This Robot Doesn't Commit Suicide. It Brings Joy (We Think)

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OK it's not the GM suicide robot but watching this SantaClaraNitro-created commercial for Eldorado Shopping Center and listening to its soundtrack from Made of Chalk, leaves one with an eerie feeling. Are we supposed to feel bad for the robot? Is the robot real or a toy? How did the robot get on the desk? How (and why) did it get small? And, what, what, what does a lonely robot have to do with shopping?

And, yea. We know the robot is on his way to the guy as a gift. But still.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Anything For A Kiss

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Thank God there are a lot of different cultures in this world. And that those cultures have their own unique standards, sense of humor and style of advertising. Otherwise, we wouldn't have this oddity from Japan in which a love struck boy fantasizes about kissing his dream girl.

by Steve Hall    Jan-21-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Coke Brings Strange Love to Library

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OK. Let's analyze this new Coke commercial, part of the new Wieden + Kennedy-created Open Happiness campaign. Two teens. Sitting in a library. Flirting. Drawing images of Coke bottles, ice and a glass on their skin.

They touch. And there's fluid transfer! Yes, fluid transfer. Right in the middle of the library.

Strange love, indeed. Oh the multiple meanings that emanate from this!

This, along with several other spots including a new Happiness commercial, will debut tonight on American Idol. Some of these commercial will also air during the Super Bowl.

by Steve Hall    Jan-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange, Super Bowl 2009



Strange. Illogical. Fun. Introducing New Minnesota Lottery Ads

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Bizarre and obtuse. Two words that aptly describe these new commercial from Colle+McVoy for the Minnesota State Lottery. Even weirder is the fact the same actors play differing parts in the six commercials. But it's nice to see the familar face of the convenience store clerk from the original campaign.

Quirky. Weird. Odd.

Give them a watch.

by Steve Hall    Jan-21-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Ooo! Ooo! You Gotta See This Awesomely Cool Video!

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"hi there!
thanks for a great site!
thought u might like this, an awsome video with skateboarding tv
cool stuff.think you' d love it!!"

"Came over this link while surfing the net. It's a new ad from director Daniel Eskils and KesselsKramer. It's really cool, and I have no idea how it's done!"

Well it must be pretty f'ing good then right? Can't you guys just come out and say you are working for the brand? The agency? The seeding company? Instead of telling us you just randomly "came over" (which is actually pretty gross when you think about it) an "awesome video" that's "really cool" and that we're going to "love it!"?

by Steve Hall    Jan-20-09    
Topic: Commercials, Opinion, Video, Viral



Diet Pepsi Brings Back Joy (Horror) of Sleepover and Recess

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Want your childhood back? Sleepovers? Recess? Courtesy of BBDO Toronto, all you have to do is grab a Diet Pepsi and reminisce. That is until, for some, the realization childhood wasn't actually so great after all slaps you upside the head.

by Steve Hall    Jan-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Ain't No One Buyin' A Pizza Pop After Viewing These Commercials

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We're quite sure most people would agree the general purpose of a commercial is to get people to buy something. After viewing these four commercials from Cossette Communications Toronto for Pillsbury Pizza Pops, we're also quite sure the last thing anyone would want to do is go out and buy a Pillsbury Pizza Pop.

If there were ever a more disgusting way to represent the appetizing qualities of a food item, we are at a loss to think of anything.

Robot. Monkeys. Deer. Karate.

OK, we'll admit they're kinda funny. Still.

by Steve Hall    Jan-20-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Worst



Contest Encourages People to Out-Bimbo Jim Beam Bimbo

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Remember the Jim Beam girlfriend ad? It's back. And this time it comes with a contest which kicks off today. As part of the campaign, people will be urged to create and upload their own versions of the Girlfriend commercial for a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to Las Vegas.

The commercial which will air through February 15 on sports networks including TNT and ESPN during the NBA playoffs. People will have until March 19 to enter the contest.

So if you've got something even more bimbo-headed that the original then, by all means, send it in. No doubt we'll feature the winner here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-19-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Promotions, Racy



'Just 1' Square of Toilet Paper, and Lots and Lots of Twitter News

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- Ketchum's FedEx faux-pas. "True confessions" probably don't belong on Twitter. Particularly if you're a Veep trying to seal a deal.

- Various types of Twitter birds complete with cheesy-but-empowering! traits of eagles.

- If you cannot heat the Healthy Choice mixers, you don't deserve to.

- "Where balloons go to die."

- A goal worth texting for.

- Twitter as Hudson crash citizen journalist.

- A yarn worth remembering: Lotus claims you can successfully swab your sunshine with "Just 1" square of super-strong TP. Uh-huh.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-16-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Good, Online, Television



Danica Exposes Herself in the Name of GoDaddy. Again

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As always, domain-buying service GoDaddy took the fullest advantage of its liaison with Danica Patrick -- and her beaver -- for this year's Super Bowl spots, whose scripts appear to have been written by pornographers in financial distress.

Here's a trope you might've seen before: pubescent boy's fantasies, realized.

And this spot, confusingly dubbed "Baseball," plays on trashy court TV. I think it would be better served if it were renamed "Enhanced? I'll show you enhanced."

Cast votes for your favorite on GoDaddy.com up to January 23rd. Like last year, each spot continues in a (gasp!) unrated online version.

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