Seatbelt Ad Removes All Emotion, Gets Clinical

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OK here's another one of those "wear your seatbelt, idiot" commercials. This one, from AMV BBDO, takes a decidedly more "Road Safety 101" approach than most which pray on emotion such as this outstanding commercial from Ireland, one of the most powerful commercials of any kind we've ever seen .

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary



Why Would You Want a Body Spray that Smelled Like Your Deodorant?

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That's the question my friend Elinora asks herself every time she sees this suspiciously meditative ad for Dove Go Fresh Body Mist, "in the same cool scents as Go Fresh deodorants." Variants include women in flowing dresses or underpants, writhing in harmony as little Dove logos waft around their armpits, tummies and legs.

Then one day, waiting impatiently for Life: Black Friday to return on Hulu, it hit her like a ton of bird-shaped bricks: "IT'S COOCH SPRAY!" she shrieked.

I don't know if she primed me for it or what, but the ad does have that timeless Massengill flair. "Mom, do you ever feel, you know ... not so fresh?"

Tagline on the Dove spot vibes almost like a tip-off: "Go beyond fresh."

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Strange, Television



Coke and Santa Get Ready For Christmas

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Mexico is gearing up for Christmas. A teaser from Coke featuring Santa is out and beautifully captures all the glory of the holiday season. Not much else to say.

by Steve Hall    Nov-14-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Burma Viral Honored, 'That Guy' Ovulates, Maggots for a Cure

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- MTV's "Burma Viral," produced by Shilo for Ogilvy & Mather, won a London Int'l Awards Gold Statue for TV/Cinema Animation, and a Silver Shark for Best Int'l Animation at the 46th Annual Kinsale Shark Awards. At left is the somewhat-stunned project writer, Carl Le Blond, clutching the London Gold. Way to goooooo.

- Valleywag watered down, broadened out, folded into Gawker.

- Intel's obnoxious "That guy" is a chick, actually.

- Lego reenacts Star Wars with non-violent games.

- I fucking hate maggots.

- Racing for a hot shower.

- Linda Tripp's mouth-blown, hand-painted ornament store.

- And you thought foreign oil dependence was our problem.



Attraction Between Clothes More Powerful Than People

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Sometimes the clothes are simply more important than the people wearing them. Most fashion brands know this but wouldn't exactly shout it for fear of harming sales but Sela, in a way, doesn't see that as a problem.

In a playful video which features a man and a woman doing a rooftop flirting dance while dressing themselves ultimately find themselves at an impasse. And because, well, the clothes are far more important than the people wearing them, these clothes take matters into their own hands. The clothes get what the clothes want.

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy



Kotex Makes Beaver Joke: Reason #4324324 Why We Need a Category Labeled 'Indescribable Horrors'

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Seizing upon a double-entendre so vapid and that we honestly thought we'd never see it happen, Sydney-based Brandshop paired Kotex to beavers.

Watch as an Australian woman totes her furry friend around, getting its hair done and nails painted. For their painstaking efforts, both Big and Little B are awarded with good-natured nods of approval from hot guys at the beach.

The spot ends in a restaurant, where Honey passes her beaver a giftwrapped container of Kotex U. "You've only got one ... so, for the ultimate care down there, make it U," a voiceover spouts inanely.

GoDaddy must be livid. Props to Adrants reader Theresa for passing this along.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Toshiba Embraces 'Redefined' Entertainment Experience. Kind Of.

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Hoping to make an impression on a market where content consumption meets user manipulation, Toshiba launched the world's first TimeSculpture ad.

Totally fun to watch after the beat-drop. Ends with "When what we watch constantly redefines itself, shouldn't how we watch it do the same?" Provocative.

Users are sent to toshiba.com/upscaling, where I thought I could play around with the TimeSculpture concept, but instead I kept getting herded elsewhere on the site and merched on a TV. Buzzkill. Neat virtual nav, though.

See making-of. Song featured in ad -- for people that are big on that -- is Air War by Crystal Castles.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Dying of Boredom? Become a Bookie

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November in Canada sucks. There's neither sun nor snow, no Thanksgiving, no Obamamania to call their own.

So what's the best way to stick it to a month that's gunning for your unhappiness? The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, where you can watch, like, horses and ... stuff.

zig, the Toronto-based agency entrusted with "[making] an agricultural and equestrian show sexy to city slickers," came up with the ultimate anti-November manifesto, which, after all the doom and gloom, positions the Royal Fair as the ultimate pastime in a month when no fun can be found. Anywhere.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Events, Promotions, Television



42 Below Out With Grandiose Trippiness

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Here's some trippy new commercials from 42 Below, the folks famous for creating really, really weird videos. These commercial go bigger and were created simply, as the ads state, "because we can."

So will these ads sell any vodka? Who cares. Seemingly, it's irrelevant. Because, they were created "becasue we can." get it? Told you they were trippy.

by Steve Hall    Nov-12-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Smokerman: The Superhero that Needs a Breather

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Tearing the chapter in irony out of theTruth.com's tattered playbook, Crowell Advertising brings us Fight the Ugly, home base to a lame-duck action figure named Smokerman.

Um, diggin' the 'stache.

See ads in which the action figure, stopping often to catch his breath, tries saving trains or disarming plastic bombs. The spots -- prepared for the Utah Department of Health -- will air during morning cartoons, where hopefully they stop kids from smoking as opposed to, oh, making the puff-puff seem fun.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-12-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Strange, Television










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