Former President Bush Appears in Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Ad

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Yes, the Super Bowl is Over. Yes, all those Doritos ads seem to have garnered all the love they'd hoped to achieve. And, yes, there are still a lot of consumer-generated Crash the Super Bowl commercials floating around. Here's one from Lavirale which makes fun for former President Bush's relationship with pretzels.

It's pretty clear why this one wasn't chosen for Super Bowl airing. Or why it's not even listed as a contender on the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl site.

by Steve Hall    Feb-11-09    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created, Strange



Zappos Invites You to Step In...to One of its Boxes.

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The Ad Store just sent us a plethora of new Zappos spots for spring/summer and fall/winter 2009.

"Step into Zappos" picks up where "Put a Little Zappos in Your Day!" left off. The latter featured a chipper delivery guy bringing sunshine and rainbows to a neighborhood; these spots riff off the glee infusion you get when you finally open that package.

Underpants-clad customers are pictured either standing in a Zappos box or walking into one. Putting on their best Vanna Whites for the camera, they either reveal their purchases or lift the box over themselves -- at which point they are suddenly transformed into fully-dressed Citizens of Society.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Television



Kia Soul Makes Strangers Stare

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The new Kia Soul is so compelling you will want to look deeper. And to depict this in the most obvious way possible, Publicis/Toronto came up with "Peer Into a Soul."

Each spot tackles the concept with a different film genre, a gimmick meant to appeal to people who want something more from their car marketers.

The campaign DP is Robert Yeoman, who worked on The Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic and The Squid and the Whale, so we naturally expected the pieces to ooze some sub-normal slice-of-lifishness -- like that feeling you get when a joke's been told but was so subtle you didn't laugh, and now all the hipsters know you Do Not Belong.

The humor here isn't quite that sublime (and for good reason -- they're car ads, after all), but the choice of music definitely oozes Yeoman.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



YMCA Repackages Real People for the People

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The YMCA is the place to be. You'll get a burn, you'll make really awesome platonic friends, and sometimes clowns work out there. Maybe.

An art director at Preston Kelly sent us the above-linked (and below-embedded) spots for YMCA, which under the slogan "Real people. Real fitness" hopes to reel in new members that:

1. Don't look like porn stars and/or Arnold Schwarzenegger in his 20s
2. Don't make sex noises on the treadmill
3. Aren't complete fitness bunnies

The natural result of this checklist of Things That May Potentially Turn You Off are these spots, where two workout buddies partake of YMCA's fitness buffet while saying quirky "real people" things, like "It's like a bear trap. Except it's a people trap. And the people trap's made of bears!"

Here is the part where you relate, because that guy is simple, and yet hilarious -- like you! Don't be ashamed; we're relating too.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Mother's NHRA Campaign Meets 'Days of Thunder.' Except Not

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To kick off its first season as the NHRA's series title sponsor, Coca-Cola's Full Throttle, with help from Mother New York, has launched a six-spot TV campaign that looks at the sport's history, heroes and that thing that has become known as drag racing. Shot at the Pamona raceway in California by Mother's Linus Karlsson and produced by Greencard Pictures, the spots - in black and white - do the whole Rocky fight prep thing. Except way less Rocky.

Each aspect of the sport is highlighted in that...Tom Cruise/Days of Thunder opening credits way. Except...way, way less Days of Thunder. Except...kinda like Days of Thunder...minus the over-blown self-importance of the eighties.

See all the spots here (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

by Steve Hall    Feb-10-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Alrin Makes that Next Inhale a Little Too Strong

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Heh. To promote the "extra strong" qualities of Alrin nasal spray, Young & Rubicam/Tel Aviv nailed it with "Umbrella" and "Newspaper" -- two spots that demonstrate what happens when your nasal passages get too liberated too quickly.

The human vacuum concept also makes a lot more sense here than it did that one time Justin Timberlake got sucked across town by a Pepsi drinker.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Hope in the Slammer, Witch Buddies, Ad Poetry

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- "Twitter for sports." And then our eyes rolled back in our heads, and then we died.

- BFFs with the Wicked Witch of the West. She seems fun. DDR, your house or mine?

- The question we all must ask. Sometime.

- Shepard Fairey, the guy who did that Obama/Hope poster we all love to wheatpaste on walls that don't belong to us, gets arrested before his first solo art show. Duuuude. Sux.

- Scroll down to the part that reads "cb with a Flair."

- Intern sweatshop haiku.



Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman Catfight For Greed Perfume

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Don't you hate the over-produced, over-styled, ridiculously unrealistic fragrance commercial that insist upon portraying life as if it were based solely upon how you smell? Don't you wish, for once, a Fragrance commercial would do something interesting like...oh...show a cat fight between Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams?

Well now your wish, courtesy of Roman Polanski and Francesco Vezzoli, can come true with this spoof commercial for Greed.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Spoofs



The French Make Super Bowl Ad

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Now we know where all the good commercials were during the Super Bowl. In France! Yes, in France. Though typical in the sense it's all about boy uses best friend to appear heroic for hot girl he wants to take out, this Pepsi Max commercial just oozes Super Bowl idiocy. Oh and we mean good idiocy in this case.

Just one problem. How exactly did that octopus get out of the water so quickly? CLM BBDO created.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Super Bowl 2009



Colgate Gives You Fresh Breath That Turns You On

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The name of this commercial, Naughty Boy, and the tagline, "Fresh breath that turns you on," might lead one to believe Colgate has added some sort of aphrodisiac to its toothpaste. But upon viewing the spot, one wonders if what Colgate, instead, added was some kind of seizure-inducing ingredient. Otherwise, this dude's expression of getting "turned on" is seriously warped.

Rediffusion Y&R Mumbai created the spot.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange










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