Welch's Defends the Honor of its Juice

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"Purple is the new black," proclaims a PR guy in an emailed preamble about his love of grape juice, which has been "much maligned as a sugary kids' drink that can't be natural (what could possibly be that purple, right?)."

In that manic light, Welch's, whose purple is 100% au naturelle, enlisted "food scientist" Alton Brown of the Food Network's Good Eats program.

Behold as he vindicates Welch's time-tested, suspiciously picturesque juice production practices. ("At Welch's, squeezing CON-cord grapes into natch'rel juice releases TONS of anti-awx-idants called ... po-lee-fee-nols.") He even takes time out of his day to teach us the Latin name for the Concord grape. (Veetis Labrewsca, baby.)

Boy does that ad work up a thirst. As well as a curious craving for Eucharist bread. "Uh-maaaay-zing little fruit." Thanks for your endorsement, Alton Brown!

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Imagine if 'Jackass' Had an Educational Bent.

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To promote a marathon of The Discovery Channel's top shows, CA Square put together "Best of Discovery," a montage of clips where men get slapped, crocs are wraastled bare-handed, bugs get eaten live, and things are inevitably blown up.

Also, I'm pretty sure somebody got struck by lightning.

In his sauciest, most vigorous key, the narrator promises "more thrills, more explosions, more dirt ... more INSANITY." Curious? The marathon kicked off this week. No worries if you missed anything; it lasts for 13 days.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 8-09    
Topic: Commercials, Promotions, Television



Teleflora Super Bowl Commercial to Trash Boxed Flowers

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Oh look! There are going to be advertisers in this year's Super Bowl. Joining the list, for the first time, is Teleflora which will use its Super Bowl commercial to highlight its Valentine's Day offerings. Because for some reason, flowers delivers unboxed are better than those delivered in a box, that's what the commercial will highlight with a box of flowers asking the woman ito whom it was given, "Have you ever considered rhinoplasty?"

The commercial's tag will read, "Don't send flowers in a box. You don't know what they'll say." While that potentially could come off as funny but, really? A talking box of flowers? Rhinoplasty? Unboxed flowers better than boxed? Damn, that's a lot for a guy to take in. It's hard enough just buying the flowers.

So guys, you might want to leave the room when the commercial airs giving you plausible deniability when you fail to deliver your woman a nice (unboxed) bouquet on V Day.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Super Bowl 2009



Scion 'Samples' Puts Individuality Back in Play

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In '07, Scion seduced us with dark wit and gothic charm. Then, in '08, the company took an unexpected sharp turn down Lackluster Lane, barraging us with "limited edition" cars and other cheesy gimmicks.

(By way of explanation, a company rep said Scion's Little Deviants effort -- where "sheeple" are violently attacked by imps in custom cars -- upset a few crucial people.)

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Television



Not to Be Rude, But This Cupcake Tastes Suspiciously Like a Wi-Fi Hotspot

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After setting up its first-ever 4G wireless broadband network in Portland, Clearwire tapped Secret Weapon Marketing to promote its merits: better internet speeds, broader coverage.

The result was a series of irreverent prints -- and "Sprinkles," a TV ad that compares wireless coverage to cupcake sprinkles. (Rivals are represented by a stingy sprinkling; meanwhile, Clearwire's coverage deluges the bakery with diabetes-inducing hail.)

"Welcome to the future," the narrator says smugly.

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Buy Better Bulbs; WWF Will Do the Heavy Lifting

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The industrial pollutants in the World Wildlife Federation's "Light Bulb" ad are only tired toys. But these miniatures -- small things we can easily control -- still convey the helplessness environmentalists feel when faced with oversized, eco-negligent businesses.

"Light Bulb" concludes with a male doll holding an energy-efficient light bulb. "You're doing your part," the ad assures us. "It's our job to help government & industry do theirs."

This message of gentle aggression is fast replaced by the image of a panda, an animal known to unfailingly melt hearts -- or in extreme conditions, cause brain explosions.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Magazine, Online, Television



Primordial Ooze Becomes Winter X Games Athlete

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So what happens when an illustrator and an extreme sports athlete get together? Strange snow swimming creatures are created which morph like the proverbial fish that emerged from the sea and grew legs.

In this new Martin Agency-created, Superfad-produced, Pierce Gibson-illustrated commercial for ESPN's Winter X Games "live-action, 3D, illustration, and stop-motion ... track the evolution of a trick from its inception in the snow to its thrilling culmination on the course."

Seriously, anything can be a sport these days.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



How to Be An Idiot In Three Steps by Mountain Dew

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1. Open a can of the caffeine-fueled stuff and down it.

2. Strap on a snowboard/skateboard.

3. Film yourself being pulled behind a train until...

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



3D Super Bowl Ads to Benefit Eye Doctors

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One could trash the latest Super Bowl ad gimmick - 3D ads for DreamWorks Animation and SoBe - but that might be a bit, um, short sighted. Oh sure, having to wear 3D glasses just to watch a television commercial is kind of stupid. However, the simple fact there will be a 3D commercial to watch during the Super Bowl, the distributing of 125 million 3D glasses needed to view the commercial through 25,000 retail outlets and the relentless promotion that will precede the airing might just land the two commercials highly coveted spots on the all important USA Today Super Bowl Ad Poll, the penultimate metric for Super Bowl commercial success. In fact, the poll is so important, agencies have been fired for their Super Bowl spots not landing in the top ten.

That or millions of people will be calling their eye doctor Monday morning following the game wondering why their vision was suddenly blurred for a brief moment. It could be the single most successful eye doctor ad campaign ever created. Without a single doctor spending a single penny.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions, Super Bowl 2009



Breakfast Cereal Club, Sam L. J. Pushes Broadband, Cuts at Ogilvy

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- Jack Morton Worldwide, Almighty, Weber Shandwick and Google join Citizen Schools to help kids succeed.

- Which Dog are You?

- "They only met once, but they stayed crunchy forever."

- Sam L. Jackson fronts for Virgin Media Broadband.

- "Fast casual" wha...? McD's training film.

- UK's Benylin is in the dog house for using ads to teach people how to call in sick.

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