Wellington Zoo Offers Climactic Valentine's Day

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Unless you want the rest of your co-workers to think your having a bit of afternoon delight in your cubicle, you might want to turn the volume down or wear earphones before viewing this climactic commercial from Wellington Zoo courtesy of Saatchi & Saatchi.

The blissful exuberance is all to promote Valentine's Day at the zoo which has put together a 17-plus night out including gourmet treats, a live band and, of course the animals. There's no word on whether or not the animals will "perform" during the festivities.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Video



ESPN's 'Homophobic Fist Kiss' Lays Fist Bump to Rest

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Ah...the fist bump. That manly expression of...well, who the fuck knows? The whole fist bump thing is stupid, awkward and dumb. And has become even more so since Agency.com's Subway video.

It has nothing to do with homophobia, as some have dubbed it when called a "fist kiss" in this Shaquille O'Neal and Mike Breen ESPN commercial, rather everything to do with some men's odd desire to appear "yo, dude" cool or something. It's just dumb.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Opinion



'Look at that Detailing. That is a Sweet Ride, Right There.'

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Last week we reviewed a St. Lukes ad for IKEA's PAX wardrobe, which wordlessly depicted women being jostled about in an ongoing quest for safe haven.

In response, zig sent us its take on PAX. "Garagetalk" airs in Canada and was adapted in Germany. The vibe's completely different, but it still ties PAX to women and our apparently insatiable need for ambient shoe space.

Easing a friend into her PAXed-out closet with a casual "Welcome to the Jane-zone" (wince!), one chick shows off her wardrobe space with the attitude men adopt over modded "bachelor" garages. In case you miss the cues, concluding text wryly reads, "Men have the garage. Women have the PAX wardrobe."

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



Sean Penn Rolls Out the Money For Hungry Children

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With a supremely effective visual, this PSA for the United Nations World Food Program in which Sean Penn illustrates how, comparatively speaking, cheap it would be to feed every hungry school child for a year makes a powerful statement.

With the Wall Street plan costing $700 billing, the Iraq war costing $600 billion and the European stimulus plan costing $200 billion euros, the $3 billion dollars needed to feed hungry children for a year seems quite affordable.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Good



Western Union Delivers World Peace With Floating Yellow Blobs

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Don't you love those commercials that paint the world as a place in perfect harmony? Where everyone is happy? Where children play together happily? Where everyone is optimistic?

While it always seems to be asking too much, that didn't stop Publicis Hong Kong from creating this feel-good Western Union commercial in which floating blobs of yellow form the word "yes" reaffirming that, yes, life does move forward and people are saying yes to a brighter future.

Oh, and Western Union is there to help that happiness happen.

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'Behind every detail ... there's a detail.'

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In "House of Cards," Lexus showcases its buttery engine and vibration absorbing capabilities with not one but many houses -- and towers and turrets and a single Parthenon -- of cards.

The mini-monuments are built over and around a jet-black Lexus, with final flourishes added by a concentric figure in jeans and wavy hair -- the kind of guy you'd expect might know something about cardplay -- just to prove the work is legitimately fragile.

As the narrator sets the stage ("What happens when you take one of the smoothest engines anywhere ... and add 88 separate measures to absorb vibrations?"), the engine starts, underscoring the punchline: "Absolutely nothing."

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



See (Almost) All the Super Bowl Commercials Before They Air

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Yes. Yes. We have them all for you. Well, almost all and, to be clear, it's not really us that has them for you just pretend it it is, OK? Courtesy of Cast TV, most of what you'll see Sunday during the Super Bowl can be seen right here right now. Yes, some are teasers and all the Anheiser-Busch spots are missing but, hey, it's a pretty good collection.

Our favorite? The Doritos Power of Crunch commercial.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2009



Canada Says No to Toronto-Based Adultery Dating Service

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Ashley Madison Agency, the company that openly promotes having an extramarital affair and has created a dating service specifically for interested adulterers, is making a spot buy during the Super Bowl. Sadly for Ashley Madison, the spot will not air in the company's home country, Canada, because CTV has dubbed the commercial inappropriate. It will, however air in several U.S. spot markets.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Policy, Super Bowl 2009



SoBe Unleashes Its 3D Lizard Lake Commercial

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SoBe has released the 3D version of it's Lizard Lake Super Bowl commercial. If you have your 3D glasses, check the commercial out here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2009



Anheiser-Busch Will Do OK During Super Bowl

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Budweiser has released previews of the five commercial it will debut during the Super Bowl tomorrow. In a departure from the past, most (three) of the commercials feature the Clydesdales which, in my opinion, rarely disappoint. In fact, one of the spots, Clydesdales Circus is likely to bring a tear to the eye. Perhaps not the downpour the post-9/11 Clysdesdales commercial did but this one looks like it will be sweet.

Other spots will feature Conan O'Brien doing that Japander thing where he gets convinced he shouldn't worry about anyone seeing his ad becasue it will only air in Sweden and a brainstorming session which involves a radical solution to cutting the budget: don't serve Bud Light at every meeting.

They all show promise. Anheuser-Busch usually does fairly well during the game in terms of commercial likability and this year will likely be the same.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2009










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