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



Marriage Proposal Goes Horribly Wrong, Insurance Sold

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A while back when I was actually creating advertising rather than shamelessly trashing it, we held a video contest for a jeweler and asked people to send in videos of their marriage proposals. We picked the best, worst, strangest, funniest, etc. and give them a big discount at the jeweler. I know...giving a discount after the ring's been brought and the proposal's been made is, to say the least, illogical. Then again, this is advertising. More likely, I can't remember the details and the promotion was something completely different that how I remember it.

Anyway...here's yet another in the long line of marriage proposal gaffes that offer never ending hilarity. It's for Aviva Insurance (not even a jeweler!) and was created by Taxi Toronto.

by Steve Hall    Oct-22-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Who Knew Libraries Made Babies, Assisted Ascension of Everest

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Here's a series of ads for The Alberta Library which tells us just how powerful informative and motivational books can be. Aiming to show just how much influence a book can have on a person's life, both positively and negatively, four scenarios are played out to humorous effect.

Created by Rethink Vancouver and produced by Holiday Film, the commercial's directors commented on the work, saying, "We were both attracted to this job because neither of us can read, and we thought this would be a good excuse to go into a library for the first time. We loved Katie and Chad's scripts, they were simple and quite dark, and reminded us how libraries can lead you down the road to ruin, but then get you right back on track. It was our idea to use real actors in all four spots, instead of CGI characters used in most library commercials."

Um, right.

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Public Property is Public Property. Why Not Take a Leak?

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Like a Calvin & Hobbes decal come to life, "Slash" for MTV Switch depicts people pissing in public places. The moral of the story is to "Save water, flush less." (Niiiiice.)

By Ogilvy/London, which has an odd take on persuasion. Wizzing in a fountain is funny -- hell, incendiary -- while you're stoned and around age 15, but unless things have changed abroad, doing it in the Queen's England remains both unsavory and illegal.

There's no accounting for logic in advertising, however. Along with other "green" MTV Switch ads, "Slash" will likely run across 55 TV channels in 162 countries. The track in the ad is Miserere Mei, by Bouwe Dykstra.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Strange, Television



Burlesque Dancing Daughter Relieved Mom's Modern

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Everyone of us has experienced that embarrassing moment when, to our horror, our parents find out about that not so straight and narrow thing we do whether it be for play or for work. When it occurs, you just want to bury your head and forget your parents even exist. In this commercial for Renault, that notion is put to use but with a twist.

Because the Renault Twingo is a modern car for modern times, moms who drive them are also modern and don't have a problem with their daughters stepping outside the Sunday church group, taking initiative and making a few extra bucks in a job one wouldn't usually highlight during that coffee gathering after Sunday service.

Twingo. We live in modern times.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Power and Environment Come Together Blissfully on Beach

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There's no reason those who are one with the environment and those who are one with muscle car-style power can't come together in blissful harmony. Created by Montreal-based PALM Communication, this Volkswagen TDI commercial brings together two people in a seemingly unlikely match to illustrate there's no reason power and the environment can't co-exist.

Now if only the "drill, baby, drill" people and the "yes we can" people would engage in a massive group hug. Only in advertising are such unlikely matches made possible.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Sometimes, I Guess, the Scars Make the Man

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MasterCard's "Priceless" is one of those campaigns you wanna milk as long as possible: it makes a statement about what people value, and potential variations are endless.

But the "product, price tag; product, price tag; sentiment = priceless" formula has gotten stale. And unfortunately for MasterCard, competitors like Visa and American Express have taken advantage of its stagnation to launch their own heart-wrenching commentaries on society.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Television



Apple Pokes Fun at Vista's $300 million Advertising Budget

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Not one to sit idly by while its nemesis gets a $300 million makeover, Apple is out with two new commercials, one of which directly comments on the amount of money Microsoft is spending on its current advertising campaign. In the ad, we see PC divvying up Microsoft's budget allocating the lion's share to the ad campaign and a minuscule amount to fixing Vista's problems.

Mac comments on the seemingly illogical allocation which causes PC to think for a minute before he reallocates in a manner not quite expected by Mac. It's pointed commentary on the all too common viewpoint advertising can cure all ills.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good



Dog Disappears, Grey's Blog Disappears, HHCC's Reappears

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- In this new Venables, Bell & Partners-created commercial for Audi, a house gets a time-based makeover and so does the dog.

-Apparently, Grey SF is inexplicably no longer blogging.

- But Hill Holiday's blog, one of the earliest agency blogs, is active again after a few layers of dust settled.

- Google has launched do it yourself display advertising.

- Today's Jeopardy will feature a category dedicated solely to the AMC show Mad Men.

by Steve Hall    Oct-17-08    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Online, Weblogs










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