Plastic Dream Shoes, Phone-Toting Thongs, Putting Out for Obama, the Skinny on Parker

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- The US Army has released a list of new technologies that could be used to enable terrorism. Twitter, MySpace and Facebook make the cut.

- The recession's not real! And neither is your loneliness.

- Here's a fun little site. Click on a pair of shoes to see a luxe little ad -- er, "dream" about it. The image at left is for the Vinyl Mary Jane-looking shoes. The Ultra Girl Night Sky one is probably my favourite though: jelly shoes, underwater. How novel.

- You know you hate the new Pepsi logo almost as much as you hate the douche-tacular smile/grin logic behind it. Why not make a new one? Show Pepsi what it could've had for far less money than it probably spent.

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Guy Orders Water, Gets Luxe Sea Goddess

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America's going through a period of bottled water Puritanism. That is, it's officially out-of-vogue to hawk your (wastefully!) bottled H2O, unless you've got a green angle tied to it ... or you happen to be Evian.

But Mattoni doesn't just flaunt its water wares; it's downright decadent. See its refreshingly playful spot, where a despondent patron orders Mattoni water -- and gets a surprisingly lush response.

The English-speaking version is more brash and saucy, but I dig how the splashy dame steps right onto the table and caps the ad with her theatrically husky (read: dubbed-porn-ish) "Will that be with bubbles ... or without?"

Brava, Mattoni. By Black Mountain Studios VFX/Stuttgart and Velvet Mediendesign.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



Imagine if Your Cat Were a Person...

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...and not just any person, but a middle-aged, jobless man with a receding hairline and a turtleneck. One of those kinds who likes talking about his feelings, and who goes into ecstasies when you scratch his neck.

Would that make you more likely to feed him meat-enriched cat food?

Betting that it will, TBWA/Toronto and Partners Film/Toronto bring back Hubert, the meat-craving Whiskas "cat."

Heh. Funny. Know what else is funny? Toe fetishes, petulant manchildren that wear diapers in secret, and executives that pay dominatrixes $250/hr. to suspend mousetraps from their nipples.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange, Television



Barclay Slideless Card Slides America Towards Speedo Nightmare

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When you leave the office at the end of the day, you commute home on a water slide, right? Wait, what? You don't? What's wrong with you!?!? Idiot. Everyone commutes to and from work on a slide these days. Just watch this Barclay commercial hyping its slideless (pun?) card. Wait, what? It's just one guy? OK, so he's the idiot.

And what's this spot telling us anyway? It's great the card is slideless but are we to believe we have to get inside a water slide to use it? Wait, what? This is advertising? It's meant to be metaphorical? Well thank God. The thought of hundreds of disgustingly obese Americans slipping into Speedos to commute to and from work is enough to make one barf all over Madison Avenue.

Did Donny Deutsch create this?

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Because Nothing's Cuter than a Second-Hand Costume, Right?

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This painfully cute Goodwill Halloween ad is like a benign form of brainwashing: you've got a repetitive jingle, high-pitched voices and adorable versions of monsters -- including Jason, oddly enough.

It's never warmed my heart more to watch a drop of blood slide slowly down a vampire's chin. Seriously -- I think my pupils dilated.

For Goodwill Los Angeles. The spot'll run until October 31.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions, Strange



Wii Music Makes Nostalgia Play with Mario Bros. Theme

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This infectious Wii Music ad depicts people in shelves, sorta like notes in sheet music, playing individual melodies with a Wiimote. As the spot progresses, they all tap into the original Super Mario Bros. theme song.

Very cool. It reminds me a bit of those iPod ads that featured silhouettes of people jamming out to whatever they were listening to.

Like iPod, Wii's become a lifestyle brand, except it's less self-conscious and more democratic. Everybody plays, even grandma.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Promotions, Television



Great Milk Comes from Happy Cows. And the Happy Cows are Casting!

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The California Milk Advisory Board is screening for its next bovine star. And guess who gets to pick her? You! Between October 13 and September 30, trawl audition vids and cast your vote.

Of 10 total, only two videos, "Alicia" and "Jenn," are currently available to view. Alicia reeks of The Real World, and little Jenn's being constantly goaded on by her attention-starved mom.

Videos of the hopeful heifers will be repurposed as TV spots. I hope one of Silk's renegade soy cows enters, because no audition series is complete without some wacked-out anti-establishment radical.



Bakers Molds Magic Between Flour-Stained Fingers

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"Precious Biscuits" uses the loose, altered threads of fairy tales to imbue Bakers Biscuits with wispy wonder.

It begins with pretty schoolchildren walking through a forest. Behind them, biscuits leap out of a cobblestone pavement (vestiges of Hansel & Gretel), bringing the environment to animated life.

Naughty piglets race across a canvas populated by blind mice, an egg that only almost dies, a lone social advocate made of gingerbread, and a round Red Queen with a teeny china mouth. You remember them, don't you? At the end, Bakers draws a subtle comparison between itself and other confectioners of myth.

Produced by the divine hands of Shy the Sun & Blackginger for Ogilvy/Johannesburg and client Bakers.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



T-Mobile G1 Brings Answers to You!

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Last night I saw the first ad for the T-Mobile G1, the first mobile handset built on Google's Android platform.

The spot depicts people in random situations, asking spontaneous questions that bug you at the time, but might not be important when you're back in front of a computer: "Do sharks have eyelids?", "Do monkeys make good pets?", "Can I get this cheaper somewhere else?"

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'They'll Block Out the Sun ... and Hell Follows Them.'

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I saw this ad for Resistance 2 last night while watching Fringe. Maybe it was the context, or the very large screen, but I found it deliciously chilling.

Product footage and 'net research reveals it's just another shooter game with an old premise: mankind versus an alien race.

Meh. How very Stargate SG-1, circa '98.

Somehow I thought Resistance 2 would be richer, like Heroes before everybody had a power, or like Fringe, which has me stuck on genetic manipulation, corporate conspiracies and string theory.

Where's my MMOG?

by Angela Natividad    Oct-22-08    
Topic: Commercials, Games, Good, Promotions, Television










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