to download.

Two quirky little ads drive traffic in its direction. Each features a kid getting caught in a lie about why s/he hasn't become more energy efficient. (I know that vibes like the Spanish Inquisition, but the execution is feel-good and funny).

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



Clean Coal is So Clean It's An Air Freshener

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Hmm. So Crispin Porter + Bogusky asks the Coen Brothers to do a spot for their client, The Reality Coalition, to poke fun at the notion there's such a thing as clean coal. Aside from the irony of the word "coal" being in the cause group's name, the Coen Brothers do an OK job withe the cheesy spokesman approach.

In the commercial, the spokesman says, "clean coal harnesses the awesome power of the word clean," as the wife half of the couple he's speaking to sprays black clouds out of an aerosol can. Complete with coughing kids, the spots also claims "clean goal is supported by the coal industry, the most trusted name in coal."

You see? Just like the word clean guarantees your clothes will be clean in laundry detergent ads, the word clean in clean coal ads assures the same, right?

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Strange



Picturesque Mountain Cabin + Lingerie = Seriously Twisted Ad

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As we have come to expect from Agent Provocateur, weird is normal. So, in this new commercial, it makes perfect sense a lingerie-clad woman in ironing on the front porch of a mountain cabin while the strangest of music plays in the background.

And that she then goes inside to go all S&M the guy laying in bed.

Yes. Agent Provocateur.

Provocative.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange



Nike Conveys Jumpropers to the Happiness Factory

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Except there's no Coke, and lots of Domos.

"Jump Rope" -- chock full of delicious images and noises -- was put together for client Nike by AKQA. Creativity Online pegged its position "the escapism of exercise." Well-said.

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



Hardee's Crowdsources Little Thickburger Campaign

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Remember those Little Thickburger commercials from last year? Riffing off that, Hardee's launched an ad generator app so fans could create their own Thickburger comparisons.

The company expected maybe one or two to shine, but it turns out about 16 spots turned out to be broadcast-quality. (Though when you think about it, it's a pretty tough formula to screw up: [Big thing. Little thing.] Extra points for wordplay.) See them here.

"And we didn't even offer them a million dollars. Or anything for that matter," Hardee's added, puffing its chest out for extra effect.

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You Don't Have to Quit, but At Least Leave the Building.

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With help from Cactus, ONE Step focuses on protecting the health of young children by encouraging smoker parents to go outside before lighting up.

The narration is soothing and the message doesn't direct smoking wholesale, although the smoke dragons and flesh-eating ravens -- which malevolently circle and eventually engulf the kiddies -- make things just uncomfortable enough.

We'll step outside, and we don't even have kids. Though this doesn't provide a gameplan for what to do when little kids walk by, but hey, those ones aren't yours.*

More on this at raisesmokefreekids.com.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



Fictional DIRECTV Rival Seeks to Euthanize -- Er, Youthenize -- America

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DIRECTV reminds us all of its relevance (...?) with help from fictional rival Cable Corp Inc. In this latest installment of boardroom bumbling, Cable Corp decides to battle DIRECTV with a new tagline: "Get Youthenized!"

Enter creepy puns. By Deutsch/LA.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television










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