Girl Meets Boy, Visual Orgasm Ensues

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Part Matrix, part classic Maxell ad, this DDB Mexico-created commercial for Gran Centenario Tequila unleashes all the visual stops and assaults your senses with a spectacle far unlike any liquor ad seen in recent memory. It's like a visual orgasm. In slow motion.

It's not entirely clear what it all means (ok, fine, it's all about vampires...oh wait...no...winged angels...it's, like, biblical? whatever) but it sure is fun to watch. If this came on TV during, say, well, any show, it's pretty clear it'd cause one to rewind it and watch it a few more times. If only to analyze all the effects and shots assaulting the senses.

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



Target Helps Christina Aguilera Hype 'Greatest Hits'

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Probably because the bulls-eye has more brand cachet than she does, Christina Aguilera's paired up with Target to promote Keeps Gettin' Better, a premature greatest-hits album buttressed by a handful of mediocre new tracks.

The ad features Aguilera in superhero Target garb, breaking through comic book frames like a cross between Frank Miller's Sin City and a less saucy version of Britney Spears' Toxic. It's infectious, mostly because Target knows how to play with the colour red. But it took a coupla watches to positively ID the once-ultra-visible pop diva.

Keeps Gettin' Better is available exclusively at the big-box. Possessed of timeless classics like Genie in a Bottle, Dirrty and something called Genie 2.0, we (don't) highly recommend it.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Promotions, Television



Microsoft Does 'I'm a PC' UGC Mash-Up Thing.

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"I'm a PC ... and I love the slimming effect of a purple striped shirt."

That's the profound kick-off to "Real PC," one of the :30 TV spots being cobbled together with clips from Microsoft's Upload Your Own 'I'm a PC' Ad! campaign. I saw one last night and winced; what is it about this effort that rings so painfully desperate? See more here.

These user-generated variants manage to be just as quirky and random as the originals, with a little amateur-vid spice tossed in. One guy at ad:tech's Millennial panel said he finds these ads more "democratic" than Apple's snarky but irresistible "Mac vs. PC" spots. He's not wrong; they definitely reek of The People's OS. For whatever that's worth.

Let's just hope Crispin didn't produce them on a Mac this time.

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Drugs Crimed, Ads Battle. T-Mobile Gets Weird

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- Swedish site Crime Medicine tells the tale of counterfeit prescription drugs using an online drug store front which then break through to the truth behind the lie.

- Google Street View gets some staged action from a group of people in Pittsburgh who wanted to dress up Sampsonia Way.

- Hmm. According to this video, Lowe Manila is an awesome place to work and really difficult to say goodbye to.

- OK. Obviously this a cultural thing but still. This T-mobile commercial is really, really weird.

- Need to waste some time? Check out the Facebook application Ad Battle created by Buddy Media and Atmosphere BBDO's Jason Culbertson. Compare to ads and vote on them. It's that simple.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



SpyKee WiFi Robot Serves Men's Twisted Prurience

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We all know many ads love to portray men as drooling, sex-crazed idiots who are easily turned on by just about anything because, well, we are but this commercial for Skykee, a WiFi spy robot (who thinks this stuff up?) stretches the metaphor a bit too far in terms of men's obsession with "ass."

Oh whatever. It's funny. Sort or. In a freakishly twisted, perverted sort of way.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



Surprise! Ozzy Osbourne Still Gets Gigs

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Ad gigs, that is. But hey, if Richard Simmons is still gettin' 'em, there's hope for any and all, not least the Black Sabbath veteran who pre-dated emo with his slick ebony angst.

Under the banner "make yourself heard," Samsung demonstrates how the QWERTY keyboard on its Propel handset makes everyday communication easier for Ozzy, who -- face it -- has always suffered from some degree of misunderstanding.

This mirthy delight is brought to you by Leo Burnett and production company MJZ.

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Lemming Like Lite Lovers Drink Yellow Snow

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Yup. Winter is on the way and it's time for the yellow snow joke. It's not like there's anything groundbreaking about this commercial or even remotely original. But, like a fart joke that's been told millions of times, it's still funny. Or at least to a small segment, stereotypically portrayed by marketers who think beer drinkers are idiots and will do anything to drink shitty beer.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Cheesy Romance Scene Becomes McDonald's Commercial

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Don't you sometimes wish, while watching an over-the-top romance scene in a movie, you could put words in the mouths of actors? Well, now, thanks to McDonald's, you can. Or at least you can see on person's version courtesy of this Rob Tenconi-penned McDonald's commercial from Leo Burnett London.

Come on. You know you fantasize about this every time you see a scene like this in a movie. Don't you? Oh wait, you don't? It's just me? Damn, I really do have some kind of obsessive ad-fueled syndrome. Hmm. Must be the result of trying to read Advertising Age, AgencySpy, Adland, AdFreak, AdWeek, AdScam all while frantically updating my Facebook status, tweeting relevant bits to Twitter followers, IMing with tipsters and swimming in a sea of endlessly updating RSS feeds. Yea, that's it.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Strange



Mountains Big. Go Ski.

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Melodramatic narrative and epic "nature's wrath!" scope sets you up for the punchline of DNA's "Geologic." Lest thrill-seekers forget: those treacherous crags rising up to the sky? They are there for the benefit of your skis.

Meh.

By Juggernaut/Santa Monica.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes Pull Heart Strings

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You had to go and do it didn't you, Lowe Roche Toronto? Bring us down. Make us feel all emotionally overwrought. Make us feel like we're a loser because we live our happy life without much regard for those who don't have it as fortunate. Force us to watch the lives of others decay in front of our eyes - all within 60 seconds.

To that, we say brilliant. Yes, brilliant. This commercial for the ALS Society of Canada hits hard and dramatically illustrates the life-altering effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In the spot, we see the increasingly debilitating effect of ALS and his family. It's not pretty. But then again, neither is the disease. And that's the whole point.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-10-08    
Topic: Best, Cause, Commercials










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